Bible Study

Bible Study has been going on for over 2,000 years. Christians believe that the Bible guides our lives and thought. Christian Leaders Institute believes that Bible Study is the seed for actually hearing what God has to say to humans whether in our devotion (personal walk), in our marriages (marriage walk)  in our relationships (small groups) and our ministry leadership.

Devotional Bible Study

The Bible is a relational book. The Bible explains how humans can relate to the living God everyday. Christians can talk to God through prayer and listen to God through the Bible via devotional Bible study. See CLI President Henry Reyenga explain how you can start a relationship with God. Click here If you enroll in free ministry training at CLI, you will learn about the seven connections and how to study the Bible in your walk with God. Enroll now

Small Group Bible Studies

Christian have grouped together to study the Bible. The grouping may be at family devotional groups or small groups at churches, homes, restaurants, and work places. Many house churches are really small groups Bible studies. In families, a father or mother may create a culture where the Bible is read and memorized. Home signing may occur. Christian Leaders Institute calls this home discipleship. Christians may group together to study the Bible intentionally. The combined Bible Study effort create spiritual synergy and many insight come forward inspired by the Holy Spirit. See CLI Provost Explain the work of the Holy Spirit. Click here. Sometimes small group Bible studies are supportive in nature. The Bible is opened in a more devotional way and discussion inspires support of real life issues and problem.  Another type of Bible study group is more discipleship oriented. New believers meet with mentors to learn the Basics of the Bible as their faith is nurtured.  There are even more types of small groups that study the Bible,  Bible Gateway explains devotional approaches that may add to the list.

The Sermon Bible Study

A Sermon is Bible study given in formal setting. Usually, this study is given in front of a congregation of believers. The idea expectation is that the giver of the sermon has formal education. A sermon reflects the study of the preacher in an interesting and organized way, bringing applications and encouragement to those who listen. Christian Leaders Institute offers free formal study for those who are called to preach sermons.

Formal Bible Study

Formal Bible study is often called Biblical studies. This Biblical study has traditionally been done at Bible colleges and seminaries. In most cases the trained pastors had access to in-depth curriculum. Through Christian Leaders Institute now ordinary people can study the Bible in their home. Christian Leaders Institute believes that Bible study truly is the axis of relationship with God in your personal, marriage, family, small groups, church, kingdom and world contacts. The post is this category reflect our passion to bring the study of the Bible to greater heights.

Continuing Education for Pastors is Crucial!

Continuing Education for Pastors

Continuing education for pastors is very important for a number of reasons. Ministry Magazine published an important article called “Why Continuing Education?” by John Osborn that underlined the need for continuing education for pastors in local churches. This article points out how not only do doctors need to have updated knowledge, but pastors do too.

John Osborn wrote,

It’s not only physicians who are caught up in the knowledge explosion. Ministers are too. The minister is constantly called upon to face new conditions and problems demanding fresh knowledge and increased skill. Often he faces an active, aggressive, highly educated laity. They sometimes challenge the preacher more than he challenges them. They want him to update himself. They want increased performance, better preaching, more efficient pastoral care, and greater capability in running church organization. In fact, I firmly believe that the minister is expected to do more things, and do them well, than is any other professional.

The fact is that pastors today face many challenges. These challenges are difficult if the local pastor is not informed about lacking areas.  One of the most popular classes at Christian Leaders Institute is the People Smart in Ministry Class. The People Smart in Ministry course discusses how to be intelligent when dealing with people in life and ministry. This class helps Christian leaders identify common principles for effective communication and how to improve their effectiveness. Hundreds of students have taken this class. This is an excellent example of continuing education for pastors on topics that may not be covered at the typical seminary. Barbara Kalvelage shared why she appreciated the People Smart in Ministry course,

This course was very helpful for me in preparing for possible pitfalls that I may encounter in my ministry. I was especially interested in Clergy-killers…I now understand what one family was able to do to a true man of God “for the good of the Church” and how they accomplished their mission to destroy him because he changed the music from organ to piano.  I hope that I will be able to recognize the danger signs.

