2020 CoURSES

All courses are 15 credits each, except for 30 credit half-time internship/CPE courses
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SEMESTER ONE 2020 COURSES

LEVEL 5 COURSES

108.515 Biblical Greek: Introduction 1

This course is an introductory study of the grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek and its application in translation and exegesis.

120.515 Old Testament: Introduction

This course aims to develop and apply a broad understanding of Old Testament foundations, and their interpretation and application within church, mission, and community contexts.

215.515 Beginning Theology (only available through DL)

This course aims to integrate and apply theological reflection, providing opportunities for learners to develop skills for working with biblical texts in appropriate leadership, church, mission, or community contexts.

308.515             The Story of Christianity

This course offers a survey of major developments in the history of Christianity from the early church through to the 21st century with attention to the life and thought of key individuals.

401.515             Formation

This course aims to help learners reflect on personal and communal spiritual formation, through engagement with Scripture, theological understandings and a variety of Christian spiritual traditions. This reflection will include (1) evaluation of key aspects of their own formation, (2) evaluation of their experiences of personal and communal strategies intended to facilitate spiritual growth, and (3) the development of spiritual practices which will strengthen their contribution to enhancing human wellbeing within their own social and cultural contexts.

470.530              Leadership Internship I  (30 credits)

This course aims to evaluate Christian leadership models within the context of church, mission, and community ministries. Interns will build, lead, and contribute to teams in a way which reflects their sense of call and personal strengths, and through the application of leadership practices that enhance the goals of their chosen ministry.

505.515                 Mission, Church and Community

This course aims to explore and evaluate a range of mission, church, and community-based programmes and applies faith-based principles in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. Learners will reflect on how personal and communal expressions of faith can enhance the wellbeing of others in a range of social and cultural contexts.

 

 

 

 

Level 6 and 7 courses
All courses can be taken at either level

111.615                 Biblical Interpretation

This course is an introduction to biblical interpretation, grammatico-historical exegesis, biblical genres, historical developments, historical-critical and literary-critical methods, and hermeneutical considerations, including hands-on experience in exegeting biblical texts.

149.615/715 New Testament: Epistles

This course involves a study of the life setting, content and theological perspectives of the New Testament epistles. It focuses particularly on one New Testament writer (e.g. Paul), with a specific focus on exegesis of selected biblical texts and consideration of related theological themes.

202.615/715        Theology: Christ and Revelation

This course examines traditional and contemporary theologies of the person and work of Christ, and the theology of revelation and Scripture.

463.615 Internship: Context for Ministry
This course offers an intensive exploration of the minister’s sense of call in relation to their current ministry and local context. Contextual theory meets practice through the experience of ministry, mentoring, specific models of reflective practice, and a formal exploration of the student’s current context supported by integrative tutorials.

466.715       Internship: Philosophy of Ministry

This  course seeks to draw together a student’s prior internship courses, and wider academic learning through the formulation of a personal philosophy of ministry. Ministry experience along with formal reflection will foster the clarification of ministry skills, knowledge and personhood while integrative tutorials seek to prepare students to transition into new ministry environments. 

617.615/715 Mercy, Justice & Social Transformation

This course identifies the theological and global realities of suffering, injustice and need. It affirms the holistic nature of God’s mission to the world and the call to express mercy and justice, seeking to bring social transformation through community, national and international aid and development. This course seeks to develop creative approaches to holistic social transformation through engagement with theology, history and contemporary interventions.

Clinical Pastoral Education. Offered over a number of two day block courses each fortnight. Accredited by NZACPE. Will be recognised as 30 credits at Level 6, and a possible additional 15 credits at Level 7, through Recognition of Prior Learning.

An action-reflection approach to formation for the work of pastoral care. CPE entails the actual provision of pastoral care within a pastoral setting together with the exploration of the ministry experience, the dynamics present, and the theological dimensions. Learners consider advanced reflection on the practice and principles of pastoral care, alongside the integration of personhood and presence with pastoral ministry.


SEMESTER TWO COURSES

Level 6 and 7 courses
All courses can be taken at either level

123.615/715 OT: Eighth Century Prophets

This course examines the nature of Old Testament prophecy, the language of prophecy, and the eighth century prophets with special reference to the book of Amos. Either a) exegesis of selections of the English text of Amos, or b) translation and exegesis of selections of the Hebrew text of Amos.

203.615/715 Theology: God and Creation

This course examines the existence and nature of the triune God; biblical overview of the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit; God in creation and providence; the problem of evil; humans made in the image of God; the nature and origins of sin; dialogue with some contemporary and scientific reflections on creation and humanity; angels and powers and principalities.

271.615/715 Gospel and Culture

This course introduces students to theological integration by exploring how the Gospel, rooted in the Biblical narrative, informs all areas of life in contemporary culture and society. It asserts that the Gospel is embodied in culture, while at the same time serves to critique and enrich that same culture. Students are introduced to tools and techniques to faithfully “read the signs of the times” in both Aotearoa New Zealand and global contexts, and to evaluate how the Gospel might be expressed authentically and creatively across disciplines and contexts.

307.615/715 History of New Zealand Christianity

This course is an in-depth survey of the development of Christianity in Aotearoa New Zealand, from the arrival of Samuel Marsden in 1814 until the present day.

464.615 Internship: Leadership Dynamics

This course explores interpersonal dynamics in leadership. Leadership theory meets practice through the experience of ministry, mentoring, specific models of reflective practice, an examination of the students’ own leadership style and integrative tutorials with a specific focus on communication, group dynamics and leadership styles.

607.615/715 Christianity and World Religions

This course is an introduction to the Christian study of world religions, theology of religions and issues relating to pluralism, community relationships, dialogue and evangelism. An introduction to primal religions, Islam, Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as alternative or neo-pagan spiritualities in Western contexts. The course balances sympathetic appreciation, understandingand sensitivity with positive evangelistic commitment

LEVEL 5 COURSES

109.515*                Biblical Greek: Introduction 2

This course is a continuation of Biblical Greek: Introduction 1, a study of the grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek, and its application in translation and exegesis.

115.515                 Biblical Theology

This course introduces learners to the biblical metanarrative as the structure of biblical theology and with the Christian gospel as the centre of biblical theology.

140.515                New Testament Introduction           

This course aims to develop and apply a broad understanding of New Testament foundations, and their interpretation and application within church, mission, and community contexts.

201.515               Introduction to Systematic Theology

This course aims to introduce systematic theology and teach learners to think theologically. It examines God’s self-revelation, how we can understand that revelation, and why it is foundational for our faith. It then explores the arrangement of this revelation into a set of core beliefs and their application to everyday living.

471.530                 Leadership Internship II (30 credits)

This course aims to apply a range of key Christian leadership skills to develop and lead a team. The intern will plan and execute an assigned ministry project which will contribute to the goals of a church, mission, or community ministry.

500.515 Youth Ministry: Introduction

This course introduces students to biblical and theological foundations for youth ministry, including effective and sustainable youth ministry, engagement with theory and practical approaches, and responses to the pastoral needs of young people.

611.515 Intercultural Studies: Introduction

 This course aims to examine how culture, context and theological understanding influences engagement in intercultural ministry and mission. This prepares learners for church, mission or community leadership and direction in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.