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Should I Become a Pastor in the CRC?

Are you wondering if you should become a pastor? The Candidacy Committee is the denominational ministry that helps people find their way in a discernment process.  

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What Is a Commissioned Pastor and How Do I Become One?

Commissioned Pastors are appointed at the local level with permission of the regional body, the classis. Find information about this office and the roles in which these pastors serve.  

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Ten Ways to Discern a Call to Ordained Pastoral Ministry

If you are feeling a pull to explore ordained pastoral ministry, these ten steps will help you discern whether that is the path God is calling you to take.

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141 Years and Counting!

On Sept. 7, we celebrated the beginning of our 141st year of ministry as Calvin Theological Seminary. While we weren't present when the ministry began, our commitment to teach and pray remains. Thanks be to God!

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A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Today we remember your first steps of obedience. You received a call from God to go to seminary. You moved. You sold a home. Your kids changed schools. You sacrificed to follow this call. 

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On the Edge of Commencement: A Blessing and a Challenge

Today can be a testament to achievement but may today also be a reminder of how you are instruments of His grace. Be joyful in hope, be patient in affliction and be faithful in prayer.     

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The Pastor's Perspective

As the interim pastor who doesn’t have “a pony in this race,” I have found it most interesting to be here and, in a minimal way, a part of the process. 

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Clogged System

A few years ago I met a person who was preparing for ministry as a second career. I didn’t ask the question that crossed my mind, which was “Have you looked at the job market lately?”  

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The System

At the CRC Synod, as usual, a raft of new candidates for the ministry was approved. This year there were 44 names on the list. I do pray they will all get a call someday soon...

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Of Oil, Donkeys, and Bread

How many pastors wouldn't love this kind of confirmation of their calling?

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Does Racism Exist in the Candidacy and Call Process?

Regardless of education or ministry experience, very few established churches in the CRC will call a black man to lead their congregations. How can we become a denomination where racial reconciliation is prevalent?

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