What is Pathways?

Pathways School of Ministry exists to raise up and equip leaders for vocational ministry in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The program consists of 10 modules broken out into 7 academic modules and 3 field placement modules. These modules can be taken at either the graduate, or undergraduate levels.

Courses taken at the graduate level are delivered in partnership with McMaster Divinity College, and completion of the Pathways program provides the student with a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies from MDC. Students can apply this Graduate Certificate towards one year of a Masters degree at MDC.

Pathways undergraduate program is offered in partnership with Emmanuel Bible College. Students completing the Pathways undergraduate program will receive an Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry. Students will receive advanced standing towards credits which can be applied towards any undergraduate degree at EBC.


Tell me more about academic courses

The 7 academic courses are scheduled throughout three semesters of an academic year (fall, winter, spring). Courses are delivered utilizing a combination of intensive in-class time, online discussion and distance learning. Instructors are chosen from our Christian & Missionary Alliance family of pastors who have deep passion for the topic they are teaching. Instructors include a variety of opportunities in their teaching, including retreats, worship & prayer, and guest lecturers and guest speakers such as C&MA missionaries & authors.


Tell me more about field education

The 3 field education courses include an internship placement in a C&MA church or ministry where students focus on the area of ministry they feel called to explore. Ministry settings can include churches, New Ventures, chaplaincy, outreach centres, or in a national or international mission field alongside C&MA missionaries*.

Students are mentored by both a Site Coach and a Ministry Coach. Site Coaches have the responsibility of overseeing the student’s ministry involvement at the ground level, whereas Ministry Coaches are mentors who provide the students with coaching and opportunities to reflect on their experiences in ministry.

*in partnership with Envision Canada


How long does it take to complete Pathways?

Pathways is designed to be completed in one, two, or three years. The completion of Pathways in one year is the equivalent of participating in full-time academic studies. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to consider spreading out their Pathways course load over a two- or three-year span in order to maintain balance across schooling, ministry, work and home life.


What if I am already a licensed worker?

I am already employed in a C&MA church, am I eligible for Pathways?

Yes! Licensed workers are encouraged to continue their theological education through Pathways! The field education portion of your Pathways journey will take place in the context and role you are already ministering in. Pathways provides opportunities for identification and further development of key ministry competencies that will support you in your current role and future ministry. In this case, we encourage that a Ministry Coach is selected from outside your church to allow for a broadening of your coaching experience.


How and when do I apply?

You can apply through the form on our website. Applications are accepted throughout the year, for mid-year or mid-semester starts.


I applied… now what?

You will be contacted by our Academic Coordinator to schedule a time for you to meet with our Pathways team for an interview. Interviews are a time for us to learn more about your faith journey, the area of ministry you feel God is calling you towards, and to help discern with you whether Pathways is right for you.


Can I audit the Pathways courses?

Yes, you can register to audit any academic course. Audit students are not eligible to participate in the field education courses. Audit students are expected to read the required texts in order to be able to actively participate in discussion and to ensure the student is getting the most benefit from the course. Students are encouraged to write a personal reflection on the subject matter, including how the course influenced their approach to ministry. If you are interested, you can learn more & register to audit Pathways courses here.


I still have more questions. Who do I contact?

Please connect with Carrie McFarland, Academic Coordinator for Pathways at 905-639-9615 or by email at mcfarlandc@cmaccd.com.