PATHFINDER BIBLE EXPERIENCE
The Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) 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 or books of the Bible (alternating Old Testament and New Testament), memorizing large portions of God’s Word.
There are four levels of competition – Area, Conference, Union, and Division
In April, finalist teams from across the Division participate in the final level of testing. The finals take place in various union locations. In 2012 and 2014 the finals were near the Division offices in Maryland; in 2013 in Lincoln, NE; in 2015 in Keene, TX; in 2016 in Phoenix, AZ; and in 2017 in Chicago, IL. 2018 was hosted by the Southern Union, near Orlando, FL.
At each level, the teams scoring 90% or higher of the highest score at their testing site make 1st place and are invited to go on to the next level. The winning teams are extreme students of the Bible and in most cases memorize chapters and in some cases entire book(s). Winning teams incorporate the Total Church Involvement approach. This means they have study coaches but also involve the church elders and other members of the local church to assist in making up sample tests, friendly competition against the elders to see who is the better student of the Bible, become involved in worships made up of talks from subject matter from the assigned study book(s). The Pathfinders may also perform dramas depicting some of the Biblical stories from their assigned study book.