MRC: Ministry Resource Center

Centers and Institutes

Calvin Theological Seminary is privileged to have many specialized educational and ministry initiatives. Listed below are five important centers and institutes which provide enrichment to our life and studies at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship aims to promote the scholarly study of the theology, history, and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities across North America and beyond.

Center for Excellence in Preaching

The Center for Excellence in Preaching exists to maintain a high standard of excellence in preaching in the students and graduates of Calvin Theological Seminary, as well as serving as a resource for preachers in other denominations and institutions. The Center provides a mentorship program, book discussion groups, conferences and other events, preaching scholarships, and a rich collection of preaching resources on its website.

Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall has and makes available for research the records of Calvin College, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. In addition the collection holds the personal papers of the college and seminary faculty and staff, ministers in the denomination, and letters detailing the Dutch migration and the impact of this migration on North America.

Meeter Center

The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies is a research center specializing in John Calvin and Calvinism that opened in 1981 and is located at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Ministry Resource Center

Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary are pleased to introduce the Ministry Resource Center (MRC), located in the northeast corner of the fourth floor of the Hekman Library. The center is designed to fulfill the library's mandate of providing the best available resources for students and the West Michigan community. The center, which opened in January 2003, is a premier collection of practical resources, in print, digital, and audio-visual formats, for all aspects of college, seminary, and congregational ministry.

The Bavinck Institute

The Bavinck Institute at Calvin Theological Seminary is named after Herman Bavinck (1854-1921), the great Dutch Reformed theologian, author of the Reformed Dogmatics. It exists to further communication among scholars, teachers, pastors, and students interested in the theology of Herman Bavinck and the Bavinck tradition, and to provide resources for as well as encourage scholarship in it. This includes, in the first place, scholarship directly related to Bavinck himself and, secondarily, work on Bavinck’s neo-Calvinist contemporaries such as Abraham Kuyper and Willem Geesink, and, finally, those who directly build on Bavinck’s legacy such as his nephew Johan Herman Bavinck (1895-1964), missionary to Indonesia and pioneer Reformed missiologist.

The Timothy Institute

The Timothy Institute is a ministry which trains and equips pastors and lay leaders for work in their home churches in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The name for the institute was drawn from 2 Timothy 2:2, in which Paul instructs Timothy, ".and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well."

CTS occasionally collaborates with the centers and institutes of Calvin College.

See also - Ministry Partners