What goes on in the hours you spend between classes at Calvin Seminary? Start with regular chapel and worship opportunities and add donut breaks, table hockey tournaments and town hall gatherings (with free pizza provided, of course).

This is just the beginning of the ways you get to know other people in this caring, tight-knit community. You will also find many ways to serve, using your gifts and abilities to add to all of the great things already happening here.

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Chapel and other worship opportunities

Calvin Seminary is first and foremost a worshiping community, and you will find daily opportunities to gather with others to pray, sing, and meditate on Scripture.

  • The community gathers in the beautiful Seminary Chapel at 10 a.m. each Wednesday and Friday for a student- and faculty-led service.
  • A 10-minute Matins service is offered each day from 7:40-7:50 a.m. before classes begin.
  • Prayer groups meet at 10 a.m. each Monday morning.
  • Korean students gather each weekday morning for prayer and have several other worship gatherings at differents times of day and on the weekends.

Chapel is planned and led by students, faculty, and staff. From chapel planning team to Seminary Choir, ensembles, drama, and dance, chapel is a place where you can use the Spirit’s diverse gifts to lead others in worship. Want to get involved?

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Social activities and regular events

Connect with students, faculty, and staff at regular activities and events throughout the year. Each fall, the year starts off with a Seminary-wide picnic dinner for the entire community, including families. It ends with a graduation breakfast for seniors. In between, here are just a few of the ways we cultivate community:

  • Donut and fellowship time after Wednesday chapels
  • Town hall gatherings with $1 a slice pizza (sometimes free) provided
  • Regular potlucks for Seminary student and families, including international-themed dinners.
  • Christmas Around the World dinner
  • Die Natalis – a birthday party for Calvin Seminary celebrated annually.
  • Annual table tennis tournament
  • Table hockey leagues
  • Intramural sports leagues
  • Book clubs for students and spouses

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Student organizations, publications and service opportunities

Student clubs and publications vary from year to year, but here are a few recent organizations you can get involved in at Calvin Seminary:

  • Church Planting Club
  • Seminary Choir
  • Seminarians for Social Justice
  • Korean Student Association
  • Old Testament Club
  • Kerux (student newsletter)
  • Stromata (annual journal)
  • Idema Food Pantry (service opportunity)


Fitness and Recreation

As a Seminary student, you and your family will have access to the state-of-the-art recreational facilities available on Calvin Seminary’s shared campus with Calvin College. This means you will be near miles of paved paths for running, walking, and biking, as well the nature trails in Calvin’s Ecosystem Preserve.

The Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex has a 10,000-square foot fitness center that includes 60 cardio machines and dozens of strength machines and free weights. The complex also has an Olympic-sized pool with regular open hours, a 38 square-foot climbing wall patterned after the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, an indoor track, indoor tennis courts, and a racquetball court. Multiple gyms are also available for pick-up basketball and volleyball games.


Arts, Dining and Entertainment on Campus

You will find many free and low-cost activities available for Seminary students at Calvin College.

Find a variety of food options at eight college dining facilities. The Fish House coffee shop, located in Johnny’s Cafe, is the best place on campus to get Fair Trade coffee and artisan espresso beverages.

Grand Rapids is a growing, vibrant city increasingly known as an arts and culinary destination.

Situated just a few hours drive from Chicago and Detroit, and just 45 minutes from the golden shores of Lake Michigan, it provides plenty of things to do locally and regionally. In the past few years, it has been named the top visitor destination by Lonely Planet (2014) and the best place to raise a family by Forbes (2012), to name just a few.

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There is always something exciting or new happening in Grand Rapids. ArtPrize, the biggest event of the year, happens each fall. It turns downtown Grand Rapids into a three-square-mile art gallery that features a wide range of critically-acclaimed pieces and folk art in nearly every building and public space in downtown. You can also enjoy annual events such as Restaurant Week, Festival of the Arts, Gilda’s LaughFest, the Grandwich Competition and more. Craft breweries and excellent, affordable farm-to-table restaurants are opening in every neighborhood. ExperienceGR.com or Urbanspoon (download the app) can give you detailed recommendations, but we suggest you start with Marie Catrib’s ($), The Green Well ($$), Terra GR ($$), Harmony Brewing Company ($) and Founders ($).

If you love outdoor activities and recreation, Grand Rapids has miles of dedicated bike paths, beautiful parks, several nearby downhill ski areas and several mountain biking tracks.

An ideal place for a holistic seminary education

Beyond the amenities the city can provide, Grand Rapids is an ideal place to pursue a seminary education for its sheer volume of ministry opportunities with local churches and parachurch organizations. Through Calvin Seminary’s Mentored Ministries programs, you will gain experience alongside seasoned pastors and ministry professionals in a wide variety of contexts. Calvin Seminary’s proximity to several denominational headquarters and four of the largest Christian publishing houses in the nation give you access to even more opportunities for learning and career opportunities. Some of these organizations include:

  • Christian Reformed Church in North America
  • Reformed Church in America
  • Harper Collins Christian Publishing (Zondervan)
  • Baker Publishing
  • Eerdmans Publishing
  • Kregel Publishing
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Partners Worldwide
  • World Renew
  • Hope Network
  • Pine Rest Mental Health Services

Grand Rapids-area resources for you and your family

Every year, Calvin Seminary students publish a guide to Grand Rapids. This helpful resource will connect you and your family to health care options, churches, free and low-cost family activities and much more. You may want to use this guide before you arrive on campus if you have school-age children who will need to enroll in an area school in the fall. Read the 2014-15 guide.