MFCA: Courses of Study

Most of the RCA specific courses are occasionally offered in Spanish and/or Korean. Please call the MFCA Office in order to determine when the Spanish and/or Korean offerings will take place.

Past syllabi can be viewed here: Course Syllabi (PDF). A current and updated syllabus will be posted on the Canvas Learning Management System when each new course is published.

Credo On-Line

Winter: October 2017 - March 2018
Spring: January 2018 – May 2018
Fall:  August 2018 - December 2018

Greek Basics On-Line: September - December 2018

Hebrew Basics On-Line: January - April 2018

RCA Polity DL: January - April 2018
RCA Polity DL: September - December 2018

RCA History & Missions DL: January - April 2018
RCA History & Missions DL: September - December 2018

Seminar for Pastoral Formation: March - May 2018 (May 21-25, 2018 Intensive)

RCA Standards: May 29-June 2, 2018
RCA Standards: September - December 2018 

RCA Worship: June 4-8, 2018   

Seminar for Pastoral Formation, which serves as an alternative to a full unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, will be offered in early March.  MFCA continues to encourage candidates to take a unit of CPE and they should begin looking for a CPE program six months in advance of commencement.  Candidates may find accredited programs at http://www.acpe.edu/.

2018 Summer Intensive Information

The 2018 Summer Intensives are tentatively scheduled to be held at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.  Registration material is sent to individuals via email and anyone interested in participating in one or more intensive(s) who have not received the registration material should contact Kelly Talsma at ktalsma@rca.org.

All courses are subject to being graded on a curve at the discretion of the instructor and the MFCA Director.

RCA500 (CM450) RCA POLITY

A theological foundation is laid for Reformed Polity and then applied through a study of the Book of Church Order (BCO), including the Government, Disciplinary Procedures, Bylaws and Special Rules of Order, and the Formularies. The course includes practical applications of Church Government and studies of actual cases are presented to illustrate the use of the BCO, organizational operations, structure, and function of the Reformed Church in America (3.0 credits).

RCA501 (TF450) RCA STANDARDS

A survey of the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort and the Belhar Confession designed to highlight distinctive elements of the Reformed tradition and to prepare RCA candidates for their ordination examinations and the writing of the credo (3.0 credits).

RCA502 (CH450) RCA HISTORY AND MISSIONS

A historical survey of the Reformed Church in America, exploring its history since 1628, its theological perspectives, its ethos and its mission programs - both domestic and foreign. (3.0 credits)

RCA503 (CM451) RCA WORSHIP

Drawing from Scripture, Reformed confessions and liturgies, and in sympathetic discussion with a wide range of worshipping traditions, this course will present, discuss, clarify, and apply a Reformed vision of worship to congregational settings in the RCA in the United States and Canada. (3.0 credits)

RCA507 CREDO - A SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE

This online course will guide the student in the preparation of a constructive statement of faith ("credo") which incorporates and expresses the student's understanding of the Reformed faith, the theology of his/her practice of ministry in relationship to other traditions. This is a non-residential distance course that is only done on the internet for seventeen weeks. The result is usually a document that is seventy pages in length. Prerequisites: RCA Standards. (3.0 credits)

The RCA Standards, and RCA Worship courses are offered every summer, usually in June after General Synod.

RCA509 (CM106) SEMINAR FOR PASTORAL FORMATION

Formerly "The Pastor as Person," this seminar is offered by the MFCA in conjunction with Western Theological Seminary as an alternative to Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). The seminar covers major areas of pastoral formation including the authority and identity of the healthy pastor. (3.0 credits)

B100 HEBREW BASICS AND TOOLS

This online course will introduce the basics of biblical Hebrew. While not learning the actual Hebrew language, enough will be learned to be able to use the BibleWorks software effectively. Once the basics of Hebrew are learned students will be guided through the BibleWorks software. The final section of the course will consist of putting Hebrew and BibleWorks knowledge to practical use. Assignments include a short paper based upon commentaries, an exegetical paper, and a sermon. (Non-credit only*)

B101 GREEK BASICS AND TOOLS

This online course will introduce the basics of biblical Greek. While not learning the actual Greek language, one will learn enough to be able to use the BibleWorks software effectively. Once the basics of Greek are learned, one will be guided through the BibleWorks software. The final section of the course will consist of putting Greek and BibleWorks knowledge to practical use. Assignments include a short paper based upon commentaries, an exegetical paper, and a sermon. (Non-credit only*)

Drop/Add Policy:  Candidates may add or drop an intensive course anytime up to the start of the intensive.  Candidates have seven days after the start of an on-line course to add or drop a semester long distance learning course.