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.
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 www.feesfree.govt.nz to check your eligibility.
What subjects will I study?
Each intern completes the following core subjects plus an elective (Negotiated Ministry Practice) in a chosen Christian service area.