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Trinity College is an accredited level 1 Private Education Provider.
The DipPTh comprises 240 credits, is NZQA level 6, with a standard of EILTS 6.5 required for admission. Structured as a two year, full-time programme, DipPTh students may expect to be involved for 2400 hours of study, ministry practice and theological reflection. The method of assessment is through presentation of portfolio work involving a variety of essays, book reviews, critiqued presentations, and online learning assessments. Cross crediting and recognition of prior learning credits are available for students with a theological degree in the core disciplines.
After graduation, Methodist ordination students are additionally required to complete further portfolio work during the two year probationers' professional development programme.
The DipPTh and the probationers' programme constitute the ministry formation required by Methodist Church in its processes and criteria for ordination.
LiMS is a church approved part-time study course equivalent to a one year full-time study qualification at level 5-6, offered by Trinity College. It is not an NZQA course, and is thus not eligible for government assisted TEC funding, i.e. Studylink.
To earn the LiMS you need a total of 145 credits earned from units in topics or in transfers from the DipPTh. Students can apply for recognition of prior learning. All students are expected to enter into a spiritual formation programme.
Ministry discernment is integral to understanding the calling to diaconal and presbyteral ministries with the Church. The programme is run alongside the Mission Resourcing candidating process. To initiate the candidating process you will need to be enrolled in the Minstry Discernment programme. Prospective candidates may also want to download the Fact Sheet on Ministry Discernment for Parishes and Superintendents noted below.
Certificates, Intensives and Workshops
These are found within the LiMS handbook. Laity are especially encouraged to consider these.
Using DipPth and LiMS for Professional Development
All DipPTh and LiMS papers are available to ordained ministers for professional development studies. You are encouraged to enrol in these to experience the blended learning opportunities within the tcol online learning community. Contact the Principal to discuss options.
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Partnership with St John's College
Trinity College moved into partnership with the Anglican College of St John the Evangelist in the early 1970s. The Principal of Trinity College and the Ranston Lecturer in Biblical Studies are loacted here. Many block courses and short courses are taught at this partnership site.
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Wellspring-at-Waiake is Trinity College's Centre for Spirituality and Professional Development. It is also the administration centre for Trinity Methodist Theological College.
Staff at Wellspring
Partnership with Trinity-at-Waiake Methodist Church and other churches
Some specialist block courses are taught at Trinity-at-Waiake Methodist Church, along with intensives and workshops. Trinity College is committed to lay education available to all Methodist communities through its innovative LiMS programme using video-conferencing and 24/7 online classrooms.
Trinity College Council Strategic Plan
Our results make us a Level One Tertiary Provider.
Trinity College and Professional Development
Lifelong learning development
Trinity College encourages life-long learning for all Christian leaders. Professional development is expected of clergy in particular. It's all about taking the long view. Methodist ministers are required by Conference to gain one Diploma paper every two years, or its equivalent through other institutions such as EIDTS, or the Universities of Otago or Auckland.
Trinity College offers flexible ways of achieving professional development goals for individuals. Intensives, seminars and special events are planned into the Trinity Calender each semester and these can be incorporated into a professional development learning covenant.
With some intensives there are credits to Trinity College 'stand-alone certificates' and others into Diploma courses. Correct enrolment and prior reading are required for credit.
Trinity College staff often participate in Synod Schools-of-Theology. Credits to 'stand-alone' certificates can be arranged with the College by Synods. Please contact us for further information. You can apply for study grant assistance. Note that not all appplications will be successful and that correspondence is not entered into by the Travel and Study Committee.
DipPTh to MMin to DMin
The Diploma in Practical Theology offers a framework for professional development for clergy who want to add a new dimension to their ministry practice. After completing the DipPTh candidates embark upon a two year probationer programme which may lead to ordination. Then the University of Otago offers a Master of Ministry, MMin, which takes Trinity College graduates to the next level of professional development. The Trinity College probation years provide a fertile ground for thinking about and preparing for that vital next stage of professional development. Trinity College tutors play a formative part in this preparation. Later on, candidates may undertake the Doctor of Ministry programme.
The Presbyter-Scholar Programme
Trinity College tutors are in the presbyter-scholar programme. The tutors are experienced presbyters in a variety of church appointments who are willing to contribute their gifts of learning to Trinity College through various papers, training events, and other courses. Trinity tutors also serve on the Curricuum Review Panel, along with the major stakeholders in Trinity College. The Panel arranges tutor training, external moderation, and provides a vehicle for publication through AIM & Methodist Publishing.
The scholar-presbyter programme has allowed Trinity to become a learning community where the bicultural partnership can be more fully expressed, along with full participation of Sinoti Samoa and Vahefonua Tonga o Aotearoa.
The Ready Parishes Programme
Trinity College has begun a process to to identify and build strategic relationships with key parishes around the Connexion to enable it to function as an effective blended-learning distance education provider. These are called ‘ready parishes’. Ready parishes also include those whose presbyters are among the tutors of Trinity College.
You can browse and register for available intensives, papers, and workshops. Confirmation of enrolment will be sent subsequently. Due to demand not all registration of interest will result in confirmed enrolment.
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