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CLI 2017 Conference (South Carolina)

CLI 2017 Conference

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North Charleston, SC – Extended Stay America, Charleston Airport, 5045 North Arco Lane, North Charleston, SC 29418 Tuesday March 7th, 2017

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses and children are welcome to attend for FREE.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code MAR2017SC) Coupon Expires March 15th, 2017.

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CLI New House Church Launch, New Programs, Graduation Awards, Ordination Prayers, Testimonies, Networking, Photo Ops, Question and Answer Sessions, and more information about programs and accreditation, and much more!


Christian Leaders was founded in the heart of President Henry Reyenga on September 11, 2001. In fifteen years, high-quality Free Ministry Training has spread the globe with over 11,800 graduates in 160 countries. The USA is the largest country with over 7,000 graduates.

Who is invited? Any active or reactivating student or graduate from CLI. You can still be in the Getting Started Class to attend. Brand new students are welcome. Spouses attend free.


Theme Verse: Romans 16:3-5   

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.   They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.  Greet also the church that meets at their house.


When: 7:00-9:00 pm meeting: 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm President Reyenga and Professor Elzinga present keynote addresses

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Graduation Award Presentations, Ordination Prayers, and Testimonies (Invite mentors, family and friends to come to this hour)


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North Charleston, SC – Extended Stay America, Charleston Airport, 5045 North Arco Lane, North Charleston, SC 29418 Tuesday March 7th, 2017

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses are welcome and can attend for free.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code MAR2017SC) Coupon Expires March 15th, 2017.

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CLI 2017 Florida Conference (Miami, FL)

CLI 2017 Conference

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Miami, FL – Miami Airport Marriott, 1201 NW Le Jeune Road, Building A, Miami, FL, 33126

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses and children are welcome to attend for FREE.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code FEB2017FL) Coupon Expires February 15th, 2017.

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Remember to use coupon code FEB2017FL


CLI New House Church Launch, New Programs, Graduation Awards, Ordination Prayers, Testimonies, Networking, Photo Ops, Question and Answer Sessions, and more information about programs and accreditation, and much more!


Christian Leaders was founded in the heart of President Henry Reyenga on September 11, 2001. In fifteen years, high-quality Free Ministry Training has spread the globe with over 11,800 graduates in 160 countries. The USA is the largest country with over 7,000 graduates.

Who is invited? Any active or reactivating student or graduate from CLI. You can still be in the Getting Started Class to attend. Brand new students are welcome. Spouses attend free.


Theme Verse: Romans 16:3-5   

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.   They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.  Greet also the church that meets at their house.


When: 7:00-9:00 pm meeting: 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm President Reyenga and Professor Elzinga present keynote addresses

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Graduation Award Presentations, Ordination Prayers, and Testimonies (Invite mentors, family and friends to come to this hour)


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Miami, FL – Miami Airport Marriott, 1201 NW Le Jeune Road, Building A, Miami, FL, 33126

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses are welcome and can attend for free.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code FEB2017FL) Coupon Expires February 15th, 2017.

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CLI 2017 Florida Conference (Fort Pierce, FL)

CLI 2017 Conference

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Fort Pierce, FL – Day’s Inn Hotel, 6485 Metal Dr, Fort Pierce, FL, 34945 

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses and children are welcome to attend for FREE.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code FEB2017FL) Coupon Expires February 15th, 2017.

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Remember to use coupon code FEB2017FL


CLI New House Church Launch, New Programs, Graduation Awards, Ordination Prayers, Testimonies, Networking, Photo Ops, Question and Answer Sessions, and more information about programs and accreditation, and much more!


Christian Leaders was founded in the heart of President Henry Reyenga on September 11, 2001. In fifteen years, high-quality Free Ministry Training has spread the globe with over 11,800 graduates in 160 countries. The USA is the largest country with over 7,000 graduates.

Who is invited? Any active or reactivating student or graduate from CLI. You can still be in the Getting Started Class to attend. Brand new students are welcome. Spouses attend free.


