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St Paul’s Theological Centre Course Information 2013


St Paul’s Theological Centre · Auckland 25 Symonds Street Auckland Aotearoa · New Zealand PO Box 6349 Wellesley Street Auckland 1141 Aotearoa · New Zealand +64 9 373 3268 The information provided in this booklet is correct at the time of printing. However stuff happens, and changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Please check to confirm course details.


Whether you have just started life as a Christian, or have been on this journey for years, you will have encountered all kinds of questions. True Christian faith doesn’t run away from questions. In fact, it delights in them as one of the main ways of growing in our relationship with God. Thinking more deeply about our faith is in fact simply a way of obeying the command of Jesus to love God with our minds, as well as our hearts, souls and bodies. Committing yourself to the discipline of study is an excellent way of growing in faith and love for God.

St Paul’s Theological Centre Auckland

Many Christians long to study their faith more deeply. However, most are not able to go away to college or seminary, and often their local church does not have the resources to run basic courses in theology. The St Paul’s Theological Centre Auckland is a satellite of the St Paul’s Theological Centre in London and offers an opportunity to listen to some of the best thinkers and communicators of Christian faith from New Zealand and around the world. We provide an open and informative environment for discussing the big issues and getting to know others on the same journey.

School of Theology

‘Theology’ can seem daunting, but it simply means learning how to know and speak about God better. The School of Theology is our introductory theology programme and is perfect for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the Bible, grow their faith and develop as disciples of Jesus Christ. There are three different tracks, but you are welcome to mix and match courses from each of the tracks to suit your interests and availability. If you are new to Christian faith we would strongly recommend you consider doing either ‘The Story of the Bible’ or ‘Journey: Finding Your Place in God’s Story’ as a great way to start. Bible Track For new Christians or people who want a basic overview of the Bible, this track aims to help you become familiar with the Bible’s story, know its key themes and learn how to read it wisely in today’s world. This track includes courses on How to Read the Bible, The Story of the Bible, and introductions to the Old Testament and New Testament.

Faith Track As an introduction to Christian Theology, Faith Track provides a guide to the basic building blocks that have helped to form the Church’s thinking about God. The goal of the course is not to obtain more facts about God, but to know God more, and includes topics such as Creation, The Trinity, Sin and Evil, the Person of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Life Track Life Track courses aim to help us explain our faith better to others, taking a look at those tricky questions that are often raised by Christians and non-Christians alike. Courses on offer include discipleship, mission, spiritual disciplines and some of the big questions around Christianity and culture, business, the environment, art and ethics.

Occasional Courses

Forgiveness, Prayer, Pastoral Care, Identity, Worship, Communication…the list goes on… If you’ve found yourself searching for more from your faith or wanting to find a way of taking your faith to the next level, the St Paul’s Theological Centre also runs a range of occasional courses. These courses are designed to equip people with theological knowledge, insight and practical skills in order to enrich and transform their lives, and enable them to engage and contribute to the life and leadership of the church.


Can anyone take these courses?

Yes, especially those who want to deepen their faith and understand it more fully. St Paul’s Theological Centre courses are suited to a wide range of people; from those who have recently come to faith, to those who have been a Christian for many years, and also people who are involved in leadership roles in their church, whether it be leading home-groups, youth groups, worship, children’s ministries, or running courses.

But I don’t know anything about theology…

You probably know more than you think. In any case, we don’t assume that students have studied any theology before. After all, you have to start somewhere.

Do I have to belong to St Paul’s Symonds Street?

Who teaches the courses?

When does this happen?

No. St Paul’s Theological Centre Auckland is a satellite of St Paul’s Theological Centre London and is an initiative aimed at resourcing the churches of Auckland. This has meant that in any one of our courses we have people from Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist, Vineyard and a range of independent church backgrounds attending.

Much of the teaching will be given by the St Paul’s Theological Centre tutors. However we will be bringing in experts from elsewhere to address a range of different topics in the courses. See a full list of speakers at the end of this brochure.

St Paul’s Theological Centre courses are held on Tuesday evenings and most courses are five weeks long. We begin at 7pm with coffee and dessert followed with some time in worship before the teaching sessions. We continue through to

9.15pm, with a break midway through. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. The 2013 terms are as follows: Term 1 (Summer) · 5th March – 2nd April Term 2 (Autumn) · 7th May – 4th June Term 3 (Winter) · 30th July – 27th August Term 4 (Spring) · 24th September – 22nd October How much does it cost?

Where does it happen?

