NZ Government

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

  • NCEA Level 3, minimum 42 credits at Level 3 (or equivalent) made up of 14 credits each in three subjects from the approved subject list.
  • A minimum of 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English or Maori covering 5 credits each in both reading and writing.
  • A minimum of 10 credits at NCEA level 1 in numeracy from the list of approved standards OR equivalent.
  • International students must meet English language proficiency, NZCEL Level 4 (Academic) or equivalent.


3 years

Tuition Fees Annual Total Qualification
Student fees $4,590 $13,770
Government tuition subsidy $6,135 $18,405
Total $10,725 $32,175

Student loan information: StudyLink

Student Success

Successful course completions: 64%

National Graduate Outcomes
(3 years after completion)

Median earnings: $45,740

Earnings range: $33,382 – $52,385

In employment: 70%

In further studies: 23%

On a benefit: 2%

Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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The Bachelor of Applied Arts (Christian Ministry Leadership) specialisation targets students of the Christian faith and aims to produce graduates with competencies to work effectively in a variety of roles in the broad field of Christian ministry, which includes non-for-profit organisations, churches and businesses with a Christian or mission focus. Students will be passionate about their personal journey and connection to their faith to help others develop their personal well-being and their connectedness to others.


Additionally, graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Christian Ministry Leadership) will be able to:

  • Initiate, manage and lead a ministry project from concept through to implementation, informed by well-found humanities and ministry practices.
  • Critically reflect on their own understanding of ministry leadership undertakings supported by theory and best practices.
  • Evaluate a collection of research/investigatory approaches associated with ministry leadership as a scholarly undertaking from applied arts and ministry leadership perspective.
Christian Foundations (an overview of systematic theology)

This course aims to introduce learners to the core doctrines of Christian theology and the influences these have on the contemporary Christian worldview.

Spiritual Growth And Discipleship (an exploration of faith and religion in the church)

This course aims to introduce spiritual disciplines, spiritual growth, and discipleship with importance placed on personal development and the Christian community.

Introduction to Ministry (an overview of contemporary ministry and challenges)

This course aims to introduce learners to the practice of ministry in terms of biblical and historical foundations.

Introduction to the Bible (a survey of the old and new testaments)

This course aims to introduce learners to the overarching narrative of the Bible and the way in which this forms the basis of a contemporary Christian worldview.

Biblical Interpretation

This course aims to develop learner knowledge and skill in relation to the various hermeneutical approaches to Scripture, including the biblical exegesis and genre sensitive interpretation.

Christian Ethics

To equip students to develop, apply and reflect upon their own ethical decisions based upon Christian ethics and worldview; and understand historical and contemporary Christian ethics.

Ministry Leadership and Management

This course aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to apply management skills within a volunteer environment of Non-profit Organisations with specific focus on church and para-church contexts.

World Religions and The Christian Worldview

This course aims to explore Christian worldviews as well as the relationships (including cultural perspectives) to other Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic world religions.

Uniqueness and Interdisciplinary

Our learning model develops students by bringing together students from vastly different disciplines (Film, Digital Media, Ministry and Business). Collaboration in education is an all-encompassing movement affecting organisations in all sectors across art forms, disciplines, cultures, institutions, and other third parties. The integrated degree design encourages learner collaboration from vastly different disciples, worldviews and perspectives through the development of interdisciplinary communication and projects. The Christian Ministry Leadership major shares common courses with students from other disciplines:

Psychology and Philosophy

This course aims to introduce broad philosophy and psychology concepts and theory, with focus on personal connections.

Sociology and Media Studies

This course aims to introduce an overview of sociology and media studies as personal lenses to understand the social world and interpret media messages.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

This course aims to provide learners with knowledge of the role of culture and communication in business including managing and leading individuals, groups, and teams in multicultural complex environments.


This course aims to enhance and develop humanities-based research competencies using critical thinking and problem solving skills applied to a personal auto-ethnography study.

These subjects allow Christian Ministry Leadership students to connect to people in their communities and provides a pathway for a Christian Ministry practitioner to develop more people-focused skills. This can make people better leaders, enrich the understanding of others, and develop empathy for the persons in their care. Arguably Christian Ministry Leadership is undertaken by people, for people with people for the purpose of impacting our communities and each other in positive ways. This is our degrees secret sauce.


Graduates of the Christian Ministry Leadership specialisation may gain employment with churches, not-for-profit organisations or business with a Christian or mission focus as a pastor, business administrator, donor relations manager, volunteer manager, community services manager, executive pastor, business development manager, office manager, or other general management positions. The human-focused nature of the humanities courses means we prepare graduates for Ministry Leadership roles involved in the development of solutions with people, for people and by people:

  • Pastoral carers able to combine Christian worldview with humanities to support themselves, their church and their communities.
  • Christian leaders able to combine Christian and Humanities focused knowledge in their practice.
  • Volunteer managers and volunteer project managers.
  • Community leaders that can use humanities-based approaches and Christian worldview to impact their communities.
  • Relationship managers who can use their humanities and pastoral capabilities to forge authentic relationships with communities and customers for modern business.
  • Professional careers in the Christian community.
  • Community awareness and passion for the success of our youth and children, with capabilities to become youth directors, youth pastors, or children’s ministry managers.