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Diploma in Christian Studies (Christian Leadership) (Level 6)[Ref: 2773]


3rd Year Programme Overview 2019

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3rd Year Application Form 2019 v2.9

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Elim Leadership College (ELC) has three 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 6) is a 1 year, full-time programme. It is designed for those in ministry and/or church leadership positions, or are ready for a senior management or leadership position, both within the Elim movement and in other churches throughout New Zealand.

The aim of this programme is to produce Christian leaders who have both theoretical understanding and operational skills required to undertake a senior position within a church or church agency.

Transferable skills form a core part of this programme. These include project management, leadership, emotional intelligence, communication, critical analysis, reflection and evaluation. Interns will practically apply these core skills in order to be equipped to operate at a senior level as well as growing their employment opportunities.

Interns will learn how to:

  • Apply an in-depth understanding of the theology and biblical foundations.
  • Strengthen their own relationship with God.
  • Lead and manage all aspects of a major project, applying their learning directly into their ministry area.
  • Evaluate and respond to the needs and responsibilities required in their own setting.
  • Make good strategic decisions to accomplish project goals.

Interns will:

  • Participate in online lectures provided by experienced ministry leaders.
  • Work independently in their own unique ministry context under the guidance of an experienced supervisor and mentor.
  • Undertake a major project throughout the year.
  • Participate in online forum discussions.
  • Complete assessments that apply their learning in practical ways.
  • Attend three 5-day block courses in Auckland.
  • Have the opportunity to grow in knowledge, skills and attitudes required of those in a senior Christian ministry situation.

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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:

  • Project Management                                                                     40 credits
  • Exemplary Leadership                                                                  40 credits
  • Ministry in Practice                                                                        20 credits
  • Personal Growth                                                                              20 credits
  • Total Credits                                                                                     120 credits

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  •  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                                                                                         4.5 hours
  • Internship (project management)                                   15.5 hours
  • Self-directed study and assessments                            14.3 hours
  • Total hours per week                                                             34.3 hours
  • Total hours for the year                                                      1200 hours

Online lecture times

Wednesdays  9.00 am-11.00 am

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.


3rd Year Application Form 2019 v2.9

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

 Course Fees

  • Course fee – Domestic students                      $4,590.00
  • Course fee – International students              $7,500.00
  • 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 Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) or equivalent, or meet the criteria for recognition of prior learning.
  •  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) 6.0 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