New Life Ministry Call

“Howdy, Y’all!” My name is Champ Claussen and I have a new life ministry call on my life from God. I live in the United States of America. God is great. God is greater than great. God is the greatest. I did not always believe that. I did not always believe in Him. I believed in what was a reality throughout my life. That reality was brokenness, confusion, hurt, anger, turmoil, anxiety, poverty, separation, divorce, abuse and a whole list of negative experiences and emotions that a person could experience. I was no different until God found me and I began a relationship with Him.

It really is quite the story now that I look at it. I had once thought that I worshiped God. What I really worshiped was my “knowledge” about God. I went to church. I even attended the camps. Every VBS, church service, Wednesday night youth group, rallies, and prayer vigils, I was there. I knew the lingo, I could look good and I knew what the Bible said about God. The issue is that knowledge about God is not a relationship with Him. After a period of time of hurting through words and actions at home, I rejected God. I walked away. That’s actually putting it lightly…I joined a cult.

After graduating from high school, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, (a.k.a. Mormons) and went to college for a year. During that year I reached out to my biological father and attempted to have a relationship with him though I had not heard from him for almost 14 years. I moved to the state that he resided in hoping to develop a relationship with him. Coming from a broken home and being raised by a dad who was not my biological father had caused some identity and relationship crisis within me and I yearned for a healthy relationship with my biological father. That hope was quickly dashed, as was my heart, once again.

I was questioning my identity, reality, and life for many years before I received my new life ministry call. I was homeless, lived in poverty, broken, hurt, and suffered greatly through those years. I continually struggled with the identity of God. I began to ask several questions regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Those questions, though logical, sincere and respectful got me chastened by some of the local leadership. Eventually, I left the LDS church and rejected God completely. I was respectful to those that believed in God but I could not accept the concept of a loving God when people that claim to follow Him were so cruel and unloving. I could not see the existence and work of God in my family life. I could not get to God in my studies and my good works. I could not believe in God because not only could He not be visible to me but His power could not be visible in the lives of those close to me that claimed to follow Him.

I got married, relocated to Kentucky and had a child. I decided to attend a Christian rock concert with an artist that I had listened to in my youth. I enjoyed his music and we decided to attend. It was there that I heard that God loved me and that what I was going through was not a coincidence but part of a designed plan. At first, I was offended. How in the world could a loving God design all the pain, anxiety, brokenness, separation, bullying and even the suicide attempts that I had made and use it for good? Then the artist said something that struck my soul. He said that I did not have to be defined by my past but could be defined by God who created and loved me. That means that I had a choice. I could be the product of circumstances and a painful past, or I could choose to walk in God’s love. I chose the latter and that changed me into my new life ministry call.

I vigorously studied the Bible, not to know about God but to draw near to Him. I did not wish to know about Him, I wanted to know Him. I wanted to know everything I could about my Abba Daddy. God even had a church pastor take notice and after a few years I was the Bible Fellowship Coordinator for the church and even preached and taught when the Pastor was away. I was truly blessed by God on my new life ministry call.

I wish I could state that after that it was easy but I cannot. I was married for thirteen years before my family was again torn apart by divorce. The family that included four children was torn apart. I became homeless. I discovered various complications that exist in the culture of poverty and homelessness that I really did not comprehend in my earlier experiences. I also discovered how much God loved me. I discovered that God WILL NOT abandon His children. He held me in the palm of His hand. It was when I was homeless that I understood that Jesus could relate to me and my circumstance and He loved me.

After a few years, God lifted me out of the homeless environment but not without changing me. God implanted in my life my new life ministry call with a desire to love and reach the lost, hurt, strained, stressed and broken. I had been asked to preach at a few churches and it was then that various leaders noted that I had a heart, a passion, a gift. I was remarried in 2018. God has brought my kids and me closer. The Lord has given me a passion and a purpose to reach the lost and a desire to plant a church in the small town in which I live. He has allowed me to take food and clothing to the homeless and help single mothers in various areas throughout the United States where He has shown the need. God has given me the dream to pastor those whom God loves so that they too can know the greatness of God and the love He has for them. He has even allowed me to become a professional wrestler so that I can bring the light into that arena. God has done more than I dared to dream and, yet, it is a reality!

At this time, I am learning from Christian Leaders Institute. There have been challenges. There have been great lessons. I enjoyed the ideas on devotions for the family that were presented. Coming from a broken family and experiencing much brokenness in my life and all around me, it’s necessary to continue learning and obtaining tools so that I can be used by God to help build what Satan has attempted to destroy. I do it with the knowledge that God is real and God is great. He is greater than the past. He is greater than the experience. He is the experience! He is the greatest!
“As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.” Galatians 6:14; NLT (copyright 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust)

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Karen Wake – Commissioned Minister

My name is Pastor Karen Wake and I am a commissioned minister. I was born, raised and reside in Ontario, Canada. I am a widowed mother of two wonderful sons, a grandmother to three terrific grandchildren, and recently became a great-grandmother to a darling little boy.