Theme Verse: Romans 16:3-5   

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.   They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.  Greet also the church that meets at their house.


When: 7:00-9:00 pm meeting: 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm President Reyenga and Professor Elzinga present keynote addresses

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Graduation Award Presentations, Ordination Prayers, and Testimonies (Invite mentors, family and friends to come to this hour)


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Fort Pierce, FL – Day’s Inn Hotel, 6485 Metal Dr, Fort Pierce, FL, 34945 

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses are welcome and can attend for free.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code FEB2017FL) Coupon Expires February 15th, 2017.

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CLI 2017 Florida Conference (Titusville Area)

CLI 2017 Conference

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Titusville Area Thursday, February 23rd, – Location yet to be determined

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses and children are welcome to attend for FREE.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code FEB2017FL) Coupon Expires February 15th, 2017.

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Remember to use coupon code FEB2017FL


CLI New House Church Launch, New Programs, Graduation Awards, Ordination Prayers, Testimonies, Networking, Photo Ops, Question and Answer Sessions, and more information about programs and accreditation, and much more!


Christian Leaders was founded in the heart of President Henry Reyenga on September 11, 2001. In fifteen years, high-quality Free Ministry Training has spread the globe with over 11,800 graduates in 160 countries. The USA is the largest country with over 7,000 graduates.

Who is invited? Any active or reactivating student or graduate from CLI. You can still be in the Getting Started Class to attend. Brand new students are welcome. Spouses attend free.


Theme Verse: Romans 16:3-5   

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.   They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.  Greet also the church that meets at their house.


When: 7:00-9:00 pm meeting: 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm President Reyenga and Professor Elzinga present keynote addresses

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Graduation Award Presentations, Ordination Prayers, and Testimonies (Invite mentors, family and friends to come to this hour)


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Titusville Area Thursday, February 23rd, – Location yet to be determined

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses are welcome and can attend for free.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code FEB2017FL) Coupon Expires February 15th, 2017.

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CLI 2017 Conference (Plant City, FL)

CLI 2017 Conference

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Plant City, Florida Area Monday, February 20th, – Covenant Bible Church – 3116 N Frontage Rd, Plant City, FL 33565 

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses and children are welcome to attend for FREE.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code FEB2017FL) Coupon Expires February 15th, 2017.

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Remember to use coupon code FEB2017FL


CLI New House Church Launch, New Programs, Graduation Awards, Ordination Prayers, Testimonies, Networking, Photo Ops, Question and Answer Sessions, and more information about programs and accreditation, and much more!


Christian Leaders was founded in the heart of President Henry Reyenga on September 11, 2001. In fifteen years, high-quality Free Ministry Training has spread the globe with over 11,800 graduates in 160 countries. The USA is the largest country with over 7,000 graduates.

Who is invited? Any active or reactivating student or graduate from CLI. You can still be in the Getting Started Class to attend. Brand new students are welcome. Spouses attend free.


Theme Verse: Romans 16:3-5   

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.   They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.  Greet also the church that meets at their house.


When: 7:00-9:00 pm meeting: 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm President Reyenga and Professor Elzinga present keynote addresses

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Graduation Award Presentations, Ordination Prayers, and Testimonies (Invite mentors, family and friends to come to this hour)


12492030_1235876943105531_3957167715096882335_oPlant City, Florida Area Monday, February 20th, – Covenant Bible Church – 3116 N Frontage Rd, Plant City, FL 33565

President Henry Reyenga will be handing out FREE 2017-2018 ID Cards and you will have the opportunity to participate in the Graduation Ceremony at the CLI 2017 Conference.

To receive your certificate, diploma, ordination or degree at the conference you must order before February 15th! Your order will reserve your spot at the conference. Spouses are welcome and can attend for free.

Early Bird Special – Order Now and get 50% off your Certificate, Diploma, or Ordination (Degree Program is excluded. (Use coupon code FEB2017FL) Coupon Expires February 15th, 2017.

