Manna Church and Grace College of Divinity
Manna Church is a rapidly growing mega-church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Manna Church’s mission is to glorify God by equipping His people to change their world and by planting churches with the same world-changing vision. Manna Church plans to accomplish this vision by loving God, loving each other, and loving the world.
Manna Christian College
Manna Christian College was formed by Jerry Daley to train future pastors and church leaders. Manna Christian College operated on the campus of Manna Church and the curriculum was integrated biblical studies, theology, and practical ministry. The practical ministry aspect was fulfilled through ministry efforts at Manna Church.
Manna Christian College later became Grace Leadership Institute, which sought to train church leaders for Grace Churches International in the areas of Leadership, Worship, Ministry, and Family Life. Grace leadership Institute had been located on the campus of Grace Church of Chapel Hill. Grace College of Divinity was founded in the Fall of 2000 with an emphasis practical and academic training for ministry by experienced professionals.
Grace Churches International
Grace Churches International (GCI) was a network of churches that grew organically out of small fellowship gatherings. GCI transitioned to mPact Churches in the beginning of 2012. As a a mentoring movement, mPact Churches seeks to multiply church leaders, plant churches, create multi-sites, start micro-churches (missional movements) and to help existing churches grow. A unique focus of mPact Churches is its focus to move from adding to multiplying.
Manna Church and Grace College of Divinity’s relationship
Grace College of Divinity (GCD) and Manna Church collaborate in many ways. GCD and Manna Church have a weekly chapel service that is a collaboration between the two organizations. TheEXPERIENCE internship is a joint program that offers academics from GCD and practical ministry internship with Manna Church’s student ministries.
Currently, GCD’s main office is located on the property of Manna Church. Manna Church and Grace College of Divinity both belong to mPact Churches. GCD, mPact churches, and Manna Church have a shared mission of equipping and preparing leaders of mPact Churches. Manna Church and Grace College of Divinity share in the vision of leadership development for the advancement of the kingdom of God. These organizations collaborate in fulfilling this vision.