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Christian Leadership University offers without a doubt the most challenging and rewarding teachings I have ever received. I recommend this school to anyone who is serious about their Christian walk. You will never be the same after you take this journey.
Rev. Al Morris II

Prior to enrolling at CLU, I had already earned three graduate degrees, including the Ph.D. But none of those educational experiences came close to the transformational impact of my studies at CLU. At first, I had no intention of pursuing another degree. In fact, I came across CLU while doing a web search on how to hear the voice of God. I was at a point in my life when I was hungry to hear God clearly and to know Him more intimately.

When I found Dr. Virkler’s course, Communion with God, I immediately enrolled with the intention of taking only that course. But when I began to notice how Communion with God was radically changing my life, I wanted more. So that course led to another and then to another, until, finally, I have now completed the Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Counseling.

It has been a most remarkable journey, one that I strongly encourage others to take. The faculty and staff at CLU are wonderful. Each loves God deeply, and this love is reflected in their selfless giving to their students. I am so thankful to our Lord, to Drs. Mark and Patti Virkler, to Dr. Karen King, and to the entire faculty and staff at CLU for playing a major role in helping me to become more like Jesus Christ. There is nothing I desire more and, in my opinion, nothing more to be desired.

MaryAnn Diorio

New Jersey

I have really enjoyed my first course at CLU Communion with God. What a life changing course. I found myself totally immersed in this course. At times, it would be hours seeking and praising the Lord to answer a question. Other times it was pulling the car over and hearing what the Lord is saying to me. I have spent more time with writing, journaling, listening, memorizing, watching videos, and doing my daily devotionals, than I did with almost any coursework I had in my doctorate program at North… University. But this feels different because unlike those other courses, they did not change my life, increase my faith, and bring me to have a daily relationship and discussion with Jesus. WOW, this is a tremendous Spirit filled experience that impacts me even when I am not doing work for the course. Thank you! 

Rick Martin

Superintendent, Franklin County Technical School District

Communion With God has been one of the most life-changing teachings I have ever received. I am amazed at how the truths I learned in this course have become a part of my foundation in Christ. Sharing these truths with others and seeing an awakening in their hearts has brought a joy to my heart beyond words. 
Jason Buck

B&G Manager, Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church

CLU for a clear Biblical Worldview

My desire for a preeminent education fit perfectly with CLU’s worldwide reputation for scholastic distinction taught from a Biblical worldview. Choosing CLU was one of my life’s best decisions and greatest blessings.

I received cutting edge, personalized instruction and coaching in the principles of Christian counseling in a multifarious spectrum of teaching techniques that engaged all styles while also supporting my learning challenges. My courses were challenging, relevant, exciting and implementable. My instructors were wise, engaged, experienced, spirit led, encouraging and genuinely invested in my understanding, knowledge and growth.

I was confident that CLU would provide and education that I would value the rest of my life, but what I was not prepared for is how my course work would literally transform my life and faith! I have come to hear from the Lord in such personal and intimate ways, I have broken free from all bondages and learned how to effectively servant lead anywhere that the Lord may call me, from palaces to prisons. I have learned the modalities, techniques, and principles of effective Christian and secular counseling (distinctions and similarities), inner healing, as well as the bourgeoning field of coaching. My experience at CLU has broadened my professional horizons and opportunities, but of far greater impact, it walked me through spiritual healing that has profoundly changed the trajectory of my life. I hold my alumni status with the family of CLU as one of my greatest honors and blessings.

Shannon Marketic

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Before enrolling, I had heard only good things from my colleagues about this school and these courses. I was excited and hopeful for what I would experience myself.  I have been blown away in the powerful experiences I have encountered with every course. Far beyond my expectations.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my studies and experiences through CLU. I tell everyone I can about these courses and programs, especially my colleagues or those looking to grow in ministry. What I love most is how every course is spirit-led and all knowledge taught is woven into experiences with the Holy Spirit. This is not just head knowledge learning; it engages our heart, mind and soul collectively. When considering going to school, God specifically told me, “if I wanted to know more about who He is, I would find Him here.” As I have sought Him, He has surely shown up and revealed wonderful and hidden truths to me.

