About Christian Leaders Institute

Philosophy of Ministry

Our Guiding Narrative 

Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) brings high-quality Christian college education by removing barriers of cost and geographical location for the 92 percent of the world that currently does not have access to higher education.

Our Vision

Christian Leaders Institute offers internet-based education curriculum and materials to any individual who desires a Christian-based higher education.

CLI’s vision is to provide high-quality ministry training to any individual in the world, regardless of the student’s economic status, educational status, race, gender, or any other discriminating factor.

Our Institute Mission

To equip underserved Christians who want higher education throughout the world with college-level education via smartphones, tablets or desktop computers.

To equip called and motivated Christian Leaders to proclaim the gospel and bring revival.

To guide our students through local mentoring relationships where they can process their cognitive learning.

To help initiate local ordinations in their indigenous faith-based community.

To develop practical ministry programs of study for bi-vocational ministry leaders.


Educational Program: The curriculum consists of comprehensive learning tools that include online lectures, free textbooks, and our performance-based grading and monitoring system.

Credential Program: The credential program contains a wide range of awards, certificates, diplomas, and degrees in ministry and enterprise topics.

Credential Ordinations: A close connection the Christian Leaders Alliance for facilitating worldwide ordinations.

Credential Reputation Card: Christian Leaders Institute offers a program whereby former offenders study for no charge. They are guided through a process of improving their reputations and are offered the opportunity to get a New Life Card.

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Michigan – World Headquarters

17771 West Spring Lake Rd
Spring Lake, Michigan 49456
Phone: 616-777-0305


970 Lake Carillon Drive  Suite 300
St. Petersburg, FL 33716


Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) is a ministry of Christian Leaders, which is a 501 (c) three non-profit ministry. Christian Leaders Institute trains thousands of Christian Leaders including graduates in over 170 countries. See CLI Directory.  Thousands of local Christian Leaders are graduating at Christian Leaders Institute.

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

We make this training available free of charge for any called Christian leader.  Every self-enrolled student who agrees to our faith statement and who completes the Getting Started Class is admitted for study.

The Case For Christian Leaders Institute


God’s Spirit moves among people all the time. We can’t predict when someone will be open to hearing about His love or talking about His grace. Yet God calls His people to be witnesses “to the ends of the earth.” He expects us to be ready.

Here’s the problem: Local Christian Leaders often don’t feel confident ministering to, witnessing to, or leading others who are seeking God. Our tendency is to look to the “official folks” — Pastors and Bishops— who we think should feel competent in these situations. Plus, there are not enough pastors on the planet to minister to all the people who are seeking comfort and answers every day.

Ordinary, local Christian leaders around the world are in a perfect position to serve the seeking, hurting and needy people who surround them. They just need to know how. That knowledge is free and available to anyone, anytime, through the online education offered by Christian Leaders Institute (CLI).

What Is The Need?

Over 92 percent of the world does not have access to high-quality higher education. Over 75 percent of ordained leaders have little formal ministry training. Most ministry training is costly or not formal education grade.

What Is Our Unique Approach to Filling that Need?

Christian Leaders Institute can meet that need effectively free of charge on cell phones, tablets or desktop computers. Our digital campus is easy to navigate. CLI offers over 120 hours of high-quality instruction, including quizzes. We facilitate local ordination for local Christian leaders.


CLI provides excellent courses which are available 24/7. The first online class in 2006 had 6 students. Now tens of thousands have graduated. See impact. click here.

We do this on an annual budget of over one million dollars. Professors are employed to post CLI classes that include test and quizzes. Once the class is posted, the class can be repeated.

All of CLI’s funding comes from private sources:

  • 50% from foundations
  • 50% from students or other donors

Education for students is free. But many of them give as vision partners or through the donation-purchase of awards or other products.

So what would CLI do with more money?  Make this training available in other languages.

The beautiful thing, however, is that CLI knows how to create online learning in any language. Our processes can be replicated in other languages as quickly as we raise the funds to translate our materials. Funding is the only constraint.


We desire to raise up more revival leaders who will be well trained and ready to proclaim the love of Christ everywhere