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Center for Development of Leadership

Equipping │ Educating │ Empowering

Education you can trust to equip servant leaders who are committed and engaged with the Great Commission.

What We Do

The Center for Development of Leadership (CDL) provides formal and non-formal training to pastors and church leaders in Mozambique and Portuguese speaking nations of Africa who yearn for biblical theological studies.


The formal training offers a two-year Diploma in Biblical Studies and a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Theology.


The non-formal training offers 8-10 seminars each year in various areas of study.

Courses in our Curriculum

① Bible Study Methods & Hermeneutics
② Systematic Theology
③ Bible Exposition (Old & New Testaments)
④ Biblical Languages (Hebrew/Greek)
⑤ Biblical Leadership
⑥ Evangelism & Missions
⑦ Expository Preaching
And more...

Our Mission

We exist primarily to provide Bible-based training to men and women who will equip others and nurture the churches in Mozambique and other Portuguese speaking nations of Africa (2 Timothy 2:2; Colossians 1:28-29).

Our Vision

Our vision is to continue training a new generation of servant leaders and to foster a sustainable theological institution of higher learning that will provide a solid Bible-based, Christ-centered, and Spirit-led education across denominations in Mozambique and other Portuguese speaking nations of Africa.

Our Goals

CDL’s primary goals are to equip in leadership foundations and skills, educate for servant leadership in the church and teaching ministries, and to empower for ministry collaboration among evangelicals.


The foundation of the ministry I am undertaking now is a result of the tools I acquired during my studies at CDL. I have more confidence in carrying out my ministry, and my fellow students have become my best ministry partners. Lourenço Manuel

I received a solid biblical foundation at CDL that enables me to teach and preach the Word of God with confidence and courage. I thank God for the opportunity I had to study at CDL and for well-equipped and dedicated faculty. Verónica Zambeze

CDL provided me with solid biblical and theological tools. Studying biblical exposition prepared me to work with the United Bible Society translating biblical texts in local languages. I also lead a new congregation of believers. José Caré

Our History

In response to the crying need of evangelicals in Mozambique and Portuguese speaking nations of Africa, the Center for Development of Leadership was founded in 1994 by Dr. Isaias Uaene, a native of Mozambique.

About Dr. Uaene

Dr. Isaias Uaene holds a master’s degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctrorate in Expository Preaching from Union University. He is the Founder and current Executive Director of the Center for Developmet of Leadership.

Dr. Uaene has served as the National Director of the Far East Broadcasting Association (FEBA Radio) for over a decade and on boards of numerous Christian organizations.  He has also served as Senior Pastor for over two decades.

Dr. Uaene is married to Quezia, who serves alongside her husband. They have two children, Samuel and Anna.

Please complete this form if you are interested in more information on our programs of study.

We Need Your Help

Please consider praying for and/or financially supporting CDL. We also have short-term ministry opportunities if you would like to come serve with us in Mozambique.

Fervent Prayer

Pray that God will continue to use CDL to raise up men and women with a strong desire to impact others through multiple areas of ministry.

Financial Support

 Because we are training pastors and church leaders in low economic countries, CDL provides training at virtually no cost to the students. However, it takes money to provide this ministry training.

For a donation of $40 per month, you can adopt a student in our two-year diploma program. For $110 per month, you can send a student through our bachelor’s degree program.

We are a multi-denominational and non-profit ministry solely supported by contributions of individuals and organizations in harmony with our purposes. All the financial support received for the ministry is appropriated directly toward the spreading of the Gospel and leadership development.

Ministry Opportunities

We have many short-term ministry and missions opportunities throughout Mozambique:

– Teaching: college and seminary professors, pastor-teachers needed to teach 2+ week intensive college level courses in different fields of study.
– Leadership seminars: pastors, church leaders, and lay leaders needed to lead training in different subjects for as short as two days or more.
– Evangelism and Outreach: mission groups from churches and Christian organizations needed to do evangelism and outreach ministry with local churches.
– Women and Children Ministries: women needed to lead seminars with women on different topics and to minister to children in orphanages in the cities and villages.
– Projects: we need people to undertake construction work and refurbishment/repair work, among others.

On-site accommodations and catering are available. Please contact us using the form below if you have any questions or are interested in serving with us.


Please contact us using the form to the right if you have any questions or are interested in supporting the Center for Development of Leadership.