Full-Time Internship Course

Pathways currently offers two one-year full-time internship programmes, the Diploma in Christian Ministry and the Diploma in Ministry Leadership 

(Note: these new qualifications are currently awaiting NZQA approval, which is expected by February 2018)

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. 

Diploma in Christian Ministry (DipCM)

The Diploma in Christian Ministry 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.

What does the year look like?

The way this year works is pretty unique. You will need to do a minimum of 15 hours of ministry, and 15 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 6 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.

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 - Practical Christianity

Christian History
Systematic Theology 1
Systematic Theology 2
World Religions

Tikanga Maori
Spiritual Formation 1

Diploma in Ministry Leadership (DipML)

I've completed the Diploma in Christian Ministry (Level 5) - now what?

You can continue your studies with the Diploma in Ministry Leadership (Level 6). With this diploma, you will continue to learn on the job with an experienced supervisor while working in a church or Christian organisation.

The Diploma in Ministry Leadership is aimed at equipping people for leadership roles and vocational opportunities. It also provides a platform for further levels of study and subsequent vocational opportunities.

How is the qualification structured?

This is an NZQA Level 6 course which requires 18 hours a week of ministry and an average of 12 hours per week study. As with the DipCM, many students do a lot more hours than this.

Lectures are delivered through week long block courses based in Matamata or Wellington as with the DipCM, so there are great networking opportunities throughout both years. Also, as with the DipCM, your ministry is done under the supervision of an experienced leader in a practical context within a church or organisation. 

What subjects will I study?

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

Semester 1 - A review of visions, goals and ministry plan to measure success within the student's area of ministry.

Semester 2 - Reflecting on the student's ministry effectiveness, problem solving and implementing change for the future.

Acts and the Early Church
God's Mission in the Old Testament

Following Christ, Engaging Culture
Systematic Theology 3
Thinking about the Trinity

Research Paper
Christian Leadership
Spiritual Formation 2


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.


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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