This fall, Northwest hosted its 3rd Immerse graduation in partnership with Fellowship Pacific. Immerse graduations are a particularly special time because they represent the culmination of not only the graduate’s journey but also the cumulative work of Northwest, Fellowship Pacific and local church mentors. To steal a phrase, it takes a village to raise a leader. At graduation, the village comes together to celebrate. So congratulations to the villages of Garry Firth (Meeting Place), Luis Orjuela (Okanagan Hispanic Baptist Church), Jeffrey Scott (Ladner Baptist Church), Steve Vandop (Departure Bay Baptist Church), and Tommy Wong (Oakridge Baptist Church).
This year’s convocation was particularly special as two students from partner networks also walked the stage. Mark Evans became the first graduate from Fellowship Prairies, completing his training at Fellowship Baptist Church in Edmonton. Lindsay Myers is the 7th graduate through the 17:6 Network in Fort Worth, TX. She completed her studies at Church in the Valley in Alhambra, CA. She is the first 17:6 Network graduate to travel north to come and celebrate the occasion with us.
To date, there have been 22 Immerse graduates from four different partner networks. Nearly all of those graduates are currently serving in the roles or ministries for which they trained. Northwest now offers Immerse in partnership with 11 different networks and this fall has 60 students enrolled in the program. 109 mentors guide those students who are serving in 34 different churches or ministry contexts.
It does take a village to raise a leader, and we are so thankful to all of those who are partnering in this work.