Internship overview diagram



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 first year internship aims to provide interns with a broad understanding of ministry leadership alongside biblical knowledge and personal formation for ongoing ministry.

The purpose of this program is to build the local church by developing ministry leaders in their local context.  We see a partnership with the local church leadership being of vital importance. Therefore, this program will only enroll students who have been selected for ministry by their local church leadership.


On completion of this programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply practical leadership knowledge and skills to various ministry contexts.
  • Demonstrate a developing knowledge and understanding of planning, implementing and evaluating progress toward specific goals.
  • Apply biblical and theological knowledge and understanding, and ministry skills, in a supervised practical ministry context.
  • Develop skills to apply biblical knowledge and understanding to personal life and ministry.
  • Identify areas for personal growth and actively participate in activities to enhance spiritual and character formation.


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 reflective journals regarding what they are learning and how it applies
  • Participate in group forum discussions
  • Complete assessments that both enhance learning and inform their practice
  • Attend 3 block courses in Auckland, each course is 4 to 5 days long
  • Have the opportunity to grow in knowledge, skills and attitudes required of those in Christian ministry

In undertaking this programme interns will commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week –

15 hours of practical ministry involvement plus 15 hours of lectures, self-directed study and assessments.   Interns are responsible for planning and using their time effectively.



The programme comprises of three major components – practical internship, live online lectures and associated activities, and block courses.  Programme content includes courses that offer a range of topics designed to provide a sound foundation for continuing on in Christian leadership and ministry.

Practical internship

Interns will work independently in their local church under the guidance of an experienced local supervisor and mentor.  They will set their own goals according to their ministry responsibility and context, work in their practical ministry and review and evaluate their performance.

Online lectures and associated activities

The online component is taught via live online face-to-face video, online discussions and assessments. Subjects covered include:

  • Leadership
  • Church Management
  • Lasting the Distance in Ministry
  • Leading Small Groups
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Interpreting Scripture
  • Defining our Faith (Theology)

Block courses

Interns are required to attend 3 live-in, 4 or 5-day block courses in Auckland during the year – February, May and August.



Practical Ministry (72 credits)

Interns will undertake 15 hours per week of practical ministry in their local church. They will complete fortnightly timesheets and reflective journals, as well as setting and reviewing personal and ministry goals throughout the year. Weekly meetings with their supervisor and fortnightly meetings with their mentor will guide them through their practical ministry.

Leadership (10 credits)

This course is designed to help interns grow in their leadership skills by teaching important keys for effective leadership and applying these keys to their personal lives and their ministry context.

Spiritual Formation (10 credits)

This course is designed to help interns grow in their relationship with God by increasing their awareness of the ways God speaks and challenging them to develop in specific identified areas of spiritual growth.

Church Management (8 credits)

This course is designed to help the intern gain an understanding and appreciation of church management and administration.  Practical assessments enable interns to apply their learning within their ministry context.

Interpreting Scripture (6 credits)

This course develops the intern’s skills in interpreting scripture and in knowing how to apply it to relevant situations.

Defining Our Faith (Theology) (6 credits)

This course is designed to help the intern gain a basic understanding of Christian doctrine from an Elim perspective.

Leading Small Groups (4 credits)

This course is designed to help the intern gain a practical understanding of the purpose and significance of small groups.

Lasting the Distance in Ministry (4 credits)

This course examines various aspects that contribute towards longevity in ministry.  As part of this course, interns will formulate their own personal plan for lasting the distance.



Course begins 7th February 2017

Course ends 1st December 2017

Graduation 10th December 2017 (TBC)

39 weeks including:

  • 32 weeks study
  • 3 weeks block courses
  • 1 week Elim Conference

Academic component (per week)

  • 5 hours lectures
  • 5 hours directed learning, assessments and online forums

Practical ministry component (per week)

  • 15 hours supervised training per week
  • 5 hrs allocated to supervisor and mentor meetings and assessment work 

30 hours per week total 

Lectures will be held at the following times:

Tuesdays                  9.00 am-11.00 am

Wednesdays           9.00 am-11.00 am

11.30 am-12.30 pm

Block courses:

Three block courses will be held in Auckland -

  • 20th - 24th February
  • 29th May - 2nd June
  • 7th - 11th August

Interns must attend all block courses without exception.

Interns are also expected to attend and serve at Elim’s ONE Conference, 2nd - 6th October.



Course Fees

Course fee                                                      $3,970 (incl GST)

Fee for international students                        $6,000 (incl GST)


Note:  An additional course cost of $600 (incl GST) applies to this programme and should be paid directly to ELC. Additional Course Costs funding is available through Studylink.


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

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be competent in the use and understanding of written and spoken English.

Where this is in doubt, students will need to pass a Standard English test. The minimum level is IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.


  • 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.
  • Application forms for 2017 are available on our website (PDF here)
  • As internships are designed as a 3-year progression where each year builds on the year before, it is strongly recommended all interns begin with the Certificate. Direct entry into the Diploma is at ELC’s discretion, and not recommended.

Mentors and Supervisors

PDF - Supervisor & Mentor Handbook
  • Each Intern will require a Supervisor who is able to meet with the intern for approximately 1 hour each week, and a Mentor who will meet with them at least fortnightly throughout the year.
  • Supervisors and Mentors will be chosen by the local Lead Pastor on the basis of their knowledge, experience and ‘fit’ with the intern.
  • Supervisor and Mentor training will be provided in March via live online classes.
  • Supervisors and Mentors are required to submit progress reports on their intern’s work each term (4 per year), using a template supplied by ELC.