Life Long Learning

Self Guided Online Classes

You can also learn through one of our online resources. The fee is $128 for one year of access (for 2020-2021). If you are interested in one of the online resources below, you can send an email to continuing.education@calvinseminary.edu. Registering will give you access to our Canvas system, this is where you will be able to view the content. An email with login instructions will be sent to you.

Online Resources

Bible Overview

This resource provides a condensed overview of the Bible and can be completed in about 15 hours. It traces the themes of creation, fall, and redemption and presents the Bible as the one true story of the entire world. Participants will read "The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story (2nd ed.)" by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen. This educational and formational tool is meant to complement training specific to your ministry context.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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. The auditing fee is $104 per credit hour (for 2020-2021). Note: currently only residential courses are available to audit. Email continuing.education@calvinseminary.edu to receive registration information.

Listed below are the continuing education offerings for Spring 2021:

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. Both of the courses offered will be presented in an online-only format.

Spring 2021

The Seven Letters of Revelation

A detailed study of Rev. 2-3, as well as the relationship of these key chapters to the Book of Revelation as a whole, with the goal of equipping participants to preach and/or teach a series on the "Seven Letters to the Seven Churches."

Theological Biographies

Studies important theologians in the Christian tradition through the best available biographies and selective primary readings.

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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    Worship Symposium 2021

    The Worship Symposium is a free online learning experience held January 6-26, 2021, on key topics and themes in worship and the Christian life at the Calvin Symposium on Worship. This online experience is designed for learners of all ages: students, faculty, artists, musicians, pastors, scholars, teachers, worship leaders and planners, and all other interested worshipers around the world. Join this free experience with participants from around the world through online media to learn and connect together.

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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.