For over 20 years, Church Venture Northwest has been committed to helping local churches surface and train their next generation of pastors and leaders.

Convergence is a cohort-based training designed as a hybrid model rooted in the local church with experienced specialists and practitioners. We benefit from cooperating with Western Seminary and local pastors who excel in their craft. Through a three-year pastoral training program that works alongside the local church, we have successfully raised over a hundred leaders who have made a difference in the Pacific Northwest.

CVNW will host two Convergence Previews this Fall to give interested candidates and churches a glimpse of what to expect in Convergence. The new Convergence cohort will begin in January 2024. Click the button below to register for one of the Preview Events.

When: Saturday, October 7th - or - November 18th from 10am - 2pm (lunch provided).

Where: Church Venture Northwest Ministry Center (4822 N. Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97217)

When will the cohorts meet?

Convergence will follow the academic school year with intensives in September, November, January, March, and May. We anticipate offering two summer electives concentrating on specific ministries, i.e., Preaching, Youth Ministry, Worship, etc. The first intensive will be in January of 2024.

The length of each intensive will be two and a half days, except for summer electives, which may require more time.


Each intensive will cost $1000, with 15 compulsory courses (over three years) required to complete Convergence. Electives will be of the student's choice with additional cost incurred.

  • Housing, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.
  • Students will be responsible for purchasing any required materials.

Scope and Sequence for First Year

  • Section 1: Who is God?
  • Section 2: Story of God
  • Section 3: Identity as God's People
  • Section 4: Your Personal Identity in Relation to God and His People
  • Section 5: Integrated class/project integrating God, His People and You

Registration for Convergence will open soon! Today, you can sign up for a Preview Event to learn more information.

Additional questions can be sent to Luke Hendrix at [email protected] or 503-669-1515, x713.