Training for Officiant Ordination

I am Benjamin Alexander, 71 years old, born and reared in the state of Texas, United States. I was married to Peggy Alexander for 41 years until her death in June of this year after an extended illness. We had four children, one of whom died in 2001. The others live in New Mexico, Texas, and Rhode Island.

We have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. I served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two tours in Vietnam with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. I spent 24 years in the U.S. Department of Justice as a Special Agent, retiring in 2002. In between I worked for AT&T, the Post Office, and on a cattle ranch driving cattle between Texas and California.
I grew up in a Christian family in Texas and was baptized at about age 14. When I graduated from high school I pretty much became the prodigal son until I married Peggy in 1975. It was then that I believe the Lord began the process of bringing me back to Him through Peggy and my mother. In 1997 we returned to the Church in California, where Peggy and I became seriously involved in caring ministries. We served as Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders for ten years in both California and Colorado. I commissioned as a Deacon, and then was ordained and served as a “Ruling” Elder for three years in our Presbyterian church in California. I now attend an Evangelical Free Church in Austin, Texas, although, because of my wife’s illness which struck shortly after we moved here, I have not been much involved other than worship, Bible study, and small groups.
My initial desire for seeking ministry training is to be able to unite my grandson (and his fiancée) in a Christian marriage this coming October. I looked at various offers for on-line ordination and discussed them with several pastors, but felt that such ordination would not allow me to legitimately serve my Lord. When I looked at CLI I realized that this might actually be a means to a “legitimate” ordination. I signed up for Training for Officiant Ordination at CLI! As I looked further into it, I began to feel a true calling from my Lord to pursue it, so I am. Where it leads, if anywhere, after marrying my grandson and his fiancée remains to be seen, but I feel that God is leading me somewhere with it beyond the marriage ceremony.
Although some of the courses leading to Officiant were, for me, a review of Christian principles, most of them offered a very interesting, informative, and challenging study into Christian leadership concepts. I am extremely grateful for the staff of CLI to have put their hearts into a project that provides instruction in matters that pertain to real-life Christian issues. The resources provided during this course, and the ability to refresh myself on issues that may arise, should prove to be very useful not only in any Officiant duties I may be called on to perform but for other Christian leadership duties. I do wish I had had this focused training previously.
So far, I intend to perform the marriage ceremony for my grandson and his fiancée this October. Beyond that, I have no other such plans. Small group and caring ministries will be my focus in the near future for which this course has given me much guidance.

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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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

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.

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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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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.

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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Ordained Leader

After starting Faith and God Ministry in Atlanta Georgia, Michael Vertner felt the deep desire to gain more formal education and become an ordained leader to aid him in ministry.

“I started this ministry [Faith and God Ministry] about four years ago, and I have always been a dedicated student of the Bible but always felt that I needed some type of formal training to assist in my growth,” Vertner said. “I started studying with CLI around May of 2015 and will say I am very pleased with the amount of classes they offer as well as the quality of these classes.”

CLI gives people the ability to gain knowledge and skills that are key to being a Christian Leader.

“If you are looking to grow in your knowledge of Christian Theology as well as learning many practical skills that can help you better manage a Church or a Bible study, CLI is a great place to pursue that goal,” Vertner said. “They offer a variety of classes and the instructors are easy to understand, and the great thing about studying with CLI is you can listen to the courses as many times as you want to help you better understand the material.”

Vertner is excited about taking what he has learned at CLI to grow his ministry further.

“The direction I am moving in for 2016 is the revival field. I believe my call is to do my part in introducing salvation to an unsaved world, and I will use all the gifts that God have given me to accomplish this mission for God,” Vertner said. “I need people to pray for this Ministry and ask God to send me a team of Holy Ghost filled believers who are willing to share the good news gospel.”

As Vertner advances his ministry, he is aware of the importance of being an ordained leader.

“The importance of ordination is this, it shows people that you went through a formal process of study and preparation for the Ministry through guidelines of a Christian body of believers, which is good to have as a checks and balance system in one’s life when preparing for the Ministry,” Vertner said. “Having a Christ-centered organization behind you is always good, especially one that requires you to complete a designed study package for your readiness to serve as an ordained leader. You have a responsibility to God and his flock to teach the word to the best of your ability.”