Many pastors have not had the advantage of formal seminary training. In many churches and denominations, pastors must be ordained without formal training because the need for ministry in their local area is great. Local denominations often provide alternative ministry training but continuing education for pastors courses would be considered valuable for ongoing ministry effectiveness. Pastor Stan Raibley of The Church Moving Closer to People is one such pastor. He is a recent Certificate Graduate of Christian Leaders Institute. He wrote,

I was apprehensive in taking courses at my age, but I did it anyway. I’ve been pastoring for the past couple of years and though I’ve never had formal training, I was able to get enought credits through my denomination’s courses for ordination. I still felt lacking in proper training. Now that I’ve completed the first certificate, I can’t wait to continue learning. The layout and pace is exactly what I need. If you are serious about leadership, I encourage you to sign on with the Christian Leaders Institute. God bless.

The Ministry Magazine article pointed out that continuing education for pastors is optimal if that education is a systematic process, meaning that,

Education, then, to be not only continuous but strenuous, demands mental sweat. It is a systematic process. It has purpose and an objective. It is not light reading or a casual listening to tape-recorded materials. It is more than accumulated experience. It is the result of consecutive and organized study.

Christian Leaders Institute provides the systematic study in a growing curriculum of ministry education. Continuing education for pastors is free at Christian Leaders Institute. Christian Leaders Institute opens the door for opportunity. If you are a pastor and interested, just sign up and give this a try. If you are a leader in your church, share this opportunity with your pastor.

Lesotho Bible Study – Atisang Mokhele

Lesotho Bible Study

Lesotho Bible study is spreading though trained leaders from Christian Leaders Institute. This ministry training is free and available for Christian Leaders. Lesotho Bible study is critical because Christian leaders and pastors in Lesotho have not had access to high-quality Bible study training. This testimony from Atisang Mokhele at Christian Leaders Institute illustrates the need for Lesotho Bible study training.

Greetings to you all. I live in a country called Lesotho in the town of Maseru. MY counry landlocked by  Africa. It can be pretty tough sharing Christ here simply because most of the people believe that they are Christian even though that may not necessarily be the case. There are no laws in particular that impede sharing the Gospel or being a believer. The landscape is flooded with churches but very little transformation is taking place largely because of the lack of training within the clergy and the many strongholds that Basotho have bound themselves to.

How I came to the saving knowledge of Christ was pretty gradual. Christ pulled me out of darkness, He came to me and called me out. For years I would see Christians with their Bibles in school and I would wonder what awkwardness and total weirdness that was, not knowing that His work in my life had begun. when I was in university as a freshman, I raised my hand at a service held in campus when people were asked to raise their hand in order to receive Christ. My conversion wouldn’t be complete and genuine until I met a missionary, who is now a dear friend, with Africa Inland Mission, who lives and carries out her ministry in the town of Maseru. She is the one who fully explained the Gospel to me in a Lesotho Bible study and I made a decision for Christ following that and have never turned back. That was back in 2007/8.

Lesotho Bible Study Training at CLI

At present, I know for sure I need to be getting ministry training. I had been seeking a way to get training when incredibly at about the same time I came across Christian Leaders Institute which I believe was God’s plan for me. My personal ministry dream is not entirely clear at this point. I am however passionate about evangelism, teaching the Word and making lasting relationships with other believers. I believe these things God has put in my heart and in time it will become clearer what it is God has planned for me and my family. For now I just know I need to get training.

Evangelism as I have already mentioned is a very huge part of what my ministry ambitions are. I wish to see my countrymen come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In the book of Romans it talks about people knowing only when others tell them about the Gospel. It is my hope that those who will come to know Christ will with the same excitement share the Good news of His Love.

