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Course Details for Graduate Diploma of Theology

Distance Learning campus

Semester 1, 2022

106.515 Hebrew 1

Dr Julia van den Brink

This course is an introductory study of the grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew, and its application in translation and exegesis. Note: For distance learning there is a weekly online tutorial with the tutor.

108.515 Greek 1

Dr Julia van den Brink

This course is an introductory study of the grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Greek, and its application in translation and exegesis. Note: For distance learning there is a weekly online tutorial with the tutor.

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.

115.515 Reading the Bible

Dr Mark Keown, Dr Richard Neville

This course aims to introduce the broad shape of the biblical story and show how the Christian gospel is integral to biblical theology. It explores the unity, diversity and central themes of the Bible to make sense of the relationships between the Bible, theology, and all of life.

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.

140.515 Reading the New Testament

Dr Mark Keown

This course aims to develop and apply a broad understanding of New Testament foundations, and their interpretation and application within church, mission, and community contexts.

150.615/715 Gospels 1 (Synoptics)

Dr Mark Keown

201.515 Engaging Theology

Aim: To explore systematic theology and teach learners to think theologically. It examines God’s self-revelation, how that revelation can be understood, and why it is foundational for Christian faith. To then explore the arrangement of this revelation into a set of core beliefs and their application to everyday living.

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.

308.515 Christian History: Our Story

Dr Stuart Lange

This course offers a survey of major developments in the history of Christianity from the early church through to the 21st century with attention to the life and thought of key individuals.

351.715 Research Topic 1: Christian Thought and History

352.715 Research Topic 2: Practical Theology

401.515 Formation

This course aims to help learners reflect on personal and communal spiritual formation, through engagement with Scripture, theological understandings and a variety of Christian spiritual traditions. This reflection will include (1) evaluation of key aspects of their own formation, (2) evaluation of their experiences of personal and communal strategies intended to facilitate spiritual growth, and (3) the development of spiritual practices which will strengthen their contribution to enhancing human wellbeing within their own social and cultural contexts.

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

500.515 Connecting with Youth & Young Adults

This course introduces students to biblical and theological foundations for youth ministry, including effective and sustainable youth ministry, engagement with theory and practical approaches, and responses to the pastoral needs of young people.

505.515 Christian Leadership & Mission

Maja Whitaker, Reuben Munn

This course aims to explore and evaluate a range of mission, church, and community-based programmes and applies faith-based principles in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. Learners will reflect on how personal and communal expressions of faith can enhance the wellbeing of others in a range of social and cultural contexts.

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.