Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5)

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The Diploma in Christian Studies (with a strand in either Christian Leadership or Theological Studies) is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. 

The aim of this programme is to provide Christian churches and their agencies with graduates who have broad understanding of theological principles, biblical foundations, evaluative thinking, and applied ministry leadership skills which enables them to lead in a wide range of Christian and community contexts.

Students can study towards the DipCS on campus in Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch, by Distance Learning or at one of our Partner Colleges. This programme also allows for a range of flexible learning options, including a combination of on campus and Distance Learning courses, as well as part-time study.

Students choose to enrol in either the Christian Leadership strand or the Theological Studies strand.


Christian Leadership Strand (DipCS (CL))

The aim of the Christian Leadership strand is to provide graduates who are able to apply a range of key leadership skills to build, lead, and contribute to teams that fulfill organizational goals within church, mission, and community contexts.

Upon completion graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply a broad understanding of theology and biblical foundations to defined contexts based on textual interpretation and religious practice.
  • Evaluate a ministry programme based on strategies that integrate personal and community faith journeys, and the social, cultural and other contextual considerations of defined groups.
  • Apply key Christian leadership principles to facilitate team development and accomplish organisational goals in particular areas of responsibility in Christian ministry.

The DipCS (CL) programme is made up of four level 5 courses (15 credits each) and two level 5 internship courses (30 credits each).


Courses

115.515               Biblical Theology

201.515               Introduction to Systematic Theology

401.515               Formation

505.515               Mission, Church and Community

474.530               Leadership Internship I

475.530               Leadership Internship II


Theological Studies Strand (DipCS (TS))

The aim of the Theological Studies strand is to provide graduates who are able to integrate a broad understanding of theology based on scriptural foundations and ministry practices, and apply these to church, mission, and community contexts in ways that are culturally and ethically appropriate.

Upon completion graduates will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Evaluate and apply a broad understanding of theology and biblical foundations to defined contexts based on textual interpretation and religious practice.
  • Evaluate a ministry programme based on strategies that integrate personal and community faith journeys, and the social, cultural and other contextual considerations of defined groups.
  • Integrate core tools of theology, biblical texts and ministry practice, and apply these to the broader community to provide leadership and direction that is culturally and ethically appropriate.

The DipCS (TS) programme is made up of eight level 5 courses (15 credits each).


Courses

115.515               Biblical Theology

120.515               Old Testament: Introduction

140.515               New Testament: Introduction

201.515               Introduction to Systematic Theology

215.515               Beginning Theology

401.515               Formation

505.515               Mission, Church and Community

611.515               Intercultural Studies


Programme Summary

LEVEL 5, 120 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options available
STARTS February (Christian Leadership and Theological Studies strands)
July (Theological Studies strand only)
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch, Distance Learning, Partner Colleges
TUITION FEE $6,204 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities


  • Church leadership
  • Chaplaincy
  • Church-based ministries
  • Intercultural ministries
  • Mission support workers
  • Ministry with service agencies
  • Religious education
  • Youth work


Timetables

Click on the relevant campus timetable to find out when the various courses are taking place.

If you would like to discuss your study options or become a “Student for a Day” please contact:

For Henderson and Manukau:
Fiona Sherwin: [email protected] or
09 836 7878

For Christchurch:
Gill Pawson: [email protected] or 03 354 4270

For Distance Learning:
Phil Cope:  [email protected] or 09 836 7815


Key Dates

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