What subjects will I study?

Each intern completes the following core subjects plus an elective (Negotiated Ministry Practice) in a chosen Christian service area.

MIN510A: Supervised Ministry Training (30 Credits)

This course aims to allow students to apply their Biblical, theological, and ministry skills and knowledge in a practical ministry undertaking. This module draws and builds on current Biblical, theological, and ministry training, students complete an internship (practical work placement), applying this knowledge to ministry in either a church or para-church organisation. Learning through experience, the module demands a minimum of 16 hours of supervised work each week for the duration of the semester. By participating in various ministry contexts, students are encouraged to develop confidence, self-esteem and a sound work ethic. It also provides an opportunity for personal reflection on ministry and spiritual values.

MIN510B: Extended Supervised Ministry Training (30 Credits)

This course aims to allow students to apply their Biblical, theological, and ministry skills and knowledge in a practical ministry undertaking. This module draws and builds on experiences in the first part of the Internship course (MIN510A—Supervised Ministry Training) as well as current Biblical, theological, and ministry training. Students complete an internship (practical work placement), applying this knowledge to ministry in either a church or para-church organisation. Learning through experience (and drawing on their experiences and findings from the first internship course (MIN510A—Supervised Ministry Training), the module demands a minimum of 16 hours supervised work each week for the duration of the semester. By participating in various ministry contexts, students are encouraged to develop confidence, self-esteem and a sound work ethic. It also provides an opportunity for personal reflection on ministry and spiritual values.

MIN520: Negotiated Ministry Practice (5 Credits)

In Semester 1 students choose ONE of these areas to focus on and complete the relevant assignment work for credit.

  • Biblical Worship
  • Christian Camping
  • Christian Communication
  • Ministry with Children
  • Missions - Communicating Cross-Culturally
  • Youth Ministry 

THEOL501: Christian History (5 Credits)

This course aims to introduce students to key events, milestones and personalities that have shaped Christianity and theological thinking. Looking back over the last 2,000 years, the module investigates milestone events and key personalities who have shaped the history of Christianity. It considers the historical context, describing the political, religious and social environments of both events and people, to establish an understanding of the theological thinking behind past eras of Christianity and the influence this has had on subsequent history.

THEOL502: Interpreting the Bible (10 Credits)

This course aims to introduce students to critical biblical interpretation, including developing theological and contextual understandings. This module introduces students to the critical interpretation of the Bible, with consideration given to the historical, literary, theological and contextual elements of Scripture. It teaches students the importance of accurately discerning the meaning of the Biblical text so it can be applied to ministry and their own faith journey.

THEOL503: Biblical Survey (10 Credits)

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the major themes, structure and purpose of the New Testament and Old Testament. The course is divided into 2 modules, each worth 5 credits:

New Testament Survey

This module provides students with an introduction to the major themes, structure and purpose of the New Testament. Particular attention is given to significant events, historical context, Paul's life and ministry, and the implications this has for Christians now. It also considers the political and cultural landscape of the time, and how this can influence the meaning of the books found in the testament.

Old Testament Survey

This module also examines the major books of the Old Testament, looking back at the grand story of God and creation, to reveal God's heart for humanity and the lessons we can learn that are relevant to all Christians living now. It considers the life of influential Old Testament characters, purpose and structure of the books, and the political and historical context that influenced their writing. From the beginning of time, God has looked for a conventional relationship with His people, based on love, justice and holiness; a recurring theme throughout the Old Testament.

THEOL504: Theology (15 Credits)

This course aims to introduce the doctrines of Bibleology, Theology Proper, and the Trinity as well as the doctrines of Christology, Application of Redemption, Prayer, and Eschatology. This course also aims to introduce the concepts of Theology in Context of Aotearoa as valid framework and means to approach systematic theology within New Zealand. This course is divided into three modules, each worth 5 credits:

Systematic Theology 1

This module introduces students to the subject of systematic theology, critiquing the purpose of theology and its relationship to the Christian worldview. Students will develop the skills needed to engage with the subject while considering the doctrines of Bibleology, Theology Proper, and the Trinity.

Systematic Theology 2

This module develops the student's ability to critique the purpose of theology and its relationship to the Christian worldview. Students will also develop the skills needed to engage with the subject while considering the doctrines of Christology, Application of Redemption, Prayer, and Eschatology.

Theology in the Context of Aotearoa

This module explores Māori concepts of faith and practice as an approach to the Christian worldview. Students will develop the skills needed to understand Atua, Whenua and Tāngata as a way of discussing theology. Emphasis is placed on how these principles are equally as valid as systematic theology when applied to an individual's life and walk with God. The course includes a Noho Marae that aims to deepen the students’ understanding of ministry within the New Zealand context through participation in a Marae experience.

THEOL505: The Life of Christ: Living the Faith (15 Credits)

This course aims to introduce and examine the person of Jesus Christ through an examination of the Gospel narrative, faith in action, and to explore personal spiritual awareness. This course is divided into three modules, each worth 5 credits: 

Spiritual Formation

This module facilitates discussion and reflection on what personal spiritual awareness looks like. It examines Christ's expression of faith and how this should be incorporated into an individual's life.

James: Faith in Action

This module explores the idea of Christian faith built upon the premise that behaviour should reflect belief.  The Epistle of James argues faith comes with responsibilities and a call to action: "So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless." (James 2:17 NLT). This module provides a survey of the Epistle of James by investigating the complementary nature of faith and action working together (practical Christianity).  These ideas are explored and applied within the context of everyday situations and scenarios for modern-day Christians. Students are reminded that actions speak louder than words.

The Life of Christ through the Gospels

This module looks into the heart of Jesus through an examination of the gospel narratives. It challenges students to see life and humanity through His eyes as they journey to become more like Him. Drawing on eyewitness accounts from Jesus' disciples and others close to the phenomenal events that took place in first century Palestine, the gospels tell the story of Jesus, His life and ministry. While this history reveals to us who Jesus was and what He did, more importantly, it introduces us to the Son of God; a real person, relatable, visionary, compassionate, merciful, full of love and kindness. All Christians should aspire to be like Jesus, but first, they need to personally know him.

 

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