Full-Time Internship Course

Pathways currently offers two one-year full-time internship programmes, the Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) and the Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) 

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. 

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.

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 19 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 www.feesfree.govt.nz 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.

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

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

THEOLOGY FOR MINISTRY
Christian History
Systematic Theology 1
Systematic Theology 2
Indigenous Theology

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Spiritual Formation
Negotiated Ministry Practice

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6)

I've completed the level 5 New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies - now what?

You can continue your studies with the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (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 New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) 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 qualification that requires 16 hours a week of ministry and an average of 19 hours per week study. As with the NZDipCS (Level 5), many students do a lot more hours than this.

Lectures are delivered through six block weeks in the same manner as the level 5 NZDipCS, so there are great networking opportunities throughout both years. Ministry hours are done under the supervision of an experienced leader in a practical context within a church or Christian organisation.

What subjects will I study?

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

SUPERVISED MINISTRY
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.

BIBLICAL STUDIES FOR MINISTRY
Acts and the Early Church
God's Mission in the Old Testament
Romans

THEOLOGY FOR MINISTRY
Following Christ, Engaging Culture
Systematic Theology
Thinking about the Trinity

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Research Project
Christian Leadership
Pastoral Care
Spiritual Formation
Negotiated Ministry Practice

MENTORING

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.

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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