The instructors are amazing, filled with spiritual wisdom and very helpful. I love that the courses are self-paced as well which fits my lifestyle working full-time and caring for my family. These courses have changed my relationship with God and significantly impacted my ministry. I am very thankful!

Karrie Landsverk

Ordained Pastor, Rio, WI

I love the lamad style education (revelation-based learning). I’ve earned my Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree through CLU, and I am currently working toward my Doctorate. The course work really plunges the learner deeper into The Spirit of God.

When I began my journey ten years ago, I was excited, but very nervous at the idea of online education. I was only 18 at the time, and I was not sure I would have the discipline to get the work done on time.

As time passed, the excitement stayed but the nerves fell to the wayside. Now, the excitement comes with every course order because I know that my learning time is time spent with my King!

I have enjoyed the teaching / learning methods, getting to work with and know the various instructors and most of all, I’ve really, really loved the impact this education has had on my walk with Christ.

Every chance I get to recommend CLU to others, I certainly do. Even if they aren’t looking for college credit – CLU has something to offer for about every need in life.

I could add so much more, but will leave it at this- This is no ordinary Bible College or Seminary. There is no denominational presence, but the emphasis on The Holy Spirit is fabulous. I have been blessed over the years to have personal conversations with Mark and Patti and with Karen in the office. Having many friends and colleagues who have come out of traditional Bible Colleges or Seminaries, it’s plain to see there is a stark difference in what we know and what we’re capable of sharing. It’s not that CLU grads are “better”, it just seems we turn out a little different from those in the traditional training setting. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Pastor Eric McCracken


I am enjoying my class very much… The best part is I am growing to know the Lord, not just know information about Him.

The class is life-changing… My wife and I are going through the DVDs together and she is noticing some changes in me after only 1 month. Thanks for allowing the Lord to teach you these hard lessons so that you could teach others. It is a much needed message to the body of Christ. I am looking forward to teaching this class to my church this fall.

Patrick Wilson

Pastor, Pennsylvania

I am working with such an amazing instructor.

The presence of the Holy Spirit consumed me during my call with him on Friday. There is an anointing on everything that he says.

Moreover, my instructor prayed for me so powerfully that, while he was praying and making prophetic declarations over me, my whole life flashed before my eyes. The Lord revealed where I need inner healing. This came as part of the “Prayers that Heal the Heart” course.

It’s life-changing.

My instructor is a heavenly treasure. This guy is going to impact millions of people, either directly or through his students.

Anthony Petrucci

I so enjoy the Lamad method of learning (and teaching). My learning from CLU has impacted my preaching, teaching, pastoral work, family, personal life, etc. I appreciate the fact that you have taken some risks to follow the path on which the Lord has led you. I am most grateful.
Rev. John Donnelly

Wayne, New Jersey

I have been blessed by this journey with CLU and my life is forever changing. I do not have the words to share with you right now, Mr. Virkler, but I will say that you have changed my life. Your obedience to God has affected my family, friends and community.

The Doctorate at CLU was the most important education I have ever had and will ever get. I received my B.A in education and my M.A. in counseling from The University of Phoenix. My Doctorate with CLU is the most precious part of my educational journey. Glory be to God! My Doctorate from Walden University will allow me to be a certified instructor in the State of Arizona but nothing can ever take the place of my Doctorate from CLU. I will buy your books for my clients.

Shaloma Gray

What to say about Christian Leadership University? Great, amazing, wonderful, organized, practical, you can do it, great subjects, and… “old fashioned”. Yes, that’s right, I said “old fashioned”… Why??
Artur Esau

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And now, Mark, I am off to my books and tapes again…I have to tell you, I am TOTALLY enjoying the coursework. I honestly believe that EVERY Christian needs to have this information. I would love to teach it at the YWAM Discipleship Training Schools.
Joy Miller

This will be my last course for my degree but I am hooked and will begin another doctorate after this. I have never had such fun learning.
Dave Stoesz

Ontario, Canada

I’ve never loved studying and taking courses as much as I am loving my coursework through CLU. God is so amazing!

