called and equipped to serve God

My name is Dawn Fuhrman. I grew up in New Jersey, but now live in Pennsylvania. Married for 31 years, we have three children, one of whom we adopted. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and want to use that education to serve the Lord by becoming a minister. I am a student at the Christian Leaders Institute because I am called and want to be equipped to serve God in ministry.

Study at CLI

Being a student now is easier than when I was in college as a young woman. I want and crave to learn. Furthermore, I want to learn more about God and how I can bring others closer to Him. I am pleased that it is a self-paced school, all online. I study when I can focus and when my family does not need me. The free courses do not strain our family finances, so returning to school is not a burden, but a joy. The ability to receive a scholarship keeps the option of a Bachelor’s degree in ministry open for me in the future. I am excited to become an Ordained Chaplain Minister and eventually open my own Soul Center to provide for my community. God called me and the training at CLI equipped me to serve God wherever He leads.

My Journey to Study

I grew up with Jesus in my life and received a religious education until I was in high school. Eventually, I became a Religious Education teacher myself. I always had a strong faith. My mother always encouraged me to have a close relationship with Jesus. I, like most teens, strayed from my faith for a time. But, I returned when I matured and realized how much I missed having a relationship with God. I also wanted to raise my children in the faith.

Since then, I have studied the Bible as much as possible and joined a Bible study group to continue and deepen my studies. I dream of running a Bible study, being an effective minister, and opening a Soul Center. Then, I can help those in my community feel love and acceptance and have a relationship with Jesus.

My Turning Point

I think the time Jesus was the most prevalent in my life was when my 8-year-old son passed away. If you have read the poem Footprints, you will understand when I say Jesus carried me that year. I turned to God to help me find my way out of that darkness. I never lost my faith or struggled with it during that time. However, I would not be who I am today without it. Nor would I have made it through strong enough to adopt a son out of foster care later. That is when God started to call me to help others. Now, that little boy, our son we adopted, is 14, and I am being called to help others outside of my home.

Called and Equipped to Serve God through Ministry Training at CLI

I hope the free training and classes I take at the Christian Leader Institute will equip me for God’s call to help others. It will give me the knowledge, confidence, and support I need to become a minister who makes a difference in other’s lives. With the CLI ministry training, I can lead a meaningful Bible study that others will return to, enjoy, and be encouraged to study independently. The CLI ministry training will help me show others that being a leader is attainable. I want to encourage them to follow their callings as well.

I look forward to officiating weddings and baptisms. Further, I look forward to ministering to others and achieving my spiritual dreams. But most of all, I look forward to helping others develop a relationship with Jesus. Thank you, CLI, for this opportunity to study!

Register a Study Account

Register for a free study account, automatically enrolling you in the Getting Started Class at the Christian Leaders Learning Platform. The Getting Started class will take you less than an hour to complete.

When you log in to the Learning Platform, you will notice that the Getting Started Class automatically appears on your dashboard.    

The Getting Started Class will orientate you to the Christian Leaders Learning Platform and the Programs offered, including:

  1. Ministry Awards, Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees with the Christian Leaders Institute.
  2. Minister Credentialling (Ordination) with the Christian Leaders Alliance, including local Soul Center registration possibilities. 

Note: You can enroll in tuition-free courses or mini-courses immediately without finishing the getting started class.  

Find out more about women in ministry here.