Pathfinder Bible Experience


The Pathfinder Bible Experience is a team challenge that focuses on immersion in the Word of God. Four levels of play each Pathfinder year culminate in an official NAD Pathfinder event held on the third Sabbath of April at a large venue somewhere in the NAD.

A full day of activities is planned, including Sabbath morning services, and the PBE event in the afternoon from 1-5 pm.

The PBE Manual is available from AdventSource or as a PDF download here.

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PBE Overview

The Pathfinder Bible Experience is the Official North American Division Pathfinder Bible study program. Some affectionately call the program Bible Bowl.

Each year, teams of six club members study a book of the Bible (alternating Old Testament and New Testament), memorizing large portions of God's word.  

Read more: PBE Overview

PBE Manual

The Pathfinder Bible Experience Manual is the offical guide and rule book for all levels of PBE play.  

Read more: PBE Manual

Application Guide

Each year, the NAD Pathfinder Ministry team provides an Application Guide to assist the leadership and PBE teams in learning and internalizing the book of the Bible being studied.


The 2016 Application is Exodus and may be downloaded here.

PBE Rules Update 2015

TIMING:In an effort to be fair yet streamline the response time following the second reading of the questions in the testing process we have made the following changes to the response time.


Previously, following the second reading of the testing question, the teams were given 10 seconds to determine the answer to the question.  

Read more: PBE Rules Update 2015

PBE 2016 Practice Questions Download

Whether practicing a "dry run" or using the questions as part of a PBE preparation game against the church elders/ministry team, these files are meant to support your preparation for game-play at your regional, conference, and union events.

Format:  90 questions in the format you should be prepared to answer at PBE events.

English/Spanish Powerpoint (MS Office 2010)

PBE Official Exodus Bible Translations / SDA Bible Commentary

There are three languages officially supported in the NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience, and thus three official Bible translations.

Be sure your testing levels (area, conference, union) are offering PBE testing in your chosen one of these three languages.
REMINDER:  Per voted policy, answers to questions must match the language studied in, and cannot "cross over" mixing languages in an answer. (See manual "Language Variation" for more detail).



2016 (PBE) Pathfinder Bible Experience Testing Dates

These are the suggested testing dates for PBE testing.  
Please check with your Conference and Union for actual dates and locations for testing:
Area/District Testing -- February 6
Conference Testing -- March 5
Union Testing -- March 19
Division Testing -- April 15-16

PBE Study Books 2015-2020

Voted NAD Pathfinder Advisory 2013 --

Beginning in 2014 we have changed the study direction of PBE from multiple books to generally one book.

Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) Forms and Tools

Below you will find the forms necessary for local team, area, and conference levels of play.


Local Club Forms:

Statement of Integrity - Please bring a signed copy to your area, conference, union, and division events.

Media Release Form -- Please bring a signed copy FOR EACH PARTICIPANT to your area, conference, union, and division events.


Read more: Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) Forms and Tools

PBE Division Finals Results 2015 MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- On April 18, 128 teams met in Keene Texas, at Southwestern Adventist University, for the fourth-annual PBE Finals.  92 teams achieved a first place rating, while 33 teams achieved a second place rating, and 1 team achieved a third place rating.  Each of the teams present represent the best their conferences have to offer, having to achieve a first place rating (90% correct from highest score) at three previous levels of play.  


 This chart shows teams alphabetically by Union and Conference along with each team's ranking.  Following the chart is additional information about the growth and spiritual impact of PBE.

Read more: PBE Division Finals Results 2015 MEDIA RELEASE