Who We Are

Cultivate Leadership Institute, CLI, is a leadership certificate program that is designed to help you grow in your leadership capacity by discovering your unique God-given purpose.

Our Mission

We equip individuals to become mature, healthy leaders through instruction, training, and guidance.

Our Vision

We exist to cultivate the purpose and passion for leadership that God has placed in each individual.

Our Verses

"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-13 NLT

Our Team

Dr. Eric Freeman
Tyresa Foster
Academic Director
Jen Knust
Student Development Director
Sarah Yewande Oluwafunmilayo Akiwumi
Client Relationships Manager
Elizabeth Mitchener
Marketing Manager
The thing that makes CLI different from other leadership programs, or even going to seminary, is the intent is to fill in the gaps; with what I wished I had learned.
Matt & Martha Fry
Lead Pastors
C3 Church in Clayton, NC
I used to think leadership was what you do but after going through CLI I've learned it's not about what you do, it's about who you are.
Taylor Hayes
Administrative Director
Mended Fly Fishing
CLI has provided me with tools I use every day. My equip group has been awesome. We ask each other deeper questions to help each other see things from a different perspective.
Jon DeYoung
Senior Consultant
ECG Management Consultants
CLI changed my view of leadership. Anyone interested in CLI should go for it. Take this opportunity to pour into yourself, so you can pour into others.
Zac & Emily Currence
Physician Assistant & Mental Health Counselor

Certificate and/or non-degree programs offered by Cultivate Leadership Institute havebeen declared exempt from the requirements for licensure under provisions of Article 8,§115D of the North Carolina General Statutes, for exemption with respect to religious institutions. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of programquality under established licensing standards.