Child & Family Leadership


Connecting and communicating with children and families is both a privilege and a challenge.

Here at Carey we want to partner with you to equip you in your ministry context enabling you to give your best to children and their families.

We have intentionally established a qualification to train you to become a more informed and thoughtful ministry practitioner.


“I am super passionate about children and helping train leaders who will partner with parents, caregivers and all areas of church and community ministry for Kingdom growth.

I love how these courses connect students with God and with each other. Through this training leaders are both challenged and affirmed.”

Rachel Roche | Children & Family Leadership Coordinator


What is Carey’s Child & Family Leadership Training?

When you train in Children & Family Leadership at Carey you will be equipped as a thoughtful, passionate and reflective leader integrating your head, heart and hand.

Carey offers a variety of programmes intended to:

  • encourage all aspects of your ministry to be grounded in a biblical and theological framework
  • give you the best tools for making an impact in your community
  • equip you in children and family ministry with or without prior training
  • provide flexible modes of study that suit you

Programme Summary

Study alongside ministry is an effective way to gain valuable experience, reflect on ‘real’ situations and apply important learning.

Carey offers two qualification options that can be studied part-time or in either block formats (one week) or by distance giving you flexibility meeting unique demands of busy schedules:

New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies; this is the perfect option if you want an initial theological qualification in child and family leadership.


the Graduate Diploma of Applied Theology; this is for people who already have a previous degree, in any discipline.


Programme Objectives

As a graduate of these courses you will:

  • Understand ministry and mission to and with children and families in the church and community setting
  • be a leader who is reflective, attentive, thoughtful and informed
  • contextualise ministry to your setting while being biblically and theologically faithful to Christian kingdom values
  • demonstrate an awareness of contemporary issues for New Zealand children and families
  • participate as imaginative servants who will embody redemptive Christian leadership in your communities
  • utilise the knowledge understanding and skills that you have acquired to address challenges in church ministry and community contexts by bringing the resources of Christian faith, scripture and experience into engagement with contemporary realities

Where can training in Child & Family Leadership take you?

Whatever qualification you decide, you will be better equipped for the opportunities and challenges of ministry with children and family.

You may decide to continue to study to grow further in your theological understanding and biblical knowledge. There are several options to consider:

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Alumni Stories

Melanie Keith

Associate Pastor, Children and Families | Northpoint Baptist Church

I came into pastoral ministry with a fairly full kete of knowledge and experience, and the Children & Family coures have been absolutely invaluable in developing my understanding of ministry with children and families.

I’ve been expposed to recent research, thought, perspectives and people that have impacted the way we partner in the faith journey with children and whanau in our own context. The Certificate of Christian Studies (Child and Family Leadership) courses have really opened my eyes about how I do ministry. I have found it incredibly helpful for my own faith journey and those I minister to.



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