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At Western Seminary, we believe that theological education ought to involve transformation of the heart, as well as of the head. This kind of spiritual transformation requires a learning community—peer relationships forged in the process of working through difficult questions. It also requires mentorship from a faculty of experienced ministry practitioners. 

That's why we created Threshold. 

Threshold is a unique, weeklong opportunity for students to complete one or more in-person courses at our Portland Campus. It is offered every semester and is especially designed to provide community and mentorship for students who might not live in Portland. 

Flexible Course Design

Students can take several classes at Threshold. Each class runs for two or four days, depending on the number of credits (see below). Classes meet each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although class time is limited to these days, coursework is spread out across the entire semester.

Here is a sample Threshold schedule:


An Enriching Seminary Experience

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Come to Portland for only a short period of time and receive the rich benefits of in-person learning. 

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Develop relationships with other ministry leaders as you engage in class and enjoy meals together.

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Be mentored by our faculty—ministry practitioners with a pastoral heart to serve students.

Fall 2024 Courses

Oct. 11–12 BT570/670—Messiah in the Old Testament 2 Jordan Scheetz, PhD
Oct. 14–15 CS501—Introduction to Christian Spirituality 2 Andrew Pack, EdD
Oct. 14–17 MF501—Foundations of Ministry Formation 2 Andrew Pack, EdD
Oct. 16–17 BL501—Interpreting Genesis to Song of Solomon 4 Josh Mathews, PhD
Oct. 18–19 ML501—Theology and Practice of Gospel-Centered Ministry 2 Stephen Stallard, PhD

Planning for future semesters? View our 3-year Threshold Rotation Schedule.


MealsWestern provides lunch to Threshold students on Monday through Thursday. We also host two dinners and provide breakfast and snacks on certain days. 


Although Western does not offer on-campus housing, we can help connect you with several options in the Portland area, including staying with a Western family or sharing an Airbnb with other students. 

Coming to campus this summer? Fill out our meals & lodging survey!

Meals & Lodging Student Survey