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Christian Leadership

God has promised that those who hear and obey His voice will be leaders. Learn the principles and skills that will make you the most effective and influential leader you can be for His Kingdom.

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The Lord has promised

that if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, He will set you high above all the nations of the earth. You will be the head and not the tail; you will only be above and not be underneath (Deut. 28:1, 13).

In other words,

if you hear and obey the voice of the Lord, you will be a leader. Since the foundation of all education at CLU is hearing the voice of God and living out of it, we fully expect that every CLU student will become a leader in whatever sphere of influence the Lord chooses and in whatever level of authority He desires and your obedience allows.

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Biblical leadership

involves inspiring and equipping others to enhance and fulfill their destinies. Dictatorial rule is unknown to the way of love, where serving those you are responsible for is the heart’s passion of the Christian leader.

In a world where negativity abounds you will discover that “Leadership is automatically transferred to those who remain optimistic.”

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You will explore

the principles that motivate Spirit-anointed servant leadership.

The purpose and power

of a multi-gifted five-fold team will be examined, and you will learn how to embrace and release the exponential effectiveness of being part of such a team in every area of your life.

When Jesus declared to His disciples that that He was building an ekklesia (Church), they understood what He was talking about, and it was very different from our contemporary ideas of what the Church is.

“In the disciples’ culture, an ekklesia was an assembly of people assigned to govern the affairs of a city, state or nation – in essence, a parliament or congress. To the Romans, it was an assembly of people sent into a conquered region to govern, but also to alter the culture until it became like that of Rome.

“They infiltrated government, language, social structure, schools, etc. until the people talked, thought and acted like Romans. In other words, they brought the culture and ideals of the Kingdom of Rome to their assigned region. When Jesus said He would build His ‘Church,’ – His ekklesia – He was speaking of a Body of people that would legislate spiritually for Him, extending His Kingdom government and influence on the earth.” (“Isaiah 22:22: The Key To Governmental Authority” by Dutch Sheets, Dallas, TX; see also Discover 7M )

The Church has been established and delegated by the Lord to infiltrate the leadership of every aspect of our society with the culture and ideals of the Kingdom of heaven and thus see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Are you ready to take your place in His ekklesia?

Online Christian Leadership Degrees

The courses listed below may be taken as a Christian Leadership Certificate or applied as a major concentration toward any of the following online Christian Leadership Degrees:

Additional work is required when an undergraduate-level course is taken on the graduate level. Course substitutions and combining major concentrations are possible when working toward your Christian Leadership Degree online. Discuss these options with the Dean. The key is to follow God’s passion within your heart. Students in the Master’s and Doctoral programs earn approximately 30 credits for each degree from specific courses, and the remaining 10 credits by doing practical ministry work and earning “practica” credits.

Christian Leadership Courses Online and by Correspondence

All of the courses listed below are available by distance learning, and you can submit your coursework online. Your course materials are normally sent by mail, though our top 18 most popular courses are available as downloadable PDF ebooks, MP3 and video downloads if that is your preference. You will be able to contact your instructor online and conveniently email any assignments to him.

Tuition is $100 per credit. Course materials are in addition and generally under $100 per course. The courses may be purchased individually or as a total package. If purchased as a pre-paid package of 10 or more, the cost of tuition is reduced by 20%. Prices are subject to change without notice. Payment may be made by credit card.

 

Christian Leadership Certificate Online

To receive a Christian Leadership Certificate a student must complete a minimum of 10 of the courses below. One of them must be Communion With God.

Available Courses

REN103 Communion With God (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
REN503 Communion With God (Graduate) (Course Syllabus) 4 credits
This course teaches you how to clearly hear God’s voice, see divine vision and journal (write out what God is speaking to you). The Holy Spirit is the Wonderful Counselor, and when you can hear His voice on a regular basis, He provides wonderful counsel to your heart. Eighty percent of the counseling needs of a church will disappear once they are taught the course Communion With God.

