E.P.M.C. Application Requirements

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.
  • Admission to the EPMC requires four recommendations:¬†church council, pastoral, classis/regional body, and personal. Please note: We ask that none of your references be family members or spouses.
  • 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 Calvin Seminary, 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 year of study of Hebrew grammar and syntax and 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 year of study of Greek grammar and syntax and 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.