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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership

This program of study is designed to provide intensive training for students who are called to ministry in the church or the workplace.

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

This program of study equips students to learn and apply sound Biblical leadership training such as values, vision, planning, motivation, and organizational development to embrace, understand, and live as an effective ministry leader. In addition to the 121 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

Outcomes
  • Educate (Comprehensive Leadership and Theological Education): Students will have a comprehensive education in general studies, biblical studies, organizational leadership, theology, and practical ministry.
  • Equip (Advanced Skills for Leadership Excellence): Students will have advanced communication, critical thinking, and decision-making skills tailored to leadership roles in both church and business environments.
  • Empower (Professional Leadership Preparedness): Students will have extensive practical experiences, which prepares them for high-level leadership positions in ministry or graduate level education.

Time & Cost

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

The B.A. Christian Leadership degree requires 40 courses + Student Orientation (or 121 credit hours), which can be completed in 4 years 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.

2024 - 2025 Undergraduate Tuition Rate

$230 per credit hour

Fees

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

Courses

Full details can be found in the most recent academic catalog.

Leadership in Action

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

Student Orientation

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 107 Undergraduate Student Orientation 1

Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21

General Studies Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research for Writing 3
HST 110 World History I: World History to 1500 3
HST 120 World History II: World History Since 1500 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 21

Personal Formation Nonelectives

Students Will Take All Six Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
Total Credit Hours: 6

Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 330 Book of Revelation 3
BIB 401 Book of Mark 3
BIB 411 1 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation 3
ELE 109 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
HUM 110 Survey of Biblical Literature 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 104 Apologetic Issues for Cross-Cultural Engagement 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II 3
THE 300 Writings of the Church 3
Total Credit Hours: 6

General Studies Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 110 General Psychology 3
CNS 120 Human Growth & Development 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 103 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 201 The Writings of C.S. Lewis 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
HST 320 History of Missions 3
HUM 101 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MTH 230 Introduction to Statistics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
Total Credit Hours: 6

Open Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I (a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I (b) 1.5
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II (a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II (b) 1.5
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CLG 351 Changing the World by Making Disciples/Mentoring 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
CNS 230 Research Methods 3
CNS 302 Marriage & Family in Society 3
ELE 104 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 105 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 106 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 107 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 108 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
GRK 305 Greek I(a) 1.5
GRK 306 Greek I(b) 1.5
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Intercultural Communication I: General Focus 3
MIS 311 Intercultural Communication II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 312 Intercultural Communication II: U.S. Indigenous Populations Focus 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

 

 

Program Nonelectives

B.A.C.L. Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 411 1 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation 3
CNS 230 Research Methods 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar & Capstone 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundation of Marketing 3
LEA 420 Global and Cross Cultural Leadership 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation 3
LEA 451 Transforming Culture 3
LEA 460 Social Entrepreneurship 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 45

Courses for Minor

Bachelor’s Degree students at Manna University may select an Academic Minor. Minors are 15 credit hour programs within the 121 credit hour Bachelor of Arts degree that indicate a specialization in an academic subject other than the Major. Christian Counseling students are not eligible to declare a Minor at this time.

Minor in Christian Leadership

Christian Leadership Minor students select any 15 credit hours.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Admissions

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 for Undergraduate Applicants, and a minimum 2.7 GPA is preferred for Graduate Applicants).

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

All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can you do with a degree in Christian Leadership?

    A degree in Christian Leadership from Manna U helps prepare you for leadership roles in various environments, that may include leadership within a church, ministry, non-profit or for-profit organization. Basically, whatever environment you are in, this can help prepare you to lead people, teams, ministries, organizations, and/or businesses. 

  • What type of courses are in the Christian Leadership programs?

    These undergraduate courses include Bible and Theology, General Education, Ministry, as well as Christian Leadership courses. Some of those leadership courses include the following:

      1. Mentoring and Coaching
      2. Psychology of a Leader
      3. Foundations of Marketing
      4. Servant Leadership
      5. Introduction to Organizational Leadership
      6. Collaborative Teams and Innovation
  • Why should I choose Christian Leadership over the other majors?

    The way into the future for the human race is effective good leadership. This is a broader program for those in leadership in various contexts. The other majors are more specific. If you feel called to preaching and biblical studies, the divinity program may be a better fit. The same with the intercultural, worship, and counseling programs, they are concentrated to those areas. Christian Leadership can help in all those fields since all need and have leadership components, but the focus in this program is preparing effective Christian leaders, no matter the area or field they are called.

Student Story

Mackenzie's Story

Like most of today’s college students, Mackenzie leads a busy life. Finding time for studies was a challenge on top of family, work, and serving in her local church, but she sensed the need to be more prepared for her calling.

“One of the biggest things I learned was through the Servant Leadership class. In order to lead like Jesus you need to serve like Jesus. That’s something that I’ve been able to apply from my time at Manna U to the role I’m in now.”

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.

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