Learn. Lead. Influence.

LIFE Leadership College is at the heart of LIFE, a dynamic, vibrant and growing church in Auckland, New Zealand. College exists to equip, empower and release people into a life of positive and significant influence to impact and change our generation with the reality of Jesus. We believe life in Christ is extraordinary and shapes eternity. Investing in an environment of learning, leading, ministry development and faith will prepare you to make a unique difference on earth.

Cultivating an intelligent and courageous faith, expressed in a transformed life.

College Life

LIFE Leadership College operates out of LIFE’S Central Campus close to downtown Auckland. Our programme is multi-faceted to best equip students for all dynamics of ministry.

College is outworked through three strands of development:

Teaching – students grow in their biblical understanding, theology, leadership and spiritual maturity.

Practicum – all students benefit from one-on-one coaching with a staff supervisor in a specific ministry of LIFE or with their home church (to be negotiated).

Hands-on experience – LLC students play key roles in the outworking of Sunday services, conferences and events.

The College week typically runs from Sunday to Wednesday, allowing students to work Thursday-Saturday if they wish.

Intakes for LIFE Leadership College are in February and July each year. 


The programmes are offered through EDENZ Colleges as the registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) with the NZQA. EDENZ Colleges is represented by Lifeway College, an EDENZ Colleges academy that specialises in equipping ministry students and partnering with colleges such as LIFE Leadership College.

First Year

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) (Christian Leadership)

The New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) is designed to lay a solid foundation for students in their first year by providing a comprehensive introduction to theology and ministry. The immersive environment enables students to develop the character, understanding and leadership skills they need to pursue a life of influence and God-given purpose. Students are supported in their personal growth and development through mentoring whilst gaining practical experience in church ministry and community service. 

Lifeway College | EDENZ Colleges are the programme providers for this diploma. Please click here for further information about the course.

Second Year

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) (Christian Leadership)

The New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) builds on the foundational understanding and skills gained in the first year (Level 5).  Students are given greater scope for leadership within their specific area of ministry and in the outworking of events and Sunday services, while deepening their knowledge of Scripture and their understanding of Christian ministry and ethics. This Diploma will train, equip and release leaders to make a lasting difference in their sphere of influence, whether Church, Kingdom, Community and/or Business.

Lifeway College | EDENZ Colleges are the programme providers for this diploma. Please click here for further information about the course.

Intakes for LIFE Leadership College are in February and July each year.


2017 sees the introduction of gifting specific electives for first and second year students.

Worship and Creativity

Topics include: the creative process, collaborative creativity, and worship tools (vocalists and music).

“When God called me to ministry He first called me to College - a year that prepared, challenged, educated & stretched me for the coming seasons. God is always faithful to finish what He has begun”
Brogan Williams (Worship Pastor)

Evangelism and Discipleship

Topics include:  pastoring, developing leaders, sharing the Gospel and discipleship.

“The greatest lesson I have learnt during my time spent at College was the art of perspective. College has taught me that there is more to my life than what I can see in front of me and even though I think I know what is to come, it always falls short of where God is going to take me.”
Josh So’e (Youth Leader)



Intakes for LIFE Leadership College are in February and July each year.

Life in Auckland

Auckland is known as the City of Sails and is positioned between the Hauraki Gulf and Manukau Harbour. Beautifully green all year round and in close vicinity to scenic islands, plentiful beaches and mountain ranges, it is not surprising it is consistently voted as one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a population of approximately 1.5 million people, Auckland boasts a diverse range of ethnicities and cultures, as represented by LIFE’s multicultural community.

“Living and studying in Auckland is wonderful and College has enabled me to make the most of it. New Zealand holds a bountiful collection of beautiful places, friendly and diverse people and a wide variety of things to do.” – Josh Sitoh, Canadian student

College Information


Domestic students must be a minimum of 17 years of age for all qualifications. International students must be a minimum of 18 years of age. All students should be a Christian for at least 12 months and be serving in their local church for at least six months prior to starting College. Water Baptism is also a prerequisite.



• A completed application form – please contact the College office.
• Proof of identity – certified passport or birth certificate.
• Pastoral reference – please contact the College office for this form.
• Interview with LLC staff – either in person, by phone or Skype.
• Upon the application being successful, applicants will also be asked to complete two short essays in preparation for the course.



For international students whose native language is not English, a score of IELTS 5.5 must be obtained before applying. We may accept prior learning at another institute where English is the language of instruction as proof of English competency. Please note this course is an immersive ministry environment and fluent English is essential.



Application Fee

Domestic Fee $100 if application is fewer than 4 weeks before the start date

International Fee $200 if application is fewer than 6 weeks before start date

If you apply before these deadlines, no application fee is required.

First Year

Domestic Fee $4,500 NZ

International Fee $6,750 NZ

Second Year

Domestic Fee $3,750 NZ

International Fee $6,750 NZ

For more information regarding fees and enrolment enquiries, contact the LIFE Leadership College office on +64 9 306 4222 or by emailing info@life.ac.nz

Contact Us

Physical Address: 95 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand 

Postal Address: LIFE Leadership College, PO Box 108138, Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1150 

Website: www.life.ac.nz

Email: info@life.ac.nz

Phone: +64 9 306 4222


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