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Course Details for Graduate Certificate in Theology

Distance Learning campus

Semester 1, 2022

111.615/715 Interpreting the Bible

Chris Northcott

This course is an introduction to biblical interpretation, grammatico-historical exegesis, biblical genres, historical developments, historical-critical and literary-critical methods, and hermeneutical considerations, including hands-on experience in exegeting biblical texts.

125.615/715 Psalms

Dr Richard Neville

This course studies the growth of the Psalter, its present shape, theological significance and emergence and use as the Bible’s book of praise and prayer.

150.615/715 Gospels 1 (Synoptics)

Dr Mark Keown

202.615/715 Christology

Dr Greg Liston, Dr Myk Habets

This course examines traditional and contemporary theologies of the person and work of Christ, theology of revelation and Scripture.

351.715 Research Topic 1: Christian Thought and History

352.715 Research Topic 2: Practical Theology

403.615/715 Spirituality for Ministry

Ryan Lang

This course builds on the topics and spiritual disciplines introduced in 401 Formation. The focus is on developing approaches to life and ministry which will help to maintain balance, sustainability and growth in ourselves and others. The term “ministry” here has the broad sense of using our gifts and our time for God’s service, whatever our context.

466.715 Philosophy of Ministry

Graeme Flett

This course seeks to draw together student’s prior internship courses, and wider academic learning through the formulation of a personal philosophy of ministry. Ministry experience along with formal reflection will foster the clarification of ministry skills, knowledge and personhood while integrative tutorials seek to prepare students to transition into new ministry environments.

478.615 Practicum I

Graeme Flett

480.615/715 Faithful Living: Intro to Reflective Practice

Graeme Flett, Maja Whitaker

513.615/715 Pastoral Care in Life’s Crises

Dr Alan Thomson

This course explores pastoral approaches to significant life crises, including experiences of loss, death and dying, getting married, divorce, alcoholism, mild depression, past hurts, and developmental issues.

605.615/715 Biblical and Contemporary Theology of Mission

Rebecca de Jong

This course considers what a biblical theology of mission is and examines the application of the Bible to contemporary issues in mission. It also provides an overview of how these issues were debated through some of the major mission conferences in the twentieth century. It provides an opportunity to integrate biblical, theological and other studies for mission in today’s world.

653.715 Tikanga Rangahau

Working closely with the course co-ordinator this course offers the opportunity for in depth individual research on a particular aspect of Māori theology studied in the indigenous courses. The aim is to identify and become familiar with resources on the chosen topic, to strengthen knowledge base, and to comment and critique on findings.

This timetable is correct at the time of publication; however the College reserves the right to cancel courses, or alter lecture times should circumstances arise. Up to date information is available at any time by contacting the College.