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Certificate in Church Leadership

This program of study facilitates an understanding of the Old and New Testaments with an emphasis on exegesis using advanced hermeneutics and various exegetical resources.

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.

  • 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 + 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


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 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Leadership in Action

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LIA 101Leadership in Action (Two Semesters)Pass/Fail

Student Orientation

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENG 107Undergraduate Student Orientation1


All Twenty-Four Credit Hours Must Be Completed

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 100Destiny and Calling3
BIB 104Hermeneutics3
BIB 201Writings of John3
CLG 401Pastoral Ministry3
CNS 130Introduction to Counseling3
THE 101Introduction to Theology3
THE 103Introduction to Apologetics3
THE 301Kingdom of God3
Total Credit Hours:24


Select Six Credit Hours From The Following Options

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 201Spiritual Formation3
CLG 410Homiletics3
CNS 220Psychology of a Leader3
Total Credit Hours:6


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

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

  • Do I have to take courses like Math or College Writing in this program?

    No! This certificate is built entirely around essential training for ministry.

  • Who is this certificate for?

    This certificate is for those in vocational ministry who do not have formal Biblical training, or those who are in lay ministry or church planting and wish to have the essential tools to walk-out their calling.

  • How long does this degree take to complete?

    This degree can be completed in less than a year through our Multiply Church Leader Program, designed specifically in partnership with Manna Church to build better leaders, faster. Students interested in going part-time can complete the program as well, though the completion time varies.

  • I am a Microsite Leader at Manna Church. Is this a good program for me?

    Absolutely! This program was designed by Microsite Leaders and Manna’s Multiply Pastor with Multiply in mind.

  • If I earn this Certificate, and want to stay at Manna U, do all of these courses apply to Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts degrees?

    Yes. The courses in this certificate apply to other Undergraduate degrees at Manna University.

  • What Bachelor's Degree program most closely aligns with this certificate?

    Our Bachelor of Arts in Divinity most closely aligns with the Certificate in Church Leadership.

Student Story

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.”

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.