C3 Leadership College has an exciting prospectus lined up for each student involving a tailor-made course for students to be trained in the areas they wish to develop and gain skills, through study in one of two pathways: The Primal Church Planting stream, or the Ministry Internship stream. These two streams revolve around a foundation of shared core study components (page 16) and individual mentoring, with students completing either a National Certificate or Diploma in Christian Ministry. Depending on the stream chosen, study will break into different areas of practical ministry relevant to the stream, with opportunities to be trained in a range of fields of church life and ministry, as
well as input from some of the top ministers in the
C3 Church movement.
Working in partnership with Lifeway College, providers of the NZQA components of the course, our aim is that students would leave college with security in knowing who they are in Christ, and confidence in what He has called them to do. Empowered with the Word and trained to pursue and fulfil that calling, C3LC produces graduates who are effective in ministering the Gospel and building the Church, with the ability and support to plant a Primal Youth Church or be part of a church department team.

Primal Planting Stream

Primal Youth churches have exploded across New Zealand, with one in almost every major city. The Primal Planting Stream is an opportunity to be a part of a cutting edge, pioneering team of passionate youth pastors hitting the streets and raising up a generation of young people to become strong influential leaders.

This stream involves 12 Months of intensive training and preparation within C3 Auckland’s own City Primal where students are positioned in the team, observing and getting hands on with the inner clockwork and outreach of a thriving Primal.

Students will be selected to plant at the end of their training. Be part of seeing the youth of NZ find their true identity, hope and purpose in their lives! As well as being part of the new nationwide teen suicide prevention campaign and tour − UNDEFEATED.

Ministry Internship Stream

Change Young Adults Ministry
Change Auckland is the largest ministry within C3 Ellerslie, and is one of the largest Young Adults ministries in the C3 movement worldwide. There are many areas within Change for students to serve and complete practical applications of their ministry training, from worship and creative/design through to running O-Week outreaches in the universities throughout Auckland. A Change internship is a great way to be a part of impacting the soon-to-be leaders of this country.

Worship & Production
C3 Auckland has a long history of worship and songwriting that has seen our music go out across the nation and the world. Be a part of the team that plans, mixes, lights, writes, and produces our Sunday worship and brings our church into the presence of God. From stage design and lighting through to playing in the band and leading worship, an internship through worship and production will provide a platform for students to truly get involved and grow their giftings.

Media & Design Collective
C3 Auckland has a booming design and media team, and is renowned throughout the C3 movement for its top level creative and visual communication work. Completing an internship through the media and design collective means working alongside qualified, experienced and talented designers to help tell the C3 story and communicate our message in a relevant and engaging way with print, ambient, digital, photographic and video based mediums.

Undefeated Tour
Primal Youth has launched a national teen suicide awareness campaign and high school tour, called Undefeated. An internship with UNDEFEATED will see students gain top-level event management skills, travelling the country organising and assisting in bringing an explosive Hip Hop & Dance show with a message of Hope to high-schools all across
New Zealand.

Be part of pioneering our dynamic intermediate youth ministry for the future, expanding the Friday night Fasttrack programme and breaking into a new territory of intermediate school outreach events. A Fasttrack internship means helping develop a strong unshakeable faith in 11-12 year olds in those fundamental years before entering high-school that allows them to know who they are in God, being a light in their school. Be part of planting Fasttracks around NZ and developing a generation of youth that are not being influenced but are the influencers!

C3 Kids
A strong kids ministry is an essential part of any healthy church. Each week C3 Auckland run an exciting and dynamic kids’ program where youngsters not only have fun beyond belief but they get to discover who they are in Christ in a way that connects with them. Come and be a part of an awesome team as a C3 Kids Church intern, where you will not only learn some great tools and skills but will get first hand experience in communicating and ministering to kids.

Primal Leadership
Primal is an exciting vibrant youth movement throughout New Zealand. Be part of injecting hope and purpose into the lives of young people and seeing the next generation take ground and make a stand. Primal is a movement rich in heritage and filled with radical young people willing to live for something greater than themselves! Learn how to effectively lead, evangelise, manage teams, reach high schools, build a strong relationship with the community, communicate and run effective events. Develop your faith and be pushed out of your comfort zone. Be part of seeing young peoples lives transformed
and ignited with a God given call.

Core Modules

Preaching and

Whether it is speaking in front of 5 or 500 people, this module will equip students with the confidence and skills to communicate to groups in a marketplace or ministry context. Students will learn literary principles of rhetoric through speaking and writing enabling them to plan and prepare talks, sermons, and presentations as well as points on effective delivery. Students will hear from experienced preachers and marketplace presenters who will expose them to a wide range of skills and techniques developing them into effective communicators.


Developing leadership skills is a key part of any ministry training, and is at the heart of C3 Leadership College. This module will give students an in depth understanding of the nature and role of true leadership, hearing from speakers who are well experienced in significant leadership roles within the church and the marketplace, including exclusive content from Phil Pringle and the Phil Pringle School of Leadership.

Ministry Practice
and Principles

This module explores a number of key themes that are vital to a believer’s ability to sustain an effective and fruitful life in God. These include commitment to the local church, the cultivation of Godly attitudes, and the value of mentoring relationships. An integral part of this module is the principles of Pastoral Care, looking into how we pastor people, and how we connect with and manage the complexities of people. Students will also cover practical explorations of how to maintain their personal integrity and wellbeing within the context of ministry life, in order to provide a leadership model that is both successful and sustainable.


Essential to Christian leadership is a strong abstract knowledge of God. This module explores the foundational doctrines of core Christian theology and applies them to life and ministry. Students will study the nature and character of God. It also explores God’s relationship with mankind, through Christ – His person and purpose. It also navigates the connection between Christ as the Head and his body the church and also the relationship and outworking of the Trinity.