“I’m taking Communion With God. I am so blessed so far. My life is already completely transformed. I went from hearing God speak to me once in a while to hearing Him not just in my journaling times but even throughout the rest of the day. What a difference this has made.” — Andrew Steck
“We have been using Communion With God for some months now in all our home groups and one after another people whose prayer lives were dry difficult affairs have blossomed as they have heard the Heavenly Father commune with them, His children.” — Rev. Bill A. VanZutphen, Baptist Church, Wollongong, Australia
“Oh my, I am speechless…I have completed only the first several lessons in Communion With God and my life has been totally, totally transformed. He is such a wonderful, wonderful God. A few months ago I told Him I was desperate for more of Him…I had no idea His answer to my prayer would be so exceedingly abundantly above anything I could ever have imagined. My days and nights are now filled with His presence. Thank you for your service to Him, Mr. Virkler. I will be in touch as I progress through the course….” — Amy

LEA303 Developing the Leader Within (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
This course is designed to help you develop the attitudes, skills and character traits you will need to become the leader God has called you to be. You may need to establish new patterns of thought and action, and break old habits that have been keeping you back. If you truly devote yourself to the requirements of this course, you will be a more effective and successful leader at the end of it.

LEA310 Apprenticed to Leadership (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
Mentoring or apprenticeship was Jesus’ style of training. He committed Himself to twelve intense relationships for about a year and a half, raising up leaders after Him who turned the world upside down for His sake. In this course, we will explore the mentoring relationship from both sides: as an apprentice who is learning from a leader and as a leader who is developing his team. (It is possible and beneficial to be in both positions at the same time – continuing to grow and learn from those who are ahead of us while leading and developing others into their potential.) We will discuss what is involved in a good mentoring relationship, responsibilities of the mentor and the apprentice, how one enters and terminates such relationships, and very practical steps for developing leaders who will stand with you, help carry your load, and continue your vision after you are gone. “There is no success without a successor.”

LEA103 Gifted to Succeed (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
“To each of us grace has been given according to the measure of Christ’s gift…And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints.” Do you know which of these heart motivations God has given to you? Is God asking you to express this heart motivation within or outside the structured church, or both? Which ministry or vocation is He asking you to express yourself through? What kinds of people do you need next to you to make you most effective? These questions and many others will be answered.

“These last 12 weeks have been like looking into a mirror and seeing things in me that I have never seen before. Then taking those things, learning more about them and pruning them to work most effectively for and in myself, my life and my ministry.” —student taking Gifted to Succeed

REN204 Naturally Supernatural (Course Syllabus) 3 credits

Through the working of Almighty God, He has joined His Spirit to our spirits. We will study and experience the glory of Christ (through the Holy Spirit) living within us, as well as ways of approaching Him and releasing His indwelling presence. We abide in Christ to the extent that we know that Christ abides in us. We will also learn how to allow the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit within us to flow out through us. Prerequisite: REN103 Communion With God.

“This course radically changed my life in every way possible. When once the Christian life was somewhat of a duty and chore, it is now a lifestyle of rest. What was once my trying to be good for the Lord is now having Him be good out through me. What was striving to serve Him in every aspect of my life is now simply loving Him and yielding to His Spirit to live out of me. By understanding, experiencing, and living out the seven revelation truths of abiding, my life in every way and dimension has been radically changed.”

 

—student taking Naturally Supernatural

 

BUS102 Fulfill Your Financial Destiny(Course Syllabus) 3 credits
BUS502 Fulfill Your Financial Destiny (Graduate Level) (Course Syllabus) 4 credits
This course will give you Scriptural support for the belief that God delights in the prosperity of His children (Ps. 35:27). It is His desire that we lend and not borrow. We are to be the head and not the tail, above and not underneath (Deut. 28:12,13). God Himself teaches us to profit (Is. 48:17) and has given us the power to make wealth (Deut. 8:18). Several hundred verses on silver and gold will be examined, along with a philosophy concerning money, showing that we are to create and release wealth into the kingdom of God.

HEA102 Take Charge of Your Health (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
We have a covenant of health with our God, which is based on four prerequisites (Ex. 15:26). One of these is to keep all His statutes. In this course, we will learn the statutes of God which will keep us from cancer and the other “Black Plagues” of our century. We need not die prematurely if we become responsible by keeping God’s simple health commands.

“Take Charge of Your Health” taught me that sickness may strike a variety of places in our lives, which affects the whole person. We must heal the spirit’s illness caused by sin. We must experience “inner healing,” which is the healing of hurtful memories and damaged emotions. The effects from harmful memories may consist of guilt, shame, and depression. This is why we need to repent, ask God for forgiveness, and go through deliverance of demonic strongholds.

I believe that most mental illness is frequently misdiagnosed; and is, in many cases, demonization, the influence of demonic activity. Some people become so saturated with sin and invading spirits, that they no longer have control over who and what they are.

