Calvin Seminary welcomes visitors to some courses offered each session. We hope these will be opportunities for community members to interact with students and faculty of the Seminary, learn along with them, and enjoy a unique educational opportunity.
There are no prerequisites to attend or requirements to complete. No transcript is offered with visitor status. If you would like to take a course for credit as a non-degree seeking student please contact Seminary Admissions or download and complete the Short-term Application Form and send it, complete with transcripts of all academic work done to-date, to the attention of the Director of Enrollment, Calvin Theological Seminary, 3233 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Classes are chosen based on the topic, the meeting time, and the availability of space.
The cost to participate as a visitor is listed below. Payment by credit card is available through on-line registration. Payment by check (in US funds) must be mailed within two weeks of registration payable to Calvin Theological Seminary. Please mail to:
Calvin Theological Seminary
3233 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
642 – Faith Formation for All Ages – with Robert Keeley
May 20-31 (9-11:15) Room 142
Classes begin on Monday, January 28, 2013, and go through Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Attending class as
a visitor is $100. For any of the classes listed below please click here to register.
533 – Kingdom of God
with Mariano Avila
Thursdays 1:30-3:15 (rm 140)
Integrates biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of this central theme in Scripture and
in Christian and Reformed theology, with special attention to relevance of the Kingdom of God and its
justice for several ministry settings and Christian movements.
621 – Special Worship Occasions
with John Witvliet
Wednesdays 1:30-3:15 (rm 140)
Studies the biblical, theological, and pastoral dimensions of celebrations of baptism, marriage, funerals,
and other occasional services such as ordinations, dedications, and commissionings.
625 – Planning and Leading Congregational Worship
with Howard Vanderwell
Thurs 1:30-3:15 (rm 141)
A study of the resources, skills, and strategies for planning and leading public worship services. Particular
attention will be given to the structure of Reformed Worship, the reading of Scripture, issues of music and
song, prayers, training lay worship leaders, and the celebration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
648 – Youth and Family Ministry
with Lynn Barger Elliott
Tuesdays 6:30-8:15 p.m. (Upper Room)
Introduces pastoral care for young people and families from a systems perspective, develops skills in
theological diagnostic method, and examines issues such as depression and suicide, sexuality identity
and function, use and abuse of alcohol and illegal substances, and dysfunctional families.
664 – Basic Training in Church Planting and Renewal
with Carl Bosma
Tuesdays 6:30-8:15 p.m. (rm 140)
Introduces basic principles and practices of church planting, including issues such as getting started,
support base and structures, demographics, the person of the church planter, and holistic ministry issues.
We welcome visitors to register for Distance Learning courses. Since active participation is integral to the Distance Learning experience, visitors may take distance courses for credit but not audit them. Availability may be limited; contact the Registrar.
In addition, Calvin Seminary offers archived Online Resources from selected previously offered courses, which can be accessed for a visitor’s fee.
Learn more about Distance Learning at CTS.