Postgraduate Courses

Laidlaw College has always been about forming leaders for Church and Society in Aotearoa – people who are committed to renewing their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through postgraduate study, we are inviting people to go deeper in understanding God, His world and our mission in it, and to use what they learn for the benefit of the Church.

We are looking for people who have a calling to go further in what Paul calls “being transformed by the renewing of your mind”, who are inspired by seeking truth in God’s Scriptures and Creation, and who want to use the fruits of their study for the building up of the Church, the furtherance of the Gospel, and the renewal of their communities.

I love my study at Laidlaw. It enables me to think deeply about everything about God, life and faith, and it allows me to do that in a community of believers, of lecturers who are passionate about Jesus, about the bible, about the church and about God’s mission.
Postgraduate Student

Journey into the Real Narnia

Journey into the Real Narnia
Myk Habets
Summer 2020/2021
C.S. Lewis is one of the most beloved, well-read, and well-used Christian writers in the modern period. He is popular with children because of the Chronicles of Narnia, with adults because of his work on fiction but also for his ethics, his essays, his reflections on love, grief, suffering, joy, and beauty. He is popular with intellectuals because of his apologetics and Christian philosophy. I am in awe of how Lewis can say so much in so little words, with his beautiful and highly suggestive prose, and the depth of his theological insight. In this course we will journey into the real Narnia, and out of the Shadowlands, and explore key themes in Lewis’s work, and enjoy together reading his work, discussing its abiding value, and applying key insights to our own lives.
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Doing Theology with the Holy Spirit

Doing Theology with the Holy Spirit
Dr Myk Habets and Dr Greg Liston
SEMESTER ONE 2021
One of the most exciting areas of research in theology today concerns the Holy Spirit. At the cutting-edge of research on the Holy Spirit is what is called Third Article Theology or TAT. In the Creed, the Holy Spirit is the Third Article – hence the name! But in the Creed, the Holy Spirit is not simply concerned with himself, but with the Trinity, with salvation, with the church, with ministry, and with the future. So TAT looks at theology from the perspective of the Spirit. That is what is so interesting, so useful, and so important about TAT. In this course, we will look at key doctrines such as the Trinity, Christology, salvation, the church, and the future, and we will apply this theology to ministry, mission, and our everyday lives. We will also interact directly with a number of scholars from around the world who are contributing to TAT. Join us as we explore theology in a deeply Spiritual way in this course on Third Article Theology.
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Foundations of Vocational Theology

Foundations in Vocational Theology
Dr Roshan Allpress
SEMESTER ONE & TWO 2021
The Foundations of Vocational Theology is a course for those who want to think through their calling in a deep way, and to develop a theological framework for what God has called them to do. It involves developing a Biblical picture of calling, group discussions with others who are thinking through their own vocations and thinking about how we each might live out our calling more faithfully.
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Postgraduate Research and Writing

Postgraduate Research and Writing
Dr Greg Liston
SEMESTER ONE & TWO 2021
Postgraduate Research and Writing introduces you to the wonder and joy of research. It is a course designed to inspire students with the vast breadth of cutting-edge investigations that are being done by the lecturers at Laidlaw, and then to teach them how to research themselves by partnering with one of these lecturers. Students will develop and hone the skills of research and writing by designing and implementing a short research project in their own area of interest.
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Romans and the Mission of God

Romans and the Mission of God
Dr Mark Keown
SEMESTER ONE 2021
Romans has some of the most profound theology in the NT. Written by Paul on his third great Antiochian mission as he prepares to deliver a financial collection gathered from gentile churches for the Jerusalem believers, It anticipates subsequent mission to Rome and then to the yet-unreached region of Spain. Its rich theology is foundational for our understanding the gospel of salvation and affirms the law-free gospel Paul so passionately proclaimed. Romans and the Mission of God will read and consider Romans from the perspective of mission. We will explore missional aspects of the letter to the Romans and draw out implications for mission today, in what will be a transformational experience for us all.
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From Fury to Forgiveness

From Fury to Forgiveness
Dr Richard Neville
SEMESTER TWO 2021
An injury, once inflicted, cannot be undone. The impossibility of changing the past is one reason giving and receiving forgiveness is indispensable. The rather humble notion of forgiveness turns out to be the means of addressing the dilemma of the irreversible, of remedying the contagion of revenge and ruined relationships, and of promoting the proper functioning of families and communities. This course is an opportunity to investigate forgiveness. We will look at its history in the West, and at contemporary discussions of forgiveness across disciplines. The heart of this course, however, will be a close reading of the biblical testimony on forgiveness. Students who take this course will gain significant insight into forgiveness, and the important role of emotion in the Christian life. It is designed to be both academically rigorous, and deeply practical.
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God and Suffering

God and Suffering
Father Tom Weinandy
SEMESTER TWO 2021
Where is God in the midst of human suffering? Father Tom Weinandy is widely acknowledged as an expert on this topic, having addressed it in his acclaimed book “Does God suffer?” Suffering is not new, and it is perhaps only in our hermetically sealed modern western luxury that we could ever fool ourselves into thinking it is unusual. So, drawing on a wealth of resources and research, during this course Father Weinandy will present an understanding God’s relationship and interaction with human suffering that is biblically authentic, historically accurate, philosophically convincing, theologically persuasive, and emotionally gratifying.
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Narrative Approaches to Spiritual Care - Uncovering Stories of Hope

Narrative Approaches to Spiritual Care
Dr David Crawley
SEMESTER TWO 2021
“We are a ‘storied people’ because the God that sustains us is a ‘storied God’” (Stanley Hauerwas). We are shaped by our stories - personal stories, family stories and the larger narratives of our social and cultural contexts. People looking for spiritual or pastoral care often come with very problem-focused stories which are draining their lives of hope. This course will explore these ideas and teach you how to engage in conversations which will help people uncover and live out alternative stories of hope for their lives.
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