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1st Year Internship

Certificate in Christian Ministry (Internship)(Level 4) [Ref: 2772]


1st Year Programme Overview 2019

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 1st Year Application Form 2019 v2.9

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Elim Leadership College (ELC) has three years of internship programmes. Each of these build on learning gained in the previous years to form a logical progression from years 1 to 3.

The Certificate in Christian Ministry (Internship) (Level 4) is a 1 year, full-time programme. While the content of this programme is divided into two main areas, theoretical (60 credits) and practical (60 credits), learning takes place in a supervised and mentored internship context. Linking theory with practice is of vital importance in this programme.

This first year of internship aims to enable interns to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Christian leadership and ministry on a very practical level.

Interns will learn how to:

  • Apply a foundational knowledge of the Bible and Christian belief.
  • Build their own relationship with God and help others to do the same.
  • Learn the skills necessary to work in a ministry context.
  • Organise and prioritise their own workload.
  • Set realistic goals and make plans that work.

Interns will:

  • Participate in online lectures provided by experienced ministry leaders.
  • Work independently in their own unique practical ministry context under the guidance of an experienced supervisor and mentor.
  • Set their own practical ministry goals (in conjunction with their supervisor) according to their ministry responsibility and context.
  • Complete activity logs and reflect on what they are learning and how it applies.
  • Participate in online forum discussions.
  • Complete assessments that both enhance learning and inform their practice.
  • Attend three 5-day block courses in Auckland.
  • Have the opportunity to grow in knowledge, skills and attitudes required of those in Christian ministry.

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In undertaking this programme interns will commit to:

  • 2 x 2-hr live online lectures per week (Wednesdays, 9.00-11.00am and 12noon-2pm)
  • 15 hrs per week ministry in their local church
  • 13 hrs per week self-directed study and assessments
  • 3 x 5-day live-in block courses in Auckland (usually March, May/June and August)


All courses in this programme are compulsory and students must pass each course with a grade of 60% or more in order to gain the qualification. This programme is made up of the following courses.

Semester 1
Leadership Foundations 15 credits
Defining Our Faith (Theology) 15 credits
Internship 1 30 credits
  60 credits
Semester 2
Ministry in Action 15 credits
Reading and Interpreting Scripture 15 credits
Internship 2 30 credits
  60 credits

View details of the content of these courses here.



  • 42 weeks (including holiday weeks)

Comprised of:

  • 35 teaching weeks (including 3 block courses)
  • 1 introductory week
  • 6 weeks holidays

Interns are also expected to attend and serve at Elim’s ONE Conference, 1 to 3 October.

Programme Dates:  Semester 1: 13 February to 5 July 2019; Semester 2: 22 July to 29 November 2019.

Average hours per week

Teaching 6.3 hours
Supervised internship practical ministry 15.0 hours
Self-directed study and assessment work 13.0 hours
Total hours per week 34.3 hours
Total hours for the year 1200.0 hours

Online lecture times

Wednesdays  9.00 am-11.00 am  and 12.00 noon-2.00 pm

Block courses

Block courses are an important part of the learning process for all programmes.  Block course dates for 2019 are:

  • Block 1 - 25 February to 1 March
  • Block 2 - 27  to 31 May
  • Block 3 - 26 to 30 August

Interns must attend all block courses in Auckland without exception.


1st Year Application Form 2019 v2.9

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Course Fees

  • Course fee – Domestic students                       $5,100.00
  • Course fee – International students               $8,000.00
  • Recognition of prior learning                      $50 per unit

This programme is eligible for FeesFree and student loans and allowances through StudyLink.

Block Courses

As part of the learning process for all programmes, there are three 5 day Block Courses held in Auckland every year which students must attend.

These are usually timetabled for February, May/June and August.

Students must book and pay for their own transport to and from the scheduled site, although ELC will also provide transport to and from Auckland Airport where needed.

All meals and accommodation while at Block course are covered by the course fees.

Entry Requirements

  • There are no academic prerequisites.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or over.
  • As this is an internship programme, entry will be dependent on having an approved supervisor and mentor and gaining approval from the lead pastor of the church where the internship will take place.

International students

In ADDITION to the entry requirements above, the conditions of acceptance for international students are:

  • A completed application form.
  • A current student visa or limited purpose visa with a current variation to conditions.
  • A minimum English Language IELTS (Academic) 5.5 or equivalent.
  • A valid travel and medical insurance policy (proof of which must accompany application form).

Local Church Partnership

  • As ELC internships are based on a partnership between ELC and the local church, applications must be completed in agreement with the local Lead Pastor.
  • ELC staff will provide academic support for each intern throughout the year.
  • It is the role of the host church to provide pastoral care for their intern on a day to day basis.
  • Each intern will work with a local Supervisor and Mentor throughout the year.

Supervisors and Mentors

  • The supervisor will to meet with the intern for approximately 30-60 minutes each week, and the mentor will meet with them at least monthly throughout the year.
  • Supervisors and mentors training will be provided in March via a live online class. Completion of this training is required.
  • Supervisors and mentors are required to submit progress reports on their intern’s work each term, using a template supplied by ELC.

PDF - Supervisor & Mentor Handbook