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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Christian Ministry (Level 4) with strands in Christian Studies, and Internship
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Society and Culture » Philosophy and Religious Studies » Religious Studies
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide Christian churches, their agencies and community organisations with people who can support and enhance the experience of their communities; and who have attained the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to obtain employment, or work in a voluntary capacity, under broad supervision, as pastoral leaders and support staff associated with a variety of pastoral work.

The Christian Studies strand allows people to focus on the principles of biblical theological education that underpin their ability to assist people, lead small groups in agencies and community organisations, and assist church leaders in the planning, organisation and delivery of a variety of pastoral ministry roles.

The Internship strand allows people to engage with and support their faith communities as guides, mentors and leaders in a local church, agency or community organisation. This strand combines theory and practical experience and will benefit graduates by enabling them to experience a real-life practical context.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification 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 enhance own faith journey and that of others.

Graduates of the Christian Studies strand will also be able to:
- Identify contextual factors in a community that impact spiritual development.
- Interpret biblical understanding and knowledge as they relate to Christian ministry roles and contexts..

Graduates of the Internship strand will also be able to:
- 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.
Education pathways
This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5) with strands in Christian Ministry and Religious Education [Ref: 2771] or the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) with strands in Chaplaincy, Christian Leadership, Intercultural Studies, Performing Arts, Te Minita Tahā Māori, Theological Studies and Biblical Studies [Ref: 2793].
Employment pathways
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of roles in Christian church ministry, agencies and community organisations.
These may include:
Christian Studies strand:
- pastoral leaders of small groups in a church, parish, agency or community organisation.
- support staff to church leaders in a variety of environments, including church, parishes, schools, agencies and community organisations.

Internship strand:
- pastoral leaders of large groups in a church, parish, agency or community organisation assistants to pastors and chaplains in a church or workplace environment.
- contribute to agencies and community groups in volunteer tasks required of pastoral ministry programmes.
- licensed ministers in some faith denominations.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None
Education Organisation 11 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Christian Theological and Ministries Education Society (CTMES)
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2772
Status Current
Created July 2015
Next Review March 2027
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