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.

There are four levels of competition - Area, Conference, Union, and Division. The Pathfinders are tested over the assigned study books as well as the SDA Bible Commentary Introduction to each study book.

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 the 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 students may also perform dramas depicting some of the Biblical stories from their assigned study book.

The Pathfinder Bible Experience Manual (2019/2020 coming soon) is the official guide and rule book for all levels of PBE play. Guidelines include team practice, team composition, translations/language, and even note on how to prepare the event site for a competition.

2020 PBE Resources

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The date for the 2020 NAD PBE Division Finals is April 17-18, 2020.  The physical location is the NW Sports Hub, a very large sports arena in Centralia, Washington.  This is about half way between the Portland, Oregon and the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington airports, approximately 1 ½ hours from either airport.  Please begin making your plans to attend!

PBE 2019/2020 Study Books

Study books for 2020:  

Ezra, Nehemiah, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, and Micah.  From Ezra and Nehemiah, the Pathfinders will not be responsible for the following:

  • Ezra 2

  • Ezra 8:1-14

  • Ezra 10:18-44

  • Nehemiah 7:7-63

  • Nehemiah 10:1-27

  • Nehemiah 11:3-12:26


The following is the roster of Study Books for 2019/2020:

English - Download all English PDFs (.zip)


Spanish - Descarga todos los archivos PDF en español (.zip)


The Bible Study Books and corresponding SDA Bible Commentary will be available in French very soon.


Area Level: TBA

Conference level: March 7. 2020 




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