Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (Youth)

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About the programme

Has God called you to youth pastoral leadership within the church? Our Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (Youth) provides a unique opportunity for those training to be the new generation of youth pastors and leaders in Aotearoa. Our focus is the formation of the whole person – integrating head, heart and hands to equip and form you for a life of robust and fruitful ministry. When you join the programme, you commit to a three-year journey designed to build your ministry skills, confidence and formation needs. At the same time, you will participate in a Carey NZQA-accredited programme. These programmes will work together to develop you personally and in ministry life. You will become part of a cohort mentored by our experienced ministry training team. After successfully meeting the three-year training requirements you will graduate with the following:

“We are committed to seeing people developed and prepared effectively wherever God has placed them. If you want biblical, contextual and practical training to be a youth pastor come join us at Carey.”

Sam Kilpatrick, Programme Leader (Youth Ministry)

Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (Youth)
Full-time: 3 years
Degree or other NZQA accredited qualification as agreed by consultation
Completed within the same timeframe as the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (Youth)
February, July


The cost for one year of the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (Youth) is $1600 inclusive of 15% GST. A fee subsidy is available for students from Baptist churches (special conditions apply).

Fees for NZQA courses are listed separately on each programme page. Information relating to payment and important dates can be viewed by clicking on the button below.

Jonathan Chow, student 2022

“Youth Pastoral Leadership has practically and theologically equipped me to live out my call to build up faithful disciples.”

– Jonathan Chow, Graduate, Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (Youth)

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