Explore Calvin’s graduate level Cultural Intelligence for Christian Leaders Certificate, designed for Christian congregations and parishes, ministry organizations, educators of all ages, and all those seeking to deepen their appreciation of the diversity of the body of Christ and to build a set of skills in order to lead humbly and wisely in a global community.

In our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, the need for Christians to lead with cultural competency has never been more important.

Christian congregations, ministry organizations, educators, and all those seeking the ability to appreciate and relate well to the vast diversity of the body of Christ are invited to explore Calvin’s graduate cultural intelligence certificate program.

Spearheaded by the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship and grounded in a Reformed perspective, this graduate certificate will nurture leadership skills with sensitivity to diversity in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, thought, belief and more. The program will expose students to a tapestry of cultural values while fostering best practices in intercultural interaction.

Through completion of this five-course master’s level certificate program, students will cultivate a pastoral mindset, allowing the wide variety of those whom they serve to flourish.

Faculty Highlight

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Kai Ton Chau is a Program Manager at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, leading curriculum development in cultural competency. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Calvin University and associate editor of the Reformed Worship journal. He holds a doctorate in worship from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies and master’s degrees in music (choral) and business (MBA). Kai Ton has a professional background in accounting, finance, and taxation. His research interest is in developing a pastoral mindset for worship leaders. Email: ktc5@calvin.edu.

Details

  • Master’s level certificate program
  • Each course is eight weeks long
  • $660 per credit hour ($1320 per course)
  • First course will be offered starting August 29, 2022 fall session 1 (deadline to apply for fall session 1 is Monday, August 22)
  • This certificate is pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission

Courses

  • Five, 2-credit courses, offered asynchronously online and can be taken in any order, other than the capstone which is taken concurrently or after CMS 504
  • CMS 501 Cultural Values and Life Together: Learn to interpret interactions with others through a lens of cultural intelligence and humility.
  • CMS 502 Cultural Values and Leadership: Apply leadership theories to respond to cultural diversity in a variety of settings.
  • CMS 503 Diversity among Shared Cultures: Examine various aspects of diversity and anti-racism, and develop an actionable plan applicable to your context.
  • CMS 504 Cultural Values and Changing Contexts: Gain insights into change management that is both sensitive and effective.
  • CMS 505 Cultural Values Capstone: Create a visionary project that integrates the knowledge and skills learned through previous coursework.
Course Schedule
CMS 501
fall session 1
starts Aug 29, 2022
register by Aug 22, 2022
CMS 502
fall session 2
starts Oct 24, 2022
register by Oct 17, 2022
CMS 503
spring session 1
starts Jan 9, 2023
register by Jan 2, 2023
CMS 504
spring session 2
starts Mar 6, 2023
register by Feb 27, 2023
CMS 505
take concurrently with your last course
or anytime after your last course
register one week prior to session start

Admission

  • To qualify, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Submit your transcript to Calvin University
  • There is no fee to apply

Apply online

Send your application questions to graduate-programs@calvin.edu or call (616) 526-8816.
Send your questions about the curriculum to ktc5@calvin.edu or call (616) 526-6168.