Certificate in Christian Leadership

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The Certificate in Christian Leadership program is designed to prepare prospective and current Christian leaders to lead, teach, and counsel from a distinctly Christian approach. It prepares the student to be a Christian leader in the midst of any environment. This program centers on Jesus’ example of servant leadership. Theory is firmly anchored to practice, and all instructors personify a positive, encouraging spirit.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who earn the Certificate in Christian Leadership will:

  • Be equipped with an introduction to biblical principles, concepts and techniques for leading, teaching, and counseling with a distinctly Christian approach.
  • Know, understand, and apply principles of the servant leadership approach of Jesus Christ including communicating vision, building unity, problem solving, and caring for others.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will:

  • Be equipped with an introduction to biblical principles, concepts and techniques for leading, teaching, and counseling with a distinctly Christian approach.
  • Know, understand, and apply the principles of servant leadership as demonstrated by Jesus Christ throughout the Scriptures.
  • Apply servant leadership principles while developing leaders, communicating vision, building unity, problem solving, and caring for others.

Program Structure

This Certificate in Christian Leadership is 24 credits. Students must complete specified Christian Leadership courses to earn the Certificate in Christian Leadership. Courses in the Certificate in Christian Leadership may be completed in any order. The method of instruction is 100% online, asynchronous format with video conferencing .

Course Requirements

Course ID

Course Name


CBL201 Theology of Leadership 3
CBL202 Introduction to Christian Leadership 3
CBL203 Introduction to Leadership Planning 3
CBL211 Introduction to Communicating Vision 3
CBL221 Recruiting Excellence 3
CBL251 Building Teams 3
CBL261 Introduction to Biblical Problem Solving 3
CBL271 Introduction to The Heart of the Christian Leader 3
Total Credits: 24

Admission Requirements

Individuals seeking admission to a Calvary Chapel University undergraduate program must:

  • Fill out and submit the online application through the Populi system;
  • Pay a $50 non-refundable application fee;
  • Request official transcripts for high school and all college or university coursework.  Verification of high school completion or an equivalent must be verified by the Registrar through official transcripts prior to admissions, enrolling, and matriculation.
  • Minimum overall grade point average is 2.0.
  • Complete Student Reference Requests.

Official transcripts with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 must be received and verified by the Registrar prior to course enrollment.

The spiritual requirements for admission involve demonstrating an unwavering commitment to Christ and the inspired and inerrant Scriptures, having consistent Christian character, utilizing one’s spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ and your professional vocation, and yielding to the Holy Spirit’s call to service and Christian growth.

Technology Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • High Speed Internet
  • Speakers/Headphones
  • Microphone (external or built-in)
  • Webcam (internal or external)


  • Zoom
  • Google Suite of applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free from the Adobe website)

Competency Assessment

Applicant’s skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education environment are assessed prior to acceptance via official transcripts, the online application, and required admission materials including a personal testimony to determine spiritual readiness.

Online Instructional Methods

Courses are disseminated 100% online through Populi.com. The Certificate in Biblical Knowledge program will use instructional methods such as, but not limited to: video lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, and tests.

Online Grading Practices

Final tests or examinations are course specific and assessed with a rubric. Passing grades are determined by each instructor and stated in the course syllabus. Within 48 hours of submitting assignments, work is evaluated and a grade is posted in the online course grade book. Students have access to view their personal grades at any time. There is no mailing of institutional responses or evaluations of students’ work. All grading and communication with students is conducted within Populi, the online operating system.

Graduation Requirements

CCU awards an academic Certificate Program diploma to students who are in good standing upon the satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, as listed in the University Catalog for the year during which the student first enrolled.

To be eligible for a Certificate Program diploma, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program consisting of 24 credits through Calvary Chapel University
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Meet all University financial obligations.

Note: No grade below a C- will be applied toward a Certificate program at Calvary Chapel University. Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester. In order for you to receive your diploma all financial obligations must be met.