Online Pastor training at Christian Leaders Institute for the second semester 2013 includes 15 free seminary classes for those accepted into our program. This online pastor training begins with taking the Getting Started Class. This class lays a great foundation for your online pastor training. After you complete this class, you are invited to pursue your program of study in your online pastor training.
Getting Started Class: Reproducible Walk With God and Christian Basics CLI Professors (7 credits)
This online pastor training course gets you started. This course is the core orientation to Christian Leaders Institute (CLI), where you meet some of the leaders of CLI and get your computer ready for study. You will also learn about discipleship, evangelism and basic biblical doctrine. This course secures your scholarship. You will study how to get a reproducible walk with God! After you complete this class you will have full standing at Christian Leaders Institute and you will receive your first certificate, the “Christian Basics Certificate. ”
Old Testament Survey Dr. David Graves and Dr. David Feddes (3 credits )
This online pastor training course explores God’s Word in the Old Testament, paying particular attention to literary, historical, and theological dimensions. Your ministry will benefit from Old Testament Survey.
New Testament Survey Rev. Pedro Aviles, Dr. Jeff Weima, and Dr. David Feddes
Supervisor: Dr. David Feddes (3 credits)
This online pastor training course explores God’s Word in the New Testament, paying particular attention to literary, historical, and theological dimensions. Your ministry will benefit from New Testament Survey.
Church History Dr. David Feddes (4 credits)
(Outside Books Needed) The church is almost 2000 years old. A significant ministry training emphasis is church history. This course looks at major events and key persons in the history of the Christian church. Such study helps you to see God’s faithfulness in the past and to better understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities.
Pastoral Care and Marriage Rev. Henry Reyenga Jr., Mr. Brian DeCook, Esq. and Dr. Drew Brown (3 credits)
This online pastor training course is essential for being an effective pastor. This course will cover listening skills, important relationship boundaries, conflict resolution, and marriage issues including preparing couples for marriage. This important ministry training course can be taken with your spouse if you have one.
Church and Ministry Rev. Henry Reyenga Jr. (3 credits)
This online pastor training course explores some key aspects of pastoring a church: praying, setting priorities, training other leaders, delegating, visiting, handling pressure, and more. It also offers guidance for dealing with important transitional events, such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
Systematic Theology I Dr. David Feddes (4 credits)
(Outside Book Needed) Important for ministry training is sound doctrine. This course considers core biblical doctrines about God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and salvation. (Can be taken either before or after Systematic Theology II)
Systematic Theology II Dr. David Feddes (3 credits)
(Outside Book Needed) Ministry training must include an understanding of sound doctrine. This course considers core biblical doctrines about Scripture, the church, and the future. (Can be taken either before or after Systematic Theology I)
Preaching Methods Rev. Steve Elzinga (3 credits)
This online pastor training class aims to help you “fan into flame the gift of God” (2 Tim 1:6) in order to proclaim the Word faithfully and effectively. Areas of emphasis include: (1) blending accurate biblical interpretation with contemporary relevance; (2) preaching as an overflow of personal holiness; (3) sharpening communication skills; and (4) integrating weekly preaching at church with daily Bible reading by the congregation at home. This is a ministry training class that will enhance your ministry. This course also gives some basic instruction on worship issues as well.
Hermeneutics and Exegesis Dr. David Feddes, Dr. Jeff Weima, and Dr. David Graves (3 credits)
How to interpret the Bible is an advanced part of your ministry training. This course deals with key issues in how to interpret the Bible. Students learn steps for studying a passage and practice using various study tools, including computer software, to become more skilled in understanding biblical passages and preparing sermons.
Christian Apologetics Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes (3 credits)
(Outside Book Needed) This online pastor training course is designed to introduce students to basic issues in apologetics (defending and contending for the faith). The course will emphasize Biblical Worldview and Cultural Apologetics, the application of apologetics to contemporary cultural issues.
Evangelistic Missiology: Historical and Cultural Spread of Christianity Dr. Bruce Ballast, Dr. Gary Bekker, Dr. David Feddes and Rev. Henry Reyenga Jr. (3 credits)
Once a nation or people has heard the proclamation of the gospel and the gospel is rooted and forms a culture, spiritual warfare begins that seeks to hold back the advance of the Kingdom of Christ. A cycle of seed sowing, cultivation, harvesting, replanting or decline, growth or revival will occur in that nation or people. This course will examines some historical examples of this cycle. This class will examine the gospel cultivation cycle to give insights on to how to spread the growth of Christianity everywhere.
Church Planting Rev. Steve Elzinga, Rev. Henry Reyenga Jr., Dr. Ron VandeGriend and Mr. Rich DeVos (3 credit)
This online pastor training course helps give you the principles of church planting. This class will actually help you plant a church if that is your calling. Church planting begins with the church planted in you own life, marriage, and family. This course looks at the intentional efforts necessary to plant reproducible and sustainable churches.
Biblical Greek II Dr. David Feddes (4 credits)
(Outside Book needed) This is the second in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. This course takes your ministry training deeper as you study the original language the New Testament was written in.
Biblical Greek III Dr. David Feddes (4 credits)
(Outside Book Needed) This is the third in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. When you make it this far in your Biblical Greek expertise, you will be able to read the New Testament in Greek. This would be a benefit to your ministry training