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(1) an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum total score of 6.5, including a minimum score of 6.5 on the writing section
Official test results of the GRE, TOEFL, TWE, and IELTS must be sent directly from the testing agency to Calvin Theological Seminary.
2015-2016 Academic Catalog |CALV IN THEOLOGICA L SE MINARY 27 PhD Program Course Work Courses focus on areas of current faculty interest and research. They are designed to introduce students to proper research methods and their application as well as to important theological issues and developments.
Students are required to complete a total of twelve PhD courses for credit. Full-time students take six courses per year (typically three per semester) for two years. Part-time students take either four courses per year for three years or three courses per year for four years. At least three courses must be taken in the student’s discipline of specialization and at least two courses in each of the other three areas.
In addition to the twelve required PhD courses, students in the program must take seminar 903P, “Teaching Seminar,” during the first two years in the program and are expected to take seminar 902P, “Dissertation Seminar,” if they have completed the required PhD courses and reside in the Grand Rapids area. Students ordinarily will take the dissertation seminar during more than one semester. These seminars are offered on a credit/no credit basis and do not count toward the twelve required courses in the program.
For more information on the PhD program, please view the PhD handbook (http://www.calvinseminary.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs/doctor-of-philosophy-ph-d/).
The Diploma for Ministry can train you for a specialized ministry and requires fewer credits than a Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree. Since the requirements are flexible, the Diploma can be adapted to your specific vocational interests. For example, if you are interested in becoming ordained as a Commissioned Pastor in the Christian Reformed Church (or a comparable ordination in other denominations), the Diploma is one appropriate training option. Although the Diploma is not an accredited degree program, its courses are graduate-level and can be transferred to M.A. or M.Div. programs at Calvin Seminary. The Diploma can be completed in residence or through distance learning!
Admission To participate in a Diploma Program you need to be a high school graduate. You will need to submit a completed application form, any transcripts of post-high school academic work, a complete pastoral recommendation form, and a $25 application fee.
Core Curriculum (18 Credits)
* Students will register for and participate in Vocational Mentoring for two semesters, and get one credit for each semester.
Practice of Ministry (4-6 Credits)
Electives (4 Credits) In addition, the student must take four credits of electives (generally two courses) which are most appropriate for his/her intended ministry.
Advanced Standing You may be able to gain advanced standing for prior study, knowledge or experience in Bible and Theology. Advanced standing means that you have gained competence equivalent to one or more of the courses listed below.
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 one’s program.
Continuation and Transfer Requirements Continuation in the Diploma program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3. During or upon completion of a Diploma program, the completed course work can be transferred into a Master’s program at Calvin Theological Seminary, if the admission requirements are met.
2015-2016 Academic Catalog |CALV IN THEOLOGICA L SE MINARY 30 Certificate Programs Calvin Theological Seminary offers Certificate Programs to provide an opportunity for church staff, volunteer ministry staff, and other interested people to enhance their understanding and training. These are not degree programs, but courses of study intended for ministry and personal enrichment. The courses being offered in the Certificate Programs are graduate-level courses that are also offered as part of other degree programs at Calvin Theological Seminary.
Application To participate in a Certificate Program you need to be a college graduate (with exceptions on a case-bycase basis). You will need to submit a completed application form, any transcripts of post-high academic work, a complete pastoral recommendation form, and a $25 application fee. All materials should be submitted to the Admissions Office.
Certificate Program Curriculum All Certificate Programs share a common core of classes you will be required to complete.
Core Curriculum: All Certificates (credit hours in parentheses)
• Gateway Orientation
• Biblical Interpretation for Ministry (1)
• Electronic Bible Tools (1)
• Bible Survey (3) Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions (3) (Note: those students who do not intend to serve • in a Reformed tradition may take an approved substitute.) In addition to the Core Curriculum, you will take a series of courses in an area of specialization to complete your Certificate Program.
Certificate in Ministry (15 credit hours)
• Gospel Communication (2)
• Discipleship and Teaching: Evangelism and Cross-Cultural Ministry (2)
• Foundations in Educational Ministry (3) or Introduction to Missional Ministry (2) Certificate in Church Planting (14 or 15 hours)
• Basic Training in Church Planting and Renewal (2)
• Contextual Training in Church Planting and Renewal (2)
• Introduction to Missional Ministry (2), Discipleship and Teaching (2), Discipleship and Teaching:
Evangelism and Cross-Cultural Ministry (2), Apologetics (2), or Revitalizing Churches (2) 2015-2016 Academic Catalog |CALV IN THEOLOGICA L SE MINARY 31 Certificate in Youth Ministry (15 hours)
• Youth and Family Ministry (2)
• Contemporary Youth Culture and Intergenerational Ministry (2)
• Curriculum Design and the Teaching-Learning Process (2) Certificate in Worship (15 hours)
• History of Christian Worship (2)
• Theology of Worship and the Sacraments (2)
• Forming Worshiping Communities (2)
• Choosing Music for Worship (1), Proclaiming Texts Using the Arts (1) or Leading Congregations in Prayer (1) Certificate in Evangelism and Missions (15 hours)
• Discipleship and Teaching: Evangelism and Cross-Cultural Ministry (2)
• Christian Engagement with World Religions (3)
• Apologetics (2) or 2 credits of electives in Evangelism and Missions Certificate in Educational Ministries (16 hours)
• Foundations in Educational Ministry (3)
• Discipleship and Teaching (2)
• Curriculum Design and the Teaching-Learning Process (3) Certificate in Pastoral Care (15 hours)
• Foundations in Pastoral Care (3)
• Pastoral Care as Dying and Rising with Christ (2)
• Spiritual Direction (2), Prayer Ministry (2), or Youth and Family Ministry (2) Certificate in English Bible (16 hours)
• One OT Bible course (3)
• One NT Bible course (3)
• Discipleship and Teaching (2), Kingdom of God (2) or any English Bible course Certificate in Theology (17 hours)
• Systematic Theology I and II (6)
• The Church in Historical Context Survey (3), The Church in Historical Context I (3) or the Church in Historical Context II (3) Advanced Standing You may be able to gain Advanced Standing for prior study, knowledge or experience in Bible and Theology. Advanced Standing means that you have gained competence equivalent to one or more of the courses listed below. The following courses are available for Advanced Standing. Study guides for the Advanced Standing tests are on the Advanced Standing page of SemLink.
