The Catholic Institute

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

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


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.

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

Programme Structure

All eight courses (papers) below
PM632 Liturgical Leadership and Practice
SC635 Biblical Themes and Models for Leadership
TH601 Sacraments Today
TH602 The Person and Work of Jesus
TH603 Renewing the Church
TH619 Maori Spirituality: He Rau Toroa II
LD/PM631 Leadership and Ministry
TH633 Values and Ethics in Leadership
For Launch Out students 

The following professional courses are not part of the NZDCS-CL but are required for those involved in Launch Out 

PM602 Celebrating Liturgy
LD/PM632 Skills for Pastoral Leadership
TH631 Catholic Spiritual Tradition
TH636 The NZ Church: Leadership in Context


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."