Malo e lelei,
 
On behalf of the Trinity Theological College community, I welcome you to the 2017 academic year!
 
This website gives you key information about our mission, vision and history, and above all, our study programmes and opportunities. Trinity College is committed to serving the Methodist Church of New Zealand by training people for lay and ordained ministry. It also opens its doors to anyone with an interest in theological education. As one of the most thought-provoking centres of theological education in New Zealand, we offer programmes that are credible, accessible, inclusive and transformative. Our devoted team will work with you to make sure that what you learn here counts out there.  
 
In the 2017 academic year, we will continue to deliver our main programmes at different levels, using our blended mode of teaching and learning. That means distance should not be an obstacle, because some of our courses will be available online. You can be part of the
College community wherever you are in New Zealand.
 
For the third and last time, the College will operate with the theme: Excellence through Collaboration. We strongly believe that working together is integral to our success. Without the collaborative efforts of the College Council, Student Review Panel, members of staff, students, friends and partners of the College, we will not be able to achieve our goals, and to fulfil our responsibilities.
 
The College is proud of its ability to create a safe space for staff and students to think, to be creative, to be different, to critically interrogate their practice in an ongoing, reflective, supportive, inclusive, learning- orientated, growth promoting way, and function as collective enterprise. Within such a community excellence is attainable.
 
Let us work and learn together to bring about a successful, exciting and excellent year!
 
'Ofa atu mo e lotu,
 
 
Rev Dr Nasili Vaka'uta
Principal

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A New Face (ANF)

A CWM Programme

The phenomenon of increasing complexities of the present context and its implications for the future is challenging us to recognize the inadequacy of our inherited paradigms of mission and has convinced us to embark upon a creative search for new models of Mission Engagement.

Our understanding of mission requires radical reforms. We are appealing for a new and relevant Missiology. The priority of the church in this context is to help people to grasp the deeper meaning of Christian mission, to examine ways of Christian action and to convince themselves of the spiritual depth, theological credibility and intellectual respectability. If the proclamation of the Gospel is to be meaningful in our time it must be closely associated with the present struggle for justice.

A New Face (ANF) programme equips the clergy to be engaged in mission from the perspectives of the marginalised. This seven week long cross cultural exposure stimulates theological reflection and challenges to create a new paradigm of mission engagement. It helps to

  • Explore Mission in the context of Empire
  • Equip clergies for multicultural ministry
  • Engage in Mission of the underside of history

Participants from around the world gather in one location for a total of seven (7) weeks. They are being exposed to the context, hear and witness the narratives of the people, encounter diverse theologies, histories, societies, social realities and personal stories. They will be required to reflect both practically and in writing on their A New Face journey.

Who Can Take Part

Applications are invited from candidates who are ordained ministers. They should have strong interest in mission engagement from diverse cultural perspectives and be inquisitive about how this programme will address social issues in their contexts and beyond.  Candidates also have to be fully available for the whole duration of the programme.

Applications should seek to enhance the church’s capacity in line with its Capacity Development strategy, enabling it to better pursue its mission priorities.
Expectations from the Participants

  • Participants are expected to be able to participate competently in English and participate for the full duration of the Programme.
  • Participants must apply using the prescribed CWM application form by the due date. The denomination’s General Secretary must endorse application.
  • Participants must arrange their own passports and visas, including transit visas where necessary. This needs to be done well in advance of travel (no less than two months prior to travel). Where it is not possible to apply for visas in participant’s country, they will need to apply by courier or through a travel agent at their own expense.
  • Participants are responsible for paying their own routine medical needs such as prescriptions, dental care etc. Participants travelling on behalf of CWM will have insurance cover. However, in the event of a serious medical emergency, the insurance company will need to be contacted directly, to claim any insurance. Failing to do this insurance will not be obtainable. All receipts and doctor’s report will need to be submitted.
  • Participants should possess a good working knowledge of their own country, culture and church life and be prepared to share this with other participants and with the host community.
  • Participation in the course presupposes a willingness to live and work with people from other cultures and to participate in community activities such as worship, shared meals, accommodation and other common responsibilities, which contribute to creating a harmonious group experience.
  • Participants will be responsible for their own spending money above the pocket money allowance provided by CWM
  • Participants must agree to be under the direction of the host church staff for the full duration of the Programme and to participate fully in the activities arranged by the host church.

CWM will arrange and pay for the participants’ international travel, accommodation and food during the Programme. Participants are to provide their own spending money and arrange their own passports and visas.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may contact the Member Church Head Office or CWM through (email):to=This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; (address): Empowerment and Training, Council for World Mission, 400 Orchard Road, #23-05, Singapore 237785, or call us on (Telephone Number) : +65 6887 3400 or (Fax Number):  +65 6235 7760.