Journey of formation and discovery
To be a Methodist is to be Connexional
Learning and Living Together
Nau mai, Haere Mai!
Kia ora! Mālō e lelei! Tālofa lava! Ni sa bula vinaka! Ia orana!
Welcome to Trinity Theological College, the only tertiary educational institution of Te Hāhi Weteriana o Aotearoa (the Methodist Church of New Zealand).
Throughout its 178 years of life and service, the College has trained ordained and lay leaders for churches and communities across Aotearoa and Oceania. With its current NZQA approved programmes and accreditation to deliver at the degree level, the College occupies a very special place in the terrain of theological scholarship with its goals:
• to empower and equip people to critically engage in theological enquiry in the context of Aotearoa and Oceania;
• to assist the Church in its search to become contextually relevant and prophetic in its public witness, and
• to emphasise the role of justice in the outworking of such enquiry with special reference to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the bi-cultural partnership.
Our study programmes are woven and taught by world-class scholars who work together to equip and empower students to become radical witnesses and fearless thinkers/activists especially when justice is at stake. The College community is bound by a common vision for the next three years, “transformative theological engagement for justice.” That comes with our promise that what you study here counts out there.
May you all be inspired to nurture the seeds we plant to grow and bear fruit. I wish you all a successful year!
‘Ofa atu fau mo e lotu
Rev Dr Nāsili Vaka’uta
Upcoming Important Dates:
17 January 2022: College Year Begins
19-20 January: Enrolment & Registration
21-23 January: Staff Retreat and Planning
3-4 February: Ministry Formation Orientation
Block 1 (Summer): BRS620 Methodism in Oceania | 14-18 February (Dr Nāsili Vaka'uta)
26-27 February: 2022 Orientation
Block 2: BMS721 Moana Hermeneutics | 28 Feb - 4 Mar (Dr Nāsili Vaka'uta)
Block 3: BTS612 Theologies of Liberation | 14-18 March (Dr George Zachariah)
Block 4: BMS611 Te Ao Whakaari | 11-14 April (Te Aroha Rountree)
Mid-semester Break | 18 April - 1 May 2022
Block 5: BBS711 Prophets | 2-6 May (Dr Emily Colgan)
Block 6: BTS720 Theological Reflections on Human Sexuality | 16-20 May (Dr George Zachariah)
Semester Break | 20 June - 17 July 2022