Exciting Changes at CTS

Students Reflect on a Year of Transition On October 16, 2008, Forum talked to seminary students Sarah Steen Schreiber and Phillip Westra and recent graduate John Lee about the new M.Div. curriculum introduced in this issue. The conversation was moderated by Kathy Smith, Director of Continuing Education and Forum committee member, who began by asking the students about … [Read more...]

The Self-Reflective Teacher in Christian Ministry

Six Questions to Re-invigorate Our Teaching John Witvliet It’s true for nurses, plumbers, seminary professors, and workers of all kinds: some of the most promising approaches to our work come to us after a day that didn’t go so well. As we walk or drive home, cook supper, and tuck our children in bed, we ponder how we could have done it better. Some of the best cures … [Read more...]

Formation for Ministry Isn’t Just for Seminarians

The New CTS Curriculum and Making Communities of Disciples David Rylaarsdam How do you form faith in a child? How do you teach young people to walk with the Lord? How do adults learn to grow up into Christ? And how do pastors help to mold all of these people? Countless conversations about teaching and learning took place as Calvin Seminary’s new Master of Divinity … [Read more...]

The Circle of Ministry

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A Model for Assessing the Seminary’s New Curriculum…and Your Church’s Ministry Duane Kelderman What are the marks of a good pastor? A good sermon? A good education class? A good teacher? These questions are asked not only at your church, but also at Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS). How does CTS know whether it’s doing a good job of preparing pastors for the church? … [Read more...]