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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 (if numbers allow),


  • or study 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 obtain Certificates of Proficiency  or you can take courses as "Audit" by attending the classes and doing the reading for personal interest - but not the assignments.

After the diploma is completed, you can go on to study the remaining two-thirds of a Bachelor of Theology. We have a partnership with Laidlaw College to enable entry from our diploma into their degree by distance. You can also complete the BTheol degree via Carey College or the University of Otago.

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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 : Rev Kat Maxwell:

Waiapu: Deborah Broome:
Wellington: through Gendy Thomson:
Christchurch : through Gareth Bezett:
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.

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

The course is supported by easy-to-follow weekly online activities, readings and some 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 the platform for questions and instant feedback. All this from your access on the online course page.

You will join residential students, and if you are in Auckland, you can apply to attend on campus.  If you cannot attend live classes you can watch the lecturer recordings.


Please register for the mailing list below to stay in touch about future course offerings.

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Courses offered in 2024

Applications for Semester 2 are now open.


Join our vibrant learning community and start your studies in the week beginning 22nd July 2024.

Apply by July 18th 2024 to secure your spot. 

Courses available to study by distance

BST 511 The Bible Story – The New Testament, 15 credits

This course introduces participants to the historical and literary context of the New Testament and its major themes as exemplified in the Gospel portrayals of Jesus and the Church’s earliest beginnings. To introduce students to a range of interpretative lenses and tools that bridge the gap between the world of the New Testament and contemporary contexts in ways that support ongoing engagement with the Biblical text and its application to life and ministry.

FHC 510 The Church’s Story Across History, 15 credits

This course enables participants to outline and critically reflect on the narrative of the Christian faith, with special reference to that faith in the life and thought of these contexts: The Western church, the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.

FHC 511 Transcending Cultural Identities, 10 credits

The course introduces participants to different dimensions of identity formation – cultural, social and anthropological, religious, personal and communitarian. Participants will explore understanding of these issues and how identity formation and theological perspectives intertwine with being Anglican in Aotearoa, NZ and Pasefika to form a foundation for intercultural communication.

MMC517 Hear what the Spirit is Saying – Preaching in our Time, 10credits

This course provides participants with tools and resources for the composition, delivery and evaluation of sermons in a variety of styles. Participants will examine the roles of the preacher and sermon within the life of the church, theories of interpretation applied in preaching, the importance of caring for the voice as an instrument, and apply interpretive and imaginative skills to construct a sermon, as well as deliver and evaluate a sermon.

MMF 512 Te Reo Māori 2, 15 credits

This course will cover a defined body of grammar and the emphasis will be on the production of spoken and written language. Each lesson will begin with karakia and listening exercises with the accent on accurate pronunciation and some problem-solving and revision. The skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, cooperating and thinking will be developed in this course.


Every class will involve group work - pronunciation exercises, written exercises, talking about what is happening in pictures, translation and task-based assessment. From time to time this class will also examine the 476 Eucharistic Service to study relevant grammatical structures.

To enquire further, contact Kisione Manu, Academic Registrar:



phone: 02108577639

Or you can enrol here:

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