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.
- 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.
- Participate in online forum discussions.
- Complete assessments that both enhance learning and inform their practice.
- Attend three 5-day block courses in Auckland.
- Have the opportunity to grow in knowledge, skills and attitudes required of those in Christian ministry.
In undertaking this programme interns will commit to:
- 2 x 2-hr live online lectures per week (Wednesdays, 9.00am – 11am and 12noon – 2pm)
- 15 hours per week ministry in their local church
- 13 hours per week self-directed study and assessments
- 3 x 5-day live-in block courses in Auckland (usually March, May/June and August)
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|
|Theology in Practice||15 Credits|
|Following Jesus: Discipling yourself and Others||15 Credits|
|Practical Ministry 2||30 Credits|
View details of the content of these courses here.
- 42 weeks (including holiday weeks).
- 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, 29 September to 1 October.
- Semester 1: 10 February to 3 July 2020;
- Semester 2: 20 July to 27 November 2020
Average hours per week
|Practical ministry||15.0 hours|
|Self-directed study and assessment work||13.0 hours|
|Total hours per week||34.3 hours|
|Total hours for the year||1200.0 hours|
Online lecture times
Wednesdays 9.00am – 11.00am and 12.00 noon – 2.00pm
Download the application form, complete it and email to: Registrar – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail to: Registrar / PO Box 58-644 / Botany / Auckland 2163
Fees for 2020 are:
- Course fee – Domestic students $4,940.00
- Course fee – International students $7,750.00
- Recognition of prior learning $50 per unit
Note: In addition to these fees, students must provide their own laptop or Ipad and there are some text books that students need to purchase.
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.
Block course dates for 2020 are:
- Block 1 – 10 to 14 February
- Block 2 – 25 to 29 May
- Block 3 – 24 to 28 August
Students must book and pay for their own transport to and from Block. ELC will provide transport to and from Auckland Airport where needed.
All meals and accommodation while at Block course are covered by the course fees.
- 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.
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) 5.5 or equivalent.
- 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.