Explore how your unique gifts intersect with the life of the church.

The Ministry Leadership Cohort, an initiative of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, is a two-year program open to incoming Calvin students who show potential for leadership in the local church. Students in the Ministry Leadership Cohort will explore how their gifts and interests intersect with the work of the church in service to God’s world by taking courses together, participating in signature learning experiences, and traveling on an all-expenses-paid spring break pilgrimage. The program culminates in a tuition-free summer internship course. At the close of the program, students in the Ministry Leadership Cohort will be well-positioned to complete a Congregational Ministry Studies minor or to apply for ministry and leadership positions at Calvin.

You don’t have to be planning to enter vocational ministry to be considered for the Ministry Leadership Cohort. The Ministry Leadership Cohort is comprised of students in a wide variety of majors who seek to explore how they can use their unique gifts to serve God. Read reflections from professors across campus about how their discipline complements the Ministry Leadership Cohort!

Who qualifies

  • Students who are admitted to Calvin University by
    December 1, 2019
  • Students planning to enter Calvin University in fall 2020
  • Students from any major who have an interest in exploring how to serve God with their unique gifts

Next steps

Do you know a high school junior or senior who displays gifts for or interest in participating in the life of the church? Recommend them to be part of the Ministry Leadership Cohort!

If you are interested in being part of the Ministry Leadership Cohort at Calvin University, you will need to do two things:

1) Express your interest

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2) Apply to Calvin

Calvin's application will be open August 1 for Fall 2020.

Timeline

After you express interest in the program and complete your application to Calvin, here is what you can expect to happen:

  1. Invitations to attend the Ministry Leadership Cohort interview weekend, in conjunction with the Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 31–February 1, will be sent in December. The invitation will include a travel voucher to pay for part of your trip to Calvin if you live more than 150 miles from campus. Your housing and meals will be covered during the interview weekend.
  2. This invitation includes visiting campus to learn more about the program, to interview for a chance to be selected as a member of the Ministry Leadership Cohort, and to participate in the Calvin Symposium on Worship.
  3. Prospective students will be asked to submit a recommendation from a pastor or ministry leader who can speak to the student’s interest and involvement in the church or non-profit ministry.
  4. Prospective students will be notified of their acceptance to the program in March 2020.

Program details and yearly schedule

Each year, a cohort of students are selected to form the Ministry Leadership Cohort. The program spans each student's first and second year at Calvin.

Year One

Fall Semester

Interim

Spring Semester

Participate in Orientation & First-Year Seminar as a cohort Participate in an all-expenses-paid Spring Break Pilgrimage exploring ways to live your unique identity and gifting to shape God’s world (priority for first-year students) Take a one-credit course on Christian leadership (CMS 251A) 
Take an introductory course with the cohort that builds identity as a Christian leader (CMS 251B) Participate in the Worship Symposium, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s key learning event with world-renowned theologians and ministry leaders Participate in signature learning experiences that deepen your experience of how God is working in the world
Participate in signature learning experiences that deepen your experience of how God is working in the world

Year Two

Fall Semester

Interim

Spring Semester

Celebrate being together again with an off-campus retreat as a cohort Take a leadership role in the Worship Symposium Participate in an all-expenses-paid Spring Break Pilgrimage (as space allows)
Take a course on church and society with your cohort and other interested students (CMS 151) Participate in signature learning experiences that deepen your experience of how God is working in the world
Participate in signature learning experiences that deepen your experience of how God is working in the world Take a tuition-free summer course while participating in a ministry internship