The Convergence Leadership Project provides 8-week intensive learning modules to equip and inspire you to be a long-term participant in a vital spiritual movement taking shape around the world. Your completion of (4) 8-week intensives will result in Certification in Convergence Leadership.
become a vibrant spiritual activist, rooted in a coherent theological framework and empowered by a vital spiritual life.
make your unique contribution to a growing, multi-denominational movement of just, joyful, generous, and regenerative Christianity that is growing stronger every day.
help your congregation link up with other congregations across denominations so you can learn together, dream together, get organized, and make a difference together.
become a vital partner in the larger multi-faith movement for peace, justice, ecological responsibility, and inclusion for all.
Because the challenge is so great, we hope you will become part of an upcoming intensive. The cost is affordable, and full and partial scholarships are available for minorities, seminarians, and church planters.
You will be eligible to receive a Certificate in Convergence Leadership if you complete four online intensives (8 weeks each), interact with others on our online discussions, and participate in meetings online. You will produce a portfolio of postings, responses, and actions that can contribute to your personal reflection and professional development.
A more just, joyful, generous, and regenerative future birthed by a dynamic and diverse multi-faith movement with a vital Christian wing.
We will contribute to this vision by building leaders who embody “just, joyful, generous, regenerative Christianity.
These leaders are empowered to create, align and activate churches and other faith communities in that path;
They can accelerate needed change, and
They are eager to share what they are learning.
Local church emphasis, for the good of the community and world
Innovative/creative emphasis, learning from history and tradition
Authenticity emphasis: balancing inner and outer work
Christian emphasis: Theologically/biblically rooted, spiritually empowered, relationally connected, dedicated to multi-faith collaboration.
Emphasis on Critical Issues: Engaging People, Peace/Race, Poverty, Planet
Cohort Emphasis: Learning is a team sport, so we encourage you to invite some friends to form a cohort of 8 - 12, or we can place you in a cohort as well.
Research Emphasis: We test for effectiveness and seek constant improvement based on research.
Intensive format, normally with 8 week time frames
Online work via daily messages and weekly learning modules
Intensives of 8-12 (max 15) peers for personal and interpersonal learning (When possible, intensives will be congregation-based)
Executive Coaches to provide orientation, guide interaction, respond to questions, encourage participation
Live Interaction with instructors & coaches via online conversations at four key points in each intensive
Experiential Learning through projects, experiences, experiments, and implementations
Application Process to enhance cohort quality
Additional resources include access to or meet-ups at events, plus self-assessments, readings, checklists, etc
Certification based on four criteria: completion of modules, online interaction with cohort, completion of experiential learning project, self-evaluation
Additional resources include self-assessments, readings, checklists, coaching/consultation, and tools from Center for Progressive Renewal - will be available to participants as well.
Cohort-Based: We design the program for groups in which learners interact with one another in real-life contexts of work and community. The Cohort Coordinator oversees the cohort’s progress.
Multi-Format: We create online modules to help learners a) engage with content privately, b) engage with others using that content and building on it, c) reflect on the content and interaction with the help of relevant questions, and d) translate learning into action.
Experiential: Each intensive focuses on one or more specific projects for participants. The projects are enjoyable, challenging, and relevant to life and ministry.
Active/Contemplative: We integrate personal/spiritual growth with organizational and missional growth, emphasizing both inner and outer work.
Multiple Influences: We bring together a wide variety of leaders as models for learners, diverse in race, gender, age, denomination, etc.
Selective Admission: We are seeking to build a high-commitment community in Convergence Leadership Project. For this reason, we have designed an application process that helps you and us assess if CLP is right for you. The process consists of a) an application and b) a twenty-minute interview conducted by phone or videoconference to go over your application, discuss commitment and context, answer questions, etc.
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Center for Progressive Renewal/Convergence, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group.
Rev. Cameron Trimble is the Executive Director, CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal. Cameron also serves on the board of directors for Convergence. Her ministry in national and regional church settings has given her a unique perspective on the challenges of cultivating leaders equipped to meet the needs of the future of mainline Protestantism. Rev. Trimble is an adjunct professor teaching church planting and renewal with the Pacific School of Religion and Chicago Theological Seminary and has co-authored the book Liberating Hope in 2011. Her new book, Piloting Church, will be released in 2019.
Rev. Dr. Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock currently serves as Program Director for the Convergence Leadership Project. Prior to joining the Convergence team, Lindsay initiated, negotiated and implemented a unique merger between The Beatitudes Society (for whom she was Executive Director) and Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. She has already served as Executive Director of National Farm Worker Ministry and as a Anti-Human Trafficking Specialist for Indonesia and Malaysia. Lindsay is the founder of Tumbuh, a unique travel immersion endeavor based in Southeast Asia.
Rev. Jim Keat is the Director of Online Learning at The Center for Progressive Renewal. Jim is a divergent thinker, an ideation specialist, and an aspiring minimalist. He is the Associate Minister of Digital Strategy & Online Engagement at The Riverside Church in New York City as well as the creator of online projects and platforms like Thirty Seconds or Less, That'll Preach, and more.
Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson is a United Church of Christ pastor, writer, and media strategist. Lawrence joined the CPR team in 2013 and works to curate and generate print and digital content for multiple media platforms. When he is not writing, curating, researching, and ministering, Lawrence spends his time enjoying nature, practicing yoga, and being an active presence in both the Transgender and Progressive Christian communities.
Criteria for Certification: You will receive a certificate if …
You complete all the learning modules, the first of which includes the setting of personal learning goals.
You reply to at least two cohort member comments per week.
You choose, complete, and report on an experiential learning project with your coach’s guidance.
You complete a summary module and self-evaluation that indicates achievement of your goals.