Alphacrucis College

Local Church Certificate (Certificate in Christian Ministries - Level 4)

We have specifically designed the Local Church Certificate (LCC) as an opportunity for local churches to coordinate students study and internships in the comfort of their “home”.  The course provides an overview of the Bible, Christian worldview, leadership, discipleship, ministry and theology within a Pentecostal ethos.

Along with these study areas, the local church also has an integral part to play by providing the place for a practical internship, as well as facilitating student discussions and collaborative learning.  Our online learning platform Moodle provides students with the course materials and resources although some papers require 

Entry Requirements

Minimum 17 years of age with high school literacy and numeracy skills.  Senior pastor's recommendation required.

Course Structure

  • Each course has eight 15 credit papers
  • Choose a maximum of 60 credits a semester
  • A complete course must total 120 credits
  • You may do as few as one paper a semester or as many as four


 Introduction to the Old Testament | Introduction to the New Testament | Christian Discipleship | Introduction to Evangelism | Christian Leadership | Christian Worldview | Fieldwork 1 & 2

How is it Delivered?

The Local Church Certificate is structured around:

1.     Distance learning (course resources and reading available via our online learning platform called Moodle)

2.     A practical ministry in a local church

3.     Written assessment (essays, reflections, tests, practical activities etc)

One week intensives are also available for some subjects and these are held around New Zealand at various times during the year.

Alphacrucis supplies most of the resources (some readings will come from textbooks which the student is required to purchase – these books may be found at most Christian or online bookstores).


Alphacrucis(NZ) is registered and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 to provide education and training based on the National Qualifications Framework. All NZQA accredited courses are NZQA approved or pending approval. ALPHACRUCIS (NZ) is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral care of International Students.


Complete Fee Schedules information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our PDF Documents section, under the Fees Information link.

Papers offered as part of this Award:

BIBD01 - Introduction of the Old Testament

Description: This paper provides students with foundational skills of interpreting Old Testament scripture and identifying basic themes and values Paper detail page >>

BIBD02 - Introduction to the New Testament

Description: The purpose of this paper is to provide an historical, literary, theological and thematic introduction to the canon of the New Testament.    Paper detail page >>

MIND01 - Fieldwork 1

Curriculum objective: To give students opportunities to grow and experience the joys and pains of the ministry in an environment where they are mentored by an experienced other Paper detail page >>

MIND02 - Fieldwork 2

Description: Students will experience first hand and become competent at a broad range of ministry skills to empower them to fulfill their ministry Paper detail page >>

MIND03 - Christian Leadership

Description: This paper provides students with an understanding of the skills necessary for exercising leadership and influence in various contexts Paper detail page >>

MIND04 - Evangelism

Description: This paper aims to connect you with God's passion for people Paper detail page >>

SPI101 (L4) - Christian Discipleship

Curriculum objective: To develop an understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ Paper detail page >>

THED01 - Christian Worldview

Curriculum objective: This paper sets out the theological content of a Christian worldview, derived from Scripture and Christian tradition. It provides the basic skills necessary to model and teach this worldview to the church and society Paper detail page >>