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The Department of
Congregational & Ministry Studies

Academics / Departments & Programs / Congregational & Ministry Studies

You are an essential part of God's church.

Whether you've been called to full-time ministry or to anything else, you bring something unique to the church. At Calvin, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to be an agent of renewal in your life and career.

In the congregational and ministry studies program, you'll carefully examine how different careers and disciplines contribute to the life of the church and its ministries. You'll choose a focus on youth ministry, music, missions, or another track that fits with your personal and career goals. Through classroom learning, research opportunities, and apprenticeships, you can discover your role in God's church.

Your experience here is grounded in the Reformed tradition’s emphasis on the role of all people in ministry. You'll graduate with a deep understanding of ministry that will serve you well in both your career and your personal spiritual journey.

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Looking to stretch yourself further? Find even more collaboration and academic depth in one of Calvin’s two distinct honors programs.

Learn more about the Honors Scholars and Collegiate Scholars programs.

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In your junior year, you could participate in an intense internship and learning experience through the Jubilee Fellows program. Learn more »

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Gateway to a ministry career

Considering Christian ministry as a career? Calvin’s pre-ministry advising program will help you chart your course. Learn more »


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