We all must remember that the body houses the spirit and soul within us and we must properly maintain all three. Don’t you think you should be responsible for your health? The CLU course “Take Charge of Your Health” will help you do that.

—Mark Huddleston

LEA201 Creative Problem Solving (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
Spirit-born creativity is no accident; it requires purposeful activity. This study will open the doors of your understanding so that the creativity of God can flow through you continuously in ways such as you may have only dreamed. You will examine step-by-step how God progressively fills each of the five senses of your spirit with Himself, until His creative miracle is released into the natural realm.

LEA205 Creating Your Mission Statement (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
In a world in which we are daily forced to make decisions that lead us either closer to or further from our goals, no tool is as valuable in providing direction as a mission statement – a brief, succinct, and focused statement of purpose that can be used to initiate, evaluate, and refine all of life’s activities. People or groups with carefully defined missions have always led and surpassed those who have none. In this course you will be guided through every step of both defining and fulfilling a mission.

“So far it is again an exciting journey. I cannot think of one course being boring to me or not life changing! I cannot comprehend this apart from the Spirit of God designing the courses Himself. What else is there to be said? Thank you!!”

—Isabelle Declercq, Belgium

COU203 Cornerstones of Communication (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
Communication is the center of all relationships, yet most of us are untaught on the dynamics of great communication skills. This course will teach you these skills. With practice, every relationship you enter into will be much more effective, including relationships with your spouse and children. Give yourself the gift of outstanding communication skills.

“I think I can safely say that effective communication skills are one of the most, if not the most, important set of skills one can have in day-to-day living. Without the ability to properly communicate, we cannot get through life properly, as relationships are a central aspect of our lives.

 

 

 

“As a result of this course, I have learned skills that I will be using every day of my life. I have always been faced with situations that have required excellent communication and negotiation skills. Many situations were changed because I was able to implement some of the things I had learned about negotiation from this course. This stuff works!” —Student taking Cornerstones of Communication

REN206 Increasing the Anointing (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
The key to the successful Christian life is walking and living in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This course has three emphases: First it is designed to help you become aware of your spirit. All 1400 verses of Scripture that deal with the heart and spirit of man are closely considered with the one supreme objective of learning to sense your spirit and the Spirit of Christ within your spirit. From there you go on to examine the anointing of the Holy Spirit and how the anointing can be increased in your life. Finally, you will try to get to know the Holy Spirit as a Person.

“Throughout the duration of this course, I have been provoked to go after God like never before: to receive a greater measure of His anointing to bring liberty to captives, and God’s presence to all I encounter. I am challenged to fast and pray more on a regular basis, learn more about the anointing and start living out, through simple daily obedience, what God has called me to. I am also learning not to rely on my strength to get the job done, but to solely rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, and this too will increase the anointing on my life, which in tern will affect everything I do.”

 

 

 

—Student taking Increasing the Anointing

MIN211 Building Dynamic Teams (Course Syllabus) 1 credit
“…they ordained them elders in every church…” (Acts 14:23). Biblical precedent indicates that local churches were governed by a team of elders. God never let the rulership of the body rest on the shoulders of one man, knowing that each of us has weaknesses and limitations, and that no one man can completely represent full truth, wisdom and power as Jesus did. This course will help local church leadership function more effectively as a team, honoring the gifts of all. Prerequisites: LEA103 Gifted to Succeed (required); MIN210 Five Fold Ministry Gifts (recommended). This course will be most useful if you are currently part of a leadership team.

BUS320 New Trends in Management (Course Syllabus) 1 credit
Everyone manages someone, whether you are a business person, a pastor, or a homemaker. What are God’s rules for successful management, which will allow the release of His blessing? We have discovered twenty biblical principles for effective management. These are being used by the most successful corporations around the world. We ground each one in Scripture and provide worksheets so you can easily evaluate your management style. May God’s maximum blessing be released in our homes, churches, and businesses. Leaders manage people well.

LEA321 Visionary Leadership (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
Jesus’ leadership approach with His “staff” ran counter to most of the management styles and techniques employed today. In this course, you will explore the three categories of strengths behind Jesus’ leadership techniques: the strength of self-mastery, the strength of action, and the strength of relationships. You will learn a plan to heighten your awareness level in each category and to assist you in the process of mastering them all, which is necessary for you to become an empowered leader in this millennium.

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