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 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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waikato/Taranaki : via email@example.com
Waiapu: Deborah Broome: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington: through Heidi Nayak: email@example.com
Christchurch : through Heather Fraser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunedin: through Richard Johnson: email@example.com
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 weekend intensive followed by 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.
The In-Person Weekend
We would like all students to come together for the first part of FlexiLearn courses in person. Unless there is a critical situation, we would like you to gather so you can make some connections with the lecturer and others in the group. It's also your chance to make sure you know your way around the online platform and the course. If you need help with funds for travel to the block weekend, please discuss that with your Ministry Educator.
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.
Please register for the mailing list below to stay in touch about future course offerings.
Courses to join in 2023
BST 510 BIBLE STORY: OLD TESTAMENT (15 credits): This course is taught by Dr Don Moffat and will give you insight into the literary, cultural and historical factors that produced what we call the Old Testament writings. The course will start with a weekend in Ngatiawa near Waikanae, 24-26th Feb for all students in the course and then run weekly online for 8 weeks. ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN.
MMF 508: BUILDING INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY (5 credits): You will learn different approaches to forming intergenerational communities, as well as biblical and theological foundations for intergenerational ministry and mission. The purpose is to equip you to initiate, develop and support children’s, youth and young adults’ ministry that is well integrated into the whole of parish life and mission, and that is both effective and sustainable. This course is taught as a block for all students in the course over one weekend at Pahiatua 21-23 April, 2023.
ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN.
THE 510 DOING THEOLOGY (15 credits): This course will introduce you to theology through key concepts and their historical development so you can reflect theologically and practically on your current contexts. This course aims to enable you to think wisely, critically, and constructively about the major questions that affect the process of thinking ‘theologically’ about God and God’s relationship to the world. The block course introduction is 28-30th July in Palmerston North for all students in the course and then runs weekly online for 8 further weeks. ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN.
MMC 505 LISTENING AND CONVERSATION IN PASTORAL MINISTRY (5 credits): This course will give you the key reasons and skills for attentive listening as foundational to pastoral ministry and develop skills for conversation in ministry practice as lay people both in church and community contexts. There will be a block course day on Sat 28th Oct at a site yet to be decided, depending on where most people are based. ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN.
THE 512 Doing Theology: Sharing Sacraments (5 credits): This course is a Wellington offering for people in churches across that diocese only. It will be taught online by Zoom in Semester 1. ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN.