Developing Leaders: Te Ruinga

Young Anglicans’ Programme forming Young Anglican Leaders

Te Ruinga is a one year discipleship programme with St John’s Theological College for young Anglicans (18-25) from across Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. Over the year, participants will live, learn, pray and serve together as they explore what it means to follow Jesus in our time and place.

Te Ruinga: sowing good seed.

This is a year for sowing gospel seed in the lives of young Anglican leaders and seeing that come to life in the world God loves.


Participants will live in community together for the year as part of the wider St John’s Theological College community. They will take part fully in the daily prayer rhythms, community meals and celebrations.


They will complete the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies (NZQA Level 5) alongside a variety of other informal learning experiences throughout the year, such as noho marae, community service and an overseas mission exposure.


A key goal of the year will be to strengthen connections to God, to others and to the world. There will also be a strong emphasis on self and leadership development as this connects to discipleship. Te Ruinga will foster the space to grow;

  • deep in relationship with God, our Anglican tradition, and with others,
  • up in character and self awareness, and
  • out in a confidence to engage with the needs of the world.

Application & Programme Details

Te Ruinga will run for the academic year, early February – mid-December. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship to cover the costs of their fees, a book and living allowance, along with free accommodation on site, while on the programme. An overseas mission exposure trip will be a part of the programme which participants will be expected to fund (ca $2000). This is the only cost to the successful applicants, beyond travel costs to and from the College.
Members chosen to be part of Te Ruinga will be overseen by an abbot/abbess. Communal accommodation will be in a large residence on the College grounds
with 6-9 other scholarship holders. Applications are due by 31st August 2019 and those successful will be notified by 31st October 2019.
Applicants must have the full written support of their Bishop or Pihopa. Application packs and further information can be obtained from your diocesan Bishop/Pihopa or Ministry Educator.


For more information contact Rev Mark Barnard (Enable Javascript to see the email address) (Kaiako/Lecturer) at St John’s College who has oversight of the programme.

Download the Te Ruinga brochure