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2015 Seminars

Cruciform Humility in Christian Preaching and Worship

June 21-26, 2015

Directed by: Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin College

Funds provided by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with funding by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The deadline to apply for this seminar was February 13, 2015, and applications are no longer being accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-March.

Seminar Description

In this seminar especially designed for preachers and worship planners we'll spend a week on one of the great biblical virtues. Prominent in the life of Jesus Christ and in classic summons to Christian life, humility is part of the image of God and one of the ligaments of the Christian community. We will situate humility as a species of wisdom and we will rescue humility from its currently decaying reputation, principally by contrasting humility with humiliation.  We'll also highlight the joys available only to those who gladly acknowledge God as their sovereign and other human beings as peers. Studying biblical texts, songs and hymns, events within the church year in which humility is aptly preached and sung, a couple of essays, and at least one short story, participants will have the nap raised on their sense of humility. We will also write a few prayers to fit with the songs, hymns, and texts.


About the Director

Cornelius ("Neal") Plantinga is Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and former President of Calvin Theological Seminary. He is the author of a number of books, including Reading for Preaching: the Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists (Eerdmans).



Application Information

This seminar is geared toward full-time parish pastors who preach on a regular basis and worship leaders who are involved in worship planning and leading. The application deadline was February 13, 2015.

To apply, an applicant must submit the application form and include the following components:

  1. Curriculum vitae or resume (PDF or Word format)
  2. An essay that includes your statement of vocation, what attracts you to this seminar, and what you hope to take away from it (PDF or Word format)
  3. Name and contact information (phone and email) for two professional references. (Letters of recommendation are not needed.)

Before you apply, please have all of your materials ready; the form can not be saved and referred to later.

After you submit your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation with the information you submitted. We will contact you directly if any materials are missing from your application, but we cannot update you further on the status of your application. Participants will be selected by the director after the application deadline and will be notified in mid-March.


Additional Information

There is no fee to apply for or attend this seminar. All participants in this seminar will be offered free housing in Calvin's Knollcrest East Apartments. Spouses and family members are welcome to join you at no additional cost. We provide weekday lunches and morning breaks for participants only, and a welcome picnic for participants and family members. Participants and family members are responsible for all other meals. Although we provide limited shuttle service to and from the airport, participants and their family members are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs to and from Grand Rapids; there is no travel stipend available for this seminar. For additional information, please visit our FAQs.