The New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) is designed for students who feel called into church leadership or pastoral ministry, as well as for those who just want to develop a greater understanding of God in their everyday life as a Christian. This programme builds a deep biblical foundation within students’ lives and prepares them for a lifetime of Christian ministry and influence within the workplace.
Students who want to study full-time can do so by being involved in an internship in their local church or Christian organisation. Students will work for 12-15 hours per week, along with studying six core papers delivered by block course and self-study.
For students who find that taking a year off for study is not practical, this diploma can also be completed part-time over three years. Students receive the same powerful teaching that our full-time students receive, but with minimal disruption to their other commitments. Flexi-Study consists of 8 papers delivered at block courses over three years (2-3 papers per year), along with assignments and online learning.
A blended approach will be used with the students learning through a mixture of block courses spaced through the year, individual tutor contact, work-based learning, and online learning. Students can study from anywhere in New Zealand, as the only class time required is in these block courses where students will travel from all across the country to meet and learn. The weekend block courses run from Friday lunchtime until Monday lunchtime (North Island) and Thursday to Saturday (South Island). In block courses, students receive quality teaching from our amazing lecturers, giving them in-depth biblical and theological understanding, without having to learn everything out of textbooks. They will also be developed in ministry skills such as preaching and leadership.
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Theology 1 - God and Creation
Theology 2 - Christ and Salvation
New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5)
Our Christian Ministry programme requires you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
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Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.
Youth workers support young people, work with them and their families, help them build healthy connections, and give guidance in health, education, training and employment.
Community workers support people to develop and implement plans to make improvements in their community.
Social workers provide advice and support to people with personal or social problems, and help with community and social issues.
You will need to contact StudyLink for the answer to this. All of our courses have been approved by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and, as such, all New Zealand students that enrol in a programme of study, that includes a study fee, can apply to StudyLink.
No, the Diploma in Christian Studies gives you all the knowledge and skills you need through block courses, online learning, individual tutor contact and (if full-time) an internship.
Our students have done a wide range of things for their internships. The most common would be 24/7 workers, ICONZ leaders, youth ministry or leadership, worship ministry and children’s ministry. Some churches place their interns in a range of different areas during their year so they can see how the church runs in its various ministries.
Yes, the Diploma in Christian Study is designed so that you can do your internship with your own local church with supervision from one of the leaders from your church. Vision College values the partnerships it has with local churches through its internship programme.
Yes, Vision College offers the Diploma in Christian Studies (level 5) part-time over 3 years. Part-time students complete 8 papers and don’t do an internship. Usually, part-time students are already actively involved in their church, and enrol in the Diploma because they want to gain in knowledge and skills to be able to minister more effectively.
The internship component of the Diploma in Christian Studies works out at about 15 hours a week on average, leaving 25 hours a week for reading and assignments.