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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...

Upcoming Events

Check back soon to see our upcoming courses, short-term ministry events, and missions. 

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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 is a native of Mozambique and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the Founder and current Executive Director of the Center for Development of Leadership in Maputo, Mozambique.

Dr. Uaene has served as the National Director of the Far East Broadcasting Association (FEBA Radio) for 12 years and is on the board of numerous Christian organizations. He has also served as Senior Pastor for over two decades.

Dr. Uaene is married to Quezia, also a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, 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.

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CDL Events in September

There are many exciting things happening at CDL and around Mozambique this month! CDL is privileged to have Dr. Jim Howard teaching New Testament Theology and Dr. Fred Sharpe teaching Biblical Leadership & Ethics September 11-22. The Biblical Leadership and Ethics...

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Pastor Training at CDL

Last week Dr. Richard Hamlet of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, taught several sessions at CDL. Dr. Hamlet, president and CEO of Global Ministries Foundation, trains pastors all over the world. His focus at CDL was to train local pastors in the practice of expository...

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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

 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.

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 and facilities 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 also in the middle of expanding our facilities. As we make progress, we look forward to providing even more students with biblical training. Please consider donating toward our facility construction.

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 at our guesthouse:

If you are interested in partnering with us in ministry, please fill out the contact form below.

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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.

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