ARISE Ministry School

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Our mission is to empower and raise the next wave of leaders and ministers.

ARISE Ministry School

Our mission is to empower, equip and release a new wave of ministers and leaders into their God-given circles of influence.

The ARISE Ministry School offers a life-changing experience with a diverse range of classroom learning, personal growth and practical ministry opportunities. We have two streams, our Full Time Course (three days a week plus Sunday) and our Part Time Course (one night a week plus Sunday). Within our full time course, we offer 1, 2 or 3 years of academic study and/or internship.

If you are interested in giving God a year of your life and want to know more about the ARISE Ministry School, email our Ministry School team at and they will answer any of your questions or help you take your next step towards becoming a student in 2022.

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John & Gillian Cameron

John & Gillian Cameron

Lead Pastors of ARISE Church

On our first ever trip to Wellington during 2011, I felt God promise me that one day we would build a large facility in which we would train and release a new generation of ministers and leaders for the church of New Zealand and around the world. That people young in spirit would be empowered, equipped and released.

At the time Gillian and I were sitting in a taxi; the church was barely a dream in our hearts. Now that promise is being fulfilled.

We’ve seen hundreds of students come through our Internship School and now with the ARISE Centre we can house our Ministry School and continue to see many people step out into their God-given circles of influence.

God may be calling you to set aside a season to grow in character and leadership for one, two or three years, whether it is now or in the years to come. We pray that God directs your path. You are never too old or too young to make a difference and be a catalyst for change.

Much love,
John & Gillian.


Full Time Day School

We offer courses for 1, 2 or 3 years. These courses provide an environment where students are challenged to grow in their skills and operate with increased effectiveness in ministry. Whilst practical, task-based work is a key focus for any student – an even greater importance is placed on spiritual input. Worship and discipleship are an integral part of the programme, where students are ministered to by ARISE pastors and leaders. Each student will have a supervisor and a mentor that they will meet with regularly. The supervisor will manage their workload and provide opportunities to grow in their skills. Student mentors will help them grow spiritually and provide guidance and support as they grow in their ministry experience. Week to week, students will work closely with ARISE staff in a fast-paced office environment, often alongside a team of others majoring in the same area. Each day in the office is varied and offers new opportunities for learning and growth. The year runs from February to December.

Full details including course dates can be found in the prospectus at the top of the page.

Online Night School

Our night school is for those in fulltime careers and busy parents and provides an environment where students can learn from our ARISE teachers and pastors midweek and practically outwork what they have learnt in their area of service throughout the week. During this course, students will learn from our ARISE Pastors and teachers on how to lead with increased effectiveness in ministry. Each Tuesday, students will have two one hour sessions – the first session will be based on Ministry Practicals with the second session having a focus on Bible and Theology.

In the Ministry Practicals stream, students will learn about growing healthy teams, discipleship, pastoral care, evangelism, principles of godly leadership, how to use their own and release others into their God-given gifts, hearing from the Holy Spirit, spiritual disciplines and so much more. In our bible and theology stream, students will learn how to read the bible with a perspective similar to the writer, Pentecostal theology, parables and gifts of the spirit. During Friday and Sunday services, students will build and lead teams in their chosen area of service to see them released into a new level of leadership and effectiveness in ministry. This course is made up of two semesters which can be completed within one year or by completing each semester in different years.

2022 Day School applications now closed

Apply for Night School now

Full Time Courses

Year 1

For first year students, ARISE offers a Certificate in Christian Ministries or a Diploma in Christian Studies in association with Laidlaw College.

This programme is a great foundational course for those who wish to serve in the local church, deepen their knowledge of the Bible and their Christian faith. Time is divided between practical work, discipleship, reflections and lectures.

Click here to find out more about Certificate of Christian Ministries

Click here to find out more about Diploma of Christian Studies

All candidates wanting to complete their first year in Ministry School doing practical only must have worked or studied for one year after finishing high school.

Course Cost:

The Cert / Dip costs are based off 2021 and are due to be updated by end of October. Year to year costs only move by an estimate of $80.
Certificate in Christian Ministries: $4452.
Diploma in Christian Studies: $6270.
Practical only: $1500.
*Laidlaw fees subject to change. Additional Student Services fee of $120 per year.

Please note that you may be eligible for student loan or allowance if completing the Certificate in Christian Ministries or Diploma in Christian Studies.

Year 2

For those who want to take the next step in their ministry life and expanding into further study. After first year, students can choose whether they continue in their academic study or do practical only.

Time will be divided between practical work, discipleship, reflections and lectures and second year students will be given more responsibility in practical work of building the church.

Course Cost:

The Cert / Dip costs are based off 2021 and are due to be updated by end of October. Year to year costs only move by a maximum of $80.
Diploma in Christian Studies: $6270.
Practical only: $750.
*Laidlaw fees subject to change. Additional Student Services fee of $120 per year.

Year 3
Full practical

Third year students can choose to complete a third year of minstry school, with a purely practical focus. This could include being part of a church planting team or responsibility for a key area of a church function. Students can choose whether to continue in academic study or do practical only.

Course Cost:

Practical only: $500.

Ask a Question


I am not a New Zealand Resident or Citizen, can I do an Internship?

We currently don’t have any courses for International Students but if you would like to do a practical internship you are more than welcome to apply. We are unable to help with any forms of visas at this stage.

Can I work part time and do a full time internship?

Yes, you can. You will be required for three mid week days and a Sunday, so you can work for up to three days but we encourage maximum of two days – so you are able to have a day of rest.

Do you help with accommodation?

No, we don’t specifically but we will endeavour to point you in the right direction if you are keen to flat or board within our church congregation. There is no guarantee of accommodation though.

Can I get a student loan or allowance?

If you choose to take up a Certificate or Diploma through Laidlaw College, you are able to apply for a student loan or allowance but if you are doing a full practical you will not be able to access student loans or allowances.

Can I choose where I am placed in my practical role?

You can specify your preferred area but the first year of your studies is very much about growing in ministry and in character — and we endeavour to place you in the area we think will grow you.