MFCA: 

Courses of Study

All MFCA Candidates taking courses through NBTS and/or WTS must register through MFCA. Please send the enrollment forms at the bottom of the page to ktalsma@rca.org. If the MFCA office does not have your official transcript, please provide one. Candidates must also register and pay for each course using the links below.


These courses are only available to MFCA candidates.

MFCA Fall 2024 Courses

 

When an MFCA candidate registers for a required course for CRE Qualification the term audit is used on the seminary registration form. However, to meet the RCA requirements for the Certificate of Readiness for Examination (CRE) the MFCA requires the coursework to be submitted, and a grade must be earned at the conclusion of the course. 


Accessible through New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS)
August 26-December 14, 2024

(All students must complete the attached Non-NBTS Student Registration form and submit it to ktalsma@rca.org)


RCA Church Studies: Standards & Polity (DS507-01)–Instructor, Dr. M. van Maastricht, offered fully online with synchronous, Tuesdays, 6:30–9:00 pm (EST), and asynchronous online learning. 

3.0 Credits - $1,875 / CRE Qualification - $450

STANDARDS (PART I) The purpose of this course is to assist the student in obtaining an understanding of the history, content, and use of the Standards of Unity of the Reformed Church in America. The student will learn the historical contexts of their origins, the meaning of the standards within the framework of the history of theology and situate the standards within the life and ministry of the contemporary church. POLITY (PART II) This course is designed to introduce candidates to the office of minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America to the government of the Reformed Church in America. Students will learn the theology and polity that is expressed in the Book of Church Order and will learn how the polity works in the life and witness of the church. Prerequisites: CH510, CH511, TH510, TH511. (Seminary course prerequisites can be discussed/clarified with the MFCA registrar.)

NBTS RCA Church Studies: Standards & Polity Link

 

New Testament Greek I (NT511-01)–Instructor, Dr. J. Pettis, offered fully online with synchronous, Wednesdays, 6:30–9:00 pm (EST), and asynchronous online learning. 

3.0 Credits - $1,875 / CRE Qualification - $450

This course is designed to introduce the student to Greek grammar and to develop superior skills in translating New Testament texts in service of the church and the community. No Prerequisites.

NBTS New Testament Greek I Link


Accessible through Western Theological Seminary (WTS)
August 26-December 13, 2024

(All students must complete the attached Non-WTS Student Registration form and submit it to ktalsma@rca.org)

 

RCA Standards & Polity (TH421-DL)-Instructor, Dr. Komline, offered as an asynchronous online learning course

3.0 Credits $1,305 / CRE Qualification $450

This course introduces students to the standards and polity of the Reformed Church in America. Students learn about the history and content of the Book of Church Order and the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort, and the Belhar Confession, and apply these documents to life in the church today.

WTS RCA Standards & Polity Link

 

Seminary course prerequisites can be discussed/clarified with the MFCA registrar.

These courses are only available to MFCA candidates.

MFCA Spring 2025 Courses

 

When an MFCA candidate registers for a required course for CRE Qualification the term audit is used on the seminary registration form. However, to meet the RCA requirements for the Certificate of Readiness for Examination (CRE) the MFCA requires the coursework to be submitted, and a grade must be earned at the conclusion of the course.


Accessible through New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS)
January 27 - May 17, 2025

(All students must complete the attached Non-NBTS Student Registration form and submit it to ktalsma@rca.org)


RCA Studies History, Mission, & Worship (DS508-01)–Instructor, Dr. J. Brumm, offered fully online with synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Tuesdays, 6:30–9:00 pm (EST)

3.0 Credits - $1,875 / CRE Qualification - $450

HISTORY AND MISSIONS (PART III) The purpose of this course is to assist the student in understanding the historical development of the Reformed Church in America, with a special emphasis on the role and theology of its mission programs, within the context of the history of the global Christian church. The student will become conversant with the arc of RCA history and with how to engage primary source materials to dig deeper into that history and connect it to the work of local congregations, classes, and synods. WORSHIP (PART IV) This course is designed to introduce students to the Liturgy of the RCA, with special emphasis on how to lead worship, and especially the sacramental liturgies, creatively and meaningfully. Students will become familiar with the construction of the liturgies, the theological assumptions behind them, and will learn how to construct and adapt the liturgies in ways appropriate to the contexts in which they will serve. Prerequisites: CH510, CH511, MS565 (Seminary course prerequisites can be discussed/clarified with the MFCA registrar.)

Link will be available once registration opens


Our Christian Traditions in Context - CREDO (IN531-01)–Instructor, Dr. Jaeseung Cha, offered fully online with synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Saturdays, 8:30–11:00 am (EST)
(4 required online synchronous sessions.)

3.0 Credits - $1,875 / CRE Qualification - $450

This course will guide the student in a statement of faith that expresses the student’s understanding of the Christian faith responsive to the theology of his/her tradition and is appropriate to the context in which she/he ministers. It is recommended that students register for this course in the final year of their program. This is the equivalent of the MFCA Credo course. 

Prerequisites: OT510; NT510; PC510; IN511; CH510 & 511; TH520 & 521; ET520; IN520 (SEminary course prerequisites can be discussed/clarified with the MFCA registrar.)

Link will be available once registration opens


Accessible through Western Theological Seminary (WTS)
January 6-April 25, 2025

(All students must complete the attached Non-WTS Student Registration form and submit it to ktalsma@rca.org)

 

Credo (TH490-DL)-Instructor, Dr. S. McDonald, offered as an asynchronous online learning course

3.0 Credits $1,305 / CRE Qualification $450

In this senior seminar, students will write a paper of approximately 25-35 pages in which they will give an account of their personal theology by articulating their beliefs concerning the central loci of Christian teaching, in conversation with their respective denominational traditions, and in language that can be understood by an educated church layperson. Prerequisite: RCA Standards and 2 semesters of Systematic Theology. (Seminary course prerequisites can be discussed/clarified with the MFCA registrar.)

Link will be available once registration opens


Christian Interior Life (MN336-DL)–Instructor, Dr. C. DeGroat, offered an asynchronous online learning course (A 3-day on-campus intensive will be part of this course February 14-16, 2024) This course is an alternative to the CPE requirement.

3.0 Credits - $1,272 / CRE Qualification - $550

This course explores the ways in which a minister’s life history, spiritual growth, and vocation intersect and shape his/her personal and professional identity. Students will reflect on their own psychological and spiritual development and their opportunities for personal growth. They will develop their own particular plans for self-care. 

Link will be available once registration opens


Biblical Interpretation for Ministry (BL120-DL)–Instructor, Dr. C. Pierce, offered an asynchronous online learning course. This is a special Hebrew and Greek tools course available by permission only. This course offering is yet to be confirmed. Contact Kelly Talsma at ktalsma@rca.org if you have an interest in taking this course.

CRE Qualification - $450

This course explores biblical interpretive methods and online study tools and their application towards ministry settings. No language prerequisite. 

Link will be available once registration opens



Seminary course prerequisites can be discussed/clarified with the MFCA registrar.

 Courses are only available to MFCA candidates.

ENROLLMENT FORMS

Non WTS Student MFCA Registration Form.pdf
Non NBTS Student MFCA Registration Form.pdf

Please send the appropriate form to ktalsma@rca.org.