Most courses cost $55 per person, $45 for students with id, or $40 per person for a group booking of 4 or more. However, there are some exceptions to this, so please check to confirm the course costs.

We meet together at St Paul’s Church, 28 Symonds Street, Grafton, in the heart of Auckland city.

In the city? How am I going to find a car park?

Car parking is available in the Wilson Carpark on St Paul Street (across the road from the church) and is included as part of attending the course(s). There are also bus stops for major routes directly outside the church building on Symonds Street.

How do I register?

To register for a course please visit our website at We use online registration in an effort to reduce our paper usage and support the environment— if you require assistance with your registration please call us.

The Teaching Programme 2013 Summer


5 March – 2 April

7 May – 4 June

The Story of the Bible

How to Read the Bible

Andrew Shamy

Mathew Newton

Journey: Finding your place in God’s story

Co-mission: Fully involved in what God’s doing

Richard Drake

Steve Graham



Sally Shanks

Dave Atkinson

Prayer Ministry Dino Houtas

• Bibletrack

• Faithtrack

• Lifetrack

• Occasional Courses



30 July – 27 August

24 September – 22 October

Old Testament Overview: Genesis 1–11

New Testament Overview: Mark’s Gospel

Mathew Newton

Helen-Ann Hartley

Introduction to Theology

The Life of Jesus

Matheson Russell

Matheson Russell

Spiritual Disciplines

The Big Questions: Culture, Work, the Environment, Art & Ethics

Sam Bloore

Forgiveness Phil Halstead

Mathew Newton, Andrew Shamy, John Morrow, Murray Sheard, Carolyn Kelly and Glen Pettigrove

Pastoral Care Phil Halstead

Worship Central 2 Andy Campbell

Bible Track

The Story of the Bible Andrew Shamy Tuesday Nights 5 March – 2 April $55

How to Read The Bible Mathew Newton Tuesday nights 7 May – 4 June $55

Are you wondering how all the diversity of the Bible fits together, or what this book has to say to 21st century problems? Taught by Andrew Shamy, the director of Compass NZ, this course is an introduction to how the Bible tells a single overarching story, and how this story is central to understanding our identity and the way we see the world. This course aims to help people deepen their understanding of the Bible and grow in their faith, and is the perfect follow on for anyone who has done a Life or Alpha course, or been to the Compass Summer conference.

Are you finding the Bible hard to read? Are you unsure about how these ancient words can say anything to us today? This introductory course will equip you with some of the skills and knowledge needed to read the Bible and understand how it speaks to our contemporary context. Topics covered include: • What is the Bible and how did it come about? • How to read the Gospels • How to read the Epistles • How to read the Psalms and the Historical books • How to read Apocalyptic and Prophetic literature

Old Testament Overview: Genesis 1–11 Mathew Newton Tuesday nights

The first chapters of Genesis are not only foundational to the rest of the Bible but are critical to our Christian faith and what it means to live well in our world today. This course will run over five Tuesdays and provides an introduction to this amazing section of the Bible.

30 July – 27 August $55

New Testament Overview: Mark’s Gospel Helen-Ann Hartley Tuesday nights 24 September – 22 October $55

Topics covered include: • Creation • The Garden of Eden and The Creation of Humanity • The Fall of Adam and Eve and the fate of Cain and Abel • Noah and the Flood • Noah’s Sons and the Tower of Babel

Mark was the first New Testament Gospel to be written and served as a source for both Matthew and Luke. It’s a Gospel that’s passionate about communicating the ‘good news’ about Jesus Christ, and a Gospel that seems to be in a hurry. This course provides an overview of the structure and contents of the Gospel, the context in which it was written and some of the important themes that speak to us today: discipleship, the life and ministry of Jesus, the parables and miracles, the kingdom of God, and Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Faith Track

Introduction to Christian Theology Matheson Russell Tuesday nights 30 July – 27 August $55

Many Christians long to study their faith more deeply. Taught by Dr Matheson Russell, Introduction to Christian Theology provides a basic introduction to some of the building blocks that have helped form the Church’s thinking about God. In saying that however, the goal of this course is not to obtain more facts about God, but to know God more. Topics covered include: • Creation • Sin, Fall and Suffering • Atonement • The Holy Spirit • The Trinity

The Life of Jesus Matheson Russell Tuesday nights 24 September – 22 October $55

Who was Jesus? What does the life of Jesus reveal about God, the universe and everything? Taught by Dr Matheson Russell, this course will look at the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and how these events inform and shape our thinking about God, the world, and our identity as Christians.

