Pathways currently offers a one-year, full-time internship programme: the Diploma in Christian Studies.

Through the combination of excellent academic study, ministry, and mentoring, these programmes are designed with a focus on discipleship and helping students to grow deeper and wider in their relationship with God and in practical ministry engagement. 


A Pathways diploma can be a stepping stone to a full degree in Theology from Carey Baptist College, Laidlaw College or the University of Otago. You can cross-credit your Pathways NZ Diploma in Christian Studies into Carey's Bachelor of Applied Theology, Otago or Laidlaws' Bachelor of Theology. You can start your theology degree in Pathways' highly personalised and practical diploma, then finish your full degree in three of Aotearoa New Zealand's best theology programmes.

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5)

The level 5 New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (NZDipCS) is a great programme to help you develop in your relationship with Christ. It is an excellent combination of normal Bible College Papers, full-on ministry, and incredible mentoring.

2020 Semester Dates

Semester 2: 27 July - 11 December
Enrolment cut-off date: 17 July 2020

Semester 1 (2021): 14 Feb - 02 July 
Enrolment cut-off date: 05 Feb 2021


What does the year look like?

The way this year works is pretty unique. You will need to do a minimum of 16 hours of ministry, and 16 hours of study each week. Most students do a lot more than this because they enjoy the ministry and study so much. You can see the papers you will do listed below. All of the lectures are during block courses that run six times each year for a full week.

What kind of qualification do I end up with?

This is an NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) approved qualification which means you are eligible to apply for Government loans and allowances. Doing supervised ministry enables interns to benefit by learning from experience leaders in a hands-on practical context within the church or para-church organisation.

Applicants for this qualification may also be eligible for the Government’s Fees-Free programme, making study at Pathways completely free. Visit to check your eligibility.

What subjects will I study?

Each intern completes the following core subjects plus an elective in a chosen Christian service area.

Semester 1 - Establishing a balance between ministry, academics and spiritual formation.
Semester 2 - Designing a plan for your specific ministry: vision, values and goals.

Interpreting the Bible
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
The Life of Christ through the Gospels
James – Faith in Action

Christian History
Systematic Theology 1
Systematic Theology 2
Indigenous Theology

Spiritual Formation
Negotiated Ministry Practice


All of our internship students are required to meet with between one and three mentors for 90 minutes each fortnight. These mentors will focus on the areas of the Academics, Ministry and Spiritual development of the student.

Each student has an academic mentor, spiritual mentor and ministry mentor. That is a lot of people cheering you on and helping you grow in your year with Internship.

Negotiated Ministry Practice

All interns choose one of the following electives (subject to availability):

  • Christian Camping Ministry (endorsed by CCNZ)
  • Discipleship Ministry
  • Ministry with Children
  • Missions Ministry
  • Practical Worship Leading
  • Preaching Ministry
  • Worship Ministry
  • Youth Ministry

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