Because Pathway is administered at the local level, BYU-Idaho relies heavily on priesthood and auxiliary leaders, institute directors, and Pathway Church-service missionaries for the on-site management and ongoing success of the program.   

Roles of Priesthood Leaders

Priesthood support is vital to success of the program at each individual Pathway location. While BYU-Idaho does not direct the priesthood in their duties, the university does ask local priesthood leaders to offer support and assist in the process of identifying Church members who could potentially benefit from Pathway's educational and spiritual blessings. 

Here are some basic roles of priesthood leaders in the Pathway Program:

  • Area Seventies
    • Garner strong stake leadership support for Pathway
    • Establish recruitment goals, and distribute responsibility
    • Coordinate multi-stake cooperation and execution
  • Stake Presidencies
    • Assist with initial program implementation
    • Identify and call Church-service missionaries
    • Work with Pathway Church-service missionaries to ensure program success
    • Encourage other stake leaders and ward bishoprics to support the program
    • Assist in the recruitment of prospective students

Role of Institutes

Because Pathway has been built as a partnership between BYU-Idaho and Seminaries & Institutes, local institute directors play an important role in the program. Here are some of the ways institutes help support Pathway:

  • Coordinate Book of Mormon classes for Pathway students
  • Provide classrooms and access to buildings during the BYU-Idaho semester calendar
  • Assist with student recruitment

Role of Pathway Missionaries

BYU-Idaho relies heavily on Church-service missionaries to assist with the on-site management of Pathway. While priesthood leaders and institute directors support the program, the missionaries do the bulk of the work to ensure Pathway is successful and that students have a meaningful experience. Missionaries are primarily asked to:

  • Promote Pathway by personally engaging priesthood and auxiliary leaders in each stake and ward
  • Identify and recruit potential students by: a) working with local priesthood/auxiliary leaders, and b) implementing a variety of recruiting tactics
  • Facilitate weekly Pathway gatherings
  • Monitor student academic success, participation, attendance, and retention