There’s a wealth of experience within the wider church community and we want to bring high-quality input from experienced trainers. Block courses can change from year to year as we continually seek input that offers excellence and practical application.

The majority of these are compulsory for full-time students and form components of the overall diploma programme, but applications are also welcome from the public. They are a great way to get a taste of life at Eastwest College!

Apply Now: to apply for a block course please email [email protected] – include your name, contact information, and the name of the block course.

Block Courses

TESOL for Service (2022)

Date: January 04-28, 2022
Course Coordinator: Dr Ryan PhD
Credits: 12 Credits (Level 5) NZQA Approved Training Course
Fees: $1,400 including morning tea and lunch

Accommodation on application. Registrations close September 17, 2021. Limited places.

This is an intensive training course designed to teach you the necessary skills to enable you to more effectively use English teaching as a service tool. Classes cover theoretical knowledge of the English language and of teaching and learning a second language, current ESOL methodology, classroom management, lesson planning and assessment, teaching specific groups and programmes, and resources available for teaching and further professional development. The practice component includes 12 hours of observation and teaching of classmates and ESOL students.

Students who are accepted onto the course will be required to complete pre-course assignments which include readings and observation of an ESOL class in their community.

To apply or find out more please contact us.

Children in Crisis: Street Children

Date: Monday 3rd May – Friday 7th May, 2021
Course Coordinator: Marieke Lal
Fees: $220 including morning tea and lunch

An examination of the multi-faceted problems that street children encounter on a daily basis – at risk from abuse, trauma, hunger, and pain. The course will help the student gain an understanding of the situations these children confront on a daily basis and identify the losses they experience on the streets. Prevention and intervention strategies are presented to address the children’s needs, and guidance is given to prevent street workers from experiencing stress and burnout.

To apply or find out more please contact us.

Biblical Theology of Missions

Date: Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July, 2021
Course Coordinator: Lewis Varley, MA
Fees: $220 including morning tea and lunch

This component will lead to a greater understanding of the mission of God to the world, His concern for mankind as revealed in the Scriptures, His provision for their redemption, and His purposes for His creation and for those He has redeemed.

To apply or find out more please contact us.

Coaching Workshop

Date: 6-8 July or 14-16 December, 2021
Course Coordinator: Christine Harding
Fees: $270 including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea

The COACH Model© is a radically different approach to leading people. Rather than provide answers, leaders ask questions to draw out what God has already put into others. Learn how to create powerful conversations to assist others to solve their own problems, reach goals and develop leadership skills in the process. It incorporates the best of adult learning practices with self-directive, communal, experiential learning where discussion, practice and application are maximized. Christine has over 30 years of leadership and ministry experience and holds credentials through the International Coaching Federation.

To apply or find out more please contact us.

Huia Come Home

Date: Monday 26 July – Friday 30 July, 2021
Course Coordinator: Luke Goodwin BA, LLB, Grad Dip Tchng (Sec), Post-grad Dip Th.
Fees: $220 including morning tea and lunch

Huia Come Home is a one-week block course engaging with the story of Christianity in Aotearoa, New Zealand. This important block course will be delivered by Luke Goodwin, a gifted communicator and history teacher, who has been on his own journey with the subject. The course title is based on Jay Ruka’s book of the same title, which is the text for the the course. This is a 5-credit block-course giving insights from the influence of the Clapham sect in the formation of the treaty, through the missionaries who came, the revival among Māori, the taking of the land from the tangata te whenua, and up to the present day application of Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

To apply or find out more please contact us.

Church Planting Across Cultures

Date: Monday 20 September – Friday 1 October, 2021
Course Coordinator: Carl Pilkinton BA, DipTchg, BMin
Fees: $440 including morning tea and lunch

This two week course overviews the process of starting churches and their consequent maturation and growth. Particular focus is placed on the challenges of planting indigenous churches in a cross cultural context. The course provides a biblical basis for church planting and develops a biblical Ecclesiology. The course will address significant theoretical issues before introducing models and strategies needed for indigenous church planting.

To apply or find out more please contact us.

Secular Humanism

Date: Monday 18 October – Friday 22 October, 2021
Course Coordinator: Lewis Varley, MA
Fees: $220 including morning tea and lunch

This component aims to explore the Biblical worldview and its relationship to secular humanism and related worldviews. The class will survey the origins and contemporary impact of secular humanism, and Christian perspectives on this belief system. The four goals in the class are:

  • To understand the source and nature of modern worldviews (or ‘social imaginaries’)
  • To recognize the impact of these on Christian faith and mission
  • To develop new apologetical insights for those holding modern worldviews
  • To consider the role of Christians as ‘culture makers’ in the modern world

To apply or find out more please contact us.

Digital Mission

Date: Monday 18 October – Friday 22 October, 2021
Course Coordinators: Martin Campbell
Fees: $220 including morning tea and lunch

This block course explores the digital world and its relationship to missions. Students will learn how current digital trends relate to contemporary cross-cultural mission and ministry with a particular focus on equipping students to effectively use digital tools in their ministry.

Key areas will include social media, privacy and security, team and support team communication, online evangelism, event organisation, and video conferencing.

To apply or find out more please contact us.

For more information or to register for any of the above courses, please enquire by email at [email protected] or call 0800 89 64 77 [or from outside New Zealand: +64 7 824 3417]


Accommodation is limited and on a first come first serve basis. The accommodation fee is $25 per person/night in addition to the course fees. Evening tea is available Monday to Thursday only, during term time at a cost of $5 per meal. Please register early to avoid any disappointment.