The new Diploma in Methodist Studies (DipMS, Level 5) is specifically designed as a threshold programme. Its objective is to provide for the ministry needs of the Methodist Church of New Zealand (Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa), and to equip students with practical knowledge and skills for specific types of ministry.
The Diploma in Methodist Studies is a 120 credit non-NZQA programme designed as a threshold programme for students considering ministry in the Methodist Church of New Zealand. To complete the Diploma in Methodist Studies programme, a student has to complete 5 compulsory papers and 3 electives in a chosen endorsement.
Graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate a broad understanding of theological and practical Methodist ministry.
Apply skills acquired to the practice of a specific ministry.
Demonstrate an ability to engage effectively with the wider community.
Critically reflect on personal faith journey to refine own practice.
BS510 Exploring the Bible
PS530 Models of Leadership and Ministry
MS511 Te Ao Tawhito
PS512 Methodism in Aotearoa
TS510 Introduction to Theology
Recommended Papers for Endorsements
Child and Youth Ministry - RS523 Let the Children Live: Children, Youth in/and the Bible
Diaconal Ministry - PS514 Engaging the Community
Women's Ministry - BS522 Women in/and the Bible
Methodist Leadership - TS511 Methodist Leadership
Students are allowed two more electives in addition to taking one of the recommended papers above.
BS522 Women in/and the Bible
BS530 Violence in/and Sacred Texts
BS532 Special Topic: Acclimatising the Bible
TS511 Introduction to Ethics
TS522 Being Human
TS531Special Topic: Gender Justice & Equality
PS514 Engaging the Community
PS522 Spirituality and Pastoral Care
PS530 Understanding Self and Others
PS532 Gender and Sexuality
MS522 Te Kete Aronui
MS530 Te Reo Kauwhau (Maori language for Ministry)
MS532 Special Topic: Te Haahi Pukamata (Facebook Church)
RS523 Let the Children Live!: Children, Youth and Church