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.

For more articles:

http://www.pathfindersonline.org/en/events/pathfinder-bible-experience

 

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

2017 PBE Official Bible Translations Commentary

There are three languages officially supported in the NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience (English, Spanish, French), and thus three official Bible translations

  • English: New King James (Thomas Nelson Pathfinder Edition recommended)
  • Spanish: Reina Valera 1995 (RVR1995)
  • French: Version Louis Segond en Français

The Bible Study Books for 2016-17 PBE are the following:

The testing also includes questions from the SDA Bible Commentary Intro Theme section Only for each book. 

SDA Bible Commentary Theme Section ONLY:

Please visit the website for all kinds of information regarding the specifics of PBE.  The PBE manual and many other resources are available.

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).

PBE Manual Revision 2016

The following items were voted in February 2016 and will become part of the 2016-2017 PBE Manual for the 2016-2017 Testing Year.

  1. Voted:  Beginning with Pathfinder Year 2016-17, it is acceptable for a Conference to invite the teams placing first place and also second place at the Area Level Testing to advance and participate in the Conference Level PBE Testing.  This action is not mandatory and is only at the choice of the Conference.  Conferences may only take this action for teams advancing between Area and Conference Levels.
  2. Voted:  The Bible Study books for 2021 are Hebrews, James, 1st and 2nd Peter.  Suggested:We study a series of minor prophets for 2022.
  3. Voted:  In 2017, Due to Easter Weekend, the Division PBE Finals be April 21-22 
  4. Voted:  Division Testing locations
    The initial proposed rotation is the following: 2017-Lake Union, 2018-Southern Union, 2019-North Pacific Union, 2020-Atlantic Union, 2021-Southwestern Union, 2022-Columbia Union, 2023-Mid-America Union,  2024-Pacific Union.
  5. Voted:  On occasion the NAD is asked by various program authors to review their memorization or Bible study program and ask that the NAD adopt that program as the official memorization or Bible study program for PBE The NAD does not sponsor or adopt any outside program as official.  We may include those programs on a list of possible study helps and participants may then make a choice, however, no program will be adopted as official.

2016 PBE Final Results

We are incredibly excited and amazed with how God led hundreds of young people deep into the Bible - the Book of Exodus, during the 2015-2016 PBE season.  April 16 2016, 100 teams met in Prescott Arizona for the fifth annual NAD Division Testing event.  

All Teams who tested at the Division event are included in the following list by union and conference, with their placement.  Placement is based on the following metric:  First Place=90% correct of top scoring team's score;  Second Place=80% correct from top scoring team's score; Third Place=70% correct from top scoring team's score.

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Read more: 2016 PBE Final Results

2016 Division PBE Detailed Bulletin

UPDATE - Bulletin 3 - 4/6/2016

To all:
The Big Weekend is fast approaching and we are looking forward to seeing all of you in Arizona!  We always want to keep you informed so here is a repeat of some info but also much new info.  Be reminded that all programs will take place at Prescott High School, 1050 Ruth Street, Prescott, Arizona, 86301.
 
Grader Assignments:
Each team has registered and as part of that registration you identified who your team is providing as a grader for another team.  All graders have been assigned and are shown on the attached two files.  You can check your Grader Assignment by looking down the list of teams till you find your name or you can use the second file where the grader is shown alphabetically, last name first.  Attention has been given to those teams needing either a Spanish or Bi-lingual grader.  Please be sure your graders attend the Grader’s meeting that begins at 8:45 on Sabbath morning.  It is very important that they be there on time or early.  The location of the grader’s meeting will be given at Registration.  If you have someone in your group who is willing to be a grader as an alternate, please have them there at the Grader’s meeting and as needed we will assign them a team.    All graders are to be in Class A uniform, whether Adventurers, Pathfinders or Master Guide.  
 
Team Registration on Sabbath Morning:
Registration will open Sabbath morning at 8:15am at the High School.  Registration will be by Union and there are five stations.  Please go to your own Union sign.   If you go to the wrong Union and try to register they will not have your registration packet.           Signage will tell you where to go.  The Union Groupings are the following:  1. Atlantic Union, British Union, Pacific Union;  2. Columbia Union;  3. Lake Union, Mid America Union, North Pacific Union;  4.  SDA Church in Canada, Southwestern Union;  5.  Southern Union.
 
Runners:
Some teams have team members who are not participating in the actual testing or there are members of the traveling party, whether Pathfinders or Adventurers, who would like to participate as a runner, picking up the challenged Answer Sheets.  We welcome them and ask that they assemble at the Stage where they will be assigned as needed.  There will be a coordinator of the Runners who will make the assignments. 
 
Weekend Schedule:
Friday Night:
7:00Music with Pastor Ken Rogers and Pathfinders, Special Music by Pathfinders
Evening Message with Pastor Armando Miranda, Jr
 
Sabbath Morning:
8:15amTeam Registration opens at Gymnasium
8:45amGraders Meeting, location TBD
9:15amTeams to be in their places
9:30amPrayer, Inspections, Introductions and Testing Program Begins
12:15pmApprox. Testing Ends, 
12:20pmLunch Served, Gymnasium seating returned to audience seating
1:30pmWorship Service
Music with Pastor Ken Rogers and Pathfinders, Special Music by Pathfinders
Worship Message Pastor Kevin Johns
3:00pmBreak
3:15pmPBE Team Awards Program
Till complete
Time?Closing Remarks and Prayer
 
All the testing and the Awards will be live streamed.  As soon as we have an address for the live streaming we will send out.
 
Lodging and meals at Camp Yavapines:
If you have not already registered for lodging and Sabbath and Sunday breakfasts at Camp Yavapines, you must do so no later than Friday.  The number to call is 480-991-6777 x 125.  If Evelyn does not answer please leave a detailed message and she will return your call but it may be as late as Monday when she calls back.
 
Be reminded that if you are staying at Camp Yavapines you are responsible for providing your own bedding and towels.  The physical address for Camp Yavapines is:  2999 W. Iron Springs Road, Prescott, AZ 86305

 

 

 

 
 
Sabbath Lunch at Prescott High School:
The NAD is providing 8 lunches per team, free of charge.  Some of you have purchased additional lunches.  If you have not done so but would like to purchase additional lunches please call Evelyn Saravia - 480-991-6777 x 125.  If Evelyn does not answer please leave a detailed message and she will return your call but it may be as late as Monday when she calls back.
 
Dress Expected:
Warm but casual dress is expected for Friday night.  Full Class A uniform is expected on Sabbath morning and afternoon, with an inspection taking place for all Pathfinders on the testing teams.   All graders are to be in Class A uniform, whether with Adventurers, Pathfinders or Master Guide. 
 
 
Thank you all for your dedication to our Pathfinders and once again we look forward to seeing you on Friday night, April 15 in Prescott!
 
Thanks,
Gene
 
 
W. Gene Clapp

PBE Academic Permission Letter 2016

PBE Division Finals bound? Here is the Academic Letter that you may need to submit to your school to excuse your days away. File from dropbox.com

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 2017 Exodus Application Guide for the Pauline Epistles (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Timothy) will be available autumn, 2017.

The 2017 Guide can be downloaded here.

PBE Rules Update beginning 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 beginning 2015

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