Diploma in Pastoral Leadership

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About the programme

Come on a profound journey of following God’s call on your life. Our Diploma in Pastoral Leadership provides a unique opportunity for those training to be the new generation of pastors and leaders in thriving faith communities. 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.

The programme is a three-year journey including biblical and theological NZQA-accredited study, and a personalised development track designed to build your ministry skills, confidence and formation needs. 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 would love to explore with you how this programme could transform your life and equip you for the future ministry that God has for you.”

Jonny Weir, Director, Ministry Training

Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (non-NZQA)
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
February, July


The cost for one year of the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership 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.

Sacha Olson

“In the time that I have been at Carey, Jesus has transformed me into a person who sees a greater fullness of God’s great love for the people of God. God has developed within me a greater passion to see the Church flourish and once again be known for the way that they love.”

– Sacha Olson, Graduate, Diploma in Pastoral Leadership

Related Programmes

Our leadership and ministry formation tracks are completed alongside our NZQA accredited programmes.

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student, Grace Paddison

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