Vocational Formation

Your Ministry in Action

The Vocational Formation Office of Calvin Theological Seminary

As a student of Calvin Theological Seminary, your classroom learning will never have to stand alone. Imagine your coursework enriched by dynamic experiences, pinpointing your unique gifts and equipping you to step into your God-given calling.

What Makes Vocational Formation at Calvin Seminary Unique?

A Fresh Approach
Calvin Seminary has recently retooled its internship program, providing hands-on experiences that are anchored to seminary courses. Strengthened connections between classes and internships will help you to grasp concepts more fully and to be better equipped for your ministry, which you’ll begin engaging as a student.

Time-Tested Methods
While vocational formation at Calvin Theological Seminary has been enhanced in recent years, it remains rooted in the tradition of church mentorship and undergirded by the use of proven resources. All students in the MDiv and MA programs will be matched with a mentor from a church or other ministry who will serve as a resource for two years—not simply a semester or a season. You will also have the opportunity to explore your strengths through the Birkman assessment, which has been helping people in all vocational fields for more than 60 years.

Emerging Leaders
The church has faced well documented challenges in leadership. Our vocational formation program aims to help bridge the gap in church leadership today by forming students and graduates who are confident in their strengths and mindful of their areas for growth. We believe these types of leaders will be more effective in empowering their church and ministry communities. Through such efforts, we believe and pray that the gospel will be advanced and God will be glorified.

Meet the Team

Geoff Vandermolen

Geoff Vandermolen

Director of Vocational Formation, Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Christine Wright

Christine Wright

Administrative Coordinator, Vocational Formation Office

Samantha DeJong McCarron

Samantha DeJong McCarron

Associate Director of Vocational Formation


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