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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 second year internship builds on the foundations laid in the first year.  Interns will be stretched to apply their learning in their ministry area.

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 enrol students who have been selected for ministry by their local church leadership.


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

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of Christian ministry skills and the factors that contribute to growing churches.
  • Demonstrate leadership, management and communication skills and be able to apply these within their nominated practical ministry context.
  • Apply biblical and theological knowledge and understanding as well as critical thinking and reflective practice skills to various personal and ministry contexts.


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:


  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership of the People of God
  • Principles and Practices of Leadership

Personal Growth

  • Character and Integrity
  • How People Grow

Ministry Skills

  • Various topics
  • Ministry skill research project

Strategic Planning

  • Various topics
  • Evaluating various planning tools

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 (80 credits)

The practical ministry component of the programme enables interns to create, lead and grow a ministry area in their local church.  The focus is on leadership development and the application of taught material.  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.

Interns work under the guidance of an experienced ministry supervisor to ensure they are learning and growing appropriately through their practical work.  A mentor also assists them through personal issues and challenges and helps to maintain accountability in their life.

Leadership (10 credits) – Semester 1

Integration of biblical, theological and practical principles of Christian leadership into daily practice is the focus of this course.  Being formed as leaders incorporates both thinking and doing and this component will aid interns to think through the wider issues involved in the leadership journey.

Personal Growth (Integrating Personal Values) (10 credits) – Semester 1

Christ-like character development is an essential requirement for Christian leaders and one of the crucial keys for lasting the distance in ministry.  This component focuses attention on growing in relationship with God and developing in key personal character issues.  

Ministry Skills (10 credits) – Semester 2

Alongside their lectures, interns will research one specific ministry skill identified in conjunction with their supervisor.  Their findings will be presented to the class via video.

Strategic Ministry Planning (10 credits) – Semester 2

This topic focuses on the factors needed to grow strong and successful churches.  Lectures on various topics will be complemented by an investigation of their own local context, with possible future ministry strategies carefully examined.




43 weeks Comprised of:

  • 34 weeks study
  • 3 weeks block courses
  • 1 week Elim Conference
  • 5 weeks with no lectures

Academic component (per week)

  • 4 hours lectures
  • 6 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 (2 hr lecture)

Wednesdays             9.00 am-11.00 am (2 hr lecture)

Block courses:

Three block courses will be held in Auckland - in February, May and August (dates to be advised).   Interns must attend all block courses without exception.

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


Course Fees

Course fee                                   $2,920

Additional course costs                   $600   (Paid directly to ELC)


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

Note:  An additional course cost of $600 applies to this programme and should be paid directly to ELC from Additional Course Costs fund available through Studylink.


  • 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.