2018 CoURSES

All courses are 15 credits each, except for 30 credit half-time internship courses
Find the 2018 course selection form here: https://laidlaw.formstack.com/forms/course_selection_form

Find instructions on how to fill out the online form (if you need them) here: Course Selection Instructions


106.515                 Hebrew Intro
108.515                 Greek Intro

2 week language intensive from 27 November until 8 December, with follow up assignments during December and January.
104.515 - Greek classes will be held in the mornings.
101.515 - Hebrew classes will be held in the afternoons.




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.

308.515                 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. 

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.

530.515*               Ministry with Children and Families (*intensive)

Put into practice key aspects of effective and sustainable ministry with children, their caregivers, and wider family units. Through engagement with theory and practical examples, you will be introduced to different approaches to ministry with children and families, while learning about the biblical and theological foundations for such ministry.
(intensive runs 19-24 March)

107.515*                Greek Intermediate (*intensive)

2 week language intensive, classes will be held from 12-25 March. Times to be confirmed.

109.515*                Hebrew Intermediate (*intensive)

2 week language intensive, classes will be held from 12-25 March. Times to be confirmed.







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

211.615/715        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.

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.

145.615/715        Romans

Romans has been described as Paul’s most important letter. Learn about its audience, Paul’s reason for writing, the major themes of Romans, and its applications for everyday Christian living. This course is offered with both English and Greek exegetical options.

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.

607.615/715        Christianity and World Religions

Learn about world religions, the theology of religions and issues relating to pluralism, community relationships, dialogue and evangelism. You will study different religions, balancing study of world religions, theology of religions and issues relating to pluralism, community relationships, dialogue and evangelism.

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.

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.


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

205.615/715        Theology: Church in the Mission of God

Learn about how the church has developed from its beginnings amongst the first Christians, right through until contemporary times. This course looks at the church from a range of theological perspectives, including different ways we can think about what it means to be the people of God, alongside traditional and contemporary issues of ministry and the sacraments.

271.615/715        Gospel and Culture                             

Discover how the Gospel informs all areas of life in contemporary culture and society. The Gospel is embodied in culture, and yet must retain the ability to both enrich and critique culture. Gain the tools you need to consider how the Gospel can be expressed authentically and creatively in a range of context and disciplines.

122.615/715        Pentateuch

Engage in an indepth study of the first five books of the Bible, following the biblical story from Creation to the end of the Exodus and Israel’s time in the wilderness. Study major themes like covenant, work closely with key passages from the text, and become familiar with the critical issues of interpretation. This course is offered with both English and Hebrew exegetical options

142.615/715        Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke highlights themes such as Jesus’ care for those excluded, the historicity of the events of his life, ministry, death and resurrection, and God keeping his promises. This study of the Gospel takes note of important literary and theological themes, and investigates critical issues and approaches. May be taken with either an English or Greek exegetical option.

540.615*                 Youth Ministry: Discipleship (*intensive)

Discover the key relational aspects of effective youth ministry, with an emphasis on developing young people personally and spiritually. Topics covered include biblical and theological understandings of discipleship, cultural and personal identity formation, family dynamics, adolescent human development, and appropriate communications and mentoring strategies. (Intensive runs 20-24 August)

307.615/715*        History of Christianity in Aotearoa New Zealand (*intensive)

Study the history of Christianity in this country, learning to identify the influence of evolving cultural and historical contexts, recognise major themes in the history of Christianity in Aotearoa New Zealand, and consider how Christians have interacted with wider New Zealand society and culture. (Intensive runs 20-24 August)


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.

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.

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.