April 4, 2003
Ministry Resource Center
A new center at Calvin College will provide a raft of resources for people doing everything from planning a worship service to teaching Sunday school to leading a small-group Bible study.
The Ministry Resource Center (MRC) is billed as a collection of practical resources for all aspects of congregational ministry. It is a joint project of both Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, run by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and located on the fourth floor of Calvin's Hekman Library (as well as virtually on the internet). It is funded through Calvin's Lilly Vocation Project.
The Center informally opened in January 2003 and has been using the last few months as a bit of a "beta" test period. But Center manager Ed Seely (above) says the MRC is now fully operational.
Seely, an ordained pastor with 35 years experience church ministry (primarily church education), says the Center will benefit a variety of people: pastors, worship planners and leaders, church school teachers, youth ministers and more.
in the Center's collection are also useful for others such as those
in prayer ministries, urban neighborhood ministry and volunteer services,"
he says. "The MRC is designed as well to help patrons realize how
gifts in art, theater, music, dance, writing, languages, counseling,
business, technology, accounting, or management can be used in ministry."
The Center will concentrate on collecting resources often used by the leader and participants in the actual ministry setting, things such as adult education material, art and worship, children's ministry, liturgical dance, music and worship and youth ministry.
The new Ministry Resource Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight, Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. A two-person staff, Seely and coordinator Amanda Drost, is available to assist patrons during regular business hours, while others are available to assist after hours.