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PAST315 Christianity, Society, and Ministry in New Zealand (Advanced)

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Using the lens of Christianity and post-Christianity, this paper examines the history of Christianity in New Zealand, its place and voice in society, and contemporary challenges for ministry.

This paper offers an introduction to three areas of theology in their New Zealand context. Students will gain an overview of the history of Christianity in New Zealand and then consider how global issues in public theology and in church leadership and ministry play out in the New Zealand setting.

Paper title Christianity, Society, and Ministry in New Zealand (Advanced)
Paper code PAST315
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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one 200-level CHTH, CHTX or PASX paper
PAST 215
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Dr Lynne Taylor
Teaching staff

Course co-ordinator: Dr Lynne Taylor
Lecturers: Dr Brett Knowles, Dr Derek Woodard-Lehman, Dr Lynne Taylor

Paper Structure
  1. History - Christianity in NZ (1)
  2. History - Christianity in NZ (2)
  3. Public Theology - Poverty
  4. Public Theology - The Environment
  5. Pastoral Theology - Postmodernism and Secularisation
  6. Pastoral Theology - Migration and New Communications Technologies
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: The paper is taught on campus in 13 two-hour lectures.

Distance: 1 one-hour videoconference followed by 6 two-hour videoconferences.
No textbook is required for this paper.
Course outline
View the course outline for PAST 315 (on campus)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Critically engage with the concepts of Christendom and post-Christendom in a way that makes sense of contemporary ministry settings in New Zealand
  • Render an informed account of the historical development of Christianity in New Zealand, with a particular focus in changes brought about since the 1960s
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of what public theology is and what the voice of the church has been and can be in the public square in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of four areas of pastoral theology and think theologically about personal and societal needs in New Zealand that affect ministry in our context
  • Identify significant issues facing congregations and ministry organisations in New Zealand and offer a personal understanding of potential ways of addressing those issues

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system