This module provides students with an understanding of the importance of correct interpretation of Scripture, an overview of interpretive methods and principles, and how to apply these. The course involves an overview of the
New Testament books, with detailed analysis of content and application to everyday living, covering areas of purpose, major themes, cultural setting, geographical setting, principal characters, doctrines, passages, terms, and events in selected books. Students will also gain keys to effective Old Testament study, achieving a better understanding of each book and to apply their messages to the 21st Century.


Serving a living God requires a knowledge that He truly is alive and moving amongst us in supernatural ways. This module gives students an understanding of the Scriptural and practical principles relating to the Christian doctrine of healing, signs, deliverance, prophecy, and miracles in the 21st Century. Students will receive training and guidance from experienced ministers and have the opportunity to put their faith into action through genuine applications of these principles.

Spiritual &
Personal growth

This module will provide keys to equip students in spiritual disciplines as part of their journey to be a connected, transformed, and fruitful believer. These keys will be uncovered through study of the word of God, key figures throughout history, and in-depth self analysis & assessment of the subconscious. This will result in a strong, disciplined mind, and a deep understanding of one’s own identity.

Effective Youth &
Young Adults Ministry

This module is essential to those interested in the Primal Planting stream or the Ministry Internship with Change Young Adults. Students will cover training in being an effective Youth/Young Adults Leader in the context of
New Zealand society, studying various dynamics of leadership specific to Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
The module examines youth and young adult culture and some of the issues associated, providing guidelines on developing the students’ own leadership capacity and those whom they lead. Combined with practical application, students will be able to create and run an effective Y/YA ministry.


Leadership development and practice calls for one to live beyond their comfort zone. This module is designed to help students test themselves in outdoor environments involving intense physical team building activities and challenges. This module involves a number of events throughout the year, but is covered largely through Extreme Camp. Exclusive to C3 Leadership College, Extreme Camp will in an unapologetic and unreserved way, teach students the value of patience, submission, and learning to work with both the shortcomings of themselves and others.

Life’s Tough

In Christian ministry and leadership, we will all find ourselves asking or being asked some common but very difficult questions in need of good answers. This is a new and much loved module that aims to provide solid theological and spiritual teaching to back up some of these answers that are so widely sought after.

International Internship

C3 Leadership is now offering International Internships at our C3 Auckland campus, running simultaneously with our July intake (45 weeks; mid July–mid June). All applicants will be required to stay in New Zealand over the New Year’s holiday period to assist at Primal Getaway Camp.

International Requirements

Certified copy of your passport as proof of citizenship

A certified copy must be signed as being true and accurate by

  • Justice of the Peace (JP), Solicitor, Court Registrar
  • Member of Parliament, Public Trust, or a person listed in
    the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957
  • For remote New Zealand communities unable to access
    the above, a school principal, minister of religion, or
    general practioner (GP) is acceptable
  • For students overseas, contact your closest New Zealand
    Consulate Office

Please do not send original documents as we cannot guarantee their safe return.

English Language

Non-English speaking students must produce certified copies of their official English Language Test Results (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language Results (TOEFL). Results must show suitable evidence of English language ability as required by the specific course (see Prospectus). Lifeway College may accept proof of English competency as attained through prior learning at another institute where English is the teaching medium.

Ministry Qualifications

C3 Leadership College Internation Program is designed to enhance already aquired leadership skills. All applicants are requiredd to have at least a full year of experience in their desired field of development. All applicants accepted into the course will be placed into a position of responsibility to provide a year of active experience in ministry. This course is 80% practical; 20% theory.

Areas of ministry

Youth, Young Adults, Intermediate, UNDEFEATED Tour, Administration, Worship*, Production/Technical Support, Design/Creative**
*Worship applicants must provide at least three links/videos of themselves leading worship.
**Design/Creative applicants must provide a portfolio of their design/web, photography, and video work.

Please note this international course is not for beginner level applicants. Each application will be thoroughly reviewed and prayed over. If an applicant does not meet requirements they will not be selected to be a part of the international course.

Additional Documentation

  • Submit a certified copy of proof of identification (birth certificate or passport)
  • Email a digital photo (shoulders up, against white)
  • One page essay stating why you want to do this course and what area of ministry you are interested in. Please describe your strengths and weaknesses in an academic environment
  • Pastor’s Reference — Strong recommendation from the Pastor you are currently serving under
  • Alternate References — Two recommendations: One from family, and one from an adult authoritive associate (past employer, teacher, professional counselor etc)

Course Details

National Certificate in Christian Ministry
Study Details
The qualification is 120 credits in length which equates to approximately 400 hours of lectures, study, assignments and examination time and 800 hours of practical internship.

National Diploma in Christian Ministry
Study Details
The qualification is 120 credits in length which equates to approximately 480 hours of lectures, study, assignments and examination time and 720 hours of practical internship. Students need to have completed prior Tertiary level 4 qualifications or higher in order to enroll in the level 5 diploma.

Entry Criteria
All students must be age 17+, with a minimum NZQA level 1 qualification. Students under the age of 18 must have parental consent. Application forms must be submitted with 2 reference forms, one of those being from the student’s church pastor. Students must be committed Christians and will be required to attend Sunday services at C3 Church Auckland during their study. Students must agree to course code of conduct.

Study/Intake Details
We run two intakes annually, commencing late January and early July (International Internship available in July intake only). Students are based at the C3 Auckland offices four days per week but there will be times where students will
be required to be available for other events, outreaches, and camps.

Application Details
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If you would like to have the forms mailed to you, send your full name, address and contact numbers to:

PO Box 11406
Auckland 1051

C3 Leadership College
20 Cawley St, Ellerslie
Auckland 1051, New Zealand
09 579 1716