Extramural study requires devotion and ongoing dedication. This is so much easier to sustain when you enjoy the process, like a favourite hobby, and when you don't feel alone. After nearly 20 years providing academic correspondence courses in theology, we have learned how to make home study more collegiate, more supportive and more successful for you.
That's why our distance tutors keep in contact with course participants during the whole course process... with ongoing help, comments and encouragement.
This course covers key elements in Presbyterian identity from Celtic Scotland to the present day, including the Reformation, the Westminster Confession, the development of presbyteries and assemblies, the rise of revivals and overseas mission, and the story of Presbyterianism in Aotearoa New Zealand. The final module looks at issues such as leadership, baptism and initiation, worship, controversy and mission. This provides an opportunity to grow your understanding of Presbyterian Christianity and relate it to your interests and ministry.
The course has 3 modules, each with 5 topics. There is no exam but the grade is based on email discussions for each topic and the essay assignment at the end of each module. It is possible to start the course either with the first module in May or the second module in July. Discussion with friends is strongly encouraged as part of the process. Reliable web access and email is essential, preferably broadband.
To visit the current website enter the year (eg 2013) instead of the word "YEAR" in the following address.
Sunshine, Glenn. The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, Westminster John Knox Press, 2005
Davidson, A.K. Christianity in Aotearoa: A History of Church and Society in New Zealand, Wellington. Education for Ministry, 3rd edition, 2004
Reference Book: Dennis McEldowney (ed.) Presbyterians in Aotearoa, 1840-1990. Presbyterian Church of N. Z., 1990. (Access to this book is desirable though not essential.)