Presence-Based Church 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 Presence-Based Church stream will be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies.

The Presence-Based Church 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 includes attending a Hui in Christchurch (8 – 10 March 2019). There will also be an option to join a road trip around Aotearoa and we also highly recommend you attend SouthWest Baptist’s Presence-Based Church Block course
(8 – 12 July 2019).

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 presence-based development and tertiary level study in Bible & Theology, Mission and Ministry you’ll also receive:

  • Specialist mentoring by Duane Major 
  • Support and feedback through Carey’s Field Education process
  • Support from a cohort of other Presence-based students as you journey together
  • Support and reflection from your own supervisor within your context


Semester One

You will also study:

MS510 – Te Ao Māori

MB532 – Introduction to the New Testament

See our 2019 Timetable for more information on times

Visit our Schedule of Courses for more information on each course

Semester Two

In Semester Two you will study:

MM581 – Mission of God

MB521 – Thinking Theologically

Plus another two courses (in any Semester) that may include one 600 level course.

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The Specialist Mentor

Duane Major

Pastor, SouthWest Baptist Church and Presence-Based Church Mentor

I’m looking forward to checking out the biblical basis and practical realities of framing church more around communities on the ground. Along the way, we’ll connect with numbers of people in a number of places living in some significant ways. We hope our group will build ourselves a clearer vision of the kingdom and what God is up to that inspires and activates well beyond the course.”