christian preacher


This programme is designed to equip those who want to become lay preachers in the Methodist Church of New Zealand with introductory knowledge and skills for preaching.  The duration for this certificate is 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time.  Enrolled participants are required to complete 3 compulsory papers (45 credits).  The language of instruction is available in both English and Pasifika languages.

NB For the process to become an accredited lay preacher see the Methodist Church of New Zealand Laws and Regulations - Section 1 8.1 - 8.10



Graduate Profile

Graduates will be able to:

• Locate texts in their biblical contexts and ancient settings

• Interpret texts using various methods and tools for interpretation

• Write and deliver sermons based on interpretation and apply to contemporary situation.


Education Pathway

This qualification may lead to entry and credits in the Diploma in Methodist Studies (Level 5) or equivalent qualifications.


Employment Pathway

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to become lay preachers in the Methodist Church of New Zealand or in other similar contexts.


Paper Requirements

BS510 Exploring the Bible
BS511 Interpreting the Bible
PS520 Preaching: Theology & Practice