Continuing Education Courses

You may take courses at Calvin Seminary either as a non-degree student or as a community auditor. Here are the differences:

  • Non-degree students complete all assignments, receive feedback from the professor, and receive graduate-level credit.
  • Community auditors attend all class meetings, but do not have required assignments, receive grades, or receive graduate-level credit.

Listed below are the continuing education offerings for Spring 2019.
Email continuing.education@calvinseminary.edu to receive registration information.

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Spring 2019 | Online courses — for credit only

305D-A The Church in Historical Context II (3 credits)
Instructor: Karin Maag

Introduces the history of Christianity from the late Middle Ages to the present, with special attention to developments in North America. Focuses on how the church’s institutions, thought, and practice were shaped by and responded to their contexts in each of the eras and places under study.

 

462D-A Ephesians (2 credits)
Instructor: Mariano Avila

This course explores Ephesians’ central theme: God’s creation of a New and United Humanity.The course will equip students to interpret the letter in its historical and literary contexts and also will enable them to discover the significance of Ephesians for today’s family, church, world, and cultures.

This is a course based on the Greek Text but can be taken by students working only with the English language.

 

540D-A Pastoral Ministry to the Adoptive Family (2 credits)
Instructor: Ron Nydam

Pastoral ministry for adoptive families is an elective course that brings to light the many dynamics of relationships within the adoptive family that enable adoptive parents to care for the children with confidence, rather than guessing about what next to do. Since each member of the adoption triad – the adoptee, the birth parent, and the adoptive parent, – will be reviewed in terms of the challenges they face and the roles that they play in creating healthy adoptive family life. The biblical and theological significance of relinquishment and adoption will be part of the course conversation. The emotional and spiritual challenges that young adoptees face in their development will be central to the course content. Prof. Ron has written two books on the subject.

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Spring 2019 | Residential courses

311B-A Introduction to Missional Ministry (2 credits)
Instructor: Cory Willson
Friday 10:30am-12:15PM

Introduces aspects of pastoral ministry for a missional congregation.

 

440B-A Discipleship and Teaching (2 credits)
Instructor: Robert Keeley
Monday and Wednesday 8:00-9:00AM

Equips students for leadership in the teaching ministry of the church by providing biblical and theological foundations, examining methods for assessing ministry contexts, developing a teaching-learning strategy appropriate to the context, and providing opportunities to enhance instructional skills.

 

450B-A Apologetics (2 credits)
Instructor: Young Ahn Kang
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00AM-12:00PM

Presents a Reformed approach to the rational defense and presentation of the Christian faith and engages crucial issues in apologetics: the existence of God, the credibility of Scripture’s witness to Jesus Christ, the problem of evil, challenges based on the natural and social sciences, and religious pluralism.

 

451B-A Ethics and the Christian Life (3 credits)
Instructor: Matthew Tuininga
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45AM

Studies Christian personal and social morality vital for being an obedient church leader and developing faithful communities of disciples.

 

482B-A Issues in Worship and Preaching (2-3 credits)
Instructor: John Rottman
Tuesday 1:30-3:15PM

This course will explore a smorgasbord of issues in preaching within the context of worship.  Preaching in contexts such as weddings, funerals, and on non-ecclesiastical days such as Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day will be covered.  Preaching in non-traditional contexts will also be covered, i.e. contexts such as urban African American, prisons, or specifically evangelistic services.  The course will include several visits to churches that exemplify these settings.

 

485B1-A Navigating the Joys/Challenges of Being a Woman in Ministry (1 credit)
Instructor: Elizabeth Vander Haagen
Thursday 1:30-2:30PM

In this course, we will explore a theological framework and practical strategies for dealing with challenges and issues common to women in ministry.  Topics addressed in this course will include finding good role models for ministry, exploring how to dress as a pastor, being a woman in leadership, learning how to handle sexism and stereotyping, establishing appropriate work and life boundaries, managing the demands of family and ministry, and developing practices of self-care.

 

488BT-A Our Emotional Life: Feelings & Faith in Our Lives Together (3 credits)
Instructor: Claudia Beversluis
Monday 1:30-3:15PM

So much of pastoral care involves a good understanding of human emotion. We work with shame and guilt, regret and anxiety. We look for joy, love, hope. We nurture an understanding of our own reactions and the reactions of others.  We seek to move others through words and actions, through worship and care.  In this elective, we will dig deeper into descriptions and theories of emotion, with the goal of understanding how emotions influence faith, struggle, and flourishing. We will look at closely at shame and guilt, anxiety and joy, and look for ways they show up in both individuals and communities.  Books include The Soul of Shame (Thompson), Spiritual Emotions (Roberts) and Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (Steinke). Participants will choose an emotion, and examine theological, psychological, ecclesial, and personal perspectives on that emotion for the class.

 

530B-A Theology of the Promised Land (2 credits)
Instructor: Gary Burge
Tuesday 1:30-3:15PM

The conflict in Israel-Palestine has been with us for many decades.  This course will examine the history of this struggle and explore how theology and the Bible have intersected it.  It will aim to build a “Theology of the Holy Land” that invites us to think Christianly about Israel/Palestine.  And hopefully this theology will inspire us to think theologically about other national conflicts as well.

 

533B-A The Kingdom of God (2 credits)
Instructor: Mariano Avila
Wed 1:30-3:15PM

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.

 

561B-A Theology of the Holy Spirit (2-3 credits)
Instructor: Jeffrey Fisher
Monday 1:30-3:15PM

This course explores key doctrines related to the person and work of the Holy Spirit within the fields of biblical, systematic, historical, and practical theology, with attention given to significant historical and contemporary issues in Pentecostal, Evangelical, and Reformed traditions.

 

587B-A The Theology and Philosophy of Disability (2-3 credits)
Instructor: Kevin Timpe
Monday 1:30-3:15PM

This course will explore philosophical and theological issues related to disability. Topics will include a general overview of the history of disability, ethical issues related to the experiences of those with disabilities, different conceptions of the nature of disability, and how those conceptions shape our theological response to disability. Even though the course isn’t a course in practical theology, it will aim to help students prepare to incorporate reflection on disability into their ministries.

 

648B-A Youth and Family Ministry (2 credits)
Instructors: Lynn Barger Elliot and Robert Keeley
Thursday 6:30-8:15PM

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.

 

670 The Renewal of the Local Church (2 credits)
Instructor: Cory Willson
Thursday 1:30-3:15PM

This course focuses on developing the theological framework and practical skills for church renewal. This course will combine focused academic reading, site visits to a network of churches within Grand Rapids and Hamilton Ontario, theological reflection and peer discussion. Students will grow in a) awareness of biblical foundations for the impetus and framework for church renewal; b) familiarity with theological concepts and issues associated with the renewal of the church; c) the use of practical tools, strategies and skills needed for leading renewal efforts; and, d) awareness of spiritual disciplines needed for engaging in the work of church renewal. The class will involve required travel to Hamilton, Ontario on March 1-3rd. All travel costs for students will be paid for by a grant from Resonate Global Mission.