Certificate in Church Leadership

This program of study engages students in biblical studies for practical application in personal growth to
impact their spheres of influence.

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Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

This program is ideal for people who are already working in ministry but desire additional formal biblical training. The courses required for this program provide solid biblical and ministry training while also providing some flexibility regarding ministry focus. All of the courses within this certificate program may also count toward one of the bachelor’s degree programs at Manna U. In addition to the 30 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.


Program Objectives

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ (Bible) and explore ramifications of this Gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of the Church in the world (theology).
  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Bring about the student’s increased understanding of the world in which one lives, including history and philosophy.
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical ministry experience.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The Certificate in Church Leadership program requires 10 courses (or 30 credit hours), which can be completed in 1 year for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition Rate = $200 per credit hour

Here is an example financial breakdown:

Example Breakdown


Application Fee: $50


Semester 1

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,510


Semester 2

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,500


Semester 3

Tuition for 2 courses (half-time): $1,200
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $1,300

Graduation Fee: $100

TOTAL COST: $6,460

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $100 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of Manna U’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.


Full details can be found in the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.



Starting in the Summer semester a 1-credit hour Undergraduate Student Orientation course will also be required for this degree plan.

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Two Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible Electives

Students Must Complete Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
Total Credit Hours: 3


Leadership Electives

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Ministry Electives

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
All Twenty-One Credit Hours Must Be Completed

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21


Admissions section: To become a student at Manna U, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@manna.edu, or by mail to our physical address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

Andre’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Andre leads a busy life. Balancing family, work, and serving at his local church is a tough act, but he sensed the need to sharpen his leadership for effective Kingdom impact.

“The divinity program is designed to challenge the student’s current perception of the world through sound biblical truths. I appreciate this the most because it opened my mind as well as my heart.”

Take Your Next Step

Flexible, Low-Cost Learning

Complete a degree without going into debt

69% of Manna U students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of Manna U’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.