Whether you've been called to full-time ministry, or to just about anywhere else, you are an essential part of God's church. Calvin's CMS program will show you how to maximize your impact as an agent of renewal, no matter where you end up.
The congregational and ministry studies department aims to critically examine how every other major and program in the university contributes to the life of the church and its ministries. Through classroom learning, research opportunities, and apprenticeships, you can discover your role in God's church.
The academic study of lay ministry is grounded in the Reformed tradition’s emphasis on the role of all people in ministry. Not only can anyone contribute to ministry, but academic preparation is crucial for us to make knowledgeable contributions to the church.
- Learn about the Ministry Leadership Cohort program for students who show potential for leadership in the local church.
- Explore both on and off campus opportunities to further your involvment in ministry.
- Find out more about leadership and service opportunities at the Campus Ministries office.
- Read "The Church Goes to College".
Opportunities at Calvin
Calvin’s pre-ministry advising program is intended to help you plan for a future in Christian ministry.
This intensive, year-long program program accepts 12 juniors each year.
Ministry Leadership Cohort
A cohort program for first-year students.
Guiding churches through COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in churches around the world. Fortunately, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has been helping churches navigate the seasons of the church for years, and is stepping up to guide churches through this novel season.
News & Stories, April 8, 2020
New program equips students for leadership in the church
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) announces the establishment of the Ministry Leadership Cohort—a two-year program available to incoming Calvin College students.
News & Stories, September 5, 2018
Grant program dedicated to revitalizing worship across borders
On June 20th, a poster session for the Vital Worship Grants Program displayed a wide variety of both grant recipients and bold visions for the revitalization of worship.
News & Stories, June 29, 2018
Calvin making history at Handlon
On Monday, May 21, 15 inmates from Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan will receive associate’s degrees from Calvin College.
News & Stories, May 21, 2018
At God's Table
New children's book features the Lord's Supper.
Spark, September 01, 2017
Creating an award-winning prison reform conference from behind bars
Calvin Prison Initiative student creates prison reform conference that attracts 300 attendees and garners national recognition.
News & Stories, August 22, 2017
Walking Boldly: Simon Boenaidi
Now working with a church planting network in Oregon, Simon Boenaidi ’17 says Calvin shaped his understanding of his own faith, the place of God in the world and his role in God’s redemptive plan.
News & Stories, June 15, 2017
Eastern Europe: Following the childhood dream
Kelly Organ '12 is a program coordinator for New Horizons Foundation in Lupeni, Romania.
News & Stories, July 25, 2016
High expectations for Handlon
The recently accredited Calvin Prison Initiative offers a bachelor of arts degree in ministry leadership to 20 inmates each year.
News & Stories, February 17, 2016