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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 to join in 2024

1. FHC515 BEING ANGLICAN IN AOTEAROA NZ AND POLYNESIA (5 credits)       The aim of this course is to enable an understanding and evaluation of the theological and historical foundation of the revision of the Constitution and the structure of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia today, and its implications for the future.


3-4 May 9am-3pm. 

Offered onsite at St John’s College as a block course and synchronously online throughout the regions. For students not available during these two days, recorded lectures of main sessions will be provided along with online learning material via Moodle. In addition, a two-hour online tutorial session will be scheduled during the semester.

Evening of 10 and 9am-3pm  on 11 May

Offered onsite at Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga as a block course. 

2.  BST 510 BIBLE STORY: OLD TESTAMENT (15 credits): 



3.  THE 510 DOING THEOLOGY (15 credits):






BST511 BIBLE STORY NEW TESTAMENT (15 credits) This course will introduce participants to the historical and literary context of the New Testament and its major themes. To introduce students to a range of interpretative 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.  

Join residential students via Zoom, or onsite if you are in Auckland. More information will be posted about this course.  ENROLMENTS are not yet open.




This course will enable participants to outline the history of the Christian church and critically reflect on the narrative of the Christian faith as it has developed in the life and thought of the Western church.  

Join residential students via Zoom , or onsite if you are in Auckland. More information will be posted about this course.  ENROLMENTS are not yet open.



TE REO MĀORI TAHI  Semester 1 (15 credits) To enable students to communicate in written and spoken Māori within a prescribed range of grammatical structures and to enable them some access to te reo Māori in Anglican prayer and liturgy.  

Classes run at St John's Mondays 1-2.55 and Wednesdays 11-11.55. ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN.



TE REO MĀORI INTERMEDIATE   This course will help to extend students’ grammatical range, building on the structures learnt in MMF 511 and 512. This will allow them to access a great deal of te reo Māori in Te Paipera Tapu and the A NZ Prayer Book/ He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa.  It will also extend students’ ability to communicate more effectively and extensively in the writing and speaking of te reo. Students will be enabled to recite key prayers such as ‘Te Whakapono…’ and ‘E tūwhera ana...’ and other religious services used in the college.  Classes run Thursdays 3-4.55 and Fridays 2-2.55. This course is not part of tne NZ Diploma in Christian Studies and is not NZQA approved. ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN.



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