Just as CLI is about raising up Christian leaders, Vertner is also hoping God will use him to assemble more leaders.

“Raising up other leaders is another important part of being an ordained leader,” Vertner said. “It’s not about the pastor, but it’s always about God and his church and what we can do to spread the good news gospel to the world. Being an ordained leader is a covenant that you go into with God, and this is serious business; it should not be taken lightly, it is more than just a piece of paper, it is a statement of service that you are entering into for the Kingdom of God. As an ordained leader, we are to be workers in the field and helping the fallen up and standing them back on their feet so they can be used by God.”

Vertner knows that because he is an ordained leader, he will have spiritual attack, but he is a conquer in Christ.

“In my opinion, you never stop your studies of the holy word of God once you are an ordained leader; it is an ongoing process of reading and studying of the word of God and constantly learning better ways to manage the church and the task that God has assigned you to accomplish,” Vertner said. “Being an ordained leader is a huge step because now Satan will even try harder to discredit you and your ministry as well as your reputation. The attack will come, but we have the victory with the blood of Jesus Christ, and we will overcome.”

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Pastoral Ministry Ordination

Kelli Elizabeth Vance from Calgary, Alberta, Canada is taking a step in her calling. Pastoral Ministry Ordination is being conferred on her through Christian Leaders Institute by her local church leaders. Pastoral Ministry Ordination means that a person called into ministry is confirmed in her calling. It also means that local Christian leaders acknowledge that calling. Finally, it means that she has gone through the necessary training appropriate for that calling.

Kelli tells her stories,

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and still live there today. I may never fully appreciate just how privileged I am to be living in this part of the world. With all the freedoms and liberties this country provides, life has been especially good to my family and me. I grew up in a Christian home, and I’m the oldest of three children. I was a troubled kid and didn’t always embrace going to church when I was young, but God gave me great parents, and looking back now I have a deep sense of gratitude for my family and God’s providence.

Pastoral Ministry Ordination Journey

When I found out that Christian Leaders Institute was free, I couldn’t believe it. I’ve always wanted to go to Bible College but couldn’t afford to. I signed up not knowing where it would take me, that was almost four years ago now. I can honestly say that the knowledge and education I have learned has influenced me very much. I have grown in Biblical knowledge and wisdom and my walk with the Lord is much deeper and stronger. People who know me now, who used to know me before, say that I am a different person because my confidence in God is growing more each day. I believe this is true because I have a strong sense of faith, and the evidence of the Holy Spirit is seen manifesting in my life and character.

Pastoral Ministry Ordination will provide me with a feeling of accomplishment and sustain me with the confidence I need to move forward in ministry. After ordination, I plan to teach Bible studies and facilitate a weekly devotions group for the residents at my place of employment.

Pastoral Ministry Ordination will allow me to identify with many of the above ministry roles, but evangelism is probably my strongest attribute. I am interested in many Christian Leader roles like Women’s Pastoral Ministry or Prison Ministry Chaplain. In addition, I love to teach and lead small groups. My experience includes: serving homeless people and helping people who struggle with mental health and addiction issues. I also hope one day to do missions work and become a Church Planter.

Pastoral Ministry Ordination Confirmation

On May of 2014, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Israel and other parts of the Middle-East. Since then my life has changed. God has put it in my heart to advocate for people living in poverty and for women’s rights. I love to pray every day for these people, and I am passionate about helping them in anyway I can. I enjoy listening to people tell their stories and being there when someone needs a friend. My quest is to educate and share the gospel with people all over the world and from various walks of life.

Many people in Canada are biblically illiterate and blind to what’s really going on in our world today. I feel a sense of urgency to challenge what people believe in according to God’s Word. I’m committed to finding out and creating unique ways to get conversations going about these leading topics, especially with refugees. I am convinced Christ is currently revealing Himself to people all over the world including the Middle-East.

I am very blessed because I work full-time for a faith-based Outreach Ministry that also functions as a Para-Church. My current title is Support Worker and Crises Counsellor. Working for a faith-based humanitarian organization that supports the same beliefs that CLI does, makes life enjoyable, and I am honored to carry this job out to the best of my ability. I also have the privilege of sharing the gospel at work, and I hold small group discussions and Bible studies each week.

