Pathfinder

Your leadership journey starts here.

Pathfinder is the foundational leadership program offered by The Philos Project. Consisting of online mini-courses and an in-person retreat for qualified participants, Pathfinder orients Christian leaders towards the region where their faith was born. Graduates of Pathfinder emerge as Hebraic leaders that are equipped to tackle complex issues in the Near East and the West, as well as in their own backyards. Both the Pathfinder courses and the in-person capstone retreat are offered free of charge to all participants, and both are prerequisites for the Philos Leadership Institute, a fully subsidized trip to explore Israel on the ground.

Course descriptions

Basic Pathfinder Course

The Basic Pathfinder Course equips Christians to lead in the face of conflict and encourages them to forge their path, as leaders, towards the Kingdom of God. This course brings Christians back to their Biblical roots and challenges participants to embrace the earthly and heavenly duality of the Hebraic tradition.

Robert Nicholson
Robert Nicholson

Jews and Christians in the Bible, History, and Today

This course outlines the history of the Jewish people and their relationship with Christians from Biblical times to the present day. It also examines the covenantal relationship between God and the Jews in the context of the Old and New Testaments and explains why Christians have a unique and urgent responsibility to fight antisemitism.

dr. gerald mcdermott
dr. gerald mcdermott

The Religious and Political Ideas of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

This course prepares Christian leaders for real-time engagement with the Near East by exploring the inner dynamics of one of the most polarizing conflicts in the world: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The course dissects the history and present-day realities of this complex conflict by examining primary texts and valuable secondary sources to explore the question of peace in the region.

robert nicholson
robert nicholson

Introduction to Islam

This course provides a brief history of Islam while touching on the historical, cultural, and theological interplay between the three Abrahamic faiths: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It also sheds light on the basic teachings and tenets of Islam and provides guidance on how Christians, Jews, and Western powers should engage with Muslims and the Muslim world today.

Alberto Fernandez
Alberto Fernandez

Christian Communities of the Near East

This course examines the history of various Christian communities in the East while exploring many of the key differences between Eastern and Western Christianity. It also provides guidance on how to foster improved relations between denominations and sheds light on the role that Christians play in the Near East today.

dr. steve cochrane
dr. steve cochrane

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Near East

This course provides a brief history of the role that U.S. foreign policy has played in the modern Near East (special emphasis on the State of Israel). It also examines what constructive Christian engagement with foreign policy looks like and debunks common misconceptions about the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Walter Russell Mead
Walter Russell Mead

Near East Security Dynamics

This course explores the historical and contemporary drivers of Near Eastern conflict and examines why the Near East, perhaps more than any other global region in the last century, has seen more and longer violent conflicts. It also touches on arms development and technological warfare and looks at the trajectory and ongoing security challenges of this conflict-ridden region.

Darren Duke
Darren Duke

Frequently Asked Questions

Without Philos, the work I do now never would have been part of my story.

Peter Burns, PLI ‘17

"Your soul is going to be on fire."

Kelsie Wendelberger

"Be open to having every preconceived notion you had challenged."

Frank Schembari

Have questions about Pathfinder? Get in touch.

Shannon Walsh
Associate Director of Research and Education