Travel Courses

3 Different Travel Options

Biblical Study Tour to Turkey and Greece

Walk in the footsteps of Paul and John during the day and study their New Testament writings at night! Travel by deluxe motorcoach to sites connected with Paul’s First, Second and Third Missionary Journeys (Attalia, Perge, Aspendos, Colossae, Loadicea, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Miletus, Didyma, Assos, Alexander Troas, Neapolis, Philippi, Amphipolis, Thessalonica, Berea, Vergina, Athens, Corinth, Cenchrea) and the seven churches (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea) to whom John wrote the Book of Revelation. Most evenings feature a study session either on “Paul: His Life and His Letters” or “From Patmos to Paradise: The Seven Sermons to the Seven Churches (Rev. 2-3).” Join host Jeff Weima, professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and leading biblical scholar, for this truly inspirational tour.

Calvin Seminary students (MDiv, MA, MTS, ThM) may take the study tour for academic credit: either a 2-credit OT, NT or History of Christianity elective or a 3-credit course (ThM students)

Other students, spouses and family members of students, and friends of Calvin Seminary (alumni, pastors, donors, etc.) may sign up for the study tour, though space will be afforded first to students taking the trip for academic credit. Such folks will not be required to complete any of the course assignments.

Course led by Professor Jeffrey Weima. Offered in the January of odd years. The next trip will be January of 2021.

Taste and See: a Tour of Israel and Palestine

Come, experience the world of the Bible through explorations of the culture, geography, and history of Israel and Palestine (or surrounding lands). See for yourself the diverse array of landscapes that make up the land from Dan to Beersheva. Taste the spring waters of Mt Hermon. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus and his disciples. Hear the cacophony of sounds and languages that comprise the cultural mosaic of the Old City of Jerusalem. Meet people who live in the land and gain insight into the region's current religious and political tensions. In this course, you will visit archaeological and sacred sites of Biblical, historical, and religious significance that are sure to illuminate your reading of Scripture.

Course led by Professor Gary Burge. Offered in the January of even years. The next trip will be January of 2020 (note: this course is already full).

Study in Mexico City

This course is an exploration of the intimate connection between justice and peace in biblical theology and exposure to expressions of this biblical vision of justice-shalom in several ministries in the larger Mexico City area.

Justice and Peace provide the necessary vision and understanding of God’s plan for creation and humanity, to inspire a lifestyle and ministry that conform to God's good will for the cosmos, society, the Church and the individual person. In our visit to Mexico City, we will learn how seeds of justice are being planted and shalom is being weaved in every day ministries, in the name of Jesus.

Along with readings & lectures of selected biblical-theological essays, the trip will provide a rich cross cultural experience and include: visiting ministries among Street Children in Mexico City; Church ministry with immigrants; Holistic Ministry with Indigenous Mazahua people; and other models of urban ministry.

Also we will visit the Templo Mayor (main Aztec temple), Teotihuacan Pyramids, National Palace, National Cathedral, Anthropology Museum & an epic Folkloric Ballet; lectures with leading Mexican theologians and pastors; and travel to Towns around Mexico City, to understand Mexican cultures and the context for ministry.

Course led by Professors Mariano Avila and Cory Willson. Offered in the January of odd years. The next trip will be January of 2021.

Available Funds

Travel courses are a powerful way to learn about the Bible and ministry in context. Thanks to the generous support of a donor, these opportunities are a little more affordable. Every Calvin Seminary degree seeking student will receive a one-time scholarship to help pay for the costs of one of these trips. It's another example of the tremendous support Calvin Seminary students receive.

Contextual Learning

The importance of learning in context is an important characteristic of the Calvin Seminary curriculum. In addition to the courses listed above, there are other opportunities for students to learn in settings outside of the classroom. Below are a few examples of other courses that provide unique learning opportunities.

  • Other Courses that Include Travel: In addition to the January Travel Courses listed above, there are many other courses that utilize learning off-campus to supplement the in-class learning. Examples include: a Leadership course that includes the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek, a course titled Pastoral Theology at the Margins which included a weekend in Washington DC visiting the National Museum of African American History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, or a course on church planting that requires visiting examples of church plants in Ontario and Arizona.
  • Contextual Learning Opportunities: Through the Vocational Formation Office, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership students are involved with a Contextual Learning Placement. Your placement depends on a variety of factors, including your future ministry goals, if you are full or part time, or whether you are in a residential or distance/online program, but typically students are placed in a program within your first semester or two of your program. In addition, the Vocational Formation Office can help you find other internship opportunities, such as the Ministery Residency Program which places students in a ministry setting while you complete your program. For more information visit the Vocational Formation Office page.
  • The Dig Program: This program is for high school students finishing 11th or 12th grade who want to explore their future to a variety of vocational callings. As part of this program, participants travel to off-site locations to learn more about how people use their work and career to further the kingdom of God, no matter what job they are called to. Learn more about the Dig program here.