Developing Leaders: Anglican Youth Ministry Qualification

Anglican Youth Ministry QualificationThe Anglican Youth Ministry Qualification (AYMQ) is for people called by God to a vocation in youth ministry.

Students obtain a Bachelor of Ministries Internship Degree from Laidlaw College with high Youth Ministry and Anglican components.

Study is undertaken via regional courses, block courses and/or distance, as well as spending 8-12 hours a week in an Anglican parish, undertaking youth ministry. Students receive field supervision from experienced Anglican youth ministry practitioners and positive spiritual, personal and Anglican formation.

Aims of the AYMQ Programme

  • To provide the Anglican Church in New Zealand with effective youth ministry staff. Staff who are able to be members of a parish staff team. They will be equipped to initiate, lead and develop youth ministry that is well integrated into wider parish life.
  • To provide practical youth ministry training with rigorous engagement with Scripture, theology and contemporary society, and with strong personal, spiritual and Anglican formation.
  • To provide a pathway for discernment, recognition, formation and equipping of Christians who are called by God to a vocation of full time ministry among youth and young adults.
  • To attach due recognition and resourcing to that calling, within the Anglican Church.

Features of the AYMQ Programme

  • Students obtain a Bachelor of Ministries (BMin) degree from Laidlaw College over 3 years of full-time-equivalent study.
  • Up to 90 credits of Youth Ministry papers.
  • Up to 90 Anglican Studies credits are recognised into the BMin degree – gained either regionally or by joining block courses or Summer School at St. John’s College (SJC) in Auckland and Bishopdale Theological College (BTC) in Nelson.
  • Students are regionally based at local Laidlaw branches (in Christchurch, Nelson, Henderson or Manukau) and/or by Distance.
  • Integrative and Reflective Field Work (8-12 hours per week) is undertaken in an Anglican youth ministry context, with an emphasis on going deep in one place.
  • A personalised Anglican Formation Plan, overseen by Anglican Youth.
  • Learning to connect with our Tikanga partners.
  • Students discerned and nominated by Dioceses and/or the Anglican Youth office.
  • Overseen by the National Youth Advisor for Tikanga Pakeha.


Scholarships of up to $7,000 are available to those accepted into the AYMQ Programme. Students then apply for ongoing Scholarships through their Dioceses – reflecting their progress in the AYMQ Programme.


Expressions of interest are to be forwarded via your Diocesan Youth Staff person, Bishop or Ministry Educator, to the National Youth Advisor.
An Application Pack will be sent with full information regarding courses and the discernment/selection process. Please allow 3 months before semester start dates. Laidlaw College’s application criteria will apply.


For more information contact Stephen Garner (Head of Laidlaw College’s School of Theology)

Download the AYMQ brochure