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A Woman Ordained for Ministry

A Woman Ordained for Ministry

My name is Robin Hood, and I live in the United States of America. In the United States, often, ministry is not done anywhere, in schools, some buildings, and offices, God isn’t allowed. There is a lot of debate, arguments, and hatred towards Christians. To me, ministry should be done everywhere. Everywhere, can consist of at work, at home, in your school, or even where there are no four walls. Being a Christian isn’t the most popular choice here in the United States, though there is freedom of speech, some are still persecuted, and bullied even for being a Christian. Some are willing to be a Christian when they hear of the love of God found in His Son Jesus who died for our sins, while others aren’t.

I came to know the Lord as my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when I was 14 years old. It was a moment in my life I will never forget. This took place within the four walls of Cherith Baptist Church in Carson, Ms.

My ministry dream is to carry the gospel, and the love of Christ to all that are broken, hurting or lost. To live as Christ outside of these four walls, so that others will see Him, and want to know Him. I have a passion to help others, to see their lives changed, and for them to experience this wonderful life Jesus gives us, without fear or loneliness plaguing them, or causing them to hurt themselves or others. I long to be everything He wants me to be for someone else. I am truly just a servant for Christ, I want to be His hands and feet, and whatever that looks like, that is what my dream looks like.

I currently help at the Life-House here in Winfield, Alabama, founded by Bro. Jeff Norris. My husband, Dale is the Men’s house director, and side by side with him, I help in whatever I can. Sometimes this just looks like me standing in agreement with one of our brothers or sisters in Christ, or being an ear to listen to them, or even to pray with them, especially to pray for and with them.
I don’t know exactly when the moment I wanted to pursue ministry. I do know that all my life I have longed to be something. I didn’t think it would ever be a public speaker or a women’s leader. I never thought it would involve other people. I believe when I was younger it was to be either a teacher or a veterinarian. I believe all of us have a calling to ministry, it all depends on whether we are attentive to the voice of God or not.

In 2013, I messed my life up a good bit, and I had felt for once in my life like I would never be able to go back to the person I once was. It seemed as if everyone hated me, and I was all alone. But, I knew Jesus was there, and I knew that He would help me. He sent me new friends, a new church family, another chance, and a new life. I remember talking to these broken women, who had spent so much of their lives in drug addictions, and no my testimony wasn’t the same as theirs, but I realized they needed the same love that set me free.

I remember working one day, and talking to my boss about this dream God had placed in my heart for women, broken, and abused, to help them. I didn’t realize that God had just given me a dream, and I was living it. No, I’m not the “director”, but I get to partner with her, and all these other amazing people and help the ones that God so graciously puts in our lives. So, I believe in a way, all of this was God’s dream for me. I want Him to dream for me. God knew my heart from the beginning, and He knew how quiet and closed in I am, and He knew that if He directly spoke this to me, that I probably would run for the hills!

The unique challenges of this area that come to mind are the church experiences. These church experiences that many of us hear about aren’t good experiences. Some have felt judged when they enter a church, maybe not by people that know them, but just by their appearance they don’t feel like they fit in. Also, there are a lot of addictions here, and I know this isn’t just here but everywhere, and a lot of the ones that come here find it hard to stay on the right path. This leads into what they would call “so-called church members” turn their backs on them, instead of reaching out and helping them. I understand that most don’t want the help, but Jesus wouldn’t give up so how can we?

My local church is amazing. I am surrounded by a group of men and women that have been in this so long, but still, they are forever learning something new. They long to see me succeed and to grow in the Lord more and more. There are times when they won’t let me stay in my shell. They have truly been my backbone through all of this. They are constantly reminding me to rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance and not to lean on my understanding.

