The four courses we recommend for training in Child and Family Leadership that lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies are:
These four 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 two Reflective Field Education courses are 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
Both offered each year in Semester 1
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 .
It examines the nature and spirituality of children in light of biblical, theological, and developmental perspectives. While analysing current ministry practices and considering cultural trends, it also addresses transformational teaching practices for children.
Assessments include: online reflections, interviewing children, ministry observation and a final essay.
Block course: 31 August – 4 September at Carey Baptist College, Penrose, Auckland.
Our Guest Lecturers are Annette Osborne and Tammy Tolman.
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.
This course is 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.
Offered: Odd years in Semester 2
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.
National Team Leader, Baptist Children & Family Ministries
The qualification that Carey offers for those pastoring children is the best available in NZ….It will give you the skills, theological guidance and cultural understanding you need to do effective ministry and mission with children in NZ.