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Diploma in Christian Studies (Christian Leadership) (Level 6)

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Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Elim Leadership College


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.

Programme Content

This programme is made up of the following courses, each of which runs for 2 semesters and all of which are compulsory.

  • Project Management
  • Exemplary Leadership
  • Ministry in Practice
  • Personal Growth

Entry criteria

  • 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.
  • A minimum English Language IELTS (Academic) 5.5 or equivalent.

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