Summer Semester at Laidlaw – 2022/2023

21 November 2022 - 17 February 2023


Invest some time this summer into deepening and enriching your understanding of Scripture. Take a Laidlaw summer semester course by distance from the comfort of your own home! 

115.515 Reading the Bible
Jeremy Tattersall
This course aims 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.

201.515 Engaging Theology
Taryn Dryfhout
This course aims 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.

401.515 Formation
David Wells
This course aims 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.


To find out more about these Level 5 courses contact Brittany [email protected]


111.615/715 Interpreting the Bible
Chris Northcott
This course is an introduction to biblical interpretation, grammatico-historical exegesis, biblical genres, historical developments, historical-critical, and literary-critical methods, and hermeneutical considerations, including hands-on experience in exegeting biblical texts.

202.15/715 Christology
Taryn Dryfhout
This course examines traditional and contemporary theologies of the person and work of Christ, theology of revelation and Scripture.

205.615/715 Church
Theology & Practice
This course introduces students to ecclesiology: biblical and historical perspectives. Attention will be given to the development of the church’s self-understanding as the people of God, and to a range of approaches to ministry and sacraments.

480.615/715 Faithful Living: Intro to Reflective Practice
This course explores the dispositions and practices that are required to form life-long reflective practitioners. Students are introduced to a range of models of theological reflection, and will evaluate and apply these within their context. Key theological themes and practices underlying ethical behaviours are explored, and students will develop a contextualized code of conduct. Students are prompted to develop self and other awareness, and build resilience to the experience of receiving and processing feedback from others.


To find out more about these Level 6-7 courses contact Brittany [email protected]


The Church for Others  
Rev Dr Joe McGarry
Henderson Campus / Distance Learning

Christian social action is increasingly central to Christian witness. And yet, a call to social action can often be cast aside or seen as just one priority amongst many. This course engages scripture as well as Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theological writings as we ask, “Is the church the church if she does not exist for others?” In answering this question, we will also examine the importance of understanding social advocacy not as something the church does but rather something the church is.

Joe earned Master of Arts degrees in Theology as well as Church History in Boston, Massachusetts. His doctoral studies at the University of Aberdeen were on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology of formation in Christ. Ordained priest in the Anglican church in 2017 he served as the Anglican Studies Coordinator for the diocese of Wellington and Priest Assistant at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. He currently lectures at St John’s College, teaching papers in church history, theology, and preaching. Joe is also a senior research fellow of the Te Piri Poho Anglican research network and senior research fellow at Laidlaw College, currently investigating discipleship and moral reasoning in the New Testament and early church. He shares life with his wife and two sons in Wellington, New Zealand.


To find out more about this Level 8 course contact [email protected]


Applications for Summer Semester 2022-2023 are now open until Friday 11 November.
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For further information about our programmes and courses at Laidlaw College, please contact our Admissions Coordinator on 0800 999 777 or [email protected].

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Summer Semester Earlybird Applications Close

14 October 2022

All Summer Semester Applications Close

11 November 2022