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«2015 – 2016 CALVIN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Academic Catalog 3233 Burton Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Phone 800.388.6034 | Fax 616.957.6101 © ...»

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Candidacy for Ministry In order to be recommended by the faculty for candidacy in the Christian Reformed Church, students must meet the Synodical requirements for candidacy, must have demonstrated academic, personal, and professional readiness for ministry, and ordinarily must have a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher.

If students are preparing for ministry in another denomination, Calvin Seminary will work with them to help meet their denomination’s requirements for ordination.

Goals of the MDiv curriculum

In fulfilling its mission, Calvin Seminary seeks to develop well-formed graduates who:

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These four core competencies are intimately and necessarily related because every ministry situation involves a biblical MESSAGE which a PERSON communicates in a particular CONTEXT and for a specific GOAL. Through these four areas of the curriculum, Calvin Seminary aims at the following goals

for its M.Div. students:

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1.1 Knowledgeable: students understand biblical languages and content, theological themes, the Reformed confessions, and the Christian tradition.

1.2 Theologically reflective: students integrate biblical, historical, theological, and pastoral reflection with all ministry practices.

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2.2 Interpersonally intelligent: students demonstrate emotional health and relate to others with love and respect, even when expressing differences of belief or values.

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3.1 Discerning: students discern the ways in which theology and ministry practices are shaped by and respond to their historical and cultural contexts.

3.2 Engaging: students persuasively communicate the Gospel to people in a particular community, including religiously pluralistic, multicultural and cross-cultural settings.

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4.1 Discipling: students evangelize, respond to criticisms of Christianity, encourage moral formation, and provide pastoral care so that people at all stages of faith formation become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

4.2 Worshiping: students worship and help others worship in ways that are God-glorifying and spiritually renewing.

4.3 Serving: students promote service ministries that humbly seek justice, compassion, and reconciliation.

4.4 Leading: students help a group embody in its corporate life the Christian practices that shape vital Christian life, community and witness.

2015-2016 Academic Catalog |CALV IN THEOLOGICA L SE MINARY 11 Master of Arts: Professional Specializations Calvin Theological Seminary offers two types of Master of Arts programs, one offering five distinct professional specializations and one in Bible and Theology.

The Master of Arts (MA) in various professional specializations recognizes the growing need for trained staff in specialized ministry. The five specializations in the MA program provide training for leadership in a congregation or other ministry setting.

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Admission The admissions process reflects Calvin Seminary’s goal to train capable stewards of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. A strong liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for graduate level theological education. A liberal arts education shapes well-rounded, intellectually and culturally astute graduates. Therefore, it is recommended that a candidate’s baccalaureate preparation consist of courses in the liberal arts, including English, philosophy, history, literature, social science and natural science.

The Registrar’s Office, with oversight from the Admissions and Standards Committee, will examine the academic, professional and ministry background of each applicant. If an applicant would benefit from further study in a particular area, a learning plan will be developed which could include specific seminary electives or additional courses from another academic institution.

In some circumstances an applicant without a bachelor’s degree, or with a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution, may be admitted into a degree program at CTS under a special provision of the Association of Theological Schools. In such cases, the Registrar under the supervision of the Admissions and Standards Committee will determine the program the applicant must take in order to meet the requirements for graduation.

To apply to the MA program you must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college and have a grade-point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher. (Non-native English speakers need to submit a minimum internet based TOEFL score of 80 total, with 23 in the writing section, OR a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with at least a 6.5 in the writing section.) You should also give evidence of academic and personal preparedness for theological education.

Continuation Requirements Continuation in the MA program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67. While a student is not immediately expelled for falling below 2.67, s/he may be placed on probation and allowed to remain on probation for only two terms. Any student who has a 2.50 GPA or lower will be terminated from the seminary program. Funding sources such as the Veterans Administration, Classes and the guaranteed student loan program will be promptly notified when a student receiving funds is placed on probation or terminated.





MA Program Curriculum (Professional Specializations) The MA program has two elements: an MA core program that provides solid training in biblical and theological foundations for ministry; and specialization courses that provide grounding in an area of ministry and enhance ministry skills. The specialization electives can be tailored to individual interest.

2015-2016 Academic Catalog |CALV IN THEOLOGICA L SE MINARY 12 Residential students can complete their studies in two years at the Grand Rapids campus. They will be able to attend weekly chapels, participate in club activities and interact with peers on a daily basis.

The distance learning MA maintains the same high quality of education as our residential program.

Taking approximately 3 courses per semester, Distance Learning students will complete much of their work online, traveling to the campus in Grand Rapids twice a year for five-day intensives. Formation for ministry is a strong emphasis as students experience the program in learning cohorts, and receive support through mentoring groups.

Core Program

• Gateway Orientation

• Biblical Interpretation for Ministry (1) One week before the fall semester.

