Laidlaw College

Laidlaw College is a dynamic and vibrant centre of learning committed to training people of influence on behalf of church and society – people who will bring the clarity of grace and wisdom. At Laidlaw College the Gospel story converges with the issues of the world. As one of the South Pacific’s largest tertiary theological institutions, the college offers quality teaching in an inter-denominational, multi-cultural and diverse environment. Laidlaw programmes have a strong academic emphasis combined with practical experience, providing students with truly integrated study options. Students at Laidlaw train to be schoolteachers, counsellors, pastors and workers for Christian organisations. Many students enhance their theological knowledge before returning to a diverse range of occupations and applying the knowledge and skills they have learnt to the workplace.

Laidlaw College was founded in 1922 when Reverend Joseph Kemp established the New Zealand Bible Training Institute in a two-storey house on Auckland's Hopetoun St with an enrolment of nine trainees. In 1961 the College relocated to Henderson, and shortly thereafter became known as the Bible College of New Zealand. Today, Laidlaw College has over 1000 students studying in five schools – education, counselling, theology, mission and ministry, and postgraduate – as well as a Centre for Academic Preparation and Support. Distance learning options are also available.


Laidlaw College
Private Bag 93104
Waitakere 0650


0800 999 777


09 836 7801


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Auckland (national office), Christchurch


  • Master of Theology
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Ministries
  • Bachelor of Teaching and Worldview Studies
  • Diploma of Biblical Studies
  • Diploma in Ministry Internship
  • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Graduate Diploma in Theology
  • Certificate in Preparatory Studies
  • Doctoral programmes in conjunction with New Zealand universities and the Australian College of Theology (PhD, ThD, DMin)


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