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Pathfinder Basic Staff Training Certification


  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be a Seventh-day Adventist Christian who loves Jesus and is willing to share this this love in both word and deed.
  • Intend to be an active Pathfinder staff member OR Be participating in Master Guide training.
  • Commit to the Youth/Children’s Ministry Volunteer Code of Conduct
  • Be currently approved by the child protection screening verification of your Conference/ Mission

Overview of the Certification

This certification is intended to provide basic information about the purpose, structure and ministry of Pathfinders to individuals who are just starting out in Pathfinder Ministry and have little or no prior experience with the program. It is highly recommended that this certification is earned before they begin their participation in Pathfinder Ministry.

The Pathfinder Club Basic Staff Training Certification (PBST) is also an option for club ministry training of Master Guide, and such, participants may have a background in Pathfinders, but it is likely to be entirely as a participating member, not as a leader.

Workshops in the PBST Certification include:

  • Pathfinder Club Ministry—PFAD 001
  • Club Organization—PFAD 002
  • Club Programming and Planning—PFAD 003
  • Club Outreach—PFAD 004
  • Basic Ceremonies & Drill—PFAD 005
  • Developmental Growth: 10-15 —PYSO 104
  • Introduction to Teaching—EDUC 001
  • Medical, Risk Management, & Child Safety Issues —MEDI 100

Required Fieldwork

  1. Create a portfolio that contains the handouts and your personal notes from the workshops that you attend.

Important Note

This Certification is intended to provide a basic understanding of Pathfinder Ministry and its component parts. Ideally it should be earned before a new staff member actually takes up duties with a club. While there is some value in repeating these seminars every five years or so, especially if taught by a different instructor, it should not be used as repeat yearly training. This is true for any training curriculum.

Last modified: Thursday, 26 January 2023, 6:56 AM