The core goal of Pathways College is discipleship. Our mission statement is to disciple people in the local church through excellent academics, ministry and mentoring. Discipleship really is foundational to who we are and what we do.
At the end of each year it is our greatest goal that our students will be living and growing more and more like Christ, in the freedom of what it means to be ‘in Christ’.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
There are three areas in each student's life that we focus on in order to achieve this goal of helping our students become more like Jesus:
- Spiritual growth
We believe that mentoring is a crucial component of the discipleship of our students. As a result, we require our students to choose and meet with mentors who will guide, challenge, encourage, celebrate and support our students in their academics, ministry and spiritual walk.
The Academic Mentor oversees the student's academic work, ensuring the the student is complying with the academic requirements of Pathways College.
The Ministry Mentor relates to or oversees the student on a daily basis and is closely involved with the student and their particular area of ministry.
The Spiritual Mentor interacts with the student regularly in order to nurture their spiritual growth, stability and preparation/equipping for ministry.
Some students meet with three separate mentors who each focus on one of the above areas (Academic, Ministry, Spiritual). Other students may meet with one or two mentors who focus on more than one of these areas.
Fortnightly Mentoring Meetings
In order for students to meet the requirements of their course, they are required to meet with their mentors for a minimum of 90 minutes of mentoring every two weeks. These 90 minutes can be split across the three mentor roles (for example, the student may meet with 3 mentors for 30 minutes each).
Mentoring sessions should be utilised to assist the student in their personal and professional growth. It is important in these meetings that mentors cover the area they are supposed to be focusing on – Academic, Ministry, or Spiritual - and don't neglect their area in favour of one of the other areas.