May Term 2013 Registration Information

Students are not required to take a course during the May Term in order to maintain full-time status in their program. However, certain programs have core courses offered only during the May Term.

Before proceeding with registration for the May Term, please read this page carefully. Along with general information, there is information about the core courses and the electives below.

The May Term 2013 course schedule is available  here.

Online registration for the May Term will open on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 a.m. and will close on Monday, April 15, at 11:59 p.m.

Students graduating in May of 2013 must pay their May Term tuition before they graduate.  Other students must pay their May Term tuition no later than May 31.

Although you may still add a May Term course after the registration deadline, you will be assessed a $50 late registration fee. However, once you are initially registered, you may change or drop courses online without penalty, following the guidelines on the Tuition Rates and Fees page.

Distance Learning students; please note that registration for the summer online courses will happen a bit later.  A separate e-mail will be sent out about that.

Summer internships are registered separately by the Mentored Ministries Office.

If you need technical assistance in accessing the schedule, contact Seminary IT. If you have questions regarding course eligibility or other non-technical matters, please contact The Registrar’s Office.

Registration of Papers, Independent Studies, and Theses

First degree students who need to register an independent study or a major paper can pick up the appropriate form from Denise Mokma, Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs.  You must return the form with the necessary signatures to the same office by May 15 at 4:30 p.m.

ThM students who need to register an Independent Study or a Major Paper can download the appropriate form from the Registrar’s Office page on the web site.  You will need to bring the necessary paper work, complete with the signature of your study/paper supervisor, to Dr. Avila’s office/mailbox by 4:30 p.m. on May 15.

Evangelism and Cross Cultural Ministry (441B).  This course is taught by Ronald Vander Griend , Vice President of Development at Mission India.

Most MDiv students in their first year of studies (along with some others) are required to take this course.  The course is also required for students in the MA in Evangelism and Missions program.

MDiv students should take this course only if they are planning to do a cross-cultural internship in the summer of 2013 or are planning a concurrent Cross Cultural internship in the 2013/2014 academic year.

Please note that the course meets for several days in the May Term and then again for several days in late August.

Preaching Practicum I (433B)  MDiv students who intend to take  Preaching Practicum II (434B) in the Fall of 2013 are required to take this course in the May Term first.   This is a one credit course and meets for four days in the first week only (Tuesday – Friday).  Students will sign up for either a morning or afternoon section and be placed in groups.

Note:  the Fall course was previously named Preaching Practicum (431B) and was three credits.  That course no longer exists.  The current Fall course (434B) is two credits.

Reading Ministry Contexts (430B) is no longer being offered.  Instead, the material is being incorporated into the newly renamed fall course Leadership in Ministry (775B).  Leadership in Ministry replaces the former Pastoral Leadership course (772B).  Please note however, that the Leadership in Ministry course will have one required session in the May term, which will meet on Monday, May 20.  You will receive more information about this soon.


Contextual Training in Church Planting and Renewal (665B)
Note:  this course requires that you have taken the course Basic Training in Church Planting and Renewal (664B).

The course is taught by Pastor Kevin Adams, Granite Springs CRC, Granite Springs, CA.  Pastor Adams is also a Ministry Partner Professor of Church Planting, Calvin Seminary.  Also teaching the course is Pastor Ricardo Agreste from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

This course builds on the principles taught in 664B by studying organization, leadership and related issues.

Ministering with and to Immigrants meets for 4 days only- May 20-23.

This course is taught by Dr. Janice McLean, Professor at City Seminary of New York and Pastor of New Song Community Church (CRC) in Manhattan.

This course is an elective option for students in most of the MA programs, and certainly a choice for MDiv and ThM students as well.

The course considers the growing presence, challenge, and opportunity for ministry that immigrant populations present for US churches, emphasizing the development of effective ministries to reach immigrants by partnering with and learning from them. 

Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry meets for 4 days only in the first week of June.  The course is open to pastors and church leaders as well.

The course is taught by Professor Kathy Smith and Pastor Duane Kelderman.

The central thesis of this course is that strong pastoral identity is the key to sustaining pastoral excellence. Today’s church has witnessed a breakdown of consensus regarding the role of the pastor. This course is a study of the theology and practice of pastoral ministry with a view to creatively and critically engaging changing views of the church and its ministry in our contemporary culture, and enhancing the practice of pastoral ministry. The course will integrate this theological understanding of pastoral ministry with the basic practices of pastoral ministry: worship, preaching, teaching, evangelism, pastoral care, and a particular emphasis on congregational leadership.

Studies in the Gospel of John (531B) will be taught by Professor Deppe.  This course will meet a New Testament exegetical requirement for graduating MDiv students.  It can also serve as an elective for all other MDiv, MTS, or ThM students.

A study of the Gospel of John to discover its unique witness to the story of Jesus. Students will research the unique structure, literary features, symbolism, language, background, theology, and purpose of this gospel. Included will be a study of the Greek text and an opportunity to investigate preaching possibilities. The missional importance of the gospel will also be considered.

Faith Formation for All Ages (642B) will be taught by Dr. Robert Keeley, Professor of Education at Calvin College.

This course is required for students in the MA in Youth and Family Ministry program, and is an elective option for students in the MA in Educational Ministries and students in the MA in Pastoral Care program.  It is also an elective option for students in the MDiv and ThM programs.

The course explores the spiritual, moral, emotional, and social needs and development of children and adults, teaches the creative design of faith formation programs and intergenerational education, and develops skills needed to teach a wide variety of programs

Hebrew Review II (492B)- taught by Ms. Sarah Schreiber,  a Ph.D. student at the University of Notre Dame, and an MDiv graduate of Calvin Seminary.

Due to the nature of this course, you cannot get credit in your program.  This course is required for some and open to all.  The course reviews key material learned in Hebrew Usage and Tools (401B), including a review of the verbal system, basic syntax, and analysis of clauses.

Greek Review (491B)- taught by Professor Weima. Due to the nature of this course, you cannot get credit in your program.  The May term review is geared primarily for students who have just taken the Greek courses but need or desire more training in the significance of grammatical distinctions and the reading of the Greek New Testament text. Others who want more experience in Greek grammar and reading are also welcome to register for this course.