Block Courses 2020-2021

Jump to: TESOL for ServiceChildren in Crisis,Church Planting across Cultures, BTM: Biblical Theology of Missions, Secular Humanism, Coaching Workshop

There is a wealth of experience within the wider church community and it is our desire to bring high quality input from experienced trainers. Below you will see the courses planned for 2020-2021. These can change from year to year as we continue to seek input which offers excellence and practical application.

TESOL for Service [2021]

Date: January 05-29, 2021
Course Coordinator: Dr Ryan PhD
(12 credits • Level 5) NZQA approved Training Course
NZ$1,400  including lunch & morning tea

Accommodation on application. Registrations close September 18, 2020. Limited places.

This is an intensive training course designed to teach you the necessary skills to enable you to more effectively use English teaching as a service tool. Classes cover theoretical knowledge of the English language and of teaching and learning a second language, current ESOL methodology, classroom management, lesson planning and assessment, teaching specific groups and programmes, and resources available for teaching and further professional development. The practice component includes 12 hours of observation and teaching of classmates and ESOL students.

Students who are accepted onto the course will be required to complete pre-course assignments which include readings and observation of an ESOL class in their community. The information sheet for the course and enrolment form can be found here.

Children in Crisis: Street Children

Date: Monday 25 May - Friday 29 May, 2020
Course Coordinator: Meryl (Becky) Bee MEd(TESOL), BEd, GradDipMin, DipTchg(Secondary), ThA, Cert IV TESOL

5 credits • NZQF Level 5
NZ$420 including lunch & morning tea

An examination of the multi-faceted problems that street children encounter on a daily basis – at risk from abuse, trauma, hunger, and pain. The course will help the student gain an understanding of the situations these children confront on a daily basis and identify the losses they experience on the streets. Prevention and intervention strategies are presented to address the children’s needs, and guidance is given to prevent street workers from experiencing stress and burnout. To apply to study this course, download brochure and registration form here.

BTM: Biblical Theology of Missions

Date: Monday 22 June - Friday 26 June, 2020
Course Coordinator: Lewis Varley, M.A.

5 credits • NZQF Level 5
NZ$420 including lunch & morning tea

This component will lead to a greater understanding of the mission of God to the world; His concern for mankind as revealed in the Scriptures, His provision for their redemption, and His purposes for those  he has redeemed and for His creation here.

Church Planting Across Cultures

Date: Monday 17 - Friday 28 August, 2020
Course Coordinator: Carl Pilkinton BA, Dip Tchg, BMin

10 credits • NZQF Level 6
NZ$820 including lunch & morning tea

This two week course overviews the process of starting churches and their consequent maturation and growth. Particular focus is placed on the challenges of planting indigenous churches in a cross cultural context. The course provides a biblical basis for church planting and develops a biblical Ecclesiology. The course will address significant theoretical issues before introducing models and strategies needed for indigenous church planting. To apply to study this course download the brochure and registration form here.

Secular Humanism

Date: Monday 12 October - Friday 16 October, 2020
Course Coordinator: Lewis Varley, M.A.

5 credits • NZQF Level 5
NZ$420 including lunch & morning tea

This component aims to explore the Biblical worldview and its relationship to secular humanism and related worldviews.  The class will survey the origins and contemporary impact of secular humanism, and Christian perspectives on this belief system.  Our four goals in the class are:-

- to understand the source and nature of modern worldviews (or ‘social imaginaries’);

- to recognize the impact of these on Christian faith and mission;

- to develop new apologetical insights for those holding modern worldviews;

- to consider the role of Christians as ‘culture makers’ in the modern world.

To apply to study this course download the brochure and registration form here.

Coaching Workshop

Date: Tuesday 8 December - Thursday 10 December, 2020
Course Coordinator: Christine Harding

This course is not accredited by NZQA but taught on the college campus
NZ$260 including morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea

The COACH Model© is a radically different approach to leading people. Rather than provide answers, leaders ask questions to draw out what God has already put into others. Learn how to create powerful conversations to assist others to solve their own problems, reach goals and develop leadership skills in the process. It incorporates the best of adult learning practices with self-directive, communal, experiential learning where discussion, practice and application are maximized. Christine has over 30 years of leadership and ministry experience and holds credentials through the International Coaching Federation. To apply to study this course, download brochure and registration form here.

For more information or to register for any of the above courses, please enquire by email at or call 0800 89 64 77 [or from outside New Zealand: +64 7 824 3417]


Accommodation is limited and on a first come first serve basis. The accommodation fee is $25 per person/night in addition to the course fees. Evening tea is available Monday to Thursday only, during term time at a cost of $5 per meal. Please register early to avoid any disappointment.