Jesus grew His disciples to become faithful, skilled and brave - in fact their lives became adventures in God's service.  Jesus taught people how to serve. He showed them how to live and what ministry looks like, and then they served with Him before being sent out to do the same themselves. 

Like an apprenticeship in Christian ministry, mentored internships fit well with the way that Jesus grew His disciples - learning skills, watching and practicing, being encouraged and corrected, and growing into a whole new realm of service.

BTC Internships, in partnership with Laidlaw College, provide an excellent and rewarding way to explore ministry further, gain experience and training, all within an NZQA accredited framework.  


Most of our interns work towards the Diploma in Christian Studies (Leadership Track) in their first year. You take two classes per semester (Biblical Theology, Introduction to Theology, Formation, and Mission, Church & Community), and spend the other half of your time serving as an intern. The internship component of the course involves classes too - learn more about yourself, your leadership style, and leadership/ministry skills, by intentionally reflecting on the time you spend doing practical stuff.

After your first year, you can choose to continue into a Degree, continuing to intern, or focusing more on the academic side of biblical, theological and pastoral studies. Details about the transition from the DipCS(Leadership) into a Degree are still being formalised - get in touch, and we can let you know more!


BTC has a number of interns at any one time serving in different contexts - from community outreach to worship teams. We are pleased to be able to offer a number of scholarships 2018 where the successful applicant will be placed with a local church or community context, and will be paid for the full twenty hours per week of their internship.

Application forms must be with the BTC staff by Friday 24 November (including references), at which time we will confirm the interns for 2018, and you can go ahead with your formal Laidlaw College enrolment.

Download the forms here: 2018 APPLICATION FORM FOR INTERNSHIP

For any questions, contact: office@bishopdale.ac.nz or call 03 548 8785 and speak to Graham.