My family has been another backbone for me. They are very supportive and believe in me. My husband is constantly telling me not to give up to keep pushing forward to be a woman ordained for ministry in our community. He believes in the calling and in the dream that God has placed in my heart. On November 30, 2016, my father went to be with the Lord. In so many ways he and my mom have played a crucial part in my walk. I can always remember my mother, who is still living, reading the Bible and praying to God. My daddy went to college and received an Associate’s Degree in Ministry, and when I asked him why he did it, his response was because he wanted to help people. It was told at his funeral, that even in the condition he was in, when in the nursing home, that he would always have a smile on his face. The ones he left behind, were so touched by his friendship and life, they mourned him so when he was gone. But there’s one thing they could all say, and that was that he lived each day trusting in the Lord.
This mantle has fallen to me, and I have picked it up. I want to help people. Often, God does things in mysterious and unpredictable ways.

I remember reading the story of Elijah and Elisha and crying my eyes out because this was the story of my dad and I. God doesn’t look at the outer appearance or gender of a person, but He focuses on the heart of a person. I have a brother, who yes, he could get into ministry and I pray someday he will, but believing in Jesus and standing for truth is what God has been working on him with for a long time now. God chose me for such a time as this…. And He is constantly using my dad’s life to remind me that I have to continue. Daddy had a sweet entrance into heaven, and he fought such a hard fight, but if you asked him right now if he was alone, he would tell you, no. He has finally entered Beulah Land, the land in which he has longed for as long as I have known him.
God has used the distance between my family and me for such good things (1) showing me how faithful He is and how He keeps His promise (2) helping me to depend on Him through everything as a family that we have faced.

I have accomplished so much during my seeking ordination through CLI, and though there have been so many trials and struggles, God has just been so much bigger.

Pray for more of God, and continuing lessening of self. I long for more, and I know there must be so much more that we have yet to see in our lives, as well as our ministry. Wherever this ordination takes me, and to whomever I meet, pray for this journey to be everything God wants it to be. I know this is truly one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. I am so appreciative to CLI, for all the professors, and teachers, and for everything this college has put forth to help those like me to pursue the dream God has for them. Whatever this becomes, to God alone be the glory.

-Robin Hood

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Online Ordination Training – Worship Leader

Online Ordination Training

My name is Tony Wetmore. I’m a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I live in a small resort town in the mountains of Southern California, in the United States of America. Yet, within a two-hour commute from this small community by car is a harvest field of about 22.68 million people!

I came to the Lord at YMCA camp when I was 12, and participated in youth groups during my high school years. I fell away from the Lord shortly after graduation, and spent a decade in the “world,” before returning to Him and becoming born again.

I’m married to a wonderful wife. We’ve been happily married nearly 30 years and have three children. My youngest, Joshua, is a youth leader and worship team leader at our church.

For the past 25 years, I’ve served as a ministry leader in programs ranging from youth and men’s ministry to those aimed at serving the homeless and those in prison. Throughout it all, music and worship leading have been an integral part of my service. I currently serve as the worship leader for my church, Selah Christian Fellowship, in Crestline, Calif. I’m also blessed to preach the message periodically at Selah as well as preaching and sharing the gospel on the street and in a local prison.

I work as a first responder/emergency medical technician for a 9-1-1 emergency ambulance service in Riverside County, where I am able to pray over, and with, my patients in times of crisis and need.

Here in the United States, in every city, in every small town, I have to ask the question: Are we becoming a post-Christian nation like much of Europe? Will my church one day be turned into a museum, where tours of people come through to see how the 21st century Christians in my town used to worship the Lord? Will there be dusty sheet music on rusty music stands with Chris Tomlin and Michael Tait music on it, with song titles such as “God’s Not Dead, He’s Truly Alive” yellowing and decaying?

