Equipping for ministry with St John's can be undertaken part-time as "Audit" courses by attending the classes and doing the reading for personal interest, or you can take them for credit and by completing the assignments, work towards the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies. The diploma is offered in the Waiapu, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch dioceses and some courses by FlexiLearn throughout New Zealand. The courses are taught in block weekends over a three-year cycle. Click below for the Regional Delivery plan and weekend dates.
To enquire further, either contact the Ministry Educator in your diocese for a conversation about taking part or mention Regional Study along with your details below to contact the Programme Administrator.
Also... in 2018 we are trialing a distance option:
St John’s College is developing FlexiLearn as one of the options in our Regional Learning Programme to equip people in and for ministry, whether ordained or in lay roles. The Regional Learning Programme plan (click here) shows the courses being offered in regional dioceses as well as the intended future FlexiLearn courses for those who cannot easily make the regional intensive weekends. As an interim offering while we build the capacity for our flexible delivery in 2019, we will in Semester 2 offer the following 15-credit course but require ONE weekend attendance in Christchurch.
The Semester 2 FlexiLearn course is Being Disciples in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia – Spiritual Journeying. In this course students will experience and evaluate various Christian spiritual disciplines and will reflect on the place of A New Zealand Prayer Book: He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (1989) for this time and place. They will ask what it means to be a disciple of Christ and explore ways of discipling others.
The course is a combination of one required weekend in Christchurch followed by eleven Wednesday nights online from home (or viewing the recordings if you can’t make the live online class).
Step-by-step study skills are available alongside the learning journey.
The required in-person intensive is being held in Christchurch on
The 11 x 1 ¼ hour, weekly live (and recorded) webinar style but interactive online classes are on the following dates:
1. 8pm Wednesday 15th August
2. 8pm Wednesday 22nd August
3. 8pm Wednesday 29th August
4. 8pm Wednesday 5th September
5. 8pm Wednesday 12th September
6. 8pm Wednesday 19th September
7. 8pm Wednesday 26th September
8. 8pm Wednesday 17th October
9. 8pm Wednesday 24th October
10. 8pm Wednesday 31st October
11. 8pm Wednesday 7th November
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.
This course is a required course in the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies programme taught through the Regional Delivery Programme and will be followed by other courses in the diploma to enable completion over four years (if all papers are completed in sequence). So, discuss this with the Ministry Educator in your diocese, or register your interest in future courses by mentioning FlexiLearn along with your contact details in the form below: