Pastoral Care Stream

NZQF Level: 5
NZQF Credits: 120
Duration: 1 year (Full-time)
Intakes: February & July
Study Options: Full-time, part-time, distance, on-site

Programme Details

Students who complete the Pastoral Care stream will be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies.

The Pastoral Care stream follows the Carey academic year (March to November), but it may be possible for the practical placement to begin earlier, if arranged in advance.

Your Contextual Theological Praxis (MF505) includes participation in tasks that are critical to pastoral care work and learn skills such as facilitating small group sessions and visiting a range of pastoral care contexts.

The full programme of Contextual Theological Practice plus six courses can be completed in one year full-time, or over two to four years.

Study may be on-site or by distance, or a combination.

Key Relationships

Alongside your participation in intentional ministry and pastoral care development and tertiary level study in Bible & Theology, Mission and Ministry you’ll also receive:

  • Supervision and mentoring by Dr Phil Halstead 
  • Support and feedback through Carey’s Field Education process
  • Support from other Pastoral Care interns as you journey through together
  • Support and reflection from your own supervisor within your context


Semester One

You will also study:

MM561 – Introduction to Pastoral Care

MS510 – Te Ao Māori

MB532 – Introduction to the New Testament

Semester Two

In Semester Two you will study:

MM661 Pastoral Counselling

MM581 – Mission of God

MB521 – Thinking Theologically

See our 2021 Timetable for more information on times

Visit our Schedule of Courses for more information on each course

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The Specialist Mentor

Phil Halstead

Applied Theology Lecturer and Pastoral Care Mentor

It’s tremendously exciting to be able to invite you to join the pastoral care stream. One reason for this is that pastoral care can change the world. Another is that its reach is seemingly limitless. Everyone has cause to rejoice and cause to mourn; everyone experiences troubles within and without; and everyone has questions about God, people, and life. Whether you’re steeped in pastoral care experience or just dipping your toes into the water for the first time why not join us as we explore how pastoral care connects with all of these points and much more besides. It’s going to be a wonderful journey!