We are in a spiritual decline here in America. Many Christian denominations are diluting the true Word of God, and making changes to the very Word itself. I am praying that there will be a Great Awakening in the early 21st century to revive the awakenings and enlightenment of the past, here in America, and around the world. But what will that look like? How will it come about? Who or what will be the catalyst? I pray that Christian Leaders Institute will have a great hand in God’s will and work for the future, and help to fulfill the Great Commission written in Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”

My ministry dreams have begun to be realized, as our nonprofit, Domestic Missionaries, Inc., is now officially a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. I am the pastor and executive director, and my wife is assistant director. Under Domestic Missionaries, we are able to minister to the homeless, needy, and low-income people on the streets of San Bernardino. We set up “church service” on the street, and play worship music, read scripture, take prayer requests, pray for, and with people, give them a relevant message of hope, and distribute food cards, hygiene kits, first aid kits, clothes, jackets, shoes, socks, blankets and Gideon Bibles. We also share with them the love of Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation. We remind them that the material gifts we give—water, food cards, hygiene kits, etc.—are only temporary. That the real food—the eternal Bread of Life, the very Word of God—is what lasts forever.

At Pilot Rock Prison Camp, we do the same: worship, Word, prayer, fellowship, message, and love, plus the gift of bibles, devotionals and snacks.

Christian Leaders Institute has given me not only the knowledge, and a deeper understanding, of what it means to be a follower of Christ in the modern world, but also has taught me to become a true pastor and shepherd to people in need of salvation, in need of Jesus. Matthew 25:31-40 tells us to tell ALL people—those who are lost, hurting, abused, hungry, imprisoned and even those who think they don’t need Him —about the love and saving grace that can only come through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We need to help them turn from the earthly bread, water and empty promises of this world to the Bread of Life, Living Water and eternal promises of the One who loves them so much that He died to save them.

People ask me: Is revival coming? I say, “Hold on to your bootstraps. His kingdom will come, His will shall be done, on earth as it is in heaven!” (Matthew 6:10)

Christian Leaders Institute has given me the depth and education to move forward in ministry. It has been a blessing to me and many others around the world. I would never have had the time or money to complete seminary if it had not been for CLI! I can trust that my monthly donations will go forward to help train others seeking a higher Godly education, accredited and recognized locally and around the world.

My ordination ceremony was on Saturday, October 15, 2016, with my mentors, pastors and peers, at my side. As reverent and joyous as my wedding vows taken years before, it represented my deepening commitment to our Savior and a conscious step into a new level of service and ministry as I humbly take on the duties and title of “pastor.” My life will never be the same. Praise the Lord!

Seeking Ordination For Ministry

Seeking Ordination For Ministry

Brent is seeking ordination for ministry at Christian Institutestititue. Seeking ordination at CLI means that you get your training at CLI and your local leaders sign off on your local ordination.

Who are the Leaders that are seeking ordination for ministry  at CLI?

My name is Brent Wilmarth, I am 39, a husband and father of 3 and 1 stepson. I live in the Denver/Aurora area of Colorado and currently studying both Divinity and Animal Sciences, with a hope to support my church and help the local community with the knowledge I am gaining through Christian Leaders Institute and working on Ordination.

I grew up in two households both physically and spiritually, during a time when divorce was seen as “taboo” and hardly talked about. In my Mother’s household, we were raised with the freedom to view religion on our own and develop our own desire to seek out the Lord. We attended a Methodist Church in New Hampshire that was more traditional and non-denominational than anything, very relaxed for a community of less than a thousand residents and a congregation of about 100 in a small town New England church. In my Dad’s house it was slightly different, he was more of a non-believer and my stepmother was a Catholic. So Sunday’s were interesting in that household, as well as Wednesday Mass.

I lost my faith through the years along the path of life, mostly after I had joined the military in 1999. It just felt easier to lead my life as I saw fit, instead of allowing the good Lord to lead me as He is meant to. I had seen faith as a luxury that I had no time for, and that God would not listen to a sinner such as myself. My life spiraled out of control quickly, and mostly without me even noticing. It wasn’t until I was reconnected with an old friend I had known growing up many year before that my faith began to be rekindled, and it happened in the most obscure of locations and timelines in my life.

