Course Type:

Applied Courses (Level 2)  - SM20901- 2.5 Credits

The Supervised Ministry Series is designed to provide a practical internship in pastoral ministry over an eighteen-month progression.  The arc of this series begins with entering a new place of ministry and concludes with leaving a place of ministry. Along this arc, participants will explore issues of pastoral identity, ethics, and organizational dynamics.

As one enters a new place of ministry, a healthy beginning is rooted in gaining an understanding of the community of faith which is the context of the ministerial setting.  Based on an assessed understanding of the faith community, a pastoral minister gains understanding of her/ his role in the community and of the dynamics which shape that role.  This first course in Supervised Ministry is focused on entering a new community of faith or ministry setting. A step-by-step process for assessing the life of the community of faith and the pastoral minister’s role in that community shape the content of this nine-week experience.

Learning Objectives

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

  • To exhibit core ministerial values including hospitality and respect toward others and support for the growth and transformation of others in the context of a ministerial setting.
  • To analyze the organizational history, current functioning, and role of power and authority in a ministerial setting.
  • To practice mutuality, trust, and interdependence within a community of faith as a pastoral minister.
  • To demonstrate that all people are individuals of dignity and worth in a ministerial setting.
  • To illustrate excellent communication skills particularly in listening but also in responding (speaking and writing) in a ministerial setting.

Required Texts

  • Harris, Robert A. (2014) Entering Wonderland: A Toolkit for Pastors New to a Church. Rowman & Littlefield Publisher





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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