Life Track

Journey: Finding your place in God’s story Richard Drake Tuesday Nights 5 March – 2 April $55

This course is designed to help you explore how God has shaped you over your lifetime, what he might be saying to you now, and what your unique contribution to his world might look like. Over five Tuesday evenings this course involves a combination of lectures, personal reflection and group discussions and would be relevant for those already involved, or anyone investigating being involved in leadership at church. Topics covered include: • Creating a timeline to map your life and discern how you have been shaped • Discovering your unique contribution • Identifying core values • Formulating and clarifying vision and goals • Dealing with barriers • Next steps: growing others, further personal development

Co-mission: Fully involved in what God’s doing Steve Graham Tuesday nights 7 May – 4 June $55·

For many of us, the word mission is an irrelevant and outdated picture of Victorian men in pith helmets boldly going forth to enlighten the natives and extend the Empire. Think again! Mission is the incredibly relevant story of what God is doing to redeem his lost and broken world and you finding your place in that story. In both overseas and local contexts, this involves building the church and extending God’s kingdom, through showing God’s love and sharing God’s story in the creative ways we connect with or critique culture, express concern for the poor, relate to those of other living faiths and engage in evangelism and

social action. Mission as what God is doing and what God commissions us to do. Topics covered in this course include: • What is the big picture and the big story: God is a missionary God redeeming his world • Biblical paradigms, images and examples of mission to help us think about what we should do. If mission is so good and central, why do we find it so challenging? • Earthquakes in the Garden City: how the changing situation in Christchurch has brought new opportunities for mission Spiritual Disciplines Sam Bloore Tuesday nights 30 July – 27 August $55

The Big Questions Mathew Newton Andrew Shamy

Our 21st century culture hurtles along at a dizzying pace ­— sometimes even in church! But the gospel paints quite a different picture of the “successful” life. It is a life marked by faithfulness— not by haste and being driven. However, that call to faithfulness often only makes its way onto our fridge magnets and not into our hearts or our calendars. We fail to see that it is often not the big events or profound moments that most effectively shape us — it’s the everyday decisions and activities of life. This course explores some of the simple and ancient spiritual disciplines, rhythms and practices of the church including silence, solitude, meditation, patience and submission. Our frantic, fragmented lives need these ways more than ever.

Many of us are familiar with the way that the Bible and Theology help us think rightly about ‘sacred matters’: prayer, worship, evangelism, personal salvation and church life. But

John Morrow Murray Sheard Carolyn Johnston Glen Pettigrove Tuesday nights 24 September – 22 October $55

what, if anything, does the Bible and Theology have to say about our so-called ‘secular’ world—issues of justice, politics, economics and the environment for example? By drawing on a range of local expertise this course questions this artificial ‘scared/secular’ divide by helping us think more clearly about the way that Christian faith can inform and shape our understanding of some of the big questions that we and our world is asking. Topics covered are: • Christianity and Culture • Christianity and Work • Christianity and the Environment • Christianity and Art • Christianity and Ethics

Occasional Courses

Identity Sally Shanks Tuesday Nights 5 March – 2 April $55

Identity explores how our self-concept has been formed and the ways in which an unhealthy self-concept can affect our lives and our relationships with God and with others. The course involves teaching and some written exercises and spaces for reflection, but does not include group work or prayer ministry. Topics covered include: • Examining our emotional and relational “history” • Considering the effects of “the Fall” on our ability to love and accept ourselves • Exploring the ways in which our family of origin and the events of our lives have shaped our self-concept • Understanding how we may have developed unhelpful patterns of behaviour and ways of relating • Beginning to consider avenues of healing and resources for ongoing recovery and restoration

Forgiveness Matters Phil Halstead Tuesday nights 30 July – 27 August $55

Being hurt is an inevitable fact of living in this world, whether the offender be a friend, parent, spouse, child, work colleague, pastor, stranger, or whomever. What makes matters worse is that wounds of this nature have the potential to affect negatively virtually every relationship and aspect of our lives. Truths like these raise many critical questions: Have we processed our wounds adequately? Have our friends and the people that we try to help processed their hurts? And do we have an accessible strategy at our fingertips that can assist people to process their wounds in a practical and effective manner?

