Training for ministry

Read more about the different strands of ministry within the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership is responsible for training the Church's ministers and more information about training for ministry on their website.


Te Aka Puaho is the Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. It offers an amorangi ministry training programme, and amorangi are the equivalent of local ordained ministers. Read more about amorangi training

Local ordained ministry

Local ordained ministers (LOMs) are ministers of word and sacrament ordained by a presbytery for ministry in a particular parish. Local ordained ministry (LOM) was introduced in 2002 as one of four strands of ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Learn more about local ordained ministry, and the process towards ordination in the Local Ordained Ministry Handbook.

Local ministry teams

Local ministry teams are one way of answering the question of leadership in small congregations. A local ministry team (LMT) is a form of locally provided (or local shared) ministry leadership in which the responsibilities of “the minister” are exercised by a small group of local leaders and training and support for them and the wider leadership of the congregation is provided by a resource minister or ministry enabler. Learn more

See the Local Shared Ministry handbook.

National ordained ministry

National ordained ministers (NOMs) are those whose call to leadership in the national church is recognised by the Church and who are trained and ordained for the ministry of word and sacrament as teaching elders in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. The oversight of the training programme of national ordained ministers is a major responsibility of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership. Learn more about national ordained ministry and the journey to ordination here