I was deployed overseas, in a country I was certain God had forgotten. One day I was tasked with supervising a detail to clean out an old tent and to take it down, another in a long line of thankless jobs I saw that was meant to just keep me out of the way. During this detail one Soldier approached me with a chain asking if it was mine, not paying attention to it I said no and asked the others if it belonged to any of them, again no one claimed it. I took a closer look at the chain and noticed it to be a a thick-chained rosary, an item not widely seen in that part of the country, and no one remotely close to us claiming it. So I stuck it in my pocket and continued with the task at hand. Late that afternoon (morning here in the U.S.) I had received a random email from an old acquaintance, someone I had not spoken with in almost 10 years. It was the girl I had loved as a young teenager, but was far too shy to ever talk to. I spent the next few months conversing with her about life and looking forward to coming home, I even told her of the rosary that was found on the same day that we started talking again (it now hangs in our house from a cross).

We wasted very little time in reconnecting, we saw life as too precious and time too short as we had already wasted most of our younger years being apart. We were engaged within months of my return, and were recently married. Through our trials and tribulations of life together, we have grown together emotionally as well as spiritually. Our faith in each other is eclipsed only by our love for God, and that is a love we hope to share with our community. I truly believe in the words “I once was lost, but now I am found”, and the Lord was the one who lit the way. I have given my life to Him to do as He wills, and hope that I can help others to see His love.

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Officiant

Greetings. My name is Ray Perkins.

Since giving my life to the Lord at the young age of 15, I have served in a number of entities. From working in our church’s transportation and youth ministries, to later, serving as a ministerial assistant, I have experienced the spiritual fulfillment that comes with having and maintaining a faithful servant’s heart.

God’s awesome call upon my life, is the foundation on which I build my desire to motivate, encourage and assist others. I am compelled to seek a greater understanding of God’s word.

I have been married to my wonderful wife, Barbara, for 38 wonderful years. We have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. I am thankful for the many years that God has bestowed his grace upon us and in our lives. Thank the Lord for Christian Leaders Institute.

Power of Forgiveness

Power of Forgiveness

Ruth Veltkamp visited the CLI headquarters this week. Shared about her ministry and the power of forgiveness.

Ruth taught English in West Africa during her 20s, but most importantly, she shared the gospel with many lost souls.
She brought some Muslims to the LORD and they in turn brought in many more.  This work contributed to the planting of churches with the Muslim converts.
Ruth studied the Qur’an and discovered the many similarities to the Bible but also found the key differences. A huge difference is that the Qur’an states God staged a crucifixion, but it was not Jesus who died. Jesus was too righteous to die as a criminal. This completely missed the point of Jesus dying to take the punishment for our sins so that we could be forgiven.
Ruth took her insight to show Muslim school children the love of God and the power of forgiveness!
Ruth personally experienced the power of forgiveness.
As Ruth was leading Muslims to the Lord, she came under spiritual attack. A fellow worker started to gossip about her. This worker wrote a letter slandering her character. Ruth wrote down what was true in the letter and what was false, but she kept the letter as a reminder of how she’d been wronged by this person.
Ruth continued to bring people to Christ. Some individuals who didn’t like this could communicate with evil spirits and started to curse Ruth. Ruth got sick with five different illnesses.
One reason the curses could affect her was because she had bitterness toward the worker who had written the letter. Ruth had every right to be upset with that worker; she had been wronged! But Ruth was holding her fellow worker’s sin against her; sure, Ruth didn’t do anything mean to that worker, but she became embittered toward her. She wasn’t forgiving her debtors as God forgives us. It wasn’t enough for Ruth to just “forgive” her. She needed to bless that worker with joy.
Ruth, first of all, burned the letter against her because keeping it represented her bitterness. Then she asked God for his power to bless the one who had wronged her.  She then prayed for as many blessings as you could think of about that worker. Immediately, Ruth was healed from her chest pain and other diseases, but most importantly healed from bitterness.
Forgiveness is a powerful and important aspect of following Christ. We must forgive others, just as our Father has forgiven us.

