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 31 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.

The Multiply Church Leader Program is an accessible, intensive version of our Certificate in Church Leadership Program. In this 100% online program, students participate in 8-week courses that emphasize additional training for leaders in multiplication-minded churches.

Time & Cost

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

The Certificate in Church Leadership program requires 10 courses + Student Orientation (or 31 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.

2022-2023 Undergraduate Tuition Rate = $210 per credit hour


Example Breakdown


Application Fee: $50


Semester 1

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,520
Tuition for Student Orientation: $210
Library fee: $75 *
Technology fee: $150 *

Total Fees: $2,955

* This is per semester


Semester 2

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,520

Library fee: $75 *
Technology fee: $150 *

Total Fees: $2,745


Semester 3

Tuition for 2 courses (half-time): $1,260

Library fee: $75 *
Technology fee: $150 *

Total Fees: $1,485


Graduation Fee: $200


TOTAL COST: $7,435

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 2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

ENG 107

Undergraduate Student Orientation



All Twenty-Four Credit Hours Must Be Completed

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

BIB 100

Destiny and Calling


BIB 104



BIB 201

Writings of John


CLG 401

Pastoral Ministry


CNS 130

Introduction to Counseling


THE 101

Introduction to Theology


THE 103

Introduction to Apologetics


THE 301

Kingdom of God


Total Credit Hours:



Select Six Credit Hours From The Following Options

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CLG 201

Spiritual Formation


CLG 410



CNS 220

Psychology of a Leader


Total Credit Hours:



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 a paper copy can be sent to our mailing 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 transferring 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.

Fall 2022 Undergraduate B-Term Begins October 17th - Apply Today!