Linda Geyer

Phoenix, AZ

I am enjoying all the courses and sharing them with those around me. My life is greatly enhanced and my relationship with the Lord is deeper than I thought possible.


Conchita Cassin

I asked God to help me find a school for my Ph.D., and He did. I had two western schools lined up, and they kept calling me. But God told me to take His leadership, and I did. I already had two Master’s Degrees under the State, and I did well. Something was missing though, and it was the confirming Word from God. I got tired of man’s ways in school.

The biggest benefits I have enjoyed are God’s Word, and learning to hear God’s voice more clearly, knowing it is His voice and not mine.

I especially appreciate the fast responses and the kind and respectful thoughtfulness that each person gives when speaking to you on the phone or online. Everyone has shown Christian Leadership!

I have already recommended CLU to two people and I will continue to tell others about this university.

Mable S. Elliott

New York City

What I like most is having flexibility, working with advisors who know me, and the joy I have knowing I am learning in a Spirit led way.

I was encouraged to go to Regent (it’s a local school). There is an assumption that Regent is the way to go. But I kept having reservations I could not articulate. I prayed to be led to where I would flourish.

The day I saw CLU’s information, my heart leaped! I have no shadow of doubt in my decision. I just signed up! Working with people who love me makes a huge difference in confidence. Learning in an environment of love makes all the difference.

The three biggest benefits I’ve enjoyed are peace, a decrease in fear, and confidence that I am obeying the Lord.

Would I recommend CLU to others? YES!

Julie George

Becoming a part of CLU has changed my life…Each time I study, the presence of the Holy Spirit is right there and is sooo strong. It grows more intense at times. I am amazed at His presence, wisdom, and what He reveals while studying. Each course has its own aspect of communing with God. When I speak to people around me about this, they don’t quite understand, and that is okay. I am thankful that God is feeding me. CLU is a true University, put together by God and ordained by HIM. Thank you for catching the vision and running with it.
Stacie Horne

I attended a Communion With God seminar which changed my life. The revelation that I could hear the voice of God was truly amazing, it took me beyond a doctrine to an intimate experience. This has had a profound effect on our congregation as many have also done the course and have been released into an exciting way of living because they are actually hearing from God themselves. This has resulted in growth and maturity. So impressed have we been that we now offer the courses through our own Bible College.
Rev. Robert O. Marshall

Senior Pastor of Tableland Christian Faith Centre, Assistant Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Far Northern District Queensland, Australia

A wonderful program that will be a great blessing to many.

Stan DeKoven, Ph.D.

President, Vision Christian College

We need more experiential basic teaching of this kind to bring maturity to the Body. Excellent.
Judy Eckhart

When I heard Mark’s material in the early 80’s, it quadrupled my ability to hear God’s voice, taking a lot of the guesswork out.
Rev. Dale Bolton

Senior Pastor, Thornhill Vineyard, Ontario, Canada

God has anointed and ordained you to develop such a college for ‘such a time as this’. How exciting to be part of a university of such caliber.
Rev. Janice S. Strawn

Because the Communion With God tapes have been such a blessing to me, after nearly twenty years of struggling how to hear God’s voice and then know it was, I want to use the CWG videos in the cell/home groups.
Pastor Graham Thomas

Grantham Christian Fellowship AOG, Grantham, England

I am impressed! I think you have done a masterful job.
Rev. Maurice Fuller

Our church uses Mark and Patti Virkler’s books in our Bible school and to promote church growth through our cell group program. We also use these books to strengthen the network of churches that relate to us.
Pastor Eddy Leo

Abbalove Ministries, Jakarta, Indonesia

Chris Wells

Dear Mr. Virkler, I just wanted to send you a note thanking you for this course. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has revolutionized my relationship with Jesus.
Tess Martone

What I needed to hear for years! I was blessed for all eternity.
Floyd Wells