The Certificate in Christian Ministry (Internship) (Level 4) is a 1 year, full-time programme. The content of this programme is divided into two main areas, theoretical (60 credits) and practical (60 credits) – linking theory with practice is of vital importance in this programme. Interns work within their home church under a supervisor and supported by a mentor.
This year of internship gives interns a broad knowledge and understanding of Christian leadership and ministry on a very practical level.
Interns will learn how to:
- Apply a foundational knowledge of the Bible and Christian belief.
- Build their own relationship with God and help others to do the same.
- Learn the skills necessary to work in a ministry context.
- Organise and prioritise their own workload.
- Set realistic goals and make plans that work.
- 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.
- Set their own practical ministry goals (in conjunction with their supervisor) according to their ministry responsibility and context.
- Complete activity logs and reflect on what they are learning and how it applies.
- Participate in online forum discussions.
- Complete assessments that both enhance learning and have practical application.
- Attend two 4-day block courses in Auckland.
- Attend one online learning block.
- Have the opportunity to grow in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of those in Christian ministry.
In undertaking this programme interns will commit to:
- 1 x 1-hr tutorial online per week (Tuesdays, 9-10am)
- 2 x 2-hr live online lectures per week (Wednesdays, 9.00-11.00am and 12noon-2pm)
- 15 hrs per week ministry in their local church
- 13 hrs per week self-directed study and assessments
- 2 x 4-day live-in block courses in Auckland (usually February and May/June)
- 1 x 3-day learning block (August online am only)
- Interns are also expected to attend and serve at Elim’s ONE Conference, held annually usually in late September.
This programme is made up of the following courses, all of which are compulsory.
View details of the content of these courses here.
- There are no academic prerequisites.
- 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 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.
- A valid travel and medical insurance policy (proof of which must accompany application form).
Find out more information 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 Lead Pastor.
- ELC staff will provide academic support for each intern throughout the year.
- 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.
Find out more here for Pastors.
Supervisors and Mentors
- The Supervisor meets with the 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 each term, using a template supplied by ELC.