Luke 6:27-36 (NIV):
 
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn
to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to
others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and
you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Be a trained leader to minister to the world like Ruth at CLI

Debt-Free Ministry Training

Debt-Free Ministry Training

Seven in 10 seniors (69%) who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2014 had student loan debt, with an average of $28,950 per borrower. According to State by State data  in the USA. Due to this huge amount of student debt only increasing, Christian Leaders Institute is providing an opportunity for debt-free ministry training everywhere.

“As you will hear over and over about CLI, I, like a lot of people, do not have the funds to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars for this training,”CLI student Joseph Litchfield said. “I don’t have the time to go to a campus to study for several years to get the training as I have three children, a wife, and a mortgage. This is an opportunity that I do not take lightly, and what this program and school can do to spread the word of God is unimaginable.”

Over the last decade—from 2004 to 2014—the share of college graduates with debt rose modestly (from 65% to 69%) while average debt at graduation rose at more than twice the rate of inflation.
CLI is thankful that God has given the means to provide people debt-free ministry training all over the world.
“Without a scholarship from CLI, I would not be able to continue and likely would not have started seeking ministry,” CLI student Kina Mann said. “With a family of six, every dollar counts! I believe that God is telling me this is where I belong. I am excited, and trying to be patient, to see where this path will take me. I know where it ends – but the ride will be incredible!”
Another CLI student Adurodola Gideon is thankful also for the opportunity of debt-free ministry training that CLI provides for him in Nigeria.

“I believe a scholarship at CLI is an opportunity for me,” Gideon said. “I had been longing for an international training opportunity. That’s because I believe it would expose me to the knowledge I need for success in ministry. My ministry dream requires knowledge.”

CLI is beyond blessed to be able to have so many wonderful students achieving their dreams and not having huge college debts.

“Having a scholarship to CLI is a key part to my ministry dream,” CLI student Carrie Mayes said. “Recently getting married we now have a large family. We are still trying to get caught up from when both my husband and I had to miss a great deal of work due to medical concerns. And when we were not behind on bills left over money to have for schooling was not an option. I would never have been able to continue with my ministry without this opportunity that CLI has given me with the scholarship.”

Not only does CLI offer debt-free ministry training, but it is “high quality.” In fact, Calvin SeminaryWestern Seminary and Northern Baptist Seminary will take the Bachelor of Divinity Degree from CLI as a basis to apply for getting a master at one of those seminaries.

Also check out Craig Van Gelder endorsement of CLI high quality debt-free ministry training.

Ordained for Women’s Ministry

Ordained for Women’s Ministry

Charmaine Coetzee is a woman with a purpose she is focused in and didn’t let anyone or anything stop her from being ordained for women’s ministry in South Africa.

“I was brought up in a Christian home, and my mother was my role model of leading a Christ-like life,” Coetzee said. “However, my personal journey with Jesus truly began when I was a student at the North-West University, where I graduated as a Law Student. I joined and served in one of the student churches, His People (Every Nation Ministries). My eyes were opened for the first time about what it is to walk with God. I began to live for Jesus! I did not think of entering into ministry at that time, nor did I realize my calling to ministry.”

After coming to know Christ, Coetzee was a new woman, but it wasn’t until a couple of years later she started to feel a call to be ordained for women’s ministry in her community.

“After my graduation, I relocated to Pretoria and married my varsity sweetheart shortly after,” Coetzee said. “Unfortunately, after relocating, it took quite a while to get the “right” church again. We finally found our church family, Christ Generation Church Centurion, in 2014 and our whole lives changed. We started walking a path with our Pastor, who trained my husband and I to be the head ushers (deacons and elders) in the church. He laid a firm foundation for us out of the Word and understanding Grace. My hunger for knowing Christ was ignited again. This was the first time I realized my calling into ministry and my passion for it.”

Once Coetzee started to feel the desire to be a minister the Lord used death as a prompter for her to take action.

“The pivotal experience that prompted me to pursue ministry was the bereavement of our pastor,” Coetzee said. “He passed away at a very young age in April 2016, leaving behind his wife and two babies. His wife, our Senior Pastor, asked us to take over the church since she was left in a tough position and not able to proceed in the ministry although she still serves as a guide and supervisor to us.”

