Diploma in Biblical Studies (Level 6)
If you are in a senior leadership postion in your church or want to further your studies without doing a degree, then the Level 6 Diploma in Biblical Studies will help you upskill your biblical understanding and knowledge.
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
The Diploma in Biblical Studies programme is designed to deepen students' understanding and evaluative skills in biblical and theological areas. Other compulsory subjects also seek to integrate this theological and biblical understanding with ministry and leadership practice that is reflective and appropriate to a 21st century New Zealand bicultural and multicultural context.
Course Structure (all 15 credits)
- Biblical Hermeneutics
- Christian Spirituality and Vocation
- Personal and Public Ethics
- Ministry Internship 1
- Legal and Governance Issues for Christian Leaders
- Pentecostal Pneumatology OR Christ and Salvation
- Two papers from the following biblical papers: The Johannines, The Pastoral Epistles, The Prison Epistles, The Pentateuch, The Wisdom Literature, The Minor Prophets.
This programme leads to the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) with a strand in Biblical studies. Alphacrucis 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. Alphacrucis has approval and accreditation to deliver this programme. Alphacrucis is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral care of International Students.
International Students should have a minimum English ability equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5 OR
TOEFL 9pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
International Students for whom English is not a first language, who have completed an equivalent Level 5 qualification must have been obtained this from a tertiary provider in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or the United states AND utilised English as the language of instruction and assessment.
Academic Entry Requirements
Applicants must have successfully completed a New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) or equivalent.
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:
- BIB201 - Biblical Hermeneutics
Description: This paper introduces students to basic principles of genre sensitive biblical interpretation, including the ability to use grammatical and lexical tools, based on an elementary understanding of biblical languages. The paper also seeks to make contemporary application of the biblical text. Unit detail page >>
- BIB210 - The Pentateuch
Description: This paper examines the literary and ideological themes and structures evident in the Pentateuch, with particular focus on the world it constructs and the influences it exerts on the remainder of the First Testament and modern culture Unit detail page >>
- BIB216 - Wisdom Literature
Description: This paper examines the wisdom literature of the OT by redefining ‘wisdom’ itself in the light of the scribal, cultic and cultural practices of Israel and its ‘neighbours,’ but also in the light of the more formal qualities of the texts themselves Unit detail page >>
- BIB217 - The Minor Prophets
Description: This paper examines the book of the Twelve (Prophets) as a collage, with particular emphasis given to the themes, rhetoric and portrayals of Yahweh. Unit detail page >>
- BIB254 - The Johannines
Description: Highlighting the way in which the symbolism and theology of the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Letters draw on the First Testament intertextually, a bridge is built between First Testament and New Testament, bringing greater focus to the student’s reading of the Christian Bible. Unit detail page >>
- BIB255 - The Prison Epistles
Description: This paper examines the so-called Prison or Captivity letters ascribed to Paul; Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon. The issues of pseudonymity, literary dependency and the various world-views developed from the text(s) are examined. Unit detail page >>
- BIB256 - The Pastoral Epistles
Description: To examine the so-called Pastoral letters ascribed to Paul; 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. The issues of pseudonymity, literary dependency and the various world-views developed from the text(s) are examined Unit detail page >>
- MAN210 - Legal and Governance Issues for Christian Leadership
Description: With the massive growth in law suits, sexual abuse cases and the like, the legal and constitutional context of churches is an essential part of pastoral formation. This paper aims to raise an awareness of the importance for church life of the legal and regulatory environment in which Christian leaders (both in church employ and in profit/ non-profit pursuits) have to act Unit detail page >>
- MIN202 - Contemporary Preaching
Description: This paper applies the foundational theological and biblical concepts of the first year of study to the craft of preaching. The challenges posed to contemporary preaching by our postmodern cultural context and the dynamics of mediating renewal of the mind through preaching are addressed. Unit detail page >>
- MIN203 - Ministry Internship 1
Students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the process of theological reflection
- Explain the competencies required for effective ministry
- Identify and describe the skill level appropriate for their ministry experience
- Analysepersonal actions in ministry through theological reflection
- Discover and discuss the value of feedback found in a mentoring relationship
- SPI201 - Christian Spirituality and Vocation
Description: This paper explains a range of both traditional and contemporary expressions of spirituality including Pentecostal movements and explores the various approaches throughout history to vocation and calling. Spiritual disciplines are discussed and applied. Unit detail page >>
- THE202 - Christ and Salvation
Description: This paper aims to demonstrate and formulate a thorough knowledge of doctrine concerning the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. Unit detail page >>
- THE204 - Pentecostal Pneumatology
Description: This paper, which builds upon Understanding the Faith, examines the biblical foundations and historical developments in respect to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, a key area in Pentecostal theology and practice. Unit detail page >>
- THE205 - Personal and Public Ethics.
Description: This paper is designed to explore theological and philosophical bases of ethical decision making, and to facilitate guided reflection on personal morality and societal ethical issues. Unit detail page >>