About This Programme

This course is a NZQA accredited and approved course, and eligible for student loans and allowances.

Programme Number: NZ2793

Title: New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Leadership Strand)

Level: 05

Total Credits: 120

Length: 40 weeks (full time)

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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 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.


The New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies is comprised of 6 courses which are 20 credits each. These courses are structured so as to give learners a logical learning progression and an overall understanding of the qualification outcomes. Each course is made up of smaller teaching modules linked together by theme. FBC believes this method helps ensure a progression and integration of learning and assessment throughout the programme.


Graduates with the Leadership strand will be able to integrate knowledge and key principles of Christian leadership and apply skills to facilitate team development, accomplish organisation goals and undertake some areas of responsibility in Christian ministry. 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. Graduates will be able capable of working autonomously within established parameters with some responsibility for the management of learning and performance of others.


Learners enrolling in the Level 5  programme must have completed the Level 4 programme or its equivalent. Upon acceptance, learners are required to sit for the Adult Literacy Assessment Tool made available on the TEC website.


Average hours per week

Stage 1 & 3 (36 weeks)

Lecture hours: 13

Guided learning hours/weekend ministry: 6 

Self-directed learning hours/assessments: 11.5

Total hours a week: 30.5 

Total hours for Stage 1 & 3: 30.5 hours x 36 weeks = 1098 hours

Stage 2 (3 weeks)

Supervised Practical hours: 20 

Self-directed learning hours/assessments: 10 hours 

Total hours a week: 30

Total hours for Stage 2: 30 hours x 3 weeks =90 hours


Christian History and World Religions

20 Credits


To study how key ideas and people influence history, and religious and cultural expression.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify the influence of key personalities, inventions and ideas on belief systems and life customs in various historical and global con-texts.
  2. Explore the reciprocal influence of culture, history, religion and philosophy at a particular place and time.
  3. Articulate the unique ways Judeo-Christian beliefs influence social institutions through history.


  • Christian History I
  • Christian History II
  • World Religions


20 Credits


To study the key beliefs about the Biblical God and the spiritual world..

Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the relationship be-tween the nature, essence and attributes of God in respect to the Doctrine of the Trinity and apply these to the Christian life.
  2. Evaluate a range of views on the nature and constitution of human-ity, sin, good and evil.
  3. Identify and explain the nature and purpose of the Church and the sacraments.
  4. Describe and discuss the person, fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit.


  • Theology I
  • Theology II
  • Pneumatology

Biblical Foundations

20 Credits


Introduce the skills of Biblical interpretation, explore the themes of the books of the New Testament with particular emphasis on life principles and the facts that support a faith commitment.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an under-standing of the New Testament and how to interpret and apply it.
  2. Identify key tools of Biblical interpretation and apply them in forming a basic overview of God’s eternal purpose. Consider how this truth relates to your own life and the faith journey of others.
  3. Describe and defend the Biblical Christian Worldview.


  • New Testament Survey
  • Hermeneutics
  • Christian Worldview and Apologetics

Leadership Principles and Practice I (Servant Leadership)

20 Credits


To identify key dispositions, principles and skills of servant leadership and to demonstrate them in practice.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Define and understand key characteristics of servant leadership.
  2. Identify and demonstrate key inter-personal communication skills.
  3. Apply aspects of servant leadership and communication skills in a range of practical settings.


  • Leadership
  • Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
  • Practical Ministry I, II, III

Faith In Context

20 Credits


To identify how personal and community faith journeys are integrated into a particular ministry programme, recognising a range of influential contextual factors.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and apply key principles and concepts of Biblical prayer to individual and community faith journeys.
  2. Describe contributing factors to church growth as depicted in the Bible.
  3. Understand the development of faith through spiritual reflection.
  4. Identify and discuss key themes in the Biblical Books selected and how they relate to contemporary Christian life.


  • Prayer II
  • Church Development
  • Spiritual Formation
  • People of God – Ephesians

Leadership Principles and Practice II (Pastoral Care)

20 Credits


To identify and demonstrate leadership principles with a specific focus on pastoral care in a range of ministry contexts.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Define and understand key characteristics of pastoral care from a Christian context.
  2. Identify and demonstrate key communication principles of preaching and teaching.
  3. Apply aspects of leadership, Christian communication and pastoral care to a range of practical settings.


  • Christian Communication
  • Foundations of Ministry
  • Ministry Praxis (Outstations, Devotions, Prayer Cells, Hour of Power)

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Faith Bible College is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.

Kua whakamanahia tenei akoranga e Te Mana Tohu Matauranga o Aotearoa i raro i te wahanga 249 o te Ture Matauranga 1989, a, kua whakamanahia a Faith Bible College ki te whakarato i taua akoranga i raro i te wahanga 250 o te Ture.