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During the last fifty years, the global church has focused on the goal of personal conversion to the neglect of discipleship and societal transformation. As a result, the church is losing its transforming impact on the world.

At the same time, the global center of Christianity has shifted away from the West to the developing world. With this shift, the next generation of aspiring church leaders now find themselves with no realistic option for obtaining a high-quality seminary education.

They have a critical need for the essential training and tools to develop strong churches that transform lives and communities. But they can’t afford to leave their families, churches and communities to learn in a new language and culture. That’s the problem Pathway Learning wants to solve.

Thomas Friedman wrote, “Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary.”[1] We’ve seen what is desperately necessary. What is suddenly possible is a global revolution in learning.

The emergence of open-source educational platforms, through organizations such as Coursera and edX, has enabled near universal access to some of the world’s best teachers and courses in the sciences, arts, and business.

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-6-35-20-pmPathway Learning is applying this same breakthrough in learning to under-served church leaders around the world. With a platform that enables an innovative blend of online and onsite learning methods, our goal is to provide universal access to a practical, seminary-level education taught by world-class subject matter experts.

In partnership with leading churches, seminaries and organizations, Pathway Learning opens a door never before available to under-served church leaders—the opportunity to receive the strong biblical and practical education they desperately need, while continuing to serve the congregations and communities where they live.

What makes Pathway Learning courses different from most online courses that have been available for church leaders for a long time? Here are some unique benefits:

  • Practical Focus: Our courses focus not only on biblical and theological education but also practical education that equips students for effective ministry and lifelong learning.
  • Proven Methods: Our courses are based on proven teaching methods so students learn better and faster with less passive listening to long lectures and more active learning.
  • Cultural Customization: Our courses are customizable to adapt the curriculum not only to the student’s language, but also to the unique culture where they live and serve.
  • Blended Learning: Our courses blend online and onsite learning in cohort groups, led by certified facilitators, using both formal and non-formal learning methods.
  • Measurable Competencies: Our courses measure not only a student’s knowledge, but also the character and skills needed for success in ministry – verified by certificates.

The church is the only institution on earth that Jesus promised to build and to bless for the sake of the nations. Nations rise and fall. Governments and educational institutions rise and fall. Relief and development organizations rise and fall. But the church of Jesus Christ continues in every generation.

So why are so many churches today having such little impact on lives and society? It’s primarily because of their leaders. History has proven that the health of the church in every generation is directly linked to the health of its leaders. When church leaders flourish, churches flourish. When churches flourish, people and societies flourish.

This is why our progress as a global church can be no faster than our progress in educating church leaders, especially among developing and unreached nations. To put the education of church leaders first is to put society first.

For the first time in history we can successfully provide quality education for church leaders wherever they live and serve.

Using an innovative online platform, Pathway Learning can now bring affordable, practical, seminary-level courses to students where they live, in their language, and adapted to their culture. Working together, we can make the quality education of church leaders worldwide a reality.

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During the last few years, almost 200 students have successfully completed our first 6 pilot courses in English – Evangelism, Discipleship, Church Planting, Church Renewal, Missions, and Church Leadership. This year more than 50 indigenous church leaders in Asia completed our first pilot course in Chinese.

We are now launching pilot courses for under-served church leaders in Asia, North America, and West Africa.

We’re looking for partners to help us bring this solution to more than a million church leaders in the next ten years.

Few, if any, investments are likely to pay higher returns over time.

Beginning June 2017, we’re launching a church planting course

for under-resourced church leaders in Muslim West Africa.

Will you help?

FOR THE SAKE OF THE NATIONS,

P.S. – The generosity of friends like you is key to our mission. We need your help to raise $15,000 by May 15 for the West Africa Project.

 


[1] Friedman, Thomas L. “Come the Revolution.” New York Times, May 15:2012, Op-Ed

by Steve Childers

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Below are some of my favorite quotes from Tom Wright (Anglican Bishop) on the Resurrection and Heaven:  

“(If you’re a true believer in Jesus), after you die, you go to be ‘with Christ,’ but your body remains dead. Describing where and what you are in that interim period is difficult, and for the most part the New Testament writers don’t try. Call it “heaven” if you like, but don’t imagine that it’s the end of all things. What is promised after that interim period is a new bodily life within God’s new world.” 

“I am constantly amazed that many contemporary Christians find this confusing. It was second nature to the early church and to many subsequent Christian generations. It was what they believed and taught. If we have grown up believing and teaching something else, it’s time we rubbed our eyes and read our texts again.”

“Heaven is important, but its not the end of the world.”

“Jesus’ resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”

“The great drama will end, not with ‘saved souls’ being snatched up into heaven, away from the wicked earth and the mortal bodies which have dragged them down into sin, but with the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven to earth, so that ‘the dwelling of God is with humans’ (Revelation 21:3).”

“The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom. . . . It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.”

“We could cope—the world could cope—with a Jesus who ultimately remains a wonderful idea inside his disciples’ minds and hearts. The world cannot cope with a Jesus who comes out of the tomb, who inaugurates God’s new creation right in the middle of the old one.”

“God’s plan is not to abandon this world, the world which he said was ‘very good.’ Rather, he intends to remake it. And when he does he will raise all his people to new bodily life to live in it. That is the promise of the Christian gospel.”

“It is not about ‘life after death’ as such. Rather, it’s a way of talking about being bodily alive again after a period of being bodily dead. Resurrection is a second-stage postmortem life: life after ‘life after death.’”

“If you believe in resurrection, you believe that the living God will put his world to rights and that if God wants to do that in the future, it is right to try to anticipate that by whatever means in the present.”

“[Jesus] is, at the moment, present with us, but hidden behind that invisible veil which keeps heaven and earth apart, and which we pierce in those moments, such as prayer, the sacraments, the reading of scripture, and our work with the poor, when the veil seems particularly thin. But one day the veil will be lifted; earth and heaven will be one; Jesus will be personally present, and every knee shall bow at his name; creation will be renewed; the dead will be raised; and God’s new world will at last be in place, full of new prospects and possibilities.”

The point of the resurrection…is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether (as the hymn so mistakenly puts it…). They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.”

“In other words, precisely because the ultimate goal is … the redemption of the whole creation, our calling is to live in our bodies now in a way which anticipates the life we shall live then. Marital fidelity echoes and anticipates God’s fidelity to the whole creation. Other kinds of sexual activity symbolize and embody the distortions and corruptions of the present world.”

“It is a matter of glimpsing that in God’s new creation, of which Jesus’s resurrection is the start, all that was good in the original creation is reaffirmed. All that has corrupted and defaced it–including many things which are woven so tightly in to the fabric of the world as we know it that we can’t imagine being without them–will be done away. Learning to live as a Christian is learning to live as a renewed human being, anticipating the eventual new creation in and with a world which is still longing and groaning for that final redemption.”

 THE CRITICAL NEED

Most church leaders around the world lack the training and tools to start and develop churches that transform lives and have a lasting impact on their communities.

 THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

For the first time in history, we can bring affordable, practical, seminary-level courses to students where they live, in their language, and adapted to their culture.

THE BEST INVESTMENT

Using our innovative online and onsite educational platform, we can now equip leaders, wherever they live, to start and develop churches that have effective ministries of evangelism, discipleship, and service to the poor.

In 2017, we’re launching new courses for under-served church leaders in West Africa, Southern Asia, North America, with new doors opening in Europe.

Will you help?

FOR THE SAKE OF THE NATIONS,

 

 

P.S. – The generosity of friends like you is key to our mission. We need your help to raise $100,000 in 2016 and be ready for 2017. Thank you.

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