Carey Courses (of special interest to pastors)

Some pastors choose to do a Carey Baptist College course as part of their on-going learning. Undergraduate courses can be audited (not for credit) by Baptist leaders at the special price of $140 per course (normal audit price is $300, credit price is $704). Some pastors work toward a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology or Master of Applied Theology (these courses can be audited but require preparation before the blocks as described for each course. Audit cost for Baptist leaders is $140, for credit price is $1,771).

Before a person is in a position to effectively lead others it is fundamental that they have the ability to lead themselves. This course, which explores the spirituality of the leader, aims to place Personal Leadership within its biblical, theological, historical and cultural context. 

Event Date 20-03-2017
Event End Date 24-03-2017

A bewildering range of issues face the church today: war, the environment, economic inequality, international debt, LGBT, crime & punishment, politics and race. How do we engage these as disciples and local churches? What will Christian activism look like on these fronts?

Event Date 01-05-2017
Event End Date 05-05-2017

NOTE: This course is in 2 blocks: 10-11 August, AND 11-13 September 2017

This course explores Christian spirituality —how to live out the Christian faith— from a biblical, theological and historical perspective. It introduces students to the major traditions and classic writings within Christian spirituality and engages with a selection of the most pressing issues in contemporary spirituality and ministry. This is a very practical course. Students will discover, practice and discuss a range of spiritual disciplines that will nurture their spiritual growth and sustain their witness and ministry.

Event Date 10-08-2017
Event End Date 11-08-2017

This course is unique. It takes place on-site in Israel and Palestine where we journey through historical sites relevant particularly to the New Testament. The course is primarily focused on historical concerns and it addresses text in its historical and geographical context.

Event Date 26-08-2017
Event End Date 08-09-2017

The course will strive to integrate both the practical and theological application of worship design and leadership in order to foster meaningful, contextual and biblically grounded response to God as His gathered community. It will explore the narrative nature of worship and liturgy and its formative potential. Students will be exposed to various worship experiences and worship leading guests throughout this course in order to explore the actual practice of worship leadership and the careful theological planning of creative, experiential, participatory, interactive, and connective worship experiences.

Event Date 28-08-2017
Event End Date 01-09-2017

All of us are part of a family of one sort or another. How do we make sense of family in today’s complex world? How do social and cultural changes influence family trends and our understanding of what families should be like, including marriage, gender roles, and parenting? This course examines the family, and family life, in contemporary New Zealand from theological and sociological perspectives. Students will be challenged to think through the implications of such perspectives and family trends in NZ for church life and ministry. This course has been developed to support the needs of students engaged in ministry particularly to children, young people, and families.

Event Date 04-09-2017
Event End Date 08-09-2017

In a rapidly changing world, the primary task of leadership is to energize a community of people toward their own transformation in order to meet the challenges of the uncharted terrain before them. It is what Ronald Heifetz calls “adaptive leadership” and defines as “the practice of mobilising people to tackle tough challenges and thrive.” 

Transformational Leadership is the product of a leader’s own personal competency, relational congruence and adaptive capacity. The key thought is this: Transformational Leadership is absolutely dependent on the leader’s own ongoing transformation and ability to lead others into a process of shared transformation through ongoing learning and navigating loss. 

This class will focus on the principles and practices for adaptive leadership in Christian missional context. 

Event Date 26-06-2017
Event End Date 30-06-2017

NOTE: This course is in 2 blocks: 1-5 May AND 11-15 September 2017.

The aim of the course is to provide both a theoretical basis and practical experience in reading Scripture in the context of biblical theology, while building on and incorporating useful insights from historical criticism and other more recent approaches. In the first part we explore the strengths and limitations of the historical critical approach, which has been the major interpretative paradigm since the Enlightenment. We also consider if it is possible, even desirable, to be the objective outsider in interpretation and whether a Christian faith perspective is an advantage or a liability in this regard. In the second part of the course we apply the insights we gained to the theme of Messiah in the book of Isaiah. The book falls into three distinct units in historical-critical terms, which were traditionally kept strictly separate. 

However, allowing the parts to talk to each other around the concept of Messiah and drawing into the discussion the wider context of the canon will demonstrate the value of a theological thematic approach across the whole of Scripture (OT and NT).

Event Date 01-05-2017
Event End Date 05-05-2017

NOTE: This course is in 2 blocks: 26-28 April AND 4-8 September 2017.

This course will begin to discern what it means to live as God’s people in his world. Special attention will be given to the nature of Christian existence as shaped by the story of God’s history with Israel, in Jesus, and through the church. Particular attention will be given to how the individual and community formed by faith in Jesus Christ relates to a world shaped by alternative stories, how Scripture informs and shapes that community of faith, how God’s will can be discerned within that community, and how certain qualities of character are necessary for the display of a Christian witness in the various (political, economic, medical, physical) spheres of life. A focus of the course will be on applied ethical case studies and pastoral ethics in order to begin to apply one’s moral theology to everyday ethical issues.

Event Date 26-04-2017
Event End Date 28-04-2017

NOTE: This course is in 2 blocks: 1-5 May AND 4-8 September 2017.

Christianity’s incarnation foundation posits a particular relationship to the objects of reality. This course takes as its basic premise the notion that there are ‘traces’ of the triune God in artistic works that in themselves are revelatory and which intimate the real character of reality. Hence the course explores what it means to partake of sacramental reality in the forms of the arts. It will consider signs, symbols and paradigms of a ‘presence’ of grace. It seeks to discover the traces of God in culture through key terms that include participation, the other, constraint, freedom, play, ways of hearing and seeing, and presence.

