Subjects

A well-rounded course of biblical training will require the student to engage in many different areas of study to gain the tools and information for a lifetime of ministry and growth. At GTC we covers areas such as Biblical Studies (Old & New Testaments), Theology, Pastoral Theology, Historical Theology, and Pastoral Counselling.

BIBLICAL STUDIES

Old and New Testament Introduction:  A study of essential introductory concerns, such as revelation, canon, history, geography and archaeology, relevant to the study of the text of the Bible.

Old and New Testament Biblical Theology: Foundational courses in both Bible and theology, tracing the development of theology and biblical themes through the great epochs of redemptive history, incorporating also pertinent Bible introduction and survey material.

Greek and Hebrew: Introduction to the original languages of Scripture aimed at producing competence in reading and exegesis, and proficiency in the use of language aids.

 

THEOLOGY

Systematic Theology:  A systematic study of the major doctrines of the Bible  with  reference  to  current  theological  disputes  as  well  as  heresies throughout history.

Westminster Confession of Faith: An introduction to the background and relevance of creeds, and a detailed study of the Westminster Confession of Faith.

The Christian Mind:  Implications of the Christian way of thinking for the whole of life, and an introduction to principles  and  issues  relating  to  the  defence  of  the  faith  in  the contemporary world.

Hermeneutics: Principles and issues relating to the redemptive historical interpretation of Scripture.

Contemporary Theology:  Trends and developments in the fields of Systematic and Biblical Theology

Ethics:  Introduction to a biblical approach to ethical issues, and consideration of critical issues facing contemporary Christians.

 

PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Pastoral Life and Skills:  A study of the pastoral function, the pastoral life, and  pastoral  skills  or  disciplines  designed  to  equip  pastors  and  elders  for their ministries.

Ministry of the Word: Comprehensive study and practise of the disciplines associated with biblical preaching and teaching.

Pastoral Counselling:  A study of principles, approaches and issues involved in counselling in the pastoral ministry.

Christian Education:  Principles and practical skills for developing educational ministries within churches, including youth ministries.

Polity and Practice:  A study of principles and practices relating to the government of the Church with special attention given to Presbyterian Church government.

Evangelism:  A study of evangelism in both the Bible and history, and an examination of current approaches to evangelism.

Discipleship:  Examining and exploring Biblical principles relating to discipleship and to the nurture of new Christians.

Church Planting:  Basic principles and practices associated with developing new congregations.

Missions:  A biblical theology of missions and the practice of developing church mission programmes.

Church History:  A study of the development of the Christian church in post-apostolic times, with emphasis on events, issues, people and lessons from the different eras.

New Zealand Church History:  An historical survey of Presbyterianism, with a special focus on Presbyterianism in New Zealand.

 

COUNSELLING COURSES

Introduction to Pastoral Counselling:  A study of the principles approaches and issues essential for developing skills and discernment in pastoral care.

Counselling for Biblical  Change:  An  in-depth  investigation into   the  biblical  teaching  on  life  change,  spiritual  growth,  and  Christian maturity.

Counselling Ethics:  The application of Biblical ethics to secular ethical requirements in the field of pastoral counselling.

Counselling and Life Transitions:   An examination of the counselling implications of the major transitions and crises of the individual life cycle, in the context of family, community and culture.

Counselling and Biblical Interpretation: In this course we will learn to interpret and use the Scriptures in order to make confident counselling applications to life situations.

Counselling and Local Church: Here we look at the relationship of counselling to the authority structures of church polity to ensure safety, accountability, and oversight for the helper and seeker.

Counselling and Psychology: In this course we will examine closely how biblical counselling theory and practice speaks to secular theories and therapies of counselling and psychology.

Marriage and Family Counselling: In this class we take a detailed look at the theories and practices of relationship counselling with a particular focus on couples and families.

Counselling Skills: This is a workshop class in which students practice their counselling skills on one another and are reviewed and evaluated by the instructor and fellow students.