The Congregational and Ministry Studies department offers a distinctly diverse range of opportunities for students interested in ministry.
Off campus programs
CMS-381 is a course in which you will complete 10 hours of work on-site each week, record your insights in reflection papers and journals, and attend a weekly seminar.Non-credit internships
For non-credit internships, the relationship between student and church will be similar to that between a hospital intern and a teaching hospital. It will be an onsite experience with close supervision.
To learn more about for-credit and non-credit internships, make an appointment with Todd Cioffi or visit the career development office.
- This program includes an immersive college experience the summer before they begin at Calvin, specially-designed leadership courses, dinners with prominent Calvin leaders and an all-expenses-paid spring break service trip.
- Curious about growing your worship leadership skills while you serve the Calvin community? Consider applying for the Worship Apprentice program.
Symposium on Worship
- The annual Calvin Symposium on Worship is a three-day conference sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching.
Ministry Resource Center
- The center's premier collection of print, digital and audio-visual resources is here to serve Calvin's seminary and congregational ministry students, as well as anyone interested in pursuing ministry studies. The materials in the center's collection are also useful for others such as those in prayer ministries, urban neighborhood ministry, and volunteer services.
REL W40 Israel: Land of the Bible.
- Based in Israel at Jerusalem University College, this course studies the geographical and historical settings of the Bible.
IDIS W11 Camino de Santiago: The Christian Tradition of Pilgrimage
- Students experience the ancient Christian practice of pilgrimage, walking 500 km of the Camino de Santiago and staying in pilgrim hostels. Firsthand experience is supplemented by readings on the spiritual practice of pilgrimage and accounts written by pilgrims.
STGH 211 Christianity in West Africa
- This multidisciplinary interim class will be taught in partnership with Akrofi Christaller Institute located in Akropong, Ghana. The course will expose students to the richness of Ghanaian history, culture (ancient kingdoms, early independence, vibrant ethnic tapestry), and, in particular, religion.