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

Enrolments are closed for 2024

The Diploma in Christian Studies (Christian Leadership) Level 5 is a 1 year, full-time programme. It is designed to build on what was learned in the 1st year, further developing interns in their church ministry effectiveness and leadership skills.  Interns will also gain transferable skills and personal attributes that will be useful 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.
  • 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.
  • Complete assessments that both enhance learning and inform their practice.
  • Attend two 3-day block courses in Auckland.
  • Attend one online learning block.
  • Have the opportunity to grow in knowledge, skills and attitudes required of those in Christian ministry.

In undertaking this programme interns will commit to:

  • One x 1-hr tutorial online per week (Tuesdays, 9am -10am)
  • Two x 2-hr live online lectures per week (Wednesdays, 9am-11.00am and 12-2pm)
  • 15 hrs per week ministry in their local church
  • 13 hrs per week self-directed study and assessments
  • One x 3-day learning block (February online am only)
  • Two x 3-day live-in block courses in Auckland (usually in May and August)
  • Interns may volunteer to attend and serve at Elim’s ONE Conference, held annually usually in late September.

Programme content

This programme is made up of the following courses, all of which are compulsory.

Leadership in action 15 Credits
Studying and communicating God's word 15 Credits
Practical Ministry 1 30 Credits
60 Credits
Theology in Practice 15 Credits
Following Jesus: Discipling yourself and Others 15 Credits
Practical Ministry 2 30 Credits
60 Credits

View the programme overview here

Course fees

Current Fees are:

  • Course fee – Domestic students $5,268.00
  • 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.

Note: In addition to these fees, students must provide their own laptop or Ipad and there are some textbooks that students need to purchase.

Application details

For more info email to: [email protected]

A withdrawal and/or refund requires specific steps. Details are included in the Withdrawal and Refund Policy

All students will be police vetted. This is valid for 3 years, so if you completed Level 4 last year, this is not required. Police Vetting Policy.

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Important Dates

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 online 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 with no band score lower than 5 is required.
  • A valid travel and medical insurance policy (proof of which must accompany application form).

Find out more for International Students here.

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 church Lead Pastor.
  • 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.
  • ELC staff will provide academic support for each intern throughout the year.

Find out more here for Pastors.

Supervisors and Mentors

  • Supervisors meet with their intern for approximately 30-60 minutes each week, and the Mentor meets with them at least monthly.
  • Supervisor and Mentor training will be provided in March via online classes. 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.

Find out more here for Supervisors and more here for Mentors.

Supervisor & Mentor Handbook

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