Pathway 1:


An introduction to the place and role of theology in defining the Church and providing a foundational understanding for how theology underlies the nature, purpose, and function of the Church. 

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Duration: 4 Weeks

Platform: 100% online

Format: Readings, Videos, Podcasts, Exercises, Quizzes...

eBook: Foundations: Reflect and Renew

Price: $25

Questions Answered
in Pathway 1: Theology

  1. What is the role of theology in Church and Congregational Life? 
  2. What is a simple explanation for Theology? 
  3. Why should theology be important to us? 

Weekly Topics:

Week 1: Exploring the Theology 

The purpose of this week’s lesson is to understand and explain the Theology of the Church and itscontributing elements. 

Week 2: Theology in Church and Congregational Life

After you complete this week’s lesson you will understand theology, its application to the Church, and understand the significance of theology in congregational life.

Week 3: Categories of Theology

The goal this week is to obtain a greater and fuller understanding of theology. You will do this by acquiring a clear focus on the role of Theology in Church and Congregational Life. 

Week 4: Church and Congregational Theology

Once you complete this week’s lesson you will have a better understanding of God’s design for the Church and, in turn, you will be able to express God’s purpose for the Church in practical ways. 

Required Books:

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Included with the purchase
of this course

Foundations: Reflect and Renew
Our System of Faith and Belief

Book Description:
FOUNDATIONS allows congregations to get back to the basics of their faith. Theology plays an important role in the Church.  Without an informed understanding of the place of theology in the Church and the vital nature of its contribution to its activities, the Church may find itself confused, facing unnecessary challenges, and lacking the power God intended it to possess. However, a Church, operating on the solid foundation theology provides, can be that invincible extension of Christ pictured in his statement on the Church expressed in Matthew 16:18.  An informed understanding of theology is essential for every Church to be what Jesus intended when he said, “upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gate of Hades will not prevail against it.” 

Additional Information:

  • eBook expires 2 years after activation
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Navigating the Call
Cost: $20.00

Book Description:
Water was a significant instrument in the leadership life of Jesus Christ. He was baptized in water, turned water into wine, called disciples who made their living from the water, and performed the ultimate act of servant leadership by washing the feet of His disciples with water. Jesus calmed angry seas, offered Himself as the Living Water, and invited the spiritually dehydrated to drink the water He gives so that they will never be thirsty again. By the grace of God in Jesus Christ, we have a vision of what it looks like to have rivers of living waters flowing from within us. Even in the Book of Revelation as He pronounces, "It is done" and proclaims, "I am the Alpha and the Omega" Jesus extends this invitation: "'Come!' Let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely." Navigating the Call offers one such invitation to the Christian leader who is committed to the call of pastoral leadership.

The vocational praxis of African-American clergy involves deep inquiry and embodiment of the ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ. African-American pastoral leadership is foundationally contextual and inseparable from the social constructs of justice and marginalization which impact the way we learn, lead, and disseminate the Gospel message of faith, hope, healing, and the love of Christ to all who will receive it. Leadership by navigation offers the African-American pastor a fresh way to faithfully approach and contextually answer the Call. This book is an invitation to explore navigational leadership.

Additional Information:

  • Required reading for all 6 pathways
  • eBook expires 2 years after activation
  • Interested in a physical copy of the book? Purchase HERE

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the D'ART Collective Pathways?

The D’ART Collective Pathways are an exciting, innovative collection of 6 online courses, Pathways, designed to help Christians, pastors, and church leaders strengthen their ministries and impact their community and culture.

What is included in a Pathway?

Each of the 6 Pathways includes a four-week course with curated readings and an eBook (activated through VitalSource) with doctorate level research provided in easy to understand principles to help you develop a strong, thriving congregation, videos and podcasts answering deep questions from Christian thought leaders in the community, and exercises, quizzes, and group questions to push you to integrate your knowledge with your faith and take your ministry into your community.

What is the best way to participate in a Pathway?

D'ART Collective Pathways is designed to be done with a community of believers or local church. Each week, you are encouraged to meet with congregational leaders within your church as part of a Congregational Studies Innovation Learning Lab (C-SIL).

Where can I take Pathways?

Each Pathway is a 100% online course with readings, videos, podcasts, exercises, quizzes, and questions for group discussion.

In what order should I complete Pathways?

Pathways is a set of 6 consecutive courses designed to build upon one another and should be taken in order: Theology, Identity, Community, Process, Program, and Implementation.

How long does a Pathway take to complete?

One Pathway is four weeks.

What do I get when I finish all six Pathways?

Once all 6 Pathways are complete, you will receive a certificate marking your completion of the D'ART Collective Pathways for display.


What is included in my Pathway purchase?

When you purchase a single Pathway, you are given access to a four-week course and an eBook code (activated through VitalSource) for the book connected to the Pathway. The course will remain active for one year after purchase, and the eBook will be available for two years after activation on VitalSource.

How do I activate my eBook on VitalSource?

  1. Visit
  2. If you have a VitalSource account, login or create a free account to continue.
  3. Once logged in, supply your redemption code and select “add to my bookshelf.”
  4. To view your eBooks, visit
  5. To download Bookshelf onto your computer or mobile device, visit for instructions.

What do I get for the 6 Pathways bundle?

You will receive all 6 Pathways along with codes for all 6 eBooks connected with each Pathway.

Which Pathway do I need the book Navigating the Call?

Navigating the Call has required readings within all 6 Pathways. The eBook will be available for two years after activation on VitalSource.

Where do I go if I need help?

Contact us through our support ticket system here.

Do you offer group pricing?

For group pricing, contact us through our support ticket system here.