The Catholic Institute

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6)- Christian Leadership

 091703 |Awaiting NZQA approved | Level 6, 120 credits | 1.0 eft

 Programme Structure Taught in 2019
All eight courses (papers) below  
LD601 Leadership and Ministry No
 LD602 Liturgical Leadership and Practice No
LD603 Values and Ethics in Leadership Distance
SC636 Models of Biblical Leadership Distance
TH601 The Sacraments Today Distance
TH602 Jesus the Christ No
TH603 Renewing the Church Hamilton & Distance
TH609 He TÅ«ranga Whakaaro - A place from which to share Distance
For Launch Out students   

Launch Out students may be required to study additional courses that are not part of the NZDCS-CL. The Launch Out Coordinator will advise you. 



Gain a New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) - Christian Leadership

Acquire knowledge and pastoral skills that will equip you for leadership roles in parishes without a resident priest and other church settings

Entry Requirement

Students need to have completed a level 5 theological qualification, e.g. NZCCS-CM, to be accepted into this programme of study. 

Main Features

8 Courses in Theology, Scripture, Pastoral Ministry and Leadership

Higher Study

If you wish to take your studies further, the NZDCS-CL carries credit points toward a Bachelor of Theology at:

  • Otago University
  • Good Shepherd College
  • Sydney College of Divinity

Career Opportunities

This qualification can lead to a range of careers.  Graduates work in parish leadership roles, chaplaincies, and voluntary work with parishes.


Descriptions of courses - click a link:


Further information

Contact the site co-ordinator in your area

To see when courses are on 

Check the timetables

To enrol 

Click here to go to enrolment forms


Students have said: "I loved this course - it was exceptionally helpful in my work as an Adult Faith Educator and Sacramental Programme Co-ordinator.  A thoroughly enjoyable course.  Knowledgeable lecturer, use of humour by lecturer and willingness to take time to answer questions, lots covered but it didn't feel pressured - more a sense of being intrigued."