4.1 Pathway Sites

A Pathway site is a specific geographic area that has been approved to offer PathwayConnect. Sites are typically comprised of three or more stakes and may contain multiple groups (see 4.2 Pathway Groups).

4.1.1 Program Expansion

New Pathway sites are typically requested by local priesthood leaders (Area President, Area Seventy, and/or stake president). All site applications and requests go through an approval process involving some or all of the following: the PathwayConnect Home Office, the BYU-Idaho President’s Executive Group, and the Church Board of Education. Potential sites are strategically selected to serve the most members possible.

4.1.2 Site Approval Guidelines

For Pathway to succeed, local priesthood leadership and support are critical. Pathway works best as a regional, multi-stake effort, where three or more stakes are actively participating. In areas where PathwayConnect has been most successful, priesthood leaders discuss the program openly in councils, trainings, and other church meetings. Clear communication and support is recommended at the Seventy, stake, and ward levels.

Priesthood leaders interested in applying for a local Pathway site should counsel with a PathwayConnect area manager or director. Priesthood leaders interested in learning more about Pathway, how it can assist them in their ministry, and how to ensure local program success can visit PathwayConnect’s “Local Leaders” web page.