Course Type:

Foundational Courses (Level 1) -TH10603 - 1.5 Credits

Ministry in the 21st Century is characterized by bridging sometimes wide and sometimes subtle differences in beliefs, languages of faith, and individual experience.

The dimensions of those differences can be rooted in theological understanding and reflected by different cultural, ethnic, and life experiences. This course allows participants to explore the evolution of differences within their own experience while also considering several dimensions of diversity and differences likely to be encountered in ministry today.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify dimensions of diversity within their own experience.
  • To appreciate dimensions of diversity and theological differences within the broader Christian tradition.
  • To understand the role that race and ethnicity can play in theological differences.
  • To articulate Christian ritual in a way that it can be apprehended by those unfamiliar with the Christian tradition.
  • To give examples of the diverse nature of religious beliefs in Christianity.
  • To discuss the experience of people who refer to themselves as spiritual but not religious.


Required Texts

  • The Bible (translation of your choice and access to a variety of translations online)





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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PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc. is a nonprofit provider of theological education that is academically rigorous and affordable.   A PATHWAYS education in Ministry Preparation can be completed on-line in three years at a fraction of the price of a seminary education.   Our program is aligned with the requirements for ordination of most mainline Protestant denominations and seeks to work with ordaining bodies to make sure that participants are meeting their goals.   Now is the time to make an inquiry for the future of theological education.  Reach out today to Partner with PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.

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