July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022 | 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

[Past Event] Seminar | The Bowed Head: How Preachers Deal with Grief

Calvin Theological Seminary
3233 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Closed for Applications | Public resources will be shared this summer

Course description:

Across the recent pandemic, grief has become all too familiar to many pastors. Not only grief over sick or dying church members but also professional grief as pastors have been caught in the middle of significant controversies. But grief has many contours and we may experience grief in varying ways. This seminar will explore multiple facets of grief with an eye toward helping participant preachers deal with their grief and preach out of their experiences with it to comfort also others.

The seminar will ponder such topics as the nature and causes of grief, healthy and unhealthy forms of grief, biblical approaches to grief, and intelligent expressions of grief in worship and preaching.

Continuing education credits are available.


  • Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin Theological Seminary President Emeritus, Senior Research Fellow, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
  • Scott Hoezee, Calvin Theological Seminary Professor of Preaching, Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching

Funds provided by the Center for Excellence in Preaching (CEP) at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Daily Schedule:

On each of the five days, our seminar begins promptly at 8:45am with Morning Prayers and concludes at noon with lunch. Afternoons are free.

Application information:

Persons involved full-time in church ministries and those who prepare such persons for ministry are welcome to apply. Thanks to generous underwriting by the CEP, the cost for coming to this week-long event will be very modest. The church of each participant accepted into the seminar will be asked to pay a $150 registration fee for its pastor, who will also receive a stipend from the CEP to help offset travel costs. Lodging will be provided for no additional cost at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin University campus, beginning Sunday, July 24.

Meals will include breakfast and lunch each day, Monday-Friday. Articles, web links or other resources that will be used for the seminar will be sent to the participants ahead of time and early enough that participants will have ample opportunity to study these materials prior to the start of the seminar in July.

If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact us: preaching@calvinseminary.edu.


The application deadline to apply for this seminar was March 15, 2022. Seminar participants will be notified by April 3, 2022.

Physical address of Calvin Seminary where the seminar will be held:
Calvin Theological Seminary
3233 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546