The Catholic Institute

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) - Pastoral Ministry

  | Awaiting NZQA approval | Level 6, 120 credits 1.0 eft


To gain the NZDCS - Pastoral Ministry you will need to successfuly complete the following 8 papers/courses

Taught in 2019
All THREE papers below  
PM601 Traditions of Prayer No
PM602  Celebrating Liturgy No
PM603 Christian Initiation Distance
History Elective: ONE of the following  
TH606 The Church in Time and History Distance
TH620 Studies in Church History No
Or Choose a paper from Schedule 1  
Scripture Elective: TWO papers required  
Choose two Scripture papers from Schedule 2  
Theology Elective: Two papers required  
Choose two Theology papers from Schedule 3  
Click on Schedules 1,2 or 3 in the table (these are hyperlinks) to see the elective  options  

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

Acquire knowledge and more advanced skills required for ministry roles in parishes and other church settings. 

Entry Requirement

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

Main Features

8 Courses in Theology, Scripture and Pastoral Ministry

Higher Study

If you wish to take your studies further, The NZDCS-PM carries credit points towards a Bachelor of Theology at:

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

Career Opportunities

This Diploma can lead to a range of careers. Graduates will find this useful for leadership roles in parishes and voluntary work with parish groups. 

Descriptions of courses:


Further information

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Students have said: "Opportunity for group discussion – hearing other people’s points of view and debating topics under consideration. It made the course both intellectually stimulating and interesting.   I always appreciate the creative ways that all the lectures present the daily prayers."