Course Details for Diploma in Christian Studies
Distance Learning campus
Semester 2, 2019
115.515 Biblical Theology
Aim: 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.
120.515 Old Testament: Introduction
Aim: To develop and apply a broad understanding of Old Testament foundations, and their interpretation and application within church, mission, and community contexts.
201.515 Introduction to Systematic Theology
Aim: To introduce systematic theology and teach learners to think theologically. It examines God’s self-revelation, how we can understand that revelation, and why it is foundational for our faith. It then explores the arrangement of this revelation into a set of core beliefs and their application to everyday living.
215.515 Beginning Theology
Aim: To integrate and apply theological reflection, providing opportunities for learners to develop skills for working with biblical texts in appropriate leadership, church, mission, or community contexts.
Aim: 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.
475.530 Leadership Internship II
Aim: To apply a range of key Christian leadership skills to develop and lead a team. The intern will plan and execute an assigned ministry project which will contribute to the goals of a church, mission, or community ministry.
505.515 Mission, Church and Community
Aim: 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.
611.515 Intercultural Studies: Introduction
Aim: To examine how culture, context and theological understanding influences engagement in intercultural ministry and mission. This prepares learners for church, mission or community leadership and direction in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.
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.