Pastoral Ministry Ordination in Practice

I’ve been volunteering and working for various faith-based organizations for the past ten years. I believe Evangelism is my calling, and I faithfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ each day. I am not afraid to seek the Lord for wisdom and to share His word with our lost and broken world. My life hasn’t always been easy, but God has always been there through life’s storms. I am a single mother of twins, learning to find ways to cope at times seemed impossible, but leaning on God and His Word continues to keep me filled with joy and peace.

 Pastoral Ministry Ordination and the Free Ministry Training

Three years ago when I started CLI, I had no Biblical training. Today, I feel equipped and ready to take on each day. I have hope, and I am self-assured in Christ. Many doors have already been opened for me, and I owe it all to the training at CLI. This journey is well worth it, and it continues to be a life changing opportunity.

Please pray that I continue in an attitude of humility and obedience to the Lord. I pray that I will be mindful of representing CLI in the light of Christ and to the best of my ability. I pray that I respond to the call of action when I am needed. I ask for wisdom and discernment each day. Furthermore, I pray that the CLI classes continue to be free, especially for those who are less fortunate. I pray that CLI reaches more people across the globe. I highly recommend CLI to anyone who is unsure of how to make their dreams come true. Thank-you for this incredible gift and amazing opportunity.

Many Blessings,
Kelli Elizabeth Vance
Calgary, Canada, Alberta

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Commissioned Pastor Diploma

My name is Kenny Vochatzer and I am from the United States of America. I live right in the heart of America in the state of Missouri. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 15 years and have two precious daughters. I did not grow up in the church and had no knowledge of God whatsoever. After I was married, my wife had given her life to the Lord. I was very skeptical about God. I always knew there was a higher power, something bigger than me, but didn’t know who it was. My wife had a miraculous conversion. After she had come to Christ her attitude changed, she loved me. It was a love I had never seen from her or anyone. It was a love that led me to Jesus. About six months later I surrendered my life to Jesus. I have never been the same since then. I was already married and a girl on the way so I had to work and never had a chance to go to Bible College. Christian Leaders Institute has given me a good education.

My time at Christian Leaders Institute has been very helpful. I like the way I can go at my pace to complete the courses. Dr. David Feddes and Henry Reyenga are great teachers who take you deep in the Bible, as well as making things very understandable. I have had to put in many hours, but it is worth the time and experience.

As a Lead Pastor of a new church plant, this ordination is a good secondary one for me. This ordination will help me to fulfill the call to lead a church. By obtaining a Commissioned Pastor Diploma with CLI and this ordination, I gave more confidence as I go forward. The educational quality and the workload are obtainable for any Christian. This ministry training has strengthened me, and by strengthening me my family is also strengthened, and strengthening my family, strengthens the church. I have never been more excited than I am right now about life. Things are coming together better than I could ever plan.

Some of the challenges we face where we live are the casual way of being a faithful follower of Jesus. With a busy work schedule and children in sports, many put that above being a consistent believer. The culture says it ok to put Jesus second. Our culture says it’s ok to go to church when you feel like it. Our culture has deceived us. There are so many who do not know Jesus, even though is a church on every corner.

As the leader of The Fountain Church, I require all Pastors in our fellowship to go through the courses. This training will help strengthen the core of the church as well as help those leaders to fulfill their ministry calling. This church is very supportive in using the gifts that God gives every individual. There should never be a gift that is not being used.

I have labored in the ministry for many years. After I had given my life to Jesus, the only thing I wanted to do is give thanks to Jesus. I got involved in Bible Studies; I attended every church service I could. I just wanted to be around the God and His people. As I continued in the faith, I could see God had called me to do something different. I stayed faithful to the Lord, and He continued to do great things. I started as a small group leader, then a deacon, and then a board of director, then an associate pastor, and now a lead pastor. Only God can do these great things. Pursue the Lord and His righteousness then all these things will be added to you. When I pursued the Lord, nothing can stop what God will do in a person’s life.

I have never seen anyone give such good training that is free. This has allowed me, who is a bi-vocational pastor to study Gods word and not break the bank. With today’s technology, this has allowed me to have a structured educational program and an ordination. By this being all free, this is a tool that can help anyone.

Please pray for my family and me that we endure the race. We will press on for the prize, but we know the sacrifice a family goes through to further the kingdom. Please pray for revival in the United States of America. Let’s see it start in the heart the nation. Thank you for praying for me.

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