Frequently Asked Questions - Pathfinder

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most common questions we’ve been asked about Pathfinder:

Each Pathfinder mini course consists of lectures, supplemental readings, knowledge check quizzes, and an interactive discussion board. As such, we recommend that you budget between 4-6 hours to complete each course. The introductory Basic Pathfinder Course is slightly longer and may require additional hours.

Anyone is eligible to participate in the Pathfinder program. These courses, taught by renowned experts in the field, are free and accessible to anyone who wants to tackle real-world issues as a Hebraic leader.

Simply put, a Biblical leader. A Christian who is oriented towards Jerusalem and recognizes that the Kingdom of God is the ultimate destination.

The next Pathfinder retreat will happen in May 2023. An email with further details about the retreat and how to apply will be sent out in mid-March. Applications for the retreat will open at the end of March and applicants will be notified of the status of their application by early April.

The in-person capstone retreat is a fully subsidized opportunity for young Christian leaders to come together with likeminded individuals to utilize what they have learned throughout the Pathfinder program. The retreat will offer participants action-oriented leadership training and will feature expert lecturers and Philos staff.

Pathfinder is the foundational leadership program of The Philos Project and the first step towards qualification for further study. It is a set of courses that provide students with invaluable knowledge about their faith, the Near East, and leadership. Only after completing Pathfinder and attending the capstone retreat will participants be eligible for the Philos Leadership Institute (PLI). PLI allows participants to explore what they have learned on the ground in Israel!

The courses provide a unique (and completely free) opportunity to learn from experts about issues relevant to not just those interested in the Near East but anyone who seeks to grow in the area of Christian leadership. They also provide a gateway into a program for those seriously interested in Christian leadership and advocacy to be educated, equipped, and trained to eventually take on boots-on-the-ground advocacy projects in regions around the world.  

Our traditional “certificate track” allows participants to earn a Pathfinder certificate and gain a holistic and foundational understanding of Hebraic leadership and the intersection between the Near East and their Christian faith. It also opens up opportunities to apply for seminars, retreats, and trips, like our fully subsidized Pathfinder retreat and the Philos Leadership Institute, a fully funded 2-week trip to the Near East! An “à la carte” option is also offered that allows users to take individual courses of interest without committing to obtaining a certificate. These courses can be applied to a certificate in the future if desired.

Those between the ages of 20-35 who complete all the online Pathfinder coursework are eligible to apply for the in-person capstone Pathfinder retreat. If you are outside of the age range and are interested in attending the retreat, feel free to reach out to discuss individual circumstances.

Pathfinder courses remain open indefinitely for rolling admission. This means that you register and obtain access to the platform at anytime, anywhere.

We would love to partner with academic institutions that are aligned with the mission statement of the Philos Project. For all inquiries about future partnerships, please contact Dominique Hoffman ([email protected]).

We currently offer advanced standing with Regent University. Please see the attached document for further detail.