Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) with strands in Chaplaincy, Christian Leadership, Intercultural Studies, Performing Arts, Te Minita Taha Māori, and Theological Studies
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 5
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 and their agencies with people who are able to evaluate and deliver ministry programmes within their specialist area(s), and lead a wide range of Christian operations.

This qualification is stranded in order to recognise the specific knowledge and skills required in a variety of occupations and contexts in Christian churches, the wider affiliated sectors, and in not-for profit organisations.

Graduates will benefit by having a qualification which recognises their broad understanding of theology and biblical foundations, evaluation, strategic thinking, and applied Christian leadership skills; enhancing their employment opportunities and/or ability to work in a voluntary capacity.

This qualification focuses on the application of the principles of theology, biblical foundations and ministry in a community of practice through the delivery of programmes; and is targeted at individuals who are ready for positions of leadership in a variety of roles. This qualification is also targeted at current practitioners who want to upskill in a particular area of management and/or leadership.

Graduates will be capable of working autonomously within established parameters with some responsibility for the management of learning and performance of others.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Evaluate and apply a broad understanding of theology and biblical foundations to defined contexts based on textual interpretation and religious practice.
- Evaluate a ministry programme based on strategies that integrate personal and community faith journeys, and the social, cultural and other contextual considerations of defined groups.

Graduates of the Chaplaincy strand will also be able to:
- Integrate and apply biblical, theological and practical skills to the specific role of chaplaincy.
- Facilitate worship and pastoral care practices to provide leadership and direction for groups in the broader community with these needs.

Graduates of the Christian Leadership strand will also be able to:
- Apply key Christian leadership principles to facilitate team development and accomplish organisational goals in particular areas of responsibility in Christian ministry.

Graduates of the Intercultural Studies strand will also be able to:
- Use intercultural skills and practices to bridge gaps among communities.
- Provide necessary services in specific roles required of local and global Christian ministry, mission organisations, non-governmental and social service organisations and intercultural communities.

Graduates of the Performing Arts strand will also be able to:
- Use performing arts skills to influence attitudes, beliefs and values, and apply these to lead specific groups in a church or a workplace environment.

Graduates of the Te Minita Taha Māori strand will also be able to:
- Integrate knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te reo and taha Māori to provide leadership and direction appropriate to specific groups in a church, community or workplace environment.

Graduates of the Theological Studies strand will also be able to:
- Integrate core tools of theology, biblical texts and ministry practice, and apply these to the broader community to provide leadership and direction that is culturally and ethically appropriate.
Education pathways
This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) with strands in Biblical Studies, Christian Leadership, Intercultural Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Education, Te Minita Taha Māori, and Theological Studies [Ref: 2773] and/or credits towards undergraduate degrees in Theology and Ministry.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification would be appropriately employed in a variety of occupations in church leadership, the wider affiliated sectors, and in not-for profit organisations, in salaried or in a voluntary capacity.

These occupations include chaplains in prisons, hospitals, schools, military, police, ethnic groups, for youth, in the workplace, and the broader community; directors of music and liturgy; instructors in Bible Studies and Theology, tutors in Christian Private Training Establishments; preachers; leaders of faith communities in mission and social service organisations in New Zealand and internationally; minita a iwi; ministers for Māori in bi-cultural parish and workplace communities; kaihautu; and leaders that perform secular vocation duties in the workplace and in the community.

This qualification leads to licensed Ministers or the first step towards Ordination 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
There are no prerequisites.
International students: A minimum English Language IELTS (Academic) 5.5 or equivalent is required.
Education Organisation 17 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Christian Theological and Ministries Education Society (CTMES)
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2793
Status Current
Created July 2015
Next Review March 2021
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