Vocational Formation
Chris Wright_portrait
Geoff Vandermolen
Director of Vocational Formation
Email
(616) 957-6045
Chris Wright
Administrative
Coordinator
Email
(616) 957-6064

The Vocational Formation Office oversees the following formation programs:

  • Formation Groups
  • Vocational Mentors
  • Internships

The Vocational Formation Office also receives and posts pulpit supply requests for churches. Mdiv students who are licensed to preach can email the vocation office for preaching opportunities: vocationalformation@calvinseminary.edu


Formation Groups:

  • are faculty-led or pastor-led curricular groups of six to eight students that meet regularly throughout students’ seminary training.
  • enable students and leaders to form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
  • provide students with a community of trust and reflection where all parts of their education and formation for ministry can be integrated.

Vocational Mentors:

  • are pastors or ministry leaders who meet with students regularly, modeling moral, spiritual, and pastoral wisdom.
  • often are from the local churches that students attend, helping to bridge the worlds of church and seminary.

Local Church Involvement:

  • Student’s local churches are also settings in which they develop ministry practice experience while studying at the seminary.
  • Through relationships with a local church and a vocational mentor, students develop not only ministry skills, but also a holistic sense of identity as persons called to ministry on behalf of Christ.

M.Div. Internships:

  • provide an intriguing range of opportunities for students to practice and reflect on ministry in various contexts while facilitating an integration of theology with ministry, a maturing pastoral identity, and growth of ministry practice skills.
    • Cross-cultural Internships provide opportunities to explore the contextual nature of ministry and are typically completed in the summer after students’ first year of seminary as a five-week, full-time ministry assignment. (200 hours, 2 credits)
    • Pastoral Ministry Internships provide congregational ministry leadership experiences so that students are able to deepen pastoral identity and develop ministry practices. These are typically completed in the summer after students’ second year of seminary as a ten-week, full-time ministry assignment. (400 hours, 4 credits)
    • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) provides ministry opportunities in approved institutional or church settings together with professional supervision and intensive peer group reflection. CPE can be completed concurrently during the school year or over the course of a summer. (4 credits)

M.A. Internship:

  • assists students in understanding how God is molding them spiritually, personally and professionally through their seminary studies, work of ministry, and area of specialization.
    • Specialized Ministry Internships provide students with a ministry experience that immerses them in a ministry context which provides the student with a significant leadership opportunity in the area of their ministry specialization. (200 hours, 2 credits)
    • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) provides ministry opportunities in approved institutional or church settings together with professional supervision and intensive peer group reflection. (2 credits for internship and 2 hours of course credit)

Opportunities

    • Contact the Vocation Formation Office about preaching opportunities and ministry openings: vocationalformation@calvinseminary.edu