Student Life

Overview

A Vibrant On-Campus Community

What goes on in the hours you spend between classes at Calvin Seminary? Start with regular chapel and worship opportunities and add donut breaks, ping-pong tournaments and town hall gatherings (with free pizza provided, of course).

This is just the beginning of the ways you get to know other people in this caring, tight-knit community. You will also find many ways to serve, using your gifts and abilities to add to all of the wonderful things already happening here.

The Dean of Students Office

The Team Focused on Community

Community life at Calvin Seminary includes many opportunities. The Dean of Students Office helps the student body engage these opportunities and provides resources to help students succeed.

Worship

Growing Spiritually

Calvin Seminary is first and foremost a worshiping community, and you will find daily opportunities to gather with others to pray, sing and meditate on Scripture. Examples include:

  • The community gathers in the beautiful Seminary Chapel at 10 a.m. each Wednesday for a student led service. Get involved by contacting Dean Jeff Sajdak in the Dean of Students Office.
  • A 10-minute Matins service is available online each day from 7:40-7:50 a.m. before classes begin.
  • Prayer groups meet online weekly on Thursday evening.
  • Korean students gather each weekday morning for prayer and have several other worship gatherings at different times of day and on the weekends.

Organizations and Publications

Getting Connected

There are many ways to get involved. Student clubs and organizations are a great way to connect with fellow students. Below are some examples of ways to get connected:

Student clubs and organizations:

  • Student Government
    • Student Council
    • Residential Student Advisory Team
    • Distance Learning Student Advisory Team
    • International Student Advisory Team
    • Korean Student Association
  • Idema Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

Student publications:

Social Activities

Events to Create Community

Residential students can connect with students, faculty and staff at regular activities and events throughout the year. Events include:

  • Donut and fellowship time after Wednesday chapel
  • Town hall gatherings with free pizza provided
  • Regular potlucks for Seminary student and families, including international-themed dinners
  • Christmas Around the World dinner
  • Dies Natalis – a birthday party for Calvin Seminary celebrated in March each year
  • Annual spring picnic and table tennis tournament
  • Intramural sports leagues

    Counseling, Mentoring, and Spiritual Direction

    Encouraging Spiritual and Mental Health

    Calvin Seminary values the development and health of the whole person. As a student, you are not only valued for your contribution in the classroom or in the ministry-setting, but in all areas of your life. As your grow in your identity as a ministry-leader, there are bound to be personal challenges or blind spots that may hinder your personal health and the health of any future ministries. But you are not in this alone. Whether you are a residential or distance-learning student, Calvin Seminary wants to support you with a community that promotes mental health, and personal and spiritual growth.

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