Theology Short Courses for 2021

We offer Night Classes, Block Courses and a Feature Course across a range of topics. Take the opportunity to learn, grow, and gain further skills to serve your community. You can do any of these courses for credit towards a qualification or for interest only. Take the time to nurture your faith.


Bob Robinson
Semester 1, 2021. Wednesday mornings 9:30am – 12:30pm.
Christchurch & via Distance Learning


'Faith has its reasons' – maybe, but how can we explain the faith to others? Some are interested in religion but dislike dogmatism and can be suspicious even of the mention of Bible or Church. Others might even admire Jesus – but lots of other religious leaders too. We'll look at everything from popular excuses for avoiding the gospel to the problems of evil and suffering, science and faith, and other religions. All of that while trying to build bridges for the gospel of Christ. This 'Faith has its reasons' course is not aimed at merely talking about 'apologetics' (the constructive defence of the Christian faith) but will help us engage in rich and deep ways with the call to "always be ready to give a reason for the hope we have" (1 Peter 3). Especially as we meet confusion and doubt, pain and cynicism, despair and unbelief. We'll do this with a Kiwi accent as often as possible, rather than merely repeating arguments from elsewhere. 

Semester One


Malcolm Gordon
22-26 Mar 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henderson Only

Worship is something every human is doing. We are all living towards something/Someone. An ideal or an idol is behind (or before) every human choice. In Theology as Worship, we will explore the nature and distinctiveness of Christian worship. In the process, it may be that we realise our contemporary definition of worship has become too small. How can we encounter practices such as pilgrimage, social action, silence and creativity as worship? How can we let worship create and transform the connections between God, people and creation. This course is not aimed at merely talking about worship but will help us engage in worship in rich and deep ways.


Phil Trotter
22-26 Mar 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henderson & via Distance Learning

Want to engage, relate to, connect with and understand young people better? Uncover how God sees and believes in young people. Figure out how to navigate and leverage contemporary youth culture positively. Identify programming that creates safe spaces for positive youth development. Take a pastoral lens to the issues young people face and what we can do to help. Unpack contemporary approaches to contextual youth ministry practice that equip us to outreach into our local schools and community. Bring your experiences, and bring your questions to this creative, interactive and inspiring learning environment.


Bruce Bell
22-26 Mar 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henderson only


The life story of Jesus is arguably the most dramatic and earth-changing narrative ever told. Each of the Gospels share their own perspective on the acts and words of Jesus, as well as the people he met along the way.  However, usually we only encounter Jesus’ actions, teachings and parables through stand-alone Sunday school stories and short sermons. In studying the Gospel of Luke, we will explore and learn to appreciate the author's unique and sophisticated style. We will take time to see the larger themes that run all through the Gospel and see how Luke develops and brings them to a conclusion. We will follow Jesus as he goes on an extended road trip from Galilee to Jerusalem. This will both broaden and deepen our understanding of the Gospel itself.  But more importantly, it will do the same for our understanding of who Jesus is and what he has to say to us today.


Bradford Haami
12-13 Mar 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
16-17 Apr 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
14-15 May 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henderson only

Leadership plays an important role in the life and transformation of any community. This Māori Church/Community Leadership course will examine traditional and contemporary Māori society and leadership structures within iwi, community, and church contexts.The course identifies significant Māori leaders from the 19th20thand 21stcenturies who impacted tribal transformation and will explore the combination of biblical and traditional leadership principles that influenced in the past and might impact contemporary community renewal.

Semester Two


Phil Trotter
16-20 Aug 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henderson Only

Are you seeking to become a better instrument of God in not just bringing good news but being good news among young people? Be equipped to connect with and nurture wellbeing among today’s youth. Take a research backed deep dive into discipleship practices that make disciples who last. So much of the discipleship that happens in churches doesn’t go the distance - with a high percentage of young Christians drifting or falling away during their 20’s. Learn what leads to sticky faith – faith that is here to stay! Building on the foundation of relationships, discover the whys and ways of teaching, worship and prayer, community, mentoring and involving young people in ministry and mission, that forms disciples of Christ for life. (Invite your whole church leadership team to this one - discipleship is a whole-of-church enterprise!) Bring your experiences, and bring your questions to this creative, interactive and inspiring learning environment.


Lorraine Taogaga
17-21 Aug 2021, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henderson only

This course studies how cultural patterns shape all areas of our lives and experience. It explores how traditional Māori cultural systems of meaning and belief engage with Christian systems of meaning and belief and how each informs and challenges the other toward transformation in Aotearoa.

Semester One


Roshan Allpress, Joey Millington
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30-9:30pm
Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch & via Distance Learning

The Bible is the most printed book in human history, and the foundation of our Christian faith. Yet too many Christians remain only casually acquainted with many of the pages of Scripture, and are even less certain about how to live out of what God has given us.

Biblical Theology will reintroduce you to the story of the Bible – a story that begins with Creation and ends with a New Creation, centres on Jesus Christ, and claims to make sense of the whole human world. The course is designed to help you see more clearly the “picture on the jigsaw puzzle box” to help you read, narrate and live the Bible more faithfully. This course is also held on the Christchurch campus in Semester One, Tuesday mornings 9:30am-12:30pm.

Semester Two


Reuben Munn
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30-9:30pm 
Henderson & via Distance Learning 

Preaching is a central ministry in the life of a healthy church. We worship a speaking God who uses words to create, heal, redeem and judge. He now gives us the privilege of speaking his Word in the power of his Spirit so that through our proclamation, God may continue to work powerfully in our day. The same Spirit who anointed Jesus now empowers us to proclaim the good news so that blind eyes may be opened, the oppressed may be set free and the favour of the Lord may be bestowed.  Whenever and wherever the gospel is preached, the living God speaks and something always happens. This course aims to raise up more women and men who can boldly, clearly and faithfully expound Scripture, and contribute to a renewal of biblical, home-grown preaching in Aotearoa.


Rebecca de Jong
Tuesday Evenings, 6:30-9:30pm
Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch & via Distance Learning 

New Zealand is increasingly ethnically diverse. In Auckland 51% of the population is multi-lingual. As a church how are we responding to these culturally and linguistically diverse Christians? With the mission field on our doorstep how can we better communicate the gospel? Intercultural Studies examines how culture, context, and theological understanding influences cross-cultural ministry.  Students are invited into another culture and given the skills to reflect on the experience. This course considers mission as part of a whole narrative of the Bible, preparing  learners to listen and communicate with others who are culturally different,  as we serve God cross-culturally both here in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.


For credit: $843.75 per course 

For interest: $263.00 per course