Life Long Learning

Self Guided Online Classes

You can 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, fill out the form below to register.

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 Fall 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.

Fall 2021 - Residential

Pandemics in History and their Aftermath (2 credits)

Life in the age of COVID-19 has been challenging, not least for religious leaders and communities of faith. One way to help make sense of the current situation is to reflect on past instances of human pandemics and consider how these experiences shaped believers' faith and actions. Beginning with an assessment of the current situation and an analysis of NT Wright's recent book on the coronavirus, we will then go back in time. We will examine the causes and impacts of the bubonic plague of the 1300s, and then move through smallpox, cholera, and yellow fever before turning to more recent pandemics including the 1918-19 flu, polio, AIDS, and Ebola. Through readings and discussions of key primary and secondary sources, including sermons, letters, petitions, and more, we will investigate how religious leaders provided theological explanations of the pandemics to their flock, how they sought to provide pastoral care and comfort in times of crisis, and how the anxiety generated by pandemics could at times devolve into attacks on those of other faiths or backgrounds. Our focus will be global and cross-confessional. Taken together, these historical examples, coupled with dialogues with people at the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, will help participants not only deepen their understanding of our current situation but also evaluate a range of responses. Participants will be encouraged to develop individual, familial, and communal approaches to the impact of COVID-19 through the eyes of faith.

Fostering Pastoral Shalom in Group and Organizational Conflict (2 credits)

We do not like conflict. Whether we are talking about interpersonal conflict, organizational conflict, group conflict, racial conflict, conflict in the church, or conflict in our broader community—they all have a common theme among them—we shy away from conflict and tension. What’s worse is that we often mistake the absence of conflict and tension for healing, wholeness. We believe that the elimination of conflict and tension means that we have made the right choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. In your future vocation, wherever you land, you will not be able to avoid conflict

In this course Fostering Pastoral Shalom in Group and Organizational Conflict we will examine the nature of group and organizational conflict. We will examine conflict and group tension from a theoretical, biblical, and theological perspective, and we will imagine a practical theological praxis of shalom that will better equip us to engage group and organization conflict with courage and hope.

Missional Theology Amidst Social Crisis (2 credits)

The most critical moments in the development of theology have arisen from moments of crisis in the church and society. The interconnection between theology and social crisis is deep and inseparable from the faithful life and mission of the church. The New Testament Scriptures, the writings of early church fathers like Augustine, Ireneaus, and Justin Martyr, as well as the major theological tomes of the Reformation, all arose from pressing challenges facing the church as they sought to faithfully participate in God’s mission in their time and place. In this course we will explore several contemporary crises around the globe and examine the theological reflection arising from Christians in those communities. Students will emerge from this course having grappled with ancient and present theologies born from social crisis.

Planning and Leading Congregational Worship (2 credits)

Surveys prominent theological motifs and how they have been reflected in artistic

expressions of Christian worship throughout church history, including a study of prayer,

texts, sermons, hymnody, architectural forms, and implications for congregational

worship today.

Fall 2021 - Distance

Faith Formation for all Ages (2 credits)

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.

Matthew (2 credits)

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.

Being Human: What’s Wrong with Us, What’s Right with Us (2 credits)

This course will explore what it means to be human focusing especially on the devastating effects of sin while never losing sight of the restoration available to us in Christ. Exploring various historical and modern theologians we will consider questions like the following: What is sin? How might the noetic effects of the fall influence our ability to discern truth? How might the emotions of guilt and shame impact the practice of repentance? What is the relationship between addiction, mental illness and sin?

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.

The Puritans and Their Impact September 24-25, 2021

Just over four hundred years ago, in 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the shores of Cape Cod. Many of those on board had left England first for the Netherlands and then embarked on the transatlantic voyage because they felt they could not live within the theological and liturgical framework of the established Church of England. Within the next decades, these dissenters, known as the Pilgrims, were joined by other Puritans, establishing colonies along the northeastern seaboard of North America. Many aspects of this migration have become part of the fabric of the story of the United States, yet this legacy is complex and deserving of further reflection. To shed light on the Puritans and their impact, and to foster informed discussion, the Meeter Center is organizing a two-day conference on September 24 and 25, 2021, at Calvin Theological Seminary. All are heartily welcome. In plenary lectures and panel discussions, expert presenters will focus on the theological roots of Puritanism and on the history of Puritans' actions and legacies in North America, including their relations with Native American communities. Speakers include Margaret Bendroth (executive director (ret.) of the Congregational Library and Archives), Richard Muller (emeritus, Calvin Theological Seminary), Matthew Tuininga (Calvin Theological Seminary), Chad Van Dixhoorn (Westminster Theological Seminary Philadelphia), Abram Van Engen (Washington University in Saint Louis), and Adrian Weimer (Providence College). Conference participants will also get a special tour of the Meeter Center's Puritan exhibit, with several rare books on loan from Puritan Reformed Seminary's extensive collection. Don't miss this outstanding opportunity!

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.