Calvin Theological Seminary

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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: developing character, knowledge, and skills in the context of Christian community.

What’s New

Calvin Theological Seminary’s new Master of Divinity curriculum was launched this fall. It retains the strengths of a classical theological education while placing renewed emphasis on preaching, spiritual formation, contextualized ministry, and congregational leadership.

CTS is grateful for strong enrollment this year. There were 82 new students in all degree programs—up 34 percent from last year—including 38 new M.Div. students (a 36-percent increase) and 23 new Th.M. students (a 53-percent increase).

In the summer of 2009, students served in a variety of internships in places from Brazil, Egypt, and Uganda to Alaska, New Jersey, and California. They served in organizations ranging from prison and national park ministries to hospital chaplaincies, as well as in 40 congregations.

CTS is offering new certificate programs for church members and staff desiring specialized training but not degree programs. Certificates are available in church planting, educational ministries, English Bible, ministry, missions and evangelism, pastoral care, theology, worship, and youth ministry.

A decline in ministry shares resulted in sharp budget cuts at the seminary this year, including staff and faculty reductions as well as cuts in faculty and staff compensation. The seminary appreciates and depends on the denomination’s ongoing support.

The seminary is grateful for a 25 percent increase in annual fund gifts in fiscal year 2009 compared to fiscal year 2008, and a 39 percent increase in the number of gifts to the annual fund in 2009, thanks to a matching gift challenge.

Through its Center for Excellence in Preaching, CTS received a major gift for promoting good skills in written expression and oral delivery. A new Rhetoric Center is open and other related programs are available to students.

CTS was saddened by the death of one of our trustees, Rev. Andrew Chun, in July. We express our heartfelt sympathy to his wife and young children.

Contact info:

Website: www.calvinseminary.edu800.388.6034 or 616.957.6036


Quick Facts

  • About 300 students attend CTS, representing more than 40 different denominations around the world.
  • The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree is a three-year program that prepares people for ordained ministry as pastors.
  • The Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in educational ministries, evangelism and missions, church planting, pastoral care, worship, or youth and family ministries are two-year programs for people who desire specialized training for service as a church staff person or ministry associate.
  • The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Bible and theology is a one-year program for persons with sufficient college Bible and theology courses.
  • Master (M.T.S. and Th.M.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programs are for those interested in teaching Bible and theology.
  • CTS offers advanced-standing opportunities to incoming students with Bible and theology degrees.
  • CTS is a leading seminary in the innovative use of technology in biblical studies courses.

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