Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is the Convergence program intended for?
- Does the "apprentice" have to already be in vocational ministry (i.e. a paid pastoral position)?
- Does Convergence award degrees?
- Is there a grading system for the assignments?
- When are the intensives?
Who is the Convergence program intended for?
Convergence is intended to train men who aspire to the work of pastoral ministry within a local church. It is expected that these men are already involved in the ministry of a local church and that the church confirms their "call" to pastoral ministry.
Does the "apprentice" have to already be in vocational ministry (i.e. a paid pastoral position)?
No, although it would be beneficial to be. It should be the apprentice's aspiration to enter vocational pastoral ministry during Convergence or soon after completing the Convergence program.
Does Convergence award degrees?
No. Convergence is not accredited and therefore cannot award degrees. At the present time, we are not seeking accreditation.
Is there a grading system for the assignments?
The focus of Convergence is on developing competency, not simply the accumulation of information. Therefore, we do not use a typical testing or grading system (A, B, C, etc). The emphasis is on how well you can apply what you learn to your life and ministry situation. Competency is determined by observing your interaction within the intensive, by your mentor, and by the local church leadership.
In addition, over the course of the three year Convergence program, each apprentice will develop and put together a "ministry portfolio" that is rooted in their studies and ministry experiences and is tailored to their unique ministry needs and aspirations. This portfolio will contain three sections.
- Statement of Faith (Doctrinal Statement). What you believe and the biblical reasons for your belief.
- Philosophy of Ministry. A detailed description of the principles and strategies for how you "do" ministry in the local church.
- Personal Development Plan. A tested strategy and working plan for the proactive growth in areas such as character, physical health, finances, and family relationships.
When are the intensives?
Intensives are typically scheduled in January, February, April, May, September, October and November. They begin at 8 AM Thursday and conclude by 12 PM (noon) on Saturday.