Calvin Theological Seminary 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.
Helping individuals explore ministry as a vocation is an important part of our role at CTS. We now offer retreats and workshops on “Discerning Your Calling” for individuals and groups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CTS Formation for Ministry groups combine learning with practical experience in ministry. These groups have become an important part of the seminary experience for M.Div. and M.A. students. “My Formation for Ministry Group has become a bridge between the classroom, field education, and being formed into the type of pastor I want to be,” testified one student.
Mentoring also plays an increasingly important role in seminary training at CTS. More than 100 pastors and ministry leaders serve as individual mentors to students as they provide advice, feedback, and support.
Technology is changing the way seminarians study, and CTS continued to keep pace with those changes in the past year. Today, students rely heavily on online programs such as the Libronix Digital Library from Logos Research Systems, which allows students to take classroom notes and interpret the Bible in its original languages. To aid students, the seminary student center and seminary-owned apartments now offer wireless Internet access, and classrooms are being fitted with smart technology to accommodate laptops and other systems.
A recent consultation has resulted in a new emphasis on urban ministry. This past year, students participated in a poverty simulation and took part in an urban bike tour. A travel course to New Jersey and New York City helped students further explore urban ministry opportunities.
Continuing education events reached hundreds of learners throughout the past year. Events featured prominent guests such as N. T. Wright, F. Dale Bruner, Philip Yancey, James Kok, Ronald Sider, Robert Sirico, Alan Jacobs, Miroslav Volf, and many more.
The seminary’s Center for Excellence in Preaching continued to provide many resources for preachers and now offers a growing library of sermon podcasts at http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/index.php.
Further information is available on the seminary’s website or from the CTS Forum.
- The master-of-divinity (M.Div.) degree is a three-year program 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 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.