Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) 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 by developing character, knowledge, and skills in the context of Christian community.
Calvin Theological Seminary has adopted a new three-year M.Div. curriculum that will begin in the fall of 2009. The curriculum retains the strengths of a classical theological education with renewed emphases on preaching, spiritual formation, contextualized ministry, and congregational formation. The seminary has received invaluable input from pastors and other church members throughout the development of the new curriculum.
CTS will be switching in the fall of 2009 from a quarter system to a semester system (two semesters with a January term and a May term). The semester system will offer teaching and learning advantages, better coordination with many other colleges and seminaries, and increased flexibility for students who wish to build more ministry experiences into their education.
Mary Vanden Berg, Ph.D., has been appointed to teach systematic theology. While most seminary professors have ministry experience as a pastor, Mary comes to CTS with lifelong ministry experience as a lay person involved in virtually every aspect of the church’s ministry. Her “view from the pew” complements our faculty in exciting ways.
Year-long internships are making a comeback! Although the year-long internship is no longer required, CTS is investing more resources in this program and is pleased to report that more students are now voluntarily choosing the year-long internship because of its benefits for ministry preparation.
More than 100 pastors and ministry leaders serve as mentors to seminary students and are important partners for the seminary in forming future ministers as they give feedback and support.
The Calvin Theological Seminary Forum magazine is more appreciated than ever. More pastors and officebearers report the benefits of timely articles. Some councils have incorporated last year’s issues on “Children at the Lord’s Supper,” “The Work of the Holy Spirit,” “How Was the Sermon?” and “Being a Confessional Church” into regular council discussions and training. Online versions can be found at www.calvinseminary.edu/pubs/forum/.
Quick Facts• 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 service as a church staff person or ministry associate.This year more than 1,000 pastors and other church leaders attended seminary-sponsored continuing education events across the United States and Canada.