You are called.

There is no question God has a plan for your life!

Christian Leaders Institute guides motivated Christians who lack the training they need to be more effective leaders. We can do this through the passion of generous partners who support these revolutionary, free, online college-level classes and low-cost official degrees.

Simply enroll in our free getting started class. After you finish and pass this class, you will be able to take all the education classes we offer. You do not need a high school degree, but you must complete this getting started class.

Christian Leaders Institute is a generosity-driven institute that brings free online courses for ministry training or Christian enterprise training globally. We seek to meet the need of 90% of the world who does not have the opportunity to receive a college degree.

Christian Leaders Institute may be right for you if you are seeking free online training for

  • Education and credentials for paid or unpaid ministry positions
  • Local Ecuministry Ordination, which ordains you locally as a minister and includes you in a global directory with the Christian Leaders Alliance. Plus, you have access to a global network of Mentor Ministers to guide you through the ordination process if this fits you.
  • Workplace ministry training that helps you provide for your family as a Christian leader
  • If you are have been convicted of a crime and need to walk a new path. Check out our Restorative Justice Program.
  • Christian growth or continuing education, which opens up 180 hours of online instruction

Christian Leaders Institute will give you the opportunity to get the education you need to live out your God-given call!

How Does This Work?

It honestly starts with your calling. We have noticed “called” people are motivated! They voluntarily finish our college-level courses. They receive credentials. Many get ordained.

Are you called to study? You can do it! All you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer that is connected to the Internet. 

Christian Leaders Institute gives you a debt-free opportunity for formal education. You can earn ministry or enterprise certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

Begin by enrolling in a getting started Scholar Class which launches you as a new student. Complete this free class to get your tuition* covered for all the classes you complete at Christian Leaders Institute. You may even complete over in over 40 other courses. You can take these classes free of charge. These are generosity-driven classes.

You will have access to over 180 credit hours of recognized instruction in Christian Ministry training subjects or Enterprise topics.

Take these training courses online anytime day or night.

Current students love the classes. CLI received a 4.8 rating out of five on our Facebook Page.

Leading Missiologist Dr. Craig Van Gelder has endorsed Christian Leaders Institute. Click Here to see his one-minute endorsement.

*Tuition includes the opportunity to study, complete and receive grades on all classes. Study materials and basic customer service are also included. Official Credentials: Small administration fees apply for verification, certification, and sending of completed credentials.

Seeking Minister Ordination?

Are you interested in being ordained with the Christian Leaders Alliance?  The Christian Leaders Alliance is a global network of locally ordained leaders who are globally recognized. Christian Leaders Alliance Ordained Mentor Ministers are available as a possible resource for you if you do not have local mentors to help you.

Step One: Enroll in the Getting Started Scholar Class. Then take Ministry 101 (4 Credits) and Christian Basics (3 Credits)

Step Two: Enroll in the Deacon Minister class that is supervised by the Christian Leaders Alliance, headed up by Rev. Brian DeCook. The CLI class guides you to get three local endorsers that confirm your call and readiness for ministry.  Do you need a local mentor minister for your local ordination? Check out our mentor minister directory.

The class actually guides you to local ordination. But you will also be recognized as an ordained minister with the Christian Leaders Alliance.  You will be placed on an international directory free of charge.

Christian Leaders Alliance Directory Link

Step Three: You continue your ministry training for a specific ordained minister role that relates directly to your calling. These roles have different requirements depending on your calling to ministry. Here are some samples of ordained minister roles offered at Christian Leaders Institute: Officiant Minister – Small Group Minister (23 Credits) – House Church Pastor (29 Credits) – Women’s Minister (32 Credits) – Associate Chaplain (35 Credits) – Associate Minister (36 Credits) – Evangelist Minister (TBA) – Commissioned Minister (45 Credits) – Chaplain (120 Credits) – Minister of the Word (120 Credits)  More ordination roles to come.

As you progress through the CLI study program, your ministry training directly relates to the ordained ministry role that fits you and your calling.

*If you need official credentials, they are available through our vision partner program or for a small administration fee.

Are You Seeking Formal Bible Training?

