Private Training EstablishmentPathways College of Bible and Mission
This course is available
Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
Pathways College of Bible and Mission
The New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Theological Studies) (Level 5) (NZDipCS) is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) programme to help you gain experience working in ministry as well as learning the Bible and Theology more, impacting whanau, ministry, the wider New Zealand community and beyond. This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Christian Leadership) (Level 6), also through Pathways.
Through the combination of excellent academic study, ministry, and mentoring, these programmes focus on discipleship and helping students grow deeper and wider in their relationship with God and practical ministry engagement.
Become focused on doing, being, and serving Jesus Christ
Understand and experience the depth of Christ's love
Embrace the fullness of life with the Lord on your side
50% Study and learning
50% Practical application (internship)
The way this particular academic year works is pretty unique. You will need to do a minimum of 16 hours of ministry, and 16 hours of study each week. Most students do a lot more than this because they enjoy the ministry and study so much. All of your courses are taught during week-long block courses that run six times each year at beautiful Papamoa Beach, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty.
Applicants must be 16 or older by the start date of the qualification they are applying for, and have successfully completed one of the following:
NCEA level 2 or higher, or
A national or overseas qualification equivalent to or higher than NCEA level 2, or
A New Zealand Diploma at level 4 or above, or
The Pathways College Internship Preparatory Programme.
In addition to the above, international students must:
Be 18 or older by the start date of the qualification they are applying for, and
Meet the minimum English language requirement, which is an Academic IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or its equivalent.