Calvin Theological Seminary is the seminary of the Christian Reformed Church. It seeks to “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:12-13). CTS is committed to formation for ministry—developing character, knowledge, and skills in the context of Christian community.What’s New
CTS has appointed Rev. Scott Hoezee as the new director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching. Rev. Hoezee is an accomplished preacher and pastor who will bring strong leadership to the center.
CTS’s redesigned website (www.calvinseminary.edu) offers user-friendly, helpful information about the seminary’s degree programs, continuing education offerings, and community life and ministry.
Another new website, www.cep.calvinseminary.edu, offers practical, high-quality preaching resources. Every week the site features new exegetical resources, Heidelberg Catechism preaching resources, cultural analysis, and links to recommended websites for people who prepare sermons regularly.
CTS has begun a “Discerning Your Calling” initiative to develop a deeper “culture of calling” within the CRC. The goal is to help congregations identify people with gifts for ministry, encourage them to consider God’s calling to ministry, and support them as they prepare for ministry. Heidi De Jonge, a 2005 master of divinity graduate, is a key leader in this initiative.
The seminary also is redeveloping its field education program. Rev. Robert Heerspink, pastor of Faith Community CRC in Wyoming, Mich., and De Jonge are leading the development of the Formation for Ministry program that will feature a closer connection between students’ spiritual formation, classroom learning, and ministry experience; a greater emphasis upon students’ active involvement in a local congregation during their years at seminary; the use of mentors; and cross-cultural ministry experience.
CTS has completed the first year of the new synodically approved Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC) for students from other seminaries who aspire to ordained ministry of the Word in the CRC. The seminary is eager to incorporate learnings from the first year into the coming year’s program.
More information is available on the seminary’s website or from the CTS Forum, which is mailed to all CRC congregations.
The master of divinity (M.Div.) degree is a four-year program (three years in residence and a one-year internship) that prepares people for ordained ministry as pastors.
A significant number of M.Div. students are launching a second career and attend seminary part time.
The master of arts (M.A.) degree in either educational ministry, missions, church planting, or worship is a two-year degree program for people who desire specialized training for unordained service.
This year more than 1,000 pastors and other church leaders attended seminary-sponsored continuing education events across the United States and Canada.