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

Postgraduate Research and Writing

R351.830 Postgraduate Research and Writing
Dr Greg Liston
Semester One: 22-25 February & 29 March - 1 April 2022 | 9:30am - 4:30pm
@ Henderson Campus
Semester Two: By distance
Zoom Dates: 21 February and 28 March 7:30-9:30pm | 18 July and 23 August 7:30-9:30pm

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. 

Genesis: Creation and Blessing

R102.830 Genesis: Creation and Blessing 
Dr Richard Neville 
Semester One: 21-25 March & 16-20 May 2022 | 9:00am - 12:30pm
@ Henderson Campus
Zoom Dates: 7 March 1:00pm

The book of Genesis makes a unique and profoundly important contribution to the biblical canon. We will explore that contribution by looking at the unique place Genesis occupies in the biblical Grand Narrative, investigating its theological content. We will take the opportunity to reflect on the sophisticated composition of the book, both in terms of its overall structure, but also in its carefully crafted narrative episodes. In the process students will develop their appreciation for the book’s themes and message, while refining their skills for reading narrative texts. The student will also encounter the book’s remarkable capacity for speaking into the life of faith.  

Anointed Ministry

R507.830 Anointed Ministry  
Dr Myk Habets 
Semester One: 21-25 March & 16-20 May 2022 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
@ Henderson Campus
Zoom Dates: 16 March 7:30-9:30pm | 8 June 7:30-9:30pm

This course examines the doctrine of the Trinity and applies this to pastoral practices in order to allow the doctrine of the Trinity to have a controlling influence over such practices. This course addresses key concerns related to the practice of ministry. By grounding the course in a robust trinitarianism, students will receive a clear biblical and theological foundation for ministry as participation in the ongoing ministry of Christ in the world in the power of the Spirit, thus preparing them for effective Christocentric pastoral and missional leadership. The course develops historical, theological, and ministerial themes, and seeks to enable students to develop convictions for ministry and reflect on ecclesial practices such as administration of the sacraments, pastoral care, preaching, prayer, and worship.   

Humanity Fully Alive

R222.830 Humanity Fully Alive
Dr Stephen Garner
Semester One: 7-11 March 2022 | 9:30am - 4:30pm
@ Henderson Campus
Zoom Dates: 26 April 7:30-9:30pm | 7 June 7:30-9:30pm

This course explores Christian understandings of humanity as individual human beings and in community. The course focuses on topics such as human beings as the ‘image and likeness of God’, understandings of body and soul, personhood and identity, the significance of community sexuality and gender, discrimination, ecological concerns, and eschatological perspectives on human destiny.   

Jesus in a World of Colliding Empires 

R149.830 Jesus in a World of Colliding Empires 
Dr Mark Keown
Semester Two: 25 -29 July 2022 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
@ Henderson Campus

Jesus entered history into a world that had been characterised by colliding empires for centuries. He came to establish God’s reign undoing expectations and reframing what imperial power looks like forever. This course will explore Mark’s Gospel in depth, considering how Jesus does this. We will track the implications of this not only from Mark, but the NT. We will be challenged to truly embrace God’s understandings of power and empire and be the people God dreams us to be.

Spirit Christology and Models of Sanctification for Ministry

R233.830 Spirit Christology and Models of Sanctification for Ministry
Dr Leo Sanchez
Semester Two: 5-9 September 2022 | 9:30am - 4:30pm
@ Henderson Campus

The contemporary field of Spirit Christology, which looks at the Holy Spirit's role in the life and mission of Jesus Christ, has focused on questions concerning Trinitarian theology, Christology, salvation in Christ, and to some extent life in Christ. This course extends the research in this field in a practical direction by asking how the same Spirit who dwells in Christ and guides him in his life and mission shapes the lives of his disciples today. Such a question yields a models-based theology of sanctification informed by a Christ-shaped approach to personal growth, ministry and witness. Through the study of five models of sanctification grounded in scriptural, patristic, reformation and contemporary narratives of life in Christ, students will learn to humbly discern and articulate theologically the movement of the Spirit of Christ in their own lives, and vocations in church and world.

Justice that Restores: The Justice of God in the Bible and the World

R506.830 Justice that Restores: The Justice of God in the Bible and the World
Dr Chris Marshall
Semester Two: 15-19 August & 26-30 September 2022 | 9:00am - 12:30pm
@ Henderson Campus

There have always been debates about the definition, meaning and requirements of justice. In recent times, these debates have become even more fractious and complicated, with some thinkers simply concluding that, “nobody knows what justice is.” Christians have something important to contribute to this discussion, for the biblical tradition reflects deeply and pervasively on the character of justice, and particularly on the restoring justice of God. This course will explore key themes in biblical teaching on justice, human rights and peace-making, and reflect on their concrete application today, both in society and the church, especially through the use of restorative justice principles and practices.

Reflective Practice for Ministry

R508.830 Reflective Practice for Ministry
Dr Maja Whitaker and Graeme Flett
Semester Two: 22 -26 August 2022 | 9:30am - 4:30pm
@ Henderson Campus

The capacity to reflect on our experience is a key skill that enables us to develop as practitioners in any field of vocation, including Christian ministry. This course is for people who are active in ministry, in either churches or community organisations, who want to deepen their practice and flourish in ministry. Students will learn to critically evaluate their ministry context, to develop practices of discernment and habits of mind that produce resilience over the long-term, and to understand what they bring to their ministry role from their own personality and as a participant in community. The course is delivered through a range of seminars, workshops, reflections and fieldwork activities, and all learning is grounded in the student’s own ministry context.