Certificate in Christian Ministries (Level 4)
The Certificate in Christian Ministries prepares you to minister in your local church and community. It provides a foundational overview of theology, biblical studies and Christian disciplines, connecting these to your own life and ministry. The Fieldwork papers will strengthen your practical skills, knowledge and attributes through reflective practices and ministry experiences.
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
Minimum 17 years of age with high school literacy and numeracy skills. Senior pastor's recommendation required.
- 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 | 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 from time to time around New Zealand.
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 is registered as a Private Training Establishment accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. The college holds a Category 2 status, meaning NZQA is Confident in its Educational Outcomes and Self-assessment capability. Alphacrucis College has NZQA approval for this programme and accreditation to deliver it.
The college is a signatory to The Code of Practice (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Students) 2021
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIBL01 - Introduction to the Old Testament
Description: This paper provides students with the foundational skills of interpreting the Old Testament Scriptures and identifying basic themes and values. Unit detail page >>
- BIBL02 - Introduction to the New Testament
Description: This paper provides students with the foundational skills of interpreting the New Testament Scriptures and identifying basic themes and values. Unit detail page >>
- MINL01 - Fieldwork 1
Description: Fieldwork I provides students with the opportunity to learn ministry-related skills and knowledge through work experience in a prescribed range of Christian ministry areas and departments. Unit detail page >>
- MINL02 - Fieldwork 2
Description: Fieldwork 2 provides students with the opportunity to learn ministry-related skills and knowledge through work experience in a prescribed range of Christian ministry areas and departments. Unit detail page >>
- SPIL01 - Christian Discipleship
Description: This paper introduces students to contemporary Christian approaches to living. It focuses particularly on the way in which Pentecostal/Charismatic movements have experienced God. Unit detail page >>
- THEL01 - Christian Worldview
Description: This paper sets out the theological content of a Christian worldview, derived from the Scriptures and Christian tradition. It provides the basic skills necessary to model and teach this worldview to the church and society. Unit detail page >>