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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.

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.

  • Educate (Biblical and Ministry Knowledge): Students will have a basic understanding of biblical teachings and contemporary ministry practices.
  • Equip (Practical Ministry Skills): Students will have practical skills necessary for effective church leadership in collaborative environments within ministry teams.
  • Empower (Leadership and Ministry Engagement): Students will be empowered to advance their leadership roles within their current ministry settings or to pursue further educational opportunities in biblical studies and church leadership at the bachelor's level.

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.

2024 - 2025 Undergraduate Tuition Rate

$230 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 most recent 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 1


All Twenty-Four Credit Hours Must Be Completed

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 110 The Life of Christ 3
BIB 111 Introduction to Hermeneutics 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 24


Select Six Credit Hours From The Following Options

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
Total Credit Hours: 6

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 Church Leadership

Church Leadership Minor students select any five of the following six courses.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 15


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, 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.

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.

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