An applicant for the Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy is required to submit or arrange for the following:
- A completed application form or online application form accompanied by an autobiography, a statement of Christian commitment, a recent photograph, and the application fee of $25.00.
- Official transcripts of all academic work beyond high school, including your current MDiv program.
- An ecclesiastical recommendation from the governing body of the Christian Reformed church in which the applicant holds membership.
- Three other recommendations: writing and speech recommendations from the applicant’s most recent professors most able to evaluate the applicant’s ability in writing and public address, and one personal recommendation from a seminary professor with whom the student has done considerable course work or from an employer, supervisor, or colleague.
- A final official transcript upon completion of a student’s MDiv program will be required.
All students enrolled at seminaries other than Calvin Theological Seminary who desire licensure to exhort in Christian Reformed congregations and who intend to seek candidacy in the Christian Reformed Church must be admitted to the Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy. Requirements for such admittance are the same as those for admission to the Master of Divinity program:
1. Admission to (and completion of) a Master of Divinity program at an accredited seminary.
2. Undergraduate study that included at least two semester-length courses each in English (including literature), history, philosophy (preferably history of philosophy), natural science, social science, and speech.
3. At CTS, the language curriculum includes 5 courses in Hebrew, 5 courses in Greek, and an introductory course in the Digital Bible Software, which is then used as a tool in all language courses.
We recognize that each seminary has different language study requirements. At minimum, Hebrew Language studies for EPMC students will include a full study of Hebrew grammar and syntax (not less than a year studies). EPMC students should also have at least one exegetical course where the Hebrew language is applied to a particular part of Scripture. Preferably, students will also have courses in OT Narratives and OT Prophets or Poets. At minimum, Greek Language studies for EPMC students will include a full study of Greek grammar and syntax (not less than a year of studies). EPMC students should also have at least one exegetical course where the Greek language is applied to a particular part of Scripture. Preferably, students will also have courses in NT Narratives and NT Letters.
4. Upon review of the applicant’s undergraduate program, the admissions and standards committee may require additional work in given disciplines as a condition for completion of the Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy. Such conditional admission does not delay one’s enrollment at the seminary because the seminary offers such courses focused on preparation for theological education.
The Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy, in combination with other theological study and ministry practice experience, must form an acceptable equivalent to the entire pre-seminary and seminary program required of Calvin Seminary graduates as preparation for Christian Reformed ministry.
Special note for Canadian students: Please note that you will need an F-1 Visa to participate in the fall term. In order to allow for sufficient time to process and issue an I-20 form, you must submit your declaration of finances and other documentation by May 1 of the year in which you intend to begin your program.