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Great leaders are essential, but they can be hard to find. If the church is going to be able to fulfill its mission, it is going to have to accept its responsibility to identify and develop those people who will lead them in the future. Typically, churches have contracted this function out to the seminary, which they have seen as a kind of factory for pastoral leaders. The results have been predictable.

Immerse offers a better way, a fully church-based training system. Through Immerse, a robust new cadre of leaders has emerged, offering hope for the future of our churches and the Kingdom.

Northwest Baptist Seminary - Fellowship Pacific

Northwest Baptist Seminary serves Fellowship Pacific, a dynamic partnership of more than 100 churches in British Columbia and the Yukon, committed to leveraging their collective strength to make a God-honouring impact. Owning the responsibility for leadership development is a significant part of that vision. Immerse is the product of what can happen when a seminary and church network grow to trust one another and work together.

Now, several other networks have come together to adopt the Immerse platform, including Baptist Housing, Fellowship International, SemBEQ, C2C Church Planting, 17:6 Network, Fellowship Prairies, and more, creating the potential for a worldwide movement. The values that drive the program and assure its effectiveness are many:

Fully Accredited Master of Divinity

Students who come with the necessary prerequisites are able to earn a gold standard MDiv degree for the work they do under the mentors in their context. This program has been vetted to the highest standard by The Association of Theological Schools, the premiere accrediting body for theological schools in North America.

Fully Context Based

The Immerse program is delivered entirely in the context of the local church or ministry with only brief visits to campus for instruction. The best place to learn to lead the church is the church.

Mastery Model

Students earn credit solely by proving their mastery of the program outcomes. Knowledge, skill, and character are shown before students get the grade. No courses - only outcomes.

Mentor Managed

Students are surrounded by a three-person mentoring team, featuring an academic expert, an on-the-ground pastoral mentor, and a big-picture mentor from the broader network. Together this team works to direct, assess, and encourage the student.

Integrated Curriculum

Outcomes integrate bible, theology, and practice so that learning is holistic. Students learn to reach, disciple, and multiply on a personal, relational, and structural level, through mastery of the necessary convictions, capacities, and character traits.

Rigorous Assessment

Students are thoroughly assessed before being granted admission to the program. Progress through Immerse is carefully observed and managed so as to insure that resources are well invested in the people God has called. Churches and mentors are assessed to insure that students are placed in the best possible environments with the best possible guides.

Financially Responsible

Believing it important to keep students free from debt, the Immerse program takes advantage of efficiencies so as to keep tuition and costs affordable.




We're looking for great students who have demonstrated gifting and calling to ministry. Such students need to show self-discipline and a deep commitment to their Lord, their gifts, and their callings.

Mentors and Churches

Immerse provides opportunity for experienced leaders to reproduce themselves through serving as mentors. We are also interested in working with excellent churches who understand their responsibility to invest in the next generation of leaders by providing opportunity for students.

Donors and Prayer Partners

The Immerse program depends on those who will support students through prayer and financial giving.


Northwest Baptist Seminary is open to conversation with schools, denominations, and networks about partnering in the extension and offer of context-based learning through Immerse.

I Timothy 4:15 says, "Practice these things. Immerse yourself in them so that all may see your progress." Through this program we are trying to take that text literally.

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