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Certificate 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. All of the courses within this 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.

Outcomes
  • Educate (Foundational Leadership and Theological Knowledge): Students will have a foundational understanding of Christian leadership principles and the theological basis for leadership within the church and secular environments.
  • Equip (Leadership Skills and Team Dynamics): Students will have essential knowledge and skills needed to mentor others, lead diverse teams, and communicate the Word of God effectively.
  • Empower (Practical Ministry and Leadership Experience): Students will have practical ministry and leadership experiences through required practicums.

Time & Cost

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

The Certificate in Christian 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.

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.

Student Orientation

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

Bible & Theology Electives

Students Must Complete Any Twelve 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: 12

General Studies Nonelective

All Students Must Take ENG 111

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

 

General Studies Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ENG 112 Research and Writing 3
HST 110 World History I: World History to 1500 3
HST 120 World History II: World History Since 1500 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

Leadership Nonelective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
LEA 201 Ethics 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

Leadership Electives

Select Any Six 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 201 Spiritual Formation 3
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
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 6

Ministry Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
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
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 211 Introduction to Life Coaching 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
CNS 301 Counseling II 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 202 Intercultural Communication I: General Focus 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

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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