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Newlife College
Our Mission

Newlife College is a ministry of Newlife Uniting Church on the Gold Coast, providing theological education for those looking to study ministry and biblical theology – as a pathway to part time or full time ministry or for personal growth and development.

We provide a variety of study options and topics in undergraduate and postgraduate courses through our relationships with Adelaide College of Divinity and Uniting College for Leadership & Theology (a constituent member college of the Adelaide College of Divinity).

We hope you will be inspired to engage in a deeper knowledge and understanding of scripture, theology and ministry – expanding the way you connect with God and with others in your work, friendships and life.

Ps. Brenden Burgess
Principal – Newlife College

Semester Two Classes

Starting 26 July

BEYOND SUNDAY

The purpose of the unit is to provide students with an introduction to faith and work beyond Sunday. This unit looks at Biblical and theological foundations for a Christian approach to vocation, work and leisure, and discusses principles of leisure and rest in 21st century Australian life.

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Starting 25 July

THE NEW TESTAMENT

This unit introduces a contemporary interpretation of the New Testament by reading it as a collection of different kinds of literature and by exploring the historical, cultural and social backgrounds of the New Testament writings.

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Starting 25 July

THEOLOGY OF JESUS

This unit combines biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ and to salvation in Christ. It will include discussion of the theology of salvation in Christ in biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern theologies.

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Starting 26 July

PASTORAL CARE

This unit provides the foundations for the confident and competent practice of pastoral care. The theological and ethical challenges of offering such care are examined, as well as the necessity for considering pastoral care in the wider context of a community of faith.

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Starts 26 July

BEYOND SUNDAY

The purpose of the unit is to provide students with an introduction to faith and work beyond Sunday. This unit looks at Biblical and theological foundations for a Christian approach to vocation, work and leisure, and discusses principles of leisure and rest in 21st century Australian life. Students will explore the application of Christian discipleship to significant issues of 21st century life, e.g. globalisation, economic factors and the influence of technology, and examine key pastoral issues in the life of the worker such as stress, anxiety, work/life balance, financial pressure, workplace bullying, and the development of peer-based pastoral skills in relation to these.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a theology of vocation, work and leisure.
  • Analyse a range of issues that affect the wellbeing of individuals in the contemporary workplace, and explore a range of Christian responses.
  • Identify ways in which the church can empower people to effectively live out a Christian approach to their vocation and leisure.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (written, verbal and technological).

This subject is open for audit, which means you can take this course without doing the essays or exams for only $300 over a thirteen-week period.

Class Details:

Thursday evenings from
6:00-8:45pm, starting 26 July

Location:
Lakeside Lounge, Newlife Uniting Church
4 Greenwich Crt, Robina QLD 4226

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www.newlifecollege.nu/apply

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Starts 25 July

INTERPRETING THE NEW TESTAMENT

This unit introduces a contemporary interpretation of the New Testament by reading it as a collection of different kinds of literature and by exploring the historical, cultural and social backgrounds of the New Testament writings. It introduces some methods used in the exegesis of biblical texts and explores some of the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts. A series of incremental topics will be covered during the semester, presenting both an overview of the literature and specific study of representative sections of biblical material. The modules will include the Gospels and Acts, Pauline Writings, Other Christian approaches to the Judaic heritage (Hebrews, James, and Revelation) and Issues of canon and authority.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Read the various writings of the New Testament and interpret them according to their original contexts.
  • Encounter the methods of biblical interpretation and describe their use and limitations.
  • Explore ways of drawing contemporary relevance from specified texts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate, discuss and present orally the issues raised.

This subject is open for audit, which means you can take this course without doing the essays or exams for only $300 over a thirteen-week period.

Class Details:

Wednesday afternoons from
1:00-3:45pm, starting 25 July

Location:
River Wing, Newlife Uniting Church
4 Greenwich Crt, Robina QLD 4226

Register online:
www.newlifecollege.nu/apply

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Starts 25 July

THEOLOGY OF JESUS

This unit combines biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ and to salvation in Christ. It will include discussion of the theology of salvation in Christ in biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern theologies. It will provide opportunities for students to survey biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ. It will introduce students to the quest for the historical Jesus, the biblical foundation for Christology and developments up to and beyond the council of Chalcedon and allow reflection on the various approaches to salvation, biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern. It will address the meaning of Jesus Christ for the third millennium in relation to the quest for justice and liberation, feminism, evolutionary biology, ecology and dialogue with other religious traditions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically examine a Christological issue in depth, using a theoretical framework.
  • Present critical reflections on the information and ideas in lectures, readings and tutorials, and formulate their own opinion.
  • Compare and contrast the various approaches presented in class.
  • Articulate a personal and theological argument or reflection.
  • Describe and critique the thesis of a Christological text.

This subject is open for audit, which means you can take this course without doing the essays or exams for only $300 over a thirteen-week period.

Class Details:

Wednesday evenings from
7:00-8:45pm, starting 25 July

Location:
River Wing, Newlife Uniting Church
4 Greenwich Crt, Robina QLD 4226

Register online:
www.newlifecollege.nu/apply

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Starts 26 July

THE MINISTRY OF PASTORAL CARE

This unit provides the foundations for the confident and competent practice of pastoral care. The theological and ethical challenges of offering such care are examined, as well as the necessity for considering pastoral care in the wider context of a community of faith. A variety of pastoral issues are presented as case studies in order for students to consider their responses, and reflect on their learning from these pastoral situations. Pastoral caring skills are presented for practice and reflection.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate a personal pastoral theology.
  • Outline the theological and ethical foundations of pastoral care.
  • Develop the skills required in conducting a pastoral conversation.
  • Integrate personal skills to enable effective responses in a range of pastoral situations.

This subject is open for audit, which means you can take this course without doing the essays or exams for only $300 over a thirteen-week period.

Class Details:

Thursday afternoons from
2:00-4:00pm, starting 26 July

Location:
Lakeside Lounge, Newlife Uniting Church
4 Greenwich Crt, Robina QLD 4226

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www.newlifecollege.nu/apply

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24-27 September

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

The Christian Leadership unit is designed to assist in the formation of effective leaders for a healthy, missional church. Students will explore strategic planning, putting plans into action, and methods of evaluation. Topics may include acquiring, developing and articulating vision; the art of strategy: goals, systems and strategic thinking; effective execution: decision-making, tactics and programming; resourcing ministry; decision-making; programs and tactics; establishing evaluation systems.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate a personal philosophy of leadership and management in dialogue with Christian theological understandings and perspectives. Compare and contrast the various approaches presented in class.
  • Evaluate critically a range of approaches to leadership, comparing concepts and styles.
  • Identify the role of a Christian leader in relation to strategic planning including vision, goals, programming and evaluation.
  • Articulate the value and contribution that systems theory can make to a Christian organisation.
  • Reflect on the nature of decision-making, particularly in relation to the leader’s style and personality as well as the use of power and authority.

This subject is open for audit, which means you can take this course without doing the essays
or exams for only $300.

Class Details:

This class is a four-day intensive.
24-27 September from 9:00am-5:00pm

Location:
Lakeside Lounge, Newlife Uniting Church
4 Greenwich Crt, Robina QLD 4226

Register online:
www.newlifecollege.nu/apply

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