Life Long Learning

Self Guided Online Classes

You can also learn through one of our online resources. The fee is $125 for one year of access (for 2019-2020). If you are interested in one of the online resources below, you can register for online resources here. Registering will give you access to our Canvas system, this is where you will be able to view the videos. An email with login instructions will be sent to you. (If you have questions, you can send an email to

Online Resources

Bible Survey

These videos will demonstrate how each book of the Bible finds its focus in Jesus Christ. And because believers are being conformed to the likeness of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, the videos will also demonstrate how each book of the Bible has continuing relevance today for individual believers and for the church as a whole. When you have completed these videos, your own understanding of the Christ-centeredness of the Bible will be greatly enhanced. You’ll be able to lead a person to Christ from anywhere in the Bible! You’ll also have an excellent framework on which to hang all the rest of your biblical studies. The main textbook for your reference is Michael Williams’s How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture (Zondervan, 2012).

Hebrew Fundamentals

These resources guide users all the way from the basics of the Hebrew alphabet and pronunciation to the reading and comprehension of Old Testament texts. Resources include instructional videos, lesson summaries, vocabulary audio files, guided exercises and labs, and quizzes. The textbook is Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar by Gary Pratico and Miles Van Pelt.

Digital Bible Tools

These materials introduce students to using digital tools for studying Scripture: exploring the text in its original language, finding resources for deeper enrichment, and establishing a lifelong process for preparing to teach and preach.

Christian Reformed Church Polity

This educational resource is intended for leaders in the Christian Reformed Church, especially those appointed to positions such as stated clerks, church visitors, and synodical deputies, but is open to any church leaders. The series is self-directed and consists of brief videos on a number of topics and sections of the CRC’s Church Order, as well as discussion boards and opportunities to ask the professor questions in general, or privately about specific situations. You can choose the sections that apply to your interests or needs, but for those interested in learning more, the resource provides a review of the entire Church Order. For this course, registration allows for unlimited access to the resource.

Foundations: Creeds and Reformed Confessions

This resource introduces Reformed theology through a study of creeds (Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed), confessions (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort), and contemporary testimonies and declarations (Contemporary Testimony, Belhar Confession).

Thinking about Trying Seminary?

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

Non-degree students complete all assignments, receive feedback from the professor, and receive graduate-level credit. To get started as a non-degree student, you fill out the application at Apply Now.

Community Auditors

Community auditors attend all class meetings, but do not have required assignments, receive grades, or receive graduate-level credit. Note: currently only residential courses are available to audit. Email to receive registration information.

Listed below are the continuing education offerings for Spring 2019:

These options are great introductions to coursework at Calvin Seminary and would be helpful both as one-time course work for professional development, or as a springboard to further education.

Fall 2019 | Online courses — for credit only


Explores the richness of the message, literary art, and relevance and significance of the historical context of the Gospel of Matthew in order to challenge faith and praxis and transform faithful disciples of Jesus in today’s societies.

Worship and Culture

This course will develop students' skills in navigating difficult worship or preaching issues in the church today. Topics will vary each time that the course is offered.

Fall 2019 | Residential courses

Biblical Criticism

This course explores the major theological questions that have followed the interpretation of the New Testament for the last 100 years. We will discuss questions often heard in the church (such as trustworthiness of the gospels and the debates surrounding Paul’s teaching). For ThM students in New Testament or theology, a class like this is essential preparation for research and writing that engages timeless international themes. The class will be a seminar similar to a British university tutorial with student preparation and discussion each day. Students who have taken it in the past commonly tell me it was one of their best preparations for ministry and advanced theological study.

Faith Formation for all Ages

Explores the spiritual, moral, emotional, and social needs and development of children and adults, teaches the creative design of faith formation programs and intergenerational education, and develops skills needed to teach a wide variety of programs.

Intersections of Theology and Science

Examines the theological topics of creation and humanity with an emphasis on how they intersect with modern scientific concerns and considers implications of these intersections for ministry.

Planning and Leading Weddings & Funerals

An overview of the meaning and mechanics of weddings and funerals, including theological, pastoral and ecclesial considerations, and practical advice as pastors-to-be anticipate leading weddings and funerals. We will engage in theological reflection on the 'whys' and 'hows' of conducting Christ-centered, pastorally wise funerals and weddings.

The Swiss Reformation

This course covers the course of the Reformation in the Swiss lands and in Geneva from the start of the Reformation in Zurich in 1519 to the start of the Thirty Years' War in 1618. Topics covered in the course include the emergence of Reformation movements in various cities and areas, the theological issues at stake, the changes in worship and faith practice, and the challenges faced by church leaders and lay people in implementing the Reformation over the longer term.

Trauma Care and Counseling for the Church

This course will expose students to a working definition of what constitutes trauma and complex-grief. Students will be exposed to a pastoral theological and biblical framework of how we are to understand and engage trauma and complex-grief within human experience, and how pastors and faith communities can use both secular and religious (Christian) resources to assist careseekers and communities exposed to trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and prolonged or complicated grief.

I and II Thessalonians

Studies the historical context, social setting, and epistolary structure of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and emphasizes the major themes and issues of these letters and their message for the church today.

Conferences at Calvin Seminary

Calvin Seminary hosts a number of conferences, lectures, and other public events. See any upcoming events below. For more information on regular occuring conferences and lectures, visit our Conferences page.

Upcoming Conferences and Lectures

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    The Worship Symposium 2020

    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. The conference brings together a wide audience of artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, students, worship leaders and planners, and other interested worshipers. People come from around the world for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning together, seeking to develop their gifts, encourage each other and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church.

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Other Resources

Calvin Theological Seminary is pleased to offer the Visiting Scholar Program to professors and pastors who would like to spend a study leave of one or more months on campus.