Event Date 01-05-2017
Event End Date 05-05-2017

This course is unique. It takes place on-site in Israel and Palestine where we journey through historical sites relevant particularly to the New Testament. The course is primarily focused on historical concerns and it addresses text in its historical and geographical context.

Event Date 26-08-2017
Event End Date 08-09-2017

This course introduces the student to the Māori world, explaining the concept and use of whakapapa in relation to Māori Christian spirituality and history. It also covers the historical impact of the Treaty of Waitangi and its place in church and the wider NZ society today.

Ko te tino whāinga o tēnei akoranga kia mōhio ai te tauira ki tēnei mea, te ‘ritiro Māori’, ā, kia taea ai e ia te kōrerorero i āna āhuatanga me te hononga ki tēnei mea, te ‘karaitianatanga Māori’, āna nitori me ngā hua i puta ake ai i Te Tiriti-o-Waitangi, tōna ake hononga ki te haai me te motu whānui o Aotearoa i ēnei rangi kei mua i te aroaro.

Event Date 27-02-2017
Event End Date 23-06-2017

In this course we will get beneath the surface of one of the four Gospels (Luke). Why was it written in this particular way? What are its distinctive emphases? What does it contribute to our understanding of Jesus and the church’s faith, and how does it speak to our own day? Skills will be developed in exegesis, analysis of texts, research and presentation, theological awareness and interpretive competencies will be cultivated.

Event Date 27-02-2017
Event End Date 23-06-2017

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and basic skills of understanding and interrogating culture. In so doing, it seeks to demonstrate how culture has a profound impact on the ways in which we view our own contexts, ourselves, and others’ situations.

Event Date 27-02-2017
Event End Date 23-06-2017

This course will introduce the prophetic books of the Old Testament, in their historical, socio-cultural and literary contexts in ancient Israel and in the light of the ancient Near East with the goal of understanding their theological message and their significance for the contemporary world.

Event Date 27-02-2017
Event End Date 23-06-2017

What does it mean to be the body of Christ? This course explores ideas of the church, ministry and the sacraments. Particular attention will be paid to a trinitarian theology of church and the impact of these concepts on other Christian doctrines.

Event Date 27-02-2017
Event End Date 23-06-2017

An exploration of the contexts and convictions of Baptist churches as they developed in England, America and New Zealand. This course integrates these contexts and convictions with contemporary issues in Baptist ministry and mission.

Event Date 27-02-2017
Event End Date 23-06-2017

This course explores the story of Christianity in Aotearoa New Zealand from 1814 through to the present day. It examines how the message of the gospel has shaped church and society over the last two hundred years. It illuminates the historical dimensions to many contemporary issues facing the New Zealand church. And it highlights how an understanding of the history of Christianity in New Zealand is crucial to effective gospel ministry and mission in this country today.

Event Date 17-07-2017
Event End Date 10-11-2017

The book of Acts is unique among the New Testament writings, connecting the story of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel to the continuing narrative of Jesus’ followers as they took their witness from the geographical centre of Jewish faith in Jerusalem across political, ethnic and cultural boundaries into the heart of the Roman Empire and its capital city. It is a book about mission produced in the context of early Christian mission. In this course we read it in relation to the understanding and practice of mission today, utilising tools of biblical study and of missiological reflection as we engage both the text and our contemporary mission contexts.

Event Date 17-07-2017
Event End Date 10-11-2017

In this course we attempt to equip students to analyse and evaluate Christian understandings of the person and work of the Holy Spirit as presented in Scripture and bring those insights into dialogue with contemporary issues. After an introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity, its historical importance and contemporary place, several weeks are devoted to an examination of the biblical presentations of the Spirit, taking particular notice of the development of the doctrine from the Old to the New Testament. Special topics will be covered including: Spirit Christology, the Spirit in relation to the Trinity, and how Trinity and pneumatology are related to the other loci of systematic theology.

Event Date 17-07-2017
Event End Date 10-11-2017

Christianity is seen by many today as weird, incomprehensible, and stupid, but is that true? The human condition, human experience, basic intuitions, history, science, and reason all point to the truth of Christianity. This course helps equip students with a holistic contemporary apologetic, which shows why we have good reasons to believe what we say we believe. Students will be equipped to have better conversations, ask better questions, and to share answers with gentleness and respect.

Event Date 17-07-2017
Event End Date 10-11-2017

This course examines two areas of Old Testament literature: Psalms, which express in poetic form Israel’s response to God in prayer and worship and the so-called wisdom literature, which deals with the question of how God’s people can be wise in the day-to-day, sometimes mundane, reality of life (Proverbs) as well as in the great challenges of suffering (Job), where general observations about life do not seem to hold. Wisdom literature also encompasses Ecclesiastes, a book that addresses the existential question of meaning and meaninglessness in life and Song of Songs which, although love poetry, also stands in the wisdom tradition reflecting on love, sex, relationships and God.

Event Date 17-07-2017
Event End Date 10-11-2017

This course is a gateway into Carey’s Applied Theology programme. Various strands of learning in Bible, theology, spirituality, history, culture and society, and the practice of ministry and mission are introduced with a common orientation towards knowing and serving God within the community of God’s people as participants in God’s mission.

Event Date 17-07-2017
Event End Date 10-11-2017

Paul’s correspondence with the church in Corinth permits us to glimpse some of the realities and challenges of life in the early Christian communities in the Graeco-Roman world. In this course we shall explore the historical, social and religious context of 1 Corinthians, follow Paul’s response to theological issues, ethical questions, and practical problems that had arisen, and consider what this letter might say to the church today. Key learning areas for this course are leadership, Paul and women, sexual ethics, and charismatic gifts.

Event Date 17-07-2017
Event End Date 10-11-2017

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