Right now I’m not in active ministry, I am part of a local church and a bible study group. The desire to see people being taught the Word of God in Spirit and In Truth I believe is what launched my quest for ministry Training. It is The Holy Spirit I believe who put it in my heart to not just be a pew warmer but to go out, fulfill His mission and edify the Body through all that He has put in me. For the longest time in my faith walk, I was not getting solid bible teaching so when I met Jo Fernandez, my ministry mentor and my bible study facilitator (my missionary friend), I received solid biblical teaching and from then on I knew I wanted my countrymen to be at the receiving end of sound teaching from the Word of God.

The key challenge I believe the Church face here is the thick, tough wall of ancestral worship that veils our spiritual eyes as Basotho. Put that together with the many churches that colour the landscape, you have a strongly intertwined sycretism of a Biblical Worldview with an animistic African worldview that is hard to penetrate and untangle. It took many years for me to personally come out of it. The same applies for most Basotho. Very few see that its even something that exists. Its okay for a person to go to church on Sunday and slaughter a white chicken tomorrow to remove some bad omen or curse they were placed under for one reason or another. This gives many a pastor and missionary much headache.

After finding out about CLI, I immediately let my local church pastor know that I was considering taking up the scholarship. He was more than okay with the idea. I also talked with him about letting other church folk know so that if there are any who want to get the training they could. The church fully supports this move. At least I know that the pastor knows, I don’t know if the rest of the board knows.

What I know for sure is that my family fully supports me and the path that I have taken concerning ministry. By family I mean my wife. Her consent is all that matters. As long as I have time for the family, and they don’t feel neglected, I’m happy. Her support means the world to me. I’m grateful that she is behind me all the way. As for my 8 month old son, well, I’m sure he’ll understand. I do hope to minister together with my wife, in whatever way that may look like.

It really is a wonderful thing that God is doing through CLI. Thousands upon thousands will benefit from free ministry training saving many thousands in costs. I know for sure I could never afford to go seminary from my own pocket. I was always looking for a window of opportunity The Lord would open up for me. I believe CLI is that window. Quiet simply put, without CLI, i would probably never realize my ministry dream. So it [CLI] has helped me at least believe that I will live to see my ministry dreams and goals come to fruition.

My ministry calling is gradually unfolding. I don’t want to force The hand of God, that is both impossible,  but I would like to see more clearly what it is He wants for me at this point in my life. It would be wonderful to get some prayer support here. Also for more and more Basotho to desire to get training ministry training as we continue spreading the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The need for well-trained Lesotho Bible Study leaders is great. Christian Leaders Institute operates on an offering based model, click here for more details. The training is free. Click here to make an offering

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Training Bible Study Leaders

Training Bible Study Leaders

A church in Abbotsford, BC, Canada is Training Bible Study Leaders using Christian Leaders Institute (CLI). Pastor Marcel deRegt from Gateway Community Church started a mentor center where 19 students meet every other Wednesday to watch videos and go over material from CLI’s Getting Started Courses. They were awarded the Christian Basics Certificate on November 16th. The “Christian Basics Certificate” is available to students by enrolling at Christian Leaders Institute. This course covers the essential elements of Christian beliefs. It also includes how to live out a personal walk with God. You can enroll for free now by clicking here.

It helped a person like Alex Macarie who attended this course at Gateway. http://www.gatewaycrc.org

“My ministry dream is to be a good and faithful servant. to my Lord and Saviour in whatever way that He calls me to be; whether it is pastoring a church, teaching in a seminary or being a faithful friend and family member. Gateway church is hosting this class in partnership with CLI. I hope to be more and more involved.”

Training Bible Study Leaders is what CLI is all about. We have introduced our Bible Study Leader Certificate. This certificate will include courses like Old and New Testament Survey, Church and Ministry, People Smart for Ministry and more. It will give you the tools necessary to become a Bible Study Leader in your area. The classes are made to give you the confidence and training you need to be a success.

Gateway Church is one step closer to training more bible study leaders. On November 23rd, they began to go through Old Testament Survey. Pastor Marcel deRegt has a passion for the church. He has led ministry trips to over 15 countries. He sees the value of trained leaders and so do we.

Enroll today!

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