Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Shawna Lafreniere, PhD

Second Advisor

Jason Clark, PhD, DMin


This dissertation begins with a Church in crisis and a story of vocation under pressure. It identifies the need for clergy who are resilient and adaptive in the face of change.

Using the four phases of Appreciative Inquiry, Sections Two through Six build a picture of what New Zealand Anglican leaders need today.1

Discover: Section Two surveys bright spots in ministerial education, and exegetes the Rule of Benedict using a leadership lens.

Dream: Section Three identifies key challenges, evaluates emerging models of leadership, and proposes a fresh approach to training.

Design and Destiny phases (Sections Four through Six) present the St John’s College Diploma in Anglican Leadership as a historically grounded, contextually appropriate response to the ministry problem.

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