Semester Two 2020 Courses

Laidlaw College’s School of Theology is offering a range of courses during Semester Two 2020 (from 28 July) with on-campus and distance learning options at undergraduate and postgraduate level, for interest or for credit. Some of those courses are profiled below, with the full timetable available here.


Introduction to Systematic Theology
Dr Myk Habets | Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Henderson Campus (video-linked to Manukau & Christchurch)
Distance Learning available

In a culture that increasingly disparages, ridicules, or ignores the Christian faith, it is more important than ever that Christians know what they believe and why they believe it. It is equally important for Christians to deepen their faith so we can love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. One of the foundational planks for a deep and abiding Christian life is the life of the mind. In this introductory course students are introduced to the big ideas in Christianity, to core beliefs we share in common, and to ways of thinking theologically about ourselves, our worship, and our world. Love to have you join us on this journey of discovery.


Ps Reuben Munn | Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Henderson Campus (video-linked to Manukau & Christchurch)
Distance Learning available

Become a more effective pastoral leader! Explore topics such as managing change, managing others, self-care, and power in leadership in Laidlaw’s Pastoral Leadership and Management course.  Taught by Reuben Munn, pastor of Shore Community Church for 17 years, with input from a range of leaders in church and parachurch ministries. 


Linda Flett (Henderson Campus) | Mondays, 1.30 - 4.30 pm
Alan Thomson (Christchurch Campus) | Tuesdays, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Distance Learning available

Be inspired and shaped by the stories of the faithful! Journey through the major developments in our Christian story over the last 2000 years. The study of our history brings understanding of how and why our church doctrines and traditions have evolved, teaches us of the pitfalls to be avoided, and gives us lessons to build on as we forge into the future. 


Rebecca de Jong and Rev Christine Harding | Thursdays, 1.30pm – 4.30pm 
Henderson Campus (video-linked to Manukau)
Distance Learning available
Also available as a Block Course in Christchurch 23-24 July & 17-20 August

What’s God’s mission for this world and what’s our part in that? As we live and serve in the diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand, how well are we listening and communicating with those who are culturally different to ourselves? This course is about increasing your cultural competency. Cultural competence is the ability to work with and relate to people who are not like yourself.  As a Christian leader, being able to listen and communicate, to have shared meaning and understanding with others who are culturally different to oneself is valuable as we serve God in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

Lecturers Rebecca de Jong and Rev Christine Harding teach out of a passion for all things mission. Rebecca and her husband, John, served as a missionaries in Myanmar for 12 years. Christine is the former National Director of OMF NZ mission agency and currently on the pastoral team at Discovery Christian Centre in Hamilton. They will be joined in the course by Brad Haami, Laidlaw’s Pou Amorangi, teaching two sessions on biculturalism. 


$835.50 per course (for credit)

$261.00 per course (for interest)

Enquiries to Brittany Hartmann


Dr Darrell Bock | 24-29 August via Zoom (R147.830)

Luke wrote more of the New Testament than any other writer, but these two books are among the most ignored in Biblical study. Taught by renowned New Testament scholar, Dr Darrell Bock, this course will look at how Luke presents Christology, the unique way he presents the gospel, core response terms for soteriology, the important theme of reconciliation, the church’s coping with multi-cultural realities, his emphasis on ethics and parables, a developed understanding of Israel, the role of money, the importance of Jesus’ return and the way in which the kingdom is presented. 

Dr Darrell Bock is the Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament studies at Fuller University. He is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus.


Prof Peter Riddell | Thursday evenings via Zoom  (R608.830)

This course focuses on both the study of Islam and on Christian-Muslim engagement. In Part One attention is devoted to a study of the main institutions of Islam: scripture, doctrine, ritual and sectarian groups. Part Two then considers the historical and contemporary manifestations and expressions of Christian-Muslim engagement. 

Prof Peter Riddell is Senior Research Fellow of the Australian College of Theology at Melbourne School of Theology, and Professorial Research Associate in the Department of History at SOAS University of London. He has published widely on Southeast Asia, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations and writes a regular blog on Religion and Society.


$1,847.50 per course (for credit)

$ 523.00 per course (for interest) 

Enquiries to Kerry Gordon

Click here to start your online application.

Please complete your enrolment using the Course Selection form by 10 July 2020. 

For further information about our programmes and courses at Laidlaw College, please contact our Admissions Coordinator on 0800 999 777 or [email protected].