2019 CoURSES

All courses are 15 credits each, except for 30 credit half-time internship/CPE courses
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SUMMER SEMESTER INTENSIVES

106.515                 Hebrew Intro
108.515                 Greek Intro

2 week language intensive from 26 November until 7 December, with follow up assignments during December and January.
Times of language classes will be assigned dependent on students preferences - morning and afternoon slots are available.


SEMESTER ONE 2019 COURSES

LEVEL 5 COURSES

107.515*                Greek Intermediate (*intensive)

2 week language intensive. This course is a continuation of the grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Greek: Introduction 1, and its application in translation and exegesis.

109.515*                Hebrew Intermediate (*intensive)

2 week language intensive. This course is a continuation of the grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew: Introduction 1, and its application in translation and exegesis.

115.515                 Biblical Theology

This course is a survey of the ‘big story of Scripture’. We explore the unity, diversity and central themes of God’s written word, the Bible, in order to understand how all the ‘little stories’ fit into the ‘big story.’ This helps each of us to form connections between the Bible, theology and all of life, and to comprehend what our part is in the big story that God is writing

308.515                 The Story of Christianity

Explore major themes and events of the last two thousand years of Christian history and our place in that story. Learn about our beginnings, persecution, theological developments including the Reformation, and how the Church has embraced its mission in different ways at different times.

460.515                 Internship – Journeying in Ministry
                               (15 credits)

This internship course introduces students to foundational personal management knowledge for their discipleship journey into ministry to serve the church and the community. 

470.530               Internship I  (30 credits)

This course provides opportunities for students to explore their understanding of their personal ministry journey in relation to their sense of call, personal strengths and the management and leadership of ministry within their own context using reflective practices. This replaces two 15 credit papers.

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.

505.515                 Mission, Church and Community

Be immersed in the story of the Church and the world, responding to the questions: what is the gospel; what is the Church: and how does the Church interact with the world. This course examines the theological, historical and cultural contexts of ministry and explores some of the diverse expressions of ministries locally and globally.

 

 

 

 

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

111.615                 Biblical Interpretation

This course looks at the nature and canon of Scripture and how we can best meet the challenges of biblical interpretation. You will develop a variety of techniques that are used to provide analysis of a variety of biblical texts so that we can more fully understand their meaning. Be introduced to the different genres of both Old and New Testaments, and gain a sense of why understanding historical and literary contexts is so important.

125.615/715        Psalms

This course studies the growth of the Psalter, its present shape, theological significance and emergence and use as the Bible’s book of praise and prayer. Students may complete exegesis in English or Hebrew.

143.615/715        Gospel of John

This course is an introduction to modern study of the Fourth Gospel, including key critical issues and approaches, as well as important literary and theological themes in the Gospel. There will be exegesis of selected English texts, or translation and exegesis of selected texts in Greek.

202.615/715        Theology: Christ and Revelation

What is the answer? Jesus! But – how is Jesus the answer? This course examines what different theologians have to say about the person and work of Christ, and about revelation and Scripture, in order to discover how Christology connects with other doctrines like atonement, and how all theology is undergirded by God's self-revelation.

211.615/715        Theology: Ethics

What does it mean to make ethical decisions as a Christian? This course covers the biblical foundations and the theory of Christian ethics, all while applying Christian ethics and decision making to contemporary ethical issues.

475.715       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. 

Clinical Pastoral Education – 580.630 (30 credits) and 581.715 (15 credits). Must be taken together. Offered over a number of two day block courses each fortnight (on average).

An action-reflection approach to formation for the work of pastoral care. This course 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. The course also considers 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

150.615/715        Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels

This course examines key themes in the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, in relation to Jesus’ mission and teaching, including the kingdom of God, parables, miracles and discipleship. Students will study the text of a selected gospel, its theology, and relevant critical interpretative issues in relation to their own understanding of Christian faith and life.

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 contemporary and scientific reflections on creation and humanity; angels and powers and principalities. 

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.

520.615/715       Reformation as Missional History for Today

This course involves a study of the English Reformation, investigating the rationale and nature of innovations and changes introduced at this seminal time. The course identifies the theological and ‘missional’ thinking that gave shape to the sense of purpose and calling of the English Church and where this might take us in addressing the challenges of our present mission.

525.615/715        Anglican Bicultural Mission

This course is designed to inform and up-skill students who do not have a strong connection to Maoritanga and tikanga, with the purpose of enabling them to connect with and to minister within the Tikanga Maori environment of the Anglican Church and to enable the pursuit of bicultural mission at a local level. The course firstly involves an introduction to basic Te Reo, including fundamentals for Anglican Maori settings and then moves to a closer engagement with Anglican Tikanga partnership, and particularly with questions relating to the pursuit of bicultural mission partnership. A week immersed in a predominantly Maori Anglican setting is a central feature of this course. The course assumes a certain familiarity with Anglican Church history in Aotearoa.

612.615/715           Majority World Theology

This course offers an introductory look at ‘local ‘theologies. It considers how cultures bring differences of emphasis and insight into their reading of Scripture and ways in which evaluation is still required and possible as the Gospel is related to worldviews of particular contexts.

 

LEVEL 5 COURSES

.120.515                 Old Testament Introduction

This is a survey of the Old Testament including its Ancient Near Eastern context, its literary nature, its major themes, its importance for understanding the New Testament and its relevance for today. You’ll work your way through a number of OT books in more detail, while studying contextual and interpretative issues.

140.515                 New Testament Introduction           

An introduction to the historical background to the New Testament including a study of the main features of the life and ministry of Jesus; a summary of the beginnings and expansion of the church in Acts, a general background to the NT epistles; the main teaching of a selection of the epistles and an introduction to Revelation.

201.515               Theology: Introduction

This course is an introduction to systematic theology; learn about what Christians believe, and why these beliefs are important. Discuss issues of theological authority, method, content and how this all relates to individual, communal and global life.

401.515                 Formation

John Calvin wrote that the true knowledge of God and a true knowledge of oneself depend on one another. This course aims to help students deepen both kinds of knowledge, through engagement with Scripture and a variety of Christian spiritual traditions, reflection on their own and others’ spiritual journeys, and the development of spiritual practices for life and calling.

471.530                 Leadership Internship II (30 credits)

This course builds on Leadership Principles and Practice by seeking to develop skills for team leadership, and by fostering reflection on team dynamics and project management as they are practised within your ministry context.