The Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership forms ministers and leaders for service in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and partner churches.

We work in partnership with a variety of groups and networks, including Te Aka Puaho, the Pacific Island Synod, the Council of Asian Congregations, Presbyteries, United District Councils, and congregations.

In addition to training people for National Ordained Ministry, the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership also provides training for Local Ordained MinistersLocal Ministry Teams and other recognised ministries in the Church. We support presbyteries and congregations in their leadership development, and help resource continuing ministry formation among the Presbyterian Church’s ministers and elders.

Events and Notices

Rev Dr Kevin Ward has announced the conclusion of his ministry at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership at the end of 2019.

We wish Kevin the very best in this transition.

Kevin was appointed to the School of Ministry in 2003 as a Lecturer in Church and Society and as Senior Lecturer when the School of Ministry became the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in 2007.  This represents over 17 years of service, teaching, researching and serving the Presbyterian Church and a generation of ministers and leaders who have been formed and informed by his insights into ministry and mission. Kevin also served as Acting Principal for periods in 2006 and 2015

Come Together

An evening in celebration of the many dimensions of Kevin’s ministry will be held on Friday November 29, 2019. A number of folk – including Peter Lineham, Erin Pendreigh, Tokerau Joseph and Wayne Matheson – will reflect on Kevin’s contribution, interspersed with music – some Beatles songs to honour the era that is ending!

All those who have been blessed by Kevin’s faithful service are invited to attend.

November 29, 2019, 7:30-9 pm

Cameron Hall, upstairs in the Hewitson wing of Knox College

For queries contact Susan Peters, KCML


A Practical Theology of Mental Health

By John Swinton

John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care in the School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He is the founder and Director of the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University and in 2014 also established the Centre for Ministry Studies.

The course runs from Monday 27 January to Friday 31 January and is jointly offered by the University of Otago and Knox Centre for Minstry and Leadership.

The original email address was incorrect. We apologise for the inconvenience. Please use registrar@knoxcentre.ac.nz.

You can find details here

Registration details here

Mission Action Experimenting

Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership invites ministry leaders and practitioners to join in an action experimenting course in local mission. This builds on listening work done in your local community.

An online webinar

You can find details here Mission Action Experimenting Course Poster

The 2019 Lent-inars

Think deeply, wholistically, carefully about faith in life. With Lent-inar 2019, join the Snapshots in Mission 2018 authors online. Discuss mission and ministry in Aotearoa. Be blessed by poetry and song.  Hosted by Lisa Well, Press Go catalyst and interviewed via online video conferencing.  What sparked their writing? What piece of music speaks to their article? What are the implications, for church, ministry and mission?  There will be time for Q and A, using video conferencing technology.

Attend one. Attend them all. Access the recording at a later date if time does not suit. Learn how to access by emailing registrar@knoxcentre.ac.nz

You can download Snapshots in Mission 2018 for the 2019 Lent-inars here.

(The first Snapshots in Mission from 2017 is here).


all sessions from 4:30-5:15pm Featured writers MC
14 March Hone Te Riri, Steve Taylor, Kevin Ward Lisa Wells
21 March Clare Lind, tbc Lisa Wells
28 March Mua Stickson Pua, tbc Lisa Wells