Faith Steps Through Christian Ministry Study:

Equipping for ministry with St John's can be done part-time from home or in a small group. You can

  • come to teaching weekends held in Waiapu, Wellington and Christchurch dioceses,


  • or come on Thursday nights to classes at St John’s in Auckland


  • or study completely from home via FlexiLearn (a distance learning option - see below)


  • or combine these options.


You can take courses for credit and by completing the assignments work towards the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies or you can take courses as "Audit" by attending the classes and doing the reading for personal interest.

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Here is the make up of the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies at St John’s


To discuss ministry formation and training, and before applying for entry to the diploma, please email the Ministry Educator in your diocese:


Auckland: Sarah Moss:
Waikato/Taranaki : Vacant
Waiapu: Deborah Broome:
Wellington: through Heidi Nayak:
Christchurch : through Heather Fraser:
Dunedin: through Richard Johnson:

To apply for study at St John’s you must be known to a priest or the Ministry Educator in your diocese and be endorsed by your diocesan Ministry Educator first - and then click the link. We will check-in with your Ministry Educator for an endorsement before each course starts.


FlexiLearn is one of the options in our Regional Learning Programme to equip people in and for ministry, whether ordained or in lay roles. FlexiLearn courses can be studied from anywhere and consist of a series of weekly live online classes with associated readings and discussion forums. You can catch up on the recorded online classes and take part in the written discussion forums online at any time of the day or night.

Each semester there is an orientation to study with us. It covers:

  • how to study at St John’s

  • how to use the online platform

  • how to borrow from the library.

Optional In-Person Weekend


You are invited to come together for the first part of most FlexiLearn courses in person. We encourage you to come if you can, especially if this is your first course with St John’s so you can make some connections with others in the group and make sure you know your way around the online platform. The content of the intensive weekend will be taught again online though for those who cannot make it to the two-day block.


If you're interested in the upcoming FlexiLearn courses, please click on the link to enrol.


The course is supported by easy-to-follow weekly online activities, readings and teacher-led (but in your own time) discussions. Learning support and library support is also available from anywhere in the country.

The live online classes are over the internet and present the teacher live on-screen, alongside PowerPoint slides etc. We’ll show you how to use text and video chat for questions and instant feedback. All this from a one-click access on the online course page.


Please register for the mailing list to stay in touch.

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Courses to link into from home in 2022


BST 511 BIBLE STORY: NEW TESTAMENT: This course is taught by Dr Tom Innes and gives insight into the culture and background that produced the New Testament writings. The course is currently running online on Tuesday nights, 7-9pm from 8th Feb to 24th May. ENROLMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.




MMF 511: TE REO MĀORI 1: The course is being delivered online by St John’s’ new Tikanga Māori Dean: Te Hira Paenga. Classes are on Wednesdays 7-8.30pm from March 16th to mid-November. They cover pronunciation and basic grammar to be able to create some everyday sentences. It also develops insight into the meanings of some key words that are so vital to understand things Māori. ENROLMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.




FHC 515 THE JOURNEY TOWARDS BEING ANGLICAN IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND AND POLYNESIA: A fully online course over six Tuesday evenings 7-9pm from 31st May to 5th July. Taught by the Manukura/Principal of St John’s College, Katene Eruera, this course will give you understanding of the Anglican communion worldwide, the history of Anglican mission and ministry in the Pacific and the significance of our Anglican constitution and the three streams of Anglican expression it established. You will gain a big picture view of the journey our church has been on to be and become Anglican uniquely expressed in this part of the world.




MMC 517 PREACHING IN OUR TIME: Covid-permitting, this course will have a weekend together at Te Rangimarie marae in Masterton, 29th-31st July to cover the first half of the course but the content will be repeated as part of the online schedule: Tuesday evenings 7-9pm weekly from 2nd August-18th October (not including the school holidays) for those who cannot make the in-person weekend. 



STOP PRESS: If you're interested in pastoral care and would like to hone your skills, then you're invited to join the Waiapu diocese for a course called "Ministry with Christ: Listening in Life Issues". This course runs online on Thursday evenings 7-9pm 28th July - 29th Sept with a required Saturday-Sunday in-person practical workshop in Taupō 27-28th August. Click to enrol below.