MFCA: Courses of Study
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 $1,485/CFM Qualification $250)
Fall: August 2022 - December 2022 (maximum enrollment of 8)
Spring: January 2022 – May 2022 (maximum enrollment of 8)
A June 9, 2021 recorded informational Zoom meeting presentation and Q&A session with Dr. Brouwer is available upon request. Email email@example.com.
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 $1,485/CFM Qualification $250).
RCA Polity DL: September - December 2022
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 $1,485/CFM Qualification $250)
RCA History & Missions DL: January - April 2023
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 $1,485/CFM Qualification $250).
RCA Standards DL: September - December 2022
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. (CFM Qualification $250)
RCA Worship DL: July 11-22, 2022 (There will be approximately six hours of work each day, including the weekend. The course requires two weeks before and after the intensive portion for reading and book reports. )
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 $1,485/CFM Qualification $250)
Seminar for Pastoral Formation: February 21, 2022 / Intensive Week - May 9-13, 2022
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 some of the online tools effectively. Once the basics of Greek are learned, one will be guided through the online tools. The final section of the course will consist of putting Greek and knowledge of the online tools to practical use so one can exegete passages and prepare sermons. (CFM Qualification Only $250)
Greek Basics On-Line: September - December 2022
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 some of the online tools available to assist in both the language and exegetical aids. The final section of the course will consist of putting Hebrew and knowledge of the online tools to practical use so one can exegete passages and prepare sermons. (CFM Qualification Only $250)
Hebrew Basics On-Line: January - April 2023
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.