On Saturday 9 April, nine students from our Diocese received the Diploma in Anglican Studies through St John’s College. We celebrated and honoured their work alongside Reverend Canon Tony Gerritsen (Principal/Manukura of St John’s College) and Bishop Justin at our Diocesan Leadership Training Day in Tawa. The Wellington graduates were the very first people to earn the Diploma through a regional programme outside Auckland. Special honours went to Jenny Duckworth, who was recognised as the top student (in the nation!). This is a watershed moment in the way we train and equip Anglican leaders in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The nationally accredited diploma programme has proven remarkably useful for the education and strengthening of lay and ordained ministry leaders throughout the Diocese. This regional programme has run for only three years, and in many ways, it has been pioneered by our Diocese.
Wellington’s delivery of the programme features weekend block courses, accompanied by follow-up tutorials in both Palmerston North and Wellington City. We emphasise community building and person formation, alongside the intellectual discipleship of the degree, in our version of the programme. Encouraged by the success of this programme in Wellington, other Dioceses around the country have also implemented similar regional-delivery programmes.
The programme has continued to grow, with over 30 current students in Wellington. This remains at the forefront of our nation’s regional ministry education and leadership development.