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Certificate in Christian Ministry

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The Certificate in Christian Ministry (Internship) (CertCM) is a pathway for emerging Christian leaders to pursue ministry formation and theological study while serving their churches. Students in the CertCM develop knowledge, skills and experience by connecting their own reflection on the Christian faith with real life practical contexts, equipping them for service in the church and wider contexts. The CertCM programme also provides a pathway into further study for further personal and professional development and provides Christian churches and their agencies with people who can support and enhance their communities and ministries.

The CertCM (Internship) is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. The programme is made up of a total of 120 credits.

Upon completion graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate foundational knowledge of selected biblical principles and Christian beliefs and apply to specified communities, acknowledging bicultural or multicultural contexts.
  • Apply biblical and theological principles to own faith journey and to that of others.
  • Apply biblical, theological and ministry skills in a mentored practical ministry context to support the spiritual development of individuals and groups.
  • Organise and prioritise tasks and responsibilities in the provision of practical ministry to individuals and groups.
  • Set goals and make plans for providing practical ministry to individuals and groups.


On completion of the CertCM (Internship), students will have developed:

  • An understanding of the Bible’s development and its main themes
  • An introduction to the analysis of Biblical passages
  • Skills in composing and writing assignments and essays
  • Skills in verbal presentation of prepared work
  • Familiarity with the library system as a means of extracting and using information for assignments and essays
  • Competency in reading and listening comprehension, and written expression, pre-requisite to diploma or degree level studies

Career Opportunities

  • Church leadership
  • Chaplaincy
  • Church-based ministries
  • Intercultural ministries
  • Mission support workers
  • Religious education
  • Intercultural ministries
  • Ministry with service agencies

CAMPUS: One of our Partners located around the country

Entry criteria

  • Applicants to this programme who have no secondary schooling or NCEA level 1 attainment or equivalent will require an entry assessment (including a literacy test) to establish eligibility.
  • Applicants who have NCEA level 2 attainment (or above) or evidence of equivalent knowledge and skills have open entry to apply.
  • This programme requires an internship placement of a total of 420 hours (an average of 16-20 hours per week) of practical ministry involvement. Entry into this programme will require selection, supervision and mentoring by the learner’s faith community or community organisation. Applicants must complete an Internship Placement Contract which includes accreditation of the church or organisation, minister or director, supervisor and mentor; recommendation of student; and ministry proposal.

NCEA Equivalence can include:

  • NZ School Certificate;
  • Sixth Form Certificate;
  • Overseas equivalent qualifications, including IB and CIE, or HSC (Australia);
  • Other NZQA level 1 or 2 certificates in relevant disciplines to Laidlaw programmes;
  • Evidence of level of academic achievement or a portfolio of work for homeschooled students (The applicant may need to sit assessment for entry.)
  • Reference/support/documentation from employer (The applicant may need to sit assessment for entry.)


Includes a literacy test.
Dates for assessment will be advised.


These requirements are in addition to those outlined above and apply to applicants for whom English is not their first language.

IELTS (academic): 5.5 or higher with minimum 5.0 in reading and writing.
Pearson Test of English (academic): 42

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