About Christian Leaders Institute

Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) is a ministry of Christian Leaders, which is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit ministry with a budget of under $700,000 for 2014.  Click here to Read our Revival Dreams and Ambitions Report for 2014. Christian Leaders Institute trains thousands of bi-vocational and vocational ministry students from over 120 countries. Thousands of students are signing up to enroll in the Getting Started Class to find out if advanced ministry training is right for them.

Christian Leaders Institute seeks called leaders who sense the call into ministry no matter what their financial situation looks like. We offer high quality ministry training.  Leaders get training right where they live in connection to a local sponsor/mentor of their choosing.

We seek to make this training available free of charge for any called Christian leader.  Every accepted student who agrees to our faith statement and who completes the getting started class gets an opportunity to have advanced training.

Christian Leaders Institute offers over 22 advanced ministry training classes. Most of the classes include the study materials in the electronic syllabus so that students will not need to buy books.

We ask students to make a donation of any amount each semester they study at Christian Leaders Institute. This student donation helps students to realize the value of each course offered.

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History of  Christian Leaders Institute

Christian Leaders was founded in 2002 by Rev. Henry Reyenga Jr. under the encouragement of Rich DeVos Sr. and Ron Parr who agreed to be part of the founding board of directors. The founding mission of Christian Leaders was to use technology to identify, train and mobilize bi-vocational Christian Leaders everywhere.

Shortly after starting Christian Leaders, Rev. Reyenga extensively studied the use of the Internet as a tool for reproducing Christian leaders. Finally, his study of cutting-edge Internet technologies brought him to start offering Internet classes in 2006 and brought advanced training to bi-vocational pastors and church planters in the United States and Canada.

Christian Leaders Institute Graduation Statistics 2013

Christian Basics Certificate (7 Credits) 3280 Graduates  

This certificate examines calling into ministry, walk with God and basic Christian doctrine. This certificate gives foundational knowledge needed to be a Christian leader. This certificate is also foundational for every student at CLI and opens the door to all the other classes and advanced diplomas.

Continuing Ministry Certificate (23 Credits) 285 Graduates

This certificate is perfect for pastors who are ordained but have little formal training.

Christian Leaders Certificate (23 credits) 198 Graduates

This certificate is perfect for church planters and new pastors. This certificate covers the basics of ministry.

Continuing Ministry Diploma (30 Credits) 150 Graduates

This is our first advanced training diploma which is perfect for pastors who are ordained.

Commissioned Pastor Diploma (37 Credits) 26 Graduates

Some denominations and associations require advanced training before ordination. This advanced diploma covers the requirements of most denominations and associations.

Diploma of Ministry (43 Credits) 11 Graduates

This advanced diploma is for those graduates that want to go deeper. This advanced diploma also covers the requirements of most denominations and associations.

Advanced Ministry Diploma (63 Credits) 1 Graduate

This diploma covers most of our courses offered at Christian Leaders Institute. This advanced diploma also covers the requirements of most denominations and associations.

Board & Staff

2013 Board of Directors

Brian DeCook
Ed Van Drunnen
Henry Reyenga Jr.
Richard De Vos Sr.
Ron Parr
Todd Hazelton

The Christian Leaders Institute Staff

President – Henry Reyenga, Jr.  616-745-7118
Provost – David Feddes
Technology Director – Jerry Lorenz
Editor – Pam Reyenga
Director of Communications – Joshua Harris
Social Media and Customer Service – Joel Prince
Dale DeYoung Customer Service
Provost Assistant – Wendy Feddes
Web Marketing and Fund Raising Consultant – Richard Boureston
Accountant and Book keeping – Jane Weemer  708-774-9844

CLI Faculty

CLI faculty members combine keen intellect with enthusiastic experience in outreach and ministry. We strongly believe in making disciples of all nations. All CLI professors have advanced degrees, almost all have planted a church, and most have international or inter-cultural mission experience. CLI professors believe that Bible-based home-discipleship builds spiritual strength and inter-generational Christianity.

Statement of Faith

  • The Bible is God’s inerrant Word, the only final authority for faith and life. (Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 8:20; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)
  • God is Trinity, an eternal, loving unity of three divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  • God created the universe ex nihilo, from nothing, and made all things very good.
  • (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Hebrews 11:3)
  • God created humanity to glorify and enjoy God and to be stewards of creation.
  • (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8; Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 37:4)
  • Humanity has fallen into sin, and we are totally unable to save ourselves.
  • (Genesis 3; Romans 3:12, 23; Romans 5:12)
  • Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.
  • (Matthew 1:21-23; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:14)
  • Jesus was born of a virgin, obeyed God perfectly, worked great miracles, died on a cross, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and reigns over all things.
  • (Luke 1:26-35, Hebrews 4:15; John 14:11, Luke 23-24, Ephesians 1:20-23)
  • Salvation is merited only by Jesus’ perfect obedience and substitutionary atonement.
  • (Isaiah 53; Hebrews 7:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 4:12)
  • Salvation is entirely God’s gift, not our achievement, and is received by faith, not works. (John 3:16; Romans 1:16-17; Galatians 2:16-21)
  • The Holy Spirit gives new birth, unites us to Christ, equips us with His gifts, and empowers us to be His ambassadors. (John 3:3-8; Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 3:16-21; 1 Corinthians 12; Acts 1:8)
  • The church is the one body of God’s people throughout all generations and from all nations. (Romans 12:5; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 1:22-23; Revelation 7:9)
  • Christ gives two signs and seals of his grace: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
  • (John 4:1; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Matthew 28:19; Mark 14:22-24; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
  • God’s holy angels defend and help God’s people.
  • (Psalm 34:7, 91:11; Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 1:14)
  • Satan and other fallen angels are dangerous but doomed. Christ is victor.
  • (Ephesians 6:10-18; Colossians 2:15; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10-12)
  • Christ will return visibly to rule the world and to make all things new.
  • (Matthew 24:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 21:1-5)
  • God’s people will rejoice forever in heaven; God’s enemies will suffer forever in hell.
  • (Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 22:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1:9)
  • God’s covenant addresses not only individuals but also their families.
  • (Genesis 17:7; 18:19; Deuteronomy 7:9; Joshua 24;15; Psalm 103:17; Acts 11:14; 16:15,31)
  • As individuals, as couples, and as families, we need daily conversation with God through Bible reading and prayer. (Psalm 1; Daniel 6:10; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • We are called to a life of love, as depicted in the Ten Commandments.
  • (Exodus 20:1-17; Mark 12:30-31; John 14:15; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13)
  • We are called to spread the gospel to people who don’t yet follow Christ.
  • (Psalm 96:3; Matthew 5:14; 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:15)
  • We are called to a world view and way of life which seeks to honor Christ in every area of thought and action. (Psalm 24:1; Colossians 3:17; 2 Corinthians 10:5)

"Strengthening the Church. Equipping called leaders."