• Bible Survey
• Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions 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 one’s program.
Continuation and Transfer Requirements Continuation in a Certificate Program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3. During or upon completion of a Certificate Program the completed course work can be transferred into a Master’s program at Calvin Theological Seminary, if the admission requirements are met.
2015-2016 Academic Catalog |CALV IN THEOLOGICA L SE MINARY 32 Certificate in Hispanic Ministry (27 hours) Calvin Seminary offers a Certificate in Hispanic Ministry to equip Spanish-speaking church leaders in the Grand Rapids area. The courses are in Spanish, taught by professors who come from Spanish speaking cultures and are committed to the Hispanic churches in the US. Thus, the teaching is contextualized to enable leaders to
serve their faith communities better. Students take the following seven courses (3 credit hours each):
The Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC) is designed for students who aspire to be Ministers of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church and who are studying at a seminary other than Calvin Theological Seminary. All students enrolled at other seminaries and intending to seek candidacy in the CRCNA are required to meet the overall standards for candidacy that have been officially established by the synod of the CRCNA for those who follow the regular course of study at Calvin Theological Seminary.
This program gives students an orientation to the theology, history, and ministry of the Christian Reformed Church, and walks with students on the ministry formation journey to ministerial candidacy in the Christian Reformed Church.
The 10 credit program is offered in residence each fall, and it is offered year around as the “24 month Non-resident EPMC” mentor-focused program. Those interested in the EPMC program should contact Rev. David Koll, Director of Candidacy for the CRCNA (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Whether choosing the resident or the non-resident option, students must follow the application procedures described on the webpage.
Calvin Theological Seminary is pleased to offer this program on behalf of synod and the Candidacy Committee, a synodical standing committee that processes all candidacy recommendations to Synod.
This ecclesiastical program applies to students who are following the route to ministry outlined in Article 6 of the Church Order of the Christian Reformed Church.
It is important for prospective EPMC students to acquaint themselves with program requirements and apply to the EPMC program as early as possible in their MDiv program, preferably after their first year.
For the EPMC program checklist and application, see http://www.calvinseminary.edu/admissions/apply/epmcapplication-instructions/.
The Mentored Ministries Office oversees the following formation programs: Vocational Mentors, Mentoring Groups, and Internships. It also connects with key formational courses.
Vocational Mentors and Local Church Involvement Vocational mentors are pastors or ministry leaders who meet with students regularly to provide support and nurture. Many vocational mentors are from the local churches that students attend and help to bridge the world of church and the world of seminary.
Student’s local churches are also the settings in which they develop ministry practice experience while they are studying at the seminary. Through relationships with a local church and a vocational mentor, students develop not only ministry skills but also a holistic sense of identity as persons called to ministry on behalf of Christ.
Third-year student: "A lot of my progress in the ministry practices came from my work in the local church, where I could practice what I was learning in class. It was through the local church that I received affirmation about my calling to ministry."
Mentoring Groups Mentoring Groups are faculty-led or pastor-led groups of six to eight students that meet regularly throughout students’ seminary training. MDiv groups meet together for three years and MA and MTS groups meet for two years. In Mentoring Groups, students and leaders form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together. Mentoring Groups provide students with a community of trust and reflection where all parts of their education and formation for ministry can be integrated.
MDiv - 6 semesters (6 credits) • MA - 4 semesters (4 credits) • MTS – 4 semesters (4 credits) • Students receive course credit based on consistent participation in the life of the mentoring group, MA and MDiv students also have regular meetings with their vocational mentor, faithful local church involvement, and the timely completion of Mentored Ministries assignments for their folios.
2015-2016 Academic Catalog |CALV IN THEOLOGICA L SE MINARY 35 Internships - MDiv (6 credit hours) MDiv Internships provide an intriguing range of opportunities for students to practice and reflect on ministry in various contexts, facilitating an integration of theology with ministry, a maturing pastoral identity, and growth of ministry practice skills. The Mentored Ministries Office and the student’s Mentoring Group leader along with the student discern the components of an internship program that will be most beneficial for the student.
Students complete two of the following threeoptions:
1. Cross-cultural internships provide opportunities to explore the contextual nature of ministry and are typically completed in the summer after students’ first year of seminary as a five-week, fulltime ministry assignment. (200 hours, 2 credits)