-As part of our comprehensive curriculum, PATHWAYS currently offers a selection of courses in four Certificate areas: Foundational Theology, Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Preaching. Our certificates consist of courses that will help you develop ministerial career competency in a specific subject. An additional certificate area, Environmental Justice is offered for ministry and advocacy at all levels. See our Calendar page for course offering dates.


Required for the certificate are three courses:

Participants elect to take five other courses which may include:






Christians are called to care for “creation," which in the secular world and in most other faith traditions is termed the environment. Environmentalism is a movement that transcends religion, race, and national boundaries because, as the saying goes, “There is no Planet B.” If we are going to survive as a species collectively human beings must find ways to work together to stop the degradation of and to begin to heal the environment everywhere in our neighborhoods, our provinces, our countries and the world.

The United Church of Christ (UCC) has been at the forefront of this work since 1975, when a resolution titled “A Perspective on Christian Life Style & Ecology” passed at General Synod 10. This resolution mandated a study of the impact congregations and church members had on their local environment; the report was presented and accepted at General Synod 11 in 1977. This awareness within the denomination led to a natural partnership of congregations, national UCC staff including the Rev. Benjamin Chavis, and the NAACP when residents of the majority Black-county sought relief from the impending designation of a landfill site in the county as a dumping site for toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The term “Environmental Justice” was first used in reference to this activism in Warren County, North Carolina, which began in the late 1970s and continued up to and past the day the first load of toxic waste arrived in 1982. A “lie-in” over the first six days the dump was in operation resulted in 523 arrests. The protests brought national attention to what became known as “environmental racism.”

Level 1 Certificate, 6 Courses:

The Level 1 Certificate is designed to provide those who complete it with basic knowledge and understanding of “the big picture” we face. Using theology, biblical literature, and church history as the anchors, Level 1 courses will explore the language of environmentalism both within and outside the Christian tradition; the stories of the Christian faith that speak to the importance of creation; and the ways that the Church has been harmful and helpful in caring for creation throughout history. Level 1 will introduce the story of inequalities across race, ethnicity, and nations in the ways that the environment is treated as well as ways communities of faith can and have responded to environmental injustices.

Level 2 Certificate (Applied): Courses in development

Level 3 Certificate (Synthesizing): Courses in development


Continuing education is vital for any professional today. To help clergy and chaplains stay current in their areas of practice, PATHWAYS Theological Education offers continuing education courses that are online in an asynchronous format. The PATHWAYS format enables course participants to access the classes based on their own schedule at an affordable price.

  • Explorer Courses can be taken for CEUs at an additional cost and an additional paper of 400 – 500 words.
  • Foundational courses (Level 1) can be taken for CEUs at an additional cost and an additional paper of 500 – 750 words (for 2 CEUs) or 1200 – 1300 words (4 CEUs).
  • Applied courses (Level 2) can be taken for CEUs at an additional cost and a reflection of 1000 – 1250 words ( 4 CEUs).
  • Synthesizing courses (Level 3) can be taken for CEUs at an additional cost and a reflection of 1250 – 1500 words ( 4 CEUs).


PATHWAYS believes that quality theological education should be available to any who want it. That’s why we provide a cost-effective online theological program accessible to all. 4-week Explorer courses are only $124, 6-week courses just $350, 9-week courses Supervised Ministry courses are $470, and our 12-week UCC History and Polity course is only $625.


Because classes are not bound by geography and have a flexible weekly schedule, PATHWAYS courses are able to fit into the rest of your busy life. Courses typically involve weekly readings and discussion in a facilitated online forum, offering practical, open-minded education and a learner-centered environment where participants can bring their own questions and insights.


Our courses have between 4 and 15 participants. This allows for deep and productive discussions in the online forum. We know that a small class size allows the participants to develop learning relationships with each other and for facilitators to push participants to a more indepth learning experience.


PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.,
P.O. Box 897
Tucker, GA 30085

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