With the loss of her pastor, Coetzee and her husband have been made the main leaders in their church, and CLI has significantly help Coetzee with this leadership.

“My ministry dream is, therefore, to officially become a Pastor, alongside my husband,” Coetzee said. “Although I am already serving in this position, CLI assists equip me for ministry and make it official.”

Coetzee is now ordained for women’s ministry, but she still is a lawyer.

“It is probably two of the most contrasting occupations…A lawyer and a Pastor,” Coetzee said. “I would be my dream to enter into ministry full time, but until that is possible, I will use my passion for ministry in my law occupation to help people.”

Coetzee passion for ministry has lead to her starting her own ministry based in her church.

“I have recently started a women’s ministry in our church called Women of G.R.A.C.E. I want to use this forum to minister to women and to support my husband in the church,” Coetzee said. “I am trusting that the women in our church will grow spiritually, not only in themselves but also to lead their husbands and families and even the community to a mature relationship with God.”

CLI’s classes that are targeted for women’s ministry have been a blessing to Coetzee to achieve her dream to be ordained for women’s ministry in her church.

“The CLI Women’s Ministry course and Women’s Ministry Ordination course is truly helpful to reach this goal,” Coetzee said. “I have noted a lot of practical guidance on how to manage the ministry and things to be aware of. The teaching about women’s roles in the Bible also gave great insight.”

Coetzee is ordained for women’s ministry because she often feels women are the one that brings the family to church.

“Unique challenges in my geographic area are that there are a lot of churches and denominations,” Coetzee said. “Getting new members to visit and stay in the church is a challenge. It also appears that women are the forcing drive in bringing their families to church. A women’s ministry is ideal to introduce the women to our church and hopefully to bring her family here as well.”

Coetzee couldn’t be more thankfully that CLI has allowed her to be ordained for women’s ministry and give her the chance to marry couples.

“As an ordained minister, I will be able to assist people in my Women’s ministry to get married,” Coetzee said. “This provides the opportunity to work close with a couple and minister to them about the Godly institution of marriage.”

Due to the poor economic situation Coetzee wants to help more people get CLI training.

“Contrary to popular belief, South Africa is not a place where lions and wild animals roam the street,” Coetzee said. “However, we do face an economic crisis and poverty is a reality here and can prevent a person to obtain tertiary education. Sometimes, it is a challenge for people who do not have a computer or internet to complete CLI online courses. We have therefore decided to set up a space for interested students to use the church facilities to do the courses online on a weekly basis.”

Financially Coetzee couldn’t go to some fancy seminary. Thus, CLI has provided her with the ability to further her ministry education.

“I am a small business owner without a stable income, and furthermore, our church needs a lot of finances to sustain it,” Coetzee said. “Therefore, finances for further studies are not readily available. CLI made it possible to reach this dream.”

Supporting each other is key in Coetzee’s opinion.

“My family’s role in ministry training will be to be supportive,” Coetzee said. “My husband has been a pillar for the church after our Pastor’s passing as well as me. We all need to support each other, learn together and pray together for the ministry. It is also challenging for me to speak publicly in front of a crowd. My team of women have supported me every time I preach to become more confident.”

CLI gave Coetzee the confidence and credibility to be a minister.

“People do not always understand how you can be a Pastor without having any theological training,” Coetzee said. “I also had trouble referring to myself as a Pastor, since I did not have any training. Completing the CLI ministry training and receiving certificates, which is handed out in our church, also gives credibility to our ministry training. I will feel more at ease to call myself a pastor now, after completing this ordination program.”

Coetzee is equipped for the ministry she now only asks for pray.

“Completing the CLI courses assisted me to achieve my ministry goals and provided me with the tools required for ministry,” Coetzee said. “Thank you, CLI for making this possible. You can pray for my journey in ministry to become more confident in preaching and growing our women’s ministry and our church.”

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