• Mentored Ministry Groups (4)

• Theological Education as Formation for Ministry (2)

• Bible Survey (3)*

• Digital Bible Tools (1)

• One Old Testament English Bible course (2-3)

• One New Testament English Bible course (2-3)

• Gospel Communication (2)

• Church in Historical Context I (3) or Church in Historical Context II (3)

• Two of the following:

Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions (3)*, Systematic Theology I (3), or Systematic Theology II (3)

• Internship (2)

• Capstone (M.A.) Integrative Project (2) *courses with possibility for Advanced Standing Specializations The lists below detail additional courses required for each specialization. There is also space for electives. Each Master of Arts must total 48 credits, and will include an oral comprehensive exam.

MA in Evangelism and Missions The MA in Evangelism and Missions prepares students to give evangelistic, church planting, and crosscultural leadership in a church, denominational, or para-church setting in North America or abroad.

Choose 9 credits from the list below, some of which are required.

Intro to Missional Ministry (2) (Required) • Evangelism and Cross-Cultural Ministry (2) (Required) • Christian Engagement with World Religions (3) • Apologetics (2) • Gospel Preaching (2) • Ministry to and With Prisoners (2) • Independent Study/Readings Course (1-4) • Renewal Lab courses (1-6) • Appropriate electives, if approved by program director • MA in Educational Ministries The MA in Educational Ministries prepares people to provide educational leadership in a church, denominational, or para-church setting. Choose 9 credits from the list below, some of which are required.

Discipleship and Teaching (2) (Required) • Youth and Family Ministry (2) • Leadership in Ministry (3) • Practicum in Teaching (2) •

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MA in Worship The MA in Worship prepares people to provide leadership in worship and equip others to lead and participate in worship in a church, denominational, or para-church setting. Choose 9 credits from the list below, some of which are required.

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MA in Pastoral Care The MA in Pastoral Care prepares people to provide leadership in a church, denominational, or parachurch setting through pastoral care and equipping others in facilitating small group and discipleship ministries. Choose 9 credits from the list below, some of which are required.

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MA in Youth and Family Ministries The MA in Youth and Family Ministries prepares people to provide leadership in a church, denominational, or para-church setting in working with young people and their families as well as equipping others to minister effectively to them. Choose 9 credits from the list below, some of which are required.

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Advanced Standing Students may receive up to six semester hours of credit through Advanced Standing testing for prior study or knowledge in Bible and Theology. Advanced Standing means demonstrating competence equivalent to one or more of the courses listed below.

The following courses are available for Advanced Standing (study guides are available on the Advanced

Standing test website):

Bible Survey • Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions • Christian Engagement with World Religions • Church History I • Church History II • Student competence is demonstrated by way of a written exam and evaluated by faculty. If granted, Advanced Standing reduces the number of credit hours needed to complete your degree and can open doors to an additional internship or more courses in your specialization.

Additionally, a student may choose to demonstrate competence in a specialized ministry course through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates graduate level learning. A maximum of two credits can be earned through portfolio assessment.

Duration Our accrediting agency requires that all course credits applied toward the requirements for this degree be earned within ten years of the awarding of the degree.

Goals of the MA Program (Professional Specializations)

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2.1 Students exhibit the fruit of Spirit, a commitment to the gospel of grace, and an eagerness to serve the mission of Christ’s church, especially in their specialization.

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2.3 Students demonstrate emotional health and relate to others with love and respect, even when expressing differences of beliefs, values, or practices.

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3.1 Students demonstrate skills in discerning various cultural contexts.

3.2 Students faithfully communicate the gospel of grace in word and deed in their specialization.

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4.1 Students, in their specialization, invite and disciple others to follow Christ faithfully in word and deed so that the community of faith is strengthened.

4.2 Students promote in their specialization ministries of justice, compassion, and reconciliation which foster spiritual growth and demonstrate the life-transforming power of the gospel of grace.

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The Master of Arts (Bible and Theology) is for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Scripture and theology in order to contribute to their occupation and life experience. The degree program explores the nature and character of Reformed Hermeneutics, English Bible, Systematic theology, and Church History. The MA (Bible and Theology) is a program that will benefit a wide range of people - teachers, business leaders, professionals, church workers and many others who seek to enrich their spiritual lives, their understanding of the Christian faith, and their leadership potential.

Admission The admissions process reflects Calvin Seminary’s goal to train capable stewards of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. A strong liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for graduate level theological education. A liberal arts education shapes well-rounded, intellectually and culturally astute graduates. Therefore, it is recommended that a candidate’s baccalaureate preparation consist of courses in the liberal arts, including English, philosophy, history, literature, social science and natural science.

The Registrar’s Office, with oversight from the Admissions and Standards Committee, will examine the academic, professional and ministry background of each applicant. If an applicant would benefit from further study in a particular area, a learning plan will be developed which could include specific seminary electives or additional courses from another academic institution.

In some circumstances an applicant without a bachelor’s degree, or with a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution, may be admitted into a degree program at CTS under a special provision of the Association of Theological Schools. In such cases, the Registrar under the supervision of the Admissions and Standards Committee will determine the program the applicant must take in order to meet the requirements for graduation.

To apply to the MA (Bible and Theology) program you must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college and have a grade-point average of 2.67 (B-) or higher. (Non-native English speakers need to submit a minimum internet based TOEFL score of 80 total, with 23 in the writing section, OR a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with at least a 6.5 in the writing section.) You should also give evidence of academic and personal preparedness for theological education.



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