Are you a new or experienced Christian seeking an accelerated learning path? Our online Bible school offers over 180 credit hours of high-quality classes. The training is designed to include beginners. Our Online Bible School curriculum is Biblical. See Statement of Faith. You can pick from over 40 college-grade Classes that include Bible Survey, Theology, Apologetics, Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Church and Ministry, Church History, Ethics, Missions and Revival, New Testament Greek and many others. We keep adding more!

Seeking A Debt-Free Degree, Diploma, Certificate or Award?

Are you seeking a debt-free option for College-level ministry training? Our goal is to offer this free online Bible school college-class atmosphere for you to get all the training you need. All the classes are free. Certified awards, certificates, and diplomas have have administration fees required. These fees or required donations supply the income needed for verification and certification that you completed the free classes.

The bachelor program brings you a four-year degree for $2,000 administration fee. Why do we have administration fee? Click here. This bachelor degree is accepted at places like Calvin Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, Vision International University and Northern Baptist Seminary.

Get Free Enterprise Training!

Do you need Christian business training? We call it Enterprise Training.

Do you need training that improves your competence and effectiveness in the marketplace? Since the Apostle Paul’s life has inspired our curriculum, Christian Leaders Institute offers enterprise training. This training includes topics you find in a business or trade school.

The DeVos Digital Enterprise Center began in 2016. Over 6 courses have already been added. More courses will be added in the coming years until a complete Bachelor of Enterprise (Business) degree is offered. Just finish the getting started scholarshiuip course and begin your enterprise training.

Efforts are also being made to develop a “trades” school at Christian Leaders Institute. These certificates and diplomas focus on character and skill development.

Pastors Seeking Formal Ministry Training?

Are you seeking formal ministry training? Are you a local ordained leader in a church needing clergy-grade training? Are you seeking training with certified awards, certificates, diplomas or degrees that do not put you into financial debt? CLI offers formal training that will deliver certificates or diplomas. We offer a Bachelor Degree that is recognized by top-tier seminaries and if you need a Master’s Degree, our divinity degree is accepted at some major accredited seminaries.  Click here to find out more. This high-quality ministry training with free online Bible school classes will put you on that path.

Pastors or Denominational Leaders Seeking to Raise Up Local Leaders?

Are you a local ordained pastor looking for a way to train up local leaders for local ministry? At CLI, you can use our online Bible school classes for your local church. Maybe you have been mentoring an existing CLI student. Do you see the possibility of starting a mentor center in your local church where you can raise up teams of well-trained local leaders? Offer local Elder and Deacon training through these classes.

Are you a Bishop, Apostle, or denominational leader? Are you looking for ways to bring formalized training to the leaders you are raising up? Our programs of study may be perfect for you! Maybe you want to use these training or ordinations options to help raise up local church planters?

Home Schooling Family Seeking Online Bible School Classes?

Are you a homeschooling parent looking for Bible training for yourself or your high school age children. Many homeschooling families have received scholarships. Your teen students can start on their college degree.

What is included in your scholarship and what is not?

After you have received your scholarship, the ministry classes are open to you. When you complete programs of study, you will receive unofficial awards.  The verified awards require an appropriate fee for that personalized service.

What are the classes like?

These online Bible School classes provide the reading materials in electronic format in all classes.  Students can do their studies with a computer, smartphone or tablet.  All reading materials are included and viewed online on your device.

Over 40 world-class Bible school professors (with Ph.D., THD, and Masters degrees) led by Dr. David Feddes guide your education. All professors received their degrees from accredited institutions. You get the credits and transcripts without paying anything.

Is Christian Leaders Institute Accredited?

Christian Leaders Institute operates through the authorization, as a degree-granting institution through an exemption, by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities under Section 1005.06 (1) (f), FLA Statutes. 

This means that all our degrees are authorized and granted through the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities. Our degrees are not granted through the authority of other educational commissions.

Christian Leaders Institute degrees are considered “online only” degrees and do not have a physical operating campus.

Christian Leaders Institute is in the early stages of applying for US Department of Education accreditation.

Christian Leaders Institute is a member of ACEA and is accredited by the International Association of Bible Colleges and Seminaries( IABCS).  Read here to find out the difference between national accreditation and state accreditation. Click here to read more about accreditation and CLI.

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