1.3 Institutes of Religion & PEF/ Self-Reliance Centers
A key element in PathwayConnect’s organizational structure in most locations is its partnership with Seminaries & Institutes of Religion. And in several locations outside the U.S. & Canada, implementation and expansion of PathwayConnect is done in collaboration with the Church’s Perpetual Education Fund (PEF)/Self-Reliance Centers.
Typically, distance education programs like PathwayConnect come with significant capital investment. But PathwayConnect utilizes already existing institute and other Church facilities for its weekly gatherings and for a portion of its curriculum. Combine that with donated time from Church service and full-time missionaries, and PathwayConnect can operate at a relatively low cost — further expanding available locations and opportunities for students.