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About the programme

Come on a profound journey of following God’s call on your life. Our Diploma in Pastoral Leadership provides a unique opportunity for those training to be the new generation of pastors and leaders in thriving faith communities. Our focus is the formation of the whole person – integrating head, heart and hands to equip and form you for a life of robust and fruitful ministry.

The programme is a three-year journey including biblical and theological NZQA-accredited study, and a personalised development track designed to build your ministry skills, confidence and formation needs. You will become part of a cohort mentored by our experienced ministry training team.

After successfully meeting the three year training requirements you will graduate with the following:

“We would love to explore with you how this programme could transform your life and equip you for the future ministry that God has for you.”

Jonny Weir, Director, Ministry Training

Qualification Duration Intake
Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (non-NZQA) Full-time: 3 years March
Certificate, Diploma or Degree (NZQA accredited) Completed within the same timeframe as the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership March, July


The cost for one year of the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership is $1600 inclusive of 15% GST. A fee subsidy is available for students from Baptist churches (special conditions apply).

Fees for NZQA courses are listed separately on each programme page. Information relating to payment and important dates can be viewed by clicking on the button below.

Photo of Monique Lee for quote

“Have you ever considered there might be a call of God on your own life?” Those were the words that changed my life. I was an elder in my church and providing pastoral team leadership while we were between pastors. I arrived at Carey with questions about my calling as a Pastor. Throughout my study I was given meaningful opportunities to wrestle with God, resulting in a solid and deep conviction that God does have a call on my life to serve Him in pastoral ministry.”

– Monique Lee, Graduate, Bachelor of Applied Theology & Diploma in Pastoral Leadership

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