Pasifika Theology

Laidlaw seeks to support the New Zealand Christian community through courses designed to equip and empower Pasifika members – assisting them as they lead in a challenging, multi-cultural context.

Our Pasifika Theology courses encourage students to bring their culture and selves to their theology and ministry, learning to understand how their unique identity can powerfully shape their Christian practice.

Additionally, our courses offer a strong range of practical skills, supporting Pasifika leaders to live in faithful-yet-innovative churches and communities, that can continue to embody the gospel for the centuries to come. We are now pleased to be offering an Intercultural Studies track in the Diploma of Christian Studies which includes the following courses:


Explore how theology is done contextually in the Pacific region through the examination of Pacific concepts, stories, and socio-politico-economic structures of life. The understanding developed provides a foundation for shaping Pacific ministries based on biblical interpretation, theological reflection, and religious practice.


Explore the spread of Christianity in the Pacific. You will look at the critical role that Western and Pasifika missionaries played in the process of evangelisation and the historical development of Pacific churches. You will also look at the growth and influence of diaspora Pacific churches and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. This course also reflects on the development of Pacific Christianity and its relevance for Christian life, mission, and ministry today.


Explore the expertise and skills for discipleship in the local church, local community, and/or global missions. You will develop an understanding of the practical dimensions of Christian ministry by collaborating with Pasifika role models in church environments and professional vocations. This course will prepare you to minister effectively in Christian missions and inter-cultural communities. 


Learn more about Māori and Indigenous Theology here

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