For learners who are interested in the Child and Family Leadership training, the Certificate can be taken with the following course options:
If you choose to complete the Reflective Field Education (6 months), you can then choose one additional course. Options include:
The total courses can build into a higher NZQA approved qualification (for example, NZ Diploma in Christian Studies, Bachelor of Applied Theology, Graduate Diploma of Applied Theology) or you can stop at the four and gain the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies.
The Reflective Field Education course is based on the reading-action-reflection model of internship. This strives for a mutual enrichment of study and ministry to shape imaginative servants who will embody redemptive Christian leadership in their communities.
Formational components of the Field Education include:
• Weekly ministry praxis in your own church setting
• Fortnightly meetings with an experienced supervisor
• Regular online reflections with other students
• Evaluation, feedback and support from Carey’s Field Education Coordinator
Offered in both Semester 1 and Semester 2
Or the full year option is Contextual Theological Praxis for 30 credits
This course examines the family, and family life, in contemporary New Zealand from theological, biblical and sociological perspectives. Students are challenged to think through the implications of such perspectives and family trends in New Zealand for church life and ministry. Topics covered include family trends and make up in New Zealand, life stages, discipleship, family ministry and missional engagement.
It’s designed to address the issues facing families today and their implications for church ministry. It is highly relevant for anyone in a ministry or community context.
Assessments include: online reflections, a book review and two essays.
Equip yourself to be more effective in your Children’s Ministry.
This highly interactive course explores the biblical and theological foundations, current trends, and relevant issues in ministry to children and their families within a local church context. It investigates theory and praxis for faith development issues and formulates a rationale for ministry with children .
Next offered in Semester Two, 2022.
Yes, we understand time or finances might mean you cannot complete the certificate in 2 years. You can do one course per year.
You can study any course at Carey if you have a degree. If you would like the courses to go toward a higher qualification we would love to have a chat with you about your best course of study.
The Children’s Ministry and Family and NZ Society block courses can also be used as professional development and taken for audit. This means you attend the Block Course but do not have to complete assignments.
Associate Director of Children’s Ministry, Windsor Park Baptist Church
Studying at Carey….has been a wonderful experience. What I loved the most….has been the interaction with fellow students Whether it’s engaging through online forums or chatting with them during lunch breaks or after class. I loved learning from their different life experiences and expertise as well as bouncing different perspectives and ideas off them!