Pathfinder Basic Staff

New to club ministry? Interested in becoming a Master Guide? This is the place to start. Learn the basics of Pathfinder club organization/curriculum, youth evangelism, and leadership. No Prerequisites

  1. Club Ministry: History & Purpose (PFAD 001)
  2. Child Safety & Risk Management (MEDI 100)
  3. Club Organization (PFAD 002)
  4. Club Programming and Planning (PFAD 003)
  5. Developmental Growth: Ages 10-15 (PYSO 104)
  6. Teaching Skills & Pathfinder Curriculum (EDUC 001)
  7. Pathfinder Outreach (PFAD 004)
  8. Intro to Drilling and Marching (PFAD 005)
Adventurer Basic Staff

New to club ministry? Interested in becoming a Master Guide? This is the place to start. Learn the basics of Adventurer club organization/curriculum, youth evangelism, and leadership. No Prerequisites

  1. Club Ministry: History & Purpose (PFAD 001)
  2. Child Safety & Risk Management (MEDI 100)
  3. Club Organization
  4. Club Programming and Planning
  5. Developmental Growth: Ages 4-9
  6. Teaching Skills & Adventurer Curriculum
  7. Adventurer Programs
  8. Adventurer Awards

The following tracks are for participants who have completed basic staff certification.

Master Guide

If you are interested in becoming a Master Guide, this track is for you! Learn alongside candidates from different clubs, discover new ways to involve youth in church, and earn eight of the required workshops for your portfolio! Prerequisite: Basic Staff.

These workshops fulfill only part of the requirements to be invested as a Master Guide. For a Master Guide Record Card from North American Division, click here. For a Master Guide portfolio from Michigan Conference, click here

  1. Vision. Mission. Motivation. (MG III-1b)
  2. Christian Leadership (MG III-1a)
  3. Discipline & Discipleship (MG IV-5)
  4. Communication: Theory & Practical Applications (MG III-1c & III-1d)
  5. Intro to Teaching and Learning Styles (MG III-1e)
  6. Creativity & Resources (MG III-1f)
  7. How to Create Effective Worships (MG III-1g)
  8. Child & Youth Evangelism (MG III-1h & III-1i)
  9. Understanding Spiritual Gifts (MG III-1j)
  10. Understanding Temperaments (MG II-9)
  11. Child Safety & Risk Management (MG III-2 included in Basic Staff Training)
  12. Developmental Growth: Ages 10-15 (MG IV-3 included in Basic Staff Training)
Pathfinder Instructor

Education is the core of club ministry. Whether you are teaching an Investiture Achievement class, Honors, or leading worship, this track will help you connect more with your students. Great for TLTs! Prerequisite: Basic Staff.

  1. Teaching Styles (EDUC 002)
  2. Learning Styles (EDUC 003)
  3. Theory of Multiple Intelligences (EDUC 004)
  4. Teaching Investiture Achievement: Intent & Organization (EDUC 200)
  5. Teaching Investiture Achievement: Practical Applications (EDUC 211)
  6. Intro to Teaching Pathfinder Honors (EDUC 230)
  7. Teaching Pathfinder Honors: Practical Applications – Part I
  8. Teaching Pathfinder Honors: Practical Applications – Part II
Pathfinder Director

Club administration can be an overwhelming calling. Whether you’re a veteran or a rookie, this track will help define your vision for ministry, build confidence, and strengthen organizational skills. Prerequisite: Basic Staff.

  1. Leadership Skills (LEAD 001)
  2. Volunteer/Staff Management (LEAD 150)
  3. Dealing with Parents (PYSO 207)
  4. Dealing with Your Conference & Church Board (LEAD 122)
  5. Survey of Disciplinary Theory and Technique (PYSO 120)
  6. Teaching Investiture Achievement: Intent & Organization (EDUC 200)
  7. Intro to Camp Planning (WILD 001)
  8. Financial Stewardship (FINA 100)
NEW! Adventurer Director

Club administration can be an overwhelming calling. Whether you’re a veteran or a rookie, this track will help define your vision for ministry, build confidence, and strengthen organizational skills. Prerequisite: Basic Staff.

The following tracks are for participants who have been invested as Master Guides.

Pathfinder Leadership

Already a Master Guide but want to continue learning? This track takes experienced staff deeper, exploring how to use club ministry for discipleship and evangelism. Take home practical ways to strengthen your club. Prerequisite: Master Guide.

  1. Pathfinders as a Ministry (PFAD110)
  2. Investiture Achievement as a Ministry (PFAD 113)
  3. Counseling as a Ministry (PFAD 112)
  4. Dealing with Attitudes (PYSO 204)
  5. Pathfinder Evangelism (OUTR 117)
  6. Creative Witnessing (OUTR 111)
  7. Mentoring Staff in Personal & Spiritual Growth (SPRT 204)
  8. Leading Youth to Christ (SPRT 105)
NEW! Pathfinder Staff Leadership

Designed for Master Guides who want to strengthen their administrative and team management skills, this track covers recruiting, conflict resolution, and mentorship. Prerequisite: Master Guide

  1. Seven Principles of Youth Leadership (LEAD 105)
  2. Recruiting & Selecting Staff (LEAD 151)
  3. Training Staff (LEAD 152)
  4. Evaluating and Mentoring Staff (LEAD 153)
  5. Staff Appreciation & Retention (LEAD 154)
  6. Culture & Diversity (PSYO 214)
  7. Interpersonal Conflict (PYSO 209)
  8. one addition workshop with a LEAD or PYSO prefix
NEW! Master Guide Instructor (MGI)

In this presenter-focused track you will learn how to equip other staff and mentor Master Guide candidates. Discover resources for training staff and refine your effectiveness as a public speaker. MGI is equivalent to PIA. Prerequisites: Master Guide & Pathfinder Instructor.

For additional information about the AYMT curriculum, click here.