Equipping for ministry with St John's can be undertaken part-time from home or in small groups. 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.
Here’s the plan for 2019:
To register for any of the courses - those held regionally in your diocese OR by FlexiLearn, please download the forms below and email them to the Ministry Educator in your diocese:
Auckland: Sarah Park: SarahP@auckanglican.org.nz
Waikato/Taranaki : Stephen Black: email@example.com
Waiapu: Deborah Broome : firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington: Joe McGarry : email@example.com
Christchurch : through Claire Bonner : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunedin: through Richard Johnson : email@example.com
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 you are and consist of a series of weekly live online classes with associated readings and discussion forums that you take part in at any time of the day or night through written interaction online.
The courses for 2019 are included in the information link above. It has a column of the FlexiLearn courses for those who cannot easily make the regional intensive weekends.
Orientation to St John’s and the Programme:
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 to Christchurch for the first quarter of the course in person on Saturday 3rd August. We encourage you to come if you can, especially if this is your first course with St John’s. The content of the intensive weekend will be taught again online though for those who cannot make it to Christchurch.
The intensive will be held at The Anglican Centre, Level 1, 10 Logistics Drive, Harewood, Christchurch on Saturday 3rd August from 9am-5pm. Please email Claire Bonner : firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you’re coming!
The FlexiLearn courses for Semester 2, 2019 are:
1. JOURNEY TOWARDS BEING ANGLICAN IN AOTEAROA NZ AND POLYNESIA: a 5-credit course that will give you an understanding of the theological and historical foundation of our Church's Constitutional revision and of the structure of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia today. It will also look at implications for the future of the church.
You can do this course in two different ways:
- Option A: A weekend block course at St John’s in Meadowbank, Auckland: 5pm - 9pm on Friday 26th July + 8.30am - 8.15pm on Saturday 27th July
- Option B: A series of 6 live online classes (these will be recorded in case you can’t make the live class)
7-9pm on Mondays 5th, 12th 19th of August + 2nd, 9th and 16th of September
This course can be taken as an “Audit” student without needing to do the assignments… Or you can take part AND do the assignments to obtain 5 credits towards the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies. This course is part of the required core of the diploma.
2. THE CHURCH’S STORY ACROSS HISTORY.
This course will give you an overview of the history of the Christian church over the last two millennia and help you to reflect on the story of our faith as it has developed in the Western church over this time. It will consist of 12 live online classes (these will be recorded in case you can’t make the live class):
7-9pm on Mondays following on AFTER the Being Anglican course above: September 23rd, 30th + October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th + November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th + December 2nd & 9th.
The course can also be joined for Audit (no assignments) or for Credit (doing the assignments).
As with all our courses, you'll need to do 2-3 hours of pre-reading each week.
The assignments are:
one oral presentation,
one timeline poster and
one 2000-word essay due until the middle of January
PLUS ungraded participation in 3-4 online discussion forums where you read some readings provided and then add your thoughts in your own time over a two-week period.
A 2-volume textbook: González, Justo. The Story of Christianity is also required and this costs $35 for each of the two volumes ($70 total) delivered to your door from Book Depository. Apart from that there are no fees for members of the Anglican Church.
So…now… If you're interested in one or both of these courses, please click on this link below to enrol:
Step-by-step study skills are available alongside the learning journey.
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 and utilise 2-way text and video chat for questions and instant feedback. All this using a one-click access from the online course page.
These courses are required in the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies programme taught through the Regional Learning Programme and will be followed by other courses in the diploma.