The E.P.M.C. (Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidates) is designed for those who have earned their M.Div. degree at a seminary other than Calvin Theological Seminary, and desire to become candidates in the Christian Reformed Church. It can be engaged in-residence or via distance learning.
The desired outcomes of the EPMC program is for participants to:
Feel a deep sense of call, connection and commitment to the CRC
Understand and commit to the values of the CRC
Embrace and apply a confessionally-Reformed, biblical hermeneutic that shapes their preaching and teaching ministry.
Exhibit spiritual and emotional readiness for pastoral ministry
Demonstrate competency in a range of areas of pastoral ministry
The program includes the following components:
Nine credits of coursework through Calvin Seminary
A 24-month mentorship with a local CRC pastor
Two connection events for orientation to the denomination
The EPMC program is overseen by the EPMC Facilitation Team, a sub-committee of the Candidacy Committee. A team of two from this committee is assigned to each participant upon entry into the program to provide guidance and support, from initial conversation about the individual learning plan, to a final conversation of reflection on the participant’s growth and readiness for ministry.
You are encouraged to contact Rev. Susan LaClear, Director of Candidacy for the Christian Reformed Church. She will be glad to answer questions and offer guidance. If you have any problems finding the documents you are looking for please contact us.