Pastoral Leadership Training

NZQF Level: non NZQF
NZQF Credits: No credits
Duration: 3 Years (full-time)
Intakes: February
Study Options: On-site formation programme

The purpose of pastoral ministry training is to produce pastors who can love, feed, and lead God’s people in a way that advances God’s mission in the world. The individually designed and personally supervised programme is designed to equip our graduates with the knowledge, skill, character, and passion to do this, recognising the variety of contexts and roles in which they will serve.

Students accepted into this programme will graduate with:

  • Bachelor of Applied Theology
  • Diploma of Pastoral Leadership
  • A Carey Baptist College Pastoral Leadership Commendation

The Programme involves:

Formation Component

  • Weekly placements within a local church under the supervision of senior pastors.
  • Two 12-week, full-time summer pastorates.
  • A weekly Pastoral Theology Class with experienced practitioners.
  • Preaching and communication training, spiritual retreats, and leadership seminars.

Academic Component

3 years of Biblical & Theological learning provided by our Bachelor of Applied Theology (NZQA Accredited), which includes mission, formation and ministry courses ideally suited to Pastoral Leadership:

  • Introduction to Preaching
  • Missional Leadership
  • Introduction to Pastoral Care
  • Spirituality of a Leader 


Ready to make a difference?

Find out more by contacting our Ministry Training Coordinator, Wendy Budge

[email protected]

Alumni Stories

Sarah & Elliot Rice

Our time at Carey was a time of worship. Whether it was sitting in Christology classes, lectures on the Gospel of John, visiting a marae with Understanding Culture, gathering for Tuesday morning chapel, or enjoying lunch with new friends, Carey was a place where the riches of the gospel of the triune God were communicated to evoke delight! Carey equipped us to be ministers of the Word in the world, to love the church and its God-given mission, and to be people of character who announce the good news of Jesus Christ.