The five week Forgiveness Matters Course can help people to answer yes to all of these questions. It is easy to understand and apply. It has been published in an International A grade Academic journal. The course has proven theological and psychological foundations and applications. Numerous people who have attended the course freely testify that their relationships with God, others, and themselves have been revolutionised. Pastoral Care Phil Halstead Tuesday nights 24 September – 22 October $55

Pastoral care is an integral component of Christian life and ministry. When it’s done well, it can make a vast and positive difference. When it’s done poorly and/or is missing, there are often sad consequences. This five week course explores a number of key foundational components of pastoral care (Jesus’ role in care, how to be present to people in a range of settings, the art of good listening, and self-care), as well as a number of situations that are common to pastoral care. The course offers space for people to learn about the theory, practice, and possibilities of pastoral care in a safe and positive fashion. Topics covered include: • Pastoral care foundations: Part 1 • Pastoral care foundations: Part 2 • Celebrating well; grieving well; visiting well; staying well • Obstacles, choices, decisions, & finding God’s will • Relationships

Communication Dave Atkinson Tuesday nights 7 May – 4 June $110 Please note: This course has a 15 person maximum

Prayer Ministry Training Dino Houtas Tuesday nights 5 – 19 March $35 (No charge for St Paul’s Symonds Street members)

In a world saturated with entertainment, advertising and noise, just having something to say is not enough to get through, how you say it will make all the difference. This course is designed to give basic, yet often forgotten communication skills and will look at how to prepare and deliver powerful and genuine talks. It is aimed at anyone who does a reasonable amount of communicating and is wanting to improve their skills. Along with preparing and presenting a five minute talk and constructive feedback, topics covered in this course will include: • Basic communication techniques • How to prepare and structure an effective talk • Making a talk stick by using storytelling and humour • How to use pace, intonation and pauses effectively • Advanced presenting techniques Whether you’ve been praying with people for years or you haven’t got a clue where to start, the Prayer Ministry Training course is designed to equip and up skill people to join in the work that God’s spirit is doing through prayer. Over three Tuesday evenings the training sessions involve a combination of teaching and practical participation for the purposes of praying with people in a Sunday service, cluster, small group, home or work setting. The topics covered include: • Ministry 101 — ‘How and Why we Pray for each other’ • The Kingdom of God & Ministry of Jesus

• Authority – Anointing – Revelation • Introducing Spiritual Gifts • The Ministry of Healing Worship Central Part II Andy Campbell Tuesday nights 24 September – 22 October $55

So you and your team have done Worship Central Part I but now what? Part II has been created for teams to go a whole lot deeper in developing the worship life of their community. With a strong practical focus this course will discourage you and your team from settling and encourage you to lead your communities with courage, skill and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Topics covered include: • The Authentic Leader: This session looks at six leadership principles from the life of Jesus to help us stay in tune as leaders of worship. • Releasing Creativity: This session explores the idea that we have been created to create and focuses on why creativity is so important and how we can release more creativity in worship? • Arranging Songs and the Bits In-between (a): A double whammy practical session building on the ‘How To Play Together’ session from Part I. • Arranging Songs and the Bits In-between (b): A double whammy practical session building on the ‘How To Play Together’ session from Part I. • Killer Rehearsals: The final session focuses on how we can go about lifting our game in the rehearsal department.


Mathew Newton

Matheson Russell

Steve Graham

Mathew is the director of the St Paul’s Theological Centre Auckland. He has a BSc in Geography from Auckland University and Dip Grad and BMin and from Laidlaw College and is part way through a PGDip Theol from Otago University. Mathew joined the staff of St Paul’s Symonds Street in 2009 and has a research interest in Paul’s use of the Old Testament.

Matheson has a BA(Hons) from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of New South Wales. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from Oxford University. For the past four years he has been a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, and has been a member of St Paul’s Symonds Street since arriving in Auckland in 2007. He has research interests in 20th century German philosophy as well as modern theology.

Steve has a BA in Psychology and an MDiv from Asian Theological Seminary, Philippines. He has worked for Youth for Christ and as a missionary with Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor in the Philippines. Since 2001 he and his wife Christine have co-pastored Westside Apostolic Church, Christchurch. After several years of working as a lecturer at Laidlaw College’s Christchurch Campus, he was appointed Dean of the campus in the beginning of 2008. Steve is engaged in PhD research in the area of metaphors of mission.

Andrew Shamy

Andrew has a BA(Hons) from Canterbury University and a Master of Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. He is the Director of Compass NZ and is regularly engaged in teaching and writing.

Sam Bloore

Sam studied medicine and bioethics at Otago University and worked as a doctor for several years before coming to faith and beginning a gradual career change. After seven years on staff at Life Church in Mt Eden, he completed a Masters in Pastoral Theology and joined the Compass Foundation as Communications Manager. He is interested in most aspects of faith and culture and, not least, how individuals establish and enhance a personal spiritualty that is stable and sustaining.

