Pathways

Pathways enables people in Wales to deepen their understanding of faith and practice and to develop skills in ministry and mission. It might be that you are seeking to be a recognised Church leader in preaching or pastoral care. It might be you have a particular interest in just one module. Either way through interactive teaching that invites everyone’s participation, Pathways will enable you to make connections between Church and the world, between Sunday and the rest of the week, while enriching your spirituality and engaging you in mission. It is a flexible and practical package of learning opportunities – you can select any number of modules, building up study credits as you progress. It is designed to equip and inspire the ministries and mission of people serving Christ through local Baptist churches in Wales.

Pathways is designed for all sorts of people – like Deacons, Worship leaders, Children’s workers, House-group leaders – really anyone supported by a local church who wants to be better equipped for service in ministry and mission, whatever your previous experience or educational qualifications. All the Module facilitators are experienced practitioners in ministry and mission but Pathways also recognises the wealth of experience which you bring and values the interaction of all participants in exploring key issues and fresh perspectives. The modules include:

  • Pathways into Christian Belief
    Exploring key aspects of Christian Belief and their implications for contemporary life.
  • Pathways into  Worship
    Exploring a holistic  approach to worship while developing a number of specific practical skills.
  • Pathways into the Bible
    Exploring the story and meaning of the Bible and engaging with it today.
  • Pathways into Church Leadership
    Exploring the practical skills needed for church leadership today, including conflict resolution.
  • Pathways into Radical Belief
    Exploring a positive Baptist vision for life through our history, principles and contemporary practice.
  • Pathways into Preaching 
    Exploring the art of sermon preparation and effective communication today.
  • Pathways into Mission and Evangelism
    Exploring the biblical foundations for sharing in God’s mission and reflection on examples of good practice.
  • Pathways into Pastoral Care
    Exploring pastoral care today, examining key problem issues, self awareness and basic counselling skills.
  • Pathways into Spirituality and Personal Growth
    Exploring what is meant by spirituality and how we develop our relationship with God.
  • Pathways into Discipleship and Culture
    Understanding the diversity of contemporary culture and exploring how we nurture Christ-like disciples within that world today.

The Pathways modules are delivered in a number of places across Wales, over a two year rolling programme. You can join in (or leave) at any point. Pathways is delivered in a number of venues in West Wales (Carmarthen), Mid Wales (Brecon), and South Wales (Cardiff).

For more information about Pathways, including costs, dates and locations, and an application form, please visit our Downloads section.

To register your interest in the Pathways course please contact Dr Craig Gardiner: pathways@swbc.org.uk

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