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Diploma in Christian Studies (Christian Leadership)(Level 5)[Ref: 2793]


2nd Year Programme Overview 2019

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2nd 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 Diploma in Christian Studies (Christian Leadership) (Level 5) is a 1 year, full-time programme. It is designed to build on the learning gained in the 1st year, further developing interns in their church ministry effectiveness and leadership skills as well as gaining transferable skills and personal attributes that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives.

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.

Interns will learn how to:

  • Build their own relationship with God and help others to do the same.
  • Apply a broad understanding of theology and biblical foundations as they apply in their context.
  • Apply key Christian leadership principles.
  • Develop teams and accomplish goals in their ministry area.
  • Formulate strategies and evaluate a ministry programme as well as their own performance.

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.
  • Formulate goals and strategies, and evaluate their performance.
  • Complete activity logs and reflect on what they are learning and how it applies.
  • Developing critical and strategic thinking skills.
  • 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.

In undertaking this programme interns will commit to:

  • 2 x 2-hr live online lectures per week (Wednesdays, 9.00-11am and 12noon - 2pm)
  • 15 hours per week ministry in their local church
  • 13 hours per week self-directed study and assessments
  • 3 x 5-day live-in block courses in Auckland (usually March, May/June and August)

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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 in Action                                                              15 credits
  • Studying and Communicating God's Word                15 credits
  • Practical Ministry 1                                                                30 credits
  • Total Credits Semester 1                                                      60 credits

Semester 2

  • Theology in Practice                                                               15 credits
  • Following Jesus: Discipling yourself and Others      15 credits
  • Practical Ministry 2                                                                 30 credits
  • Total Credits Semester 2                                                       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, 2 to 4 October.

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

Average Hours per Week

  • Teaching                                                                                6.3 hours
  • 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 hours

 Online Lecture Times

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

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.


2nd Year Application Form 2019 v2.9


Download the application form, complete it and

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Or mail to: Registrar / PO Box 58-644 / Botany / Auckland 2163

Course Fees

  • Course fee – Domestic students                      $4,845.00
  • Course fee – International students              $7,750.00
  • 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

  • NZ Certificate in Christian Ministry (Level 4) or equivalent, or meet the criteria for recognition of prior learning.
  • 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