Richard Drake

Richard joined the staff of St Paul’s Symonds Street in 2010, and is involved in leading clusters and leadership development. He has a BTheol from Otago University in Christian Thought and History, and is currently a post-grad student at AUT’s business school (part-time). Richard is fascinated by the way we find and create meaning in our lives, and loves encouraging people to use their gifts to serve others. He is married to Nicola, and they have two young boys.

John Morrow

John is a partner in the small specialist strategy advisory firm GoodTeam. He is a New Zealand trained lawyer, formerly in private practice, then turned banker (HSBC and Westpac). John has worked in the developing world for Opportunity

International(Canada) and VisionFund, World Vision’s specialist micro-finance arm. John has a LL.B / B.Com from the University of Canterbury and a Masters in Christian Studies in Marketplace Theology from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. John and his wife Gabrielle attend St Paul’s Symonds Street with their children Zachary and Isabella. Murray Sheard

Murray is the founder of The Kitchen, a shared workspace for social entrepreneurs, small NGOs and change agents, which provides workspace, collaboration and incubation to better enable their positive social impacts. He also lectures part-time in business ethics and environmental ethics at the University of Auckland, and writes educational resources for Tear Fund. From 2007–10 he was Senior Institutional Integrity Advisor with Tiri, an international NGO based in London and Jerusalem that works with governments, business and civil society to find practical solutions to ingrained corruption.

Carolyn Kelly

Carolyn has had a long interest in theology and the arts. Her PhD in Theology (Aberdeen) looked at George MacDonald, a 19th century Scottish fairy-tale writer who influenced CS Lewis and Tolkien. She has taught English, worked with uni students, and advised church schools. In 2013 she will be working as an ecumenical chaplain at Auckland University. She is married to Mark, and they have three young-adult children.

Glen Pettigrove

Glen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland. He was trained in philosophy at

the University of Michigan and the University of California at Riverside, and in theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of Forgiveness and Love (Oxford University Press, 2012), as well as of a number of articles on topics such as ambition, meekness, religious indoctrination, and virtue. He is also a minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Sally Shanks

David Atkinson

Sally has been involved in church pastoral care for a number of years and is currently on staff at St Paul’s Symonds Street as part of the Pastoral Care team. Sally is an experienced counsellor and has run a number of seminars on a range of identity related topics. She has a heart to see people grow in relational and emotional wholeness through experiencing God’s loving restoration in their lives.

David Atkinson has been presenting with the Attitude team since 2006. Since joining Attitude (the youth division of The Parenting Place) he has delivered presentations to over 200,000 teenagers and parents throughout New Zealand. Although Dave has a background in graphic design his real passion is connecting with an audience delivering motivational, informative and humorous presentations. Dave’s current role is divided between presenting, training presenters in communication skills and developing presentations and resources for tweens, teens and parents. David has been married to his wife Phoebe for 5 years, and they share their home with 1 cat and 3 chickens.

Dino Houtas

Phil Halstead

Andy Campbell

In 2009, after studying theology at Trinity College Bristol, Dino was ordained deacon at St Paul’s Cathedral London, and began a curacy at St Paul’s Symonds Street in 2010. Dino is a passionate fellow and loves to see individuals released into the fullness of their potential for the Kingdom. At St Paul’s Symonds Street he is focused on raising awareness and releasing others into the ministry of the Holy Spirit in and through a deeper understanding of the ministry of Jesus.

Phil has a BTheol, MTheol(Hons), & PhD from the University of Auckland in (pastoral) Theology. He is on staff at St. Paul’s Church where he heads up the pastoral care department and Carey Baptist College where he lectures in pastoral counselling, pastoral theology, inner healing and culture. His research interests and publications focus on forgiveness, mental health, Object Relations Theory, and pastoral care.

Andy has a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design from Wanganui School of Design and worked for DDB/Interbrand NZ as a designer. After a stint leading worship at the Soul Survivor 2007 summer festivals in the UK, Andy found himself responsible for helping develop the worship life of St Paul’s Symonds Street, joining the staff team in early 2008. Andy is passionate about training and releasing worship leaders, writing new songs, NZ native birds and is pretty handy at changing a guitar string.

St Paul's Theology Course Information 2013  

Theology at St Paul’s is perfect for anyone who has just completed the Life course, for small group and cluster leaders and anyone wanting t...

St Paul's Theology Course Information 2013  

Theology at St Paul’s is perfect for anyone who has just completed the Life course, for small group and cluster leaders and anyone wanting t...