Course Type:

Synthesizing Courses  (Level 3-Capstone) - MP30610 - 1.5 Credits

The Level 3 Capstone course, Congregational Ministry and the Future Church, is the culmination of the PATHWAYS program.  In this course, participants will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills developed in the PATHWAYS program and apply them in the context of the changing congregational experience in the 21st Century.

Learning Objectives

 In addition to the objectives the learners identify for themselves, participants who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  • To synthesize values of the UCC in the process of planning strategically for authorized ministry in a specific ministerial context.
  • To formulate approaches for the empowerment of the Church to be faithful to God’s call, reflective of Christ’s mission, and open to the Holy Spirit in a specific ministerial context.
  • To strategically create a future plan of God’s church in a particular ministerial context.
  • To develop strategies for necessary and appropriate administrative tasks in the context of strategic planning for a specific ministerial setting.
  • To formulate theological reflection as part of one’s sense of ministerial identity within the context of a special setting.
  • To develop strategies for the integration of theological reflection in teaching, preaching, and ecclesial and community leadership in authorized ministry.

Required Texts 

  • The Bible (translation of your choice.)
  • Kavar, L. (2015). Contemporary Churches: Spiritual Transformation of Congregations. CreateSpace
  • Tickle, P. (2012). Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters. Baker Books

Resources (texts, online – written, audio, visual, other)



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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