More than 6 years ago, I enrolled as a student of Christian Leaders Institute. My personal profile is available in the Christian Leaders Alliance/Ordination directory. The scholarship I received from CLI has allowed me to get a solid Christian college education necessary. CLI trained me truthfully, spiritually and in a biblical manner, to be a minister to people and spread the gospel right here in my own community and online.

With my initial Ordination in January of 2015 and all the new courses that this amazing institution has provided for us, I gained the knowledge and confidence to plant “New Creations Christian Fellowship” here in Mount Forest.  This fellowship includes a small home based group and a much larger following worldwide on Facebook at “One Pastor’s Notes.” 

Christian Leaders Institute allows those of us who cannot afford the tuition fees of other Bible Schools and Seminaries to receive a quality Christian education from dedicated, Spirit-filled teachers who do not hesitate to respond to any questions we have along the way.

I thank Henry Reyenga and all of the staff for their vision of raising leaders around the world who will emerge and fulfill Christ’s great commission “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) My heartfelt thanks to everybody at CLI!

To all who read this, I hope you too will be able to become a Vision Partner to help keep this great institution thriving and turning out Christian Leaders worldwide.  

May God bless you abundantly.


Church Planting Ministry

Become a leader in Church Planting Ministry today. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who was a lost son of God and found CLI as a tool to rediscover the pathway to Christ:

I was born in Quezon City Philippines and migrated to Simi Valley California on May 1982. I have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA concentrating in Project Management. I have been married (Jaylene) for almost 24 years with a 22 years old daughter (Larissa) and an 18 years old son (Ryan). Currently, I am studying Church Planting Ministry at Christian Leaders Insitute. 

When I was 3 years old, my parents separated and I grew up mainly with my grandmother. I barely saw my father for he was a merchant marine who was always out of town so I never really about to get to know him. I didn’t know my mom very well either. Although we migrated to the US in May of 1982 both of which a regret – I should have been matured enough to find the time to get to know them and this is something that I wished I could change.

Since I never really had a father figure, I often was finding myself getting in trouble. After I turned 18, I started getting into more trouble.  I was in and out of jail for a day or two. One day, there was a rumble within the jail. Even though I was not a part of the disagreement, my sworn enemies pointed fingers at me as part of that rumble and I was sentenced to 6 months of jail time. It was then that I was first introduced to the Bible. I was blessed with one inside my cell. I read the entire bible twice although it was very confusing. I was also introduced to this person who prayed for me in tongue and that really scared me for I have no clue what he was saying. This was in 1990.

While in jail, I had all the time to evaluate my life and it was not looking good. I decided that I need to go to college and make something of myself. I also knew that I needed to leave California in order to get out of trouble. I needed to find a woman from out of town. Once I was released, my sister took me in and I earned my bachelor degree in DeVry University and that is where I met my wife of 24 years. I could see now that Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11 is so real as this happened to me.

It was not until July 2007 that I accepted the Lord Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and although I have many ups and down, I am so glad that He never gave up on me. I have served many positions in churches – Administrator, Bible teacher, Men’s Ministry President, church deacon. As I continue learning about God, I crave more knowledge.  I have the desire to continue on and advance to serve Him more and more.

I searched for a long time to find a school for free and after a year or so of searching, I found CLI and started studying daily since Dec of 2016. CLI courses are well written and very detailed. The quizzes are challenging. I found it a real quality course and really recommend it. Being ordained by CLI will help me with church planting, house churches as well as to be a pastor if God is willing for me to do so. CLI will help me achieve my goal of studying church planting ministry. 

I have been praying that God will allow me to plant a church but I was not certain on the location God wanted me to start one. During our house hunting, we made many offers all over the place and none of them went through, except for one. This is where I am currently located in Rahway, NJ. I asked God to allow me to plant a church here. Iin April 2017, my church split up because of the different views of buying a building and now I have no church. This is where I need CLI to help me out.

I do have about 4 or 5 families now to plant a church. We do small group (house church) but not every week as many are on vacation, but I intend to make this to a weekly basis. We need all the prayer we can get. Please pray for us, ask the CLI people to pray for us.

I am deeply thankful that God allowed me to find CLI and able to study church planting ministry and I only have about 3 courses to get my bachelor degree in divinity but I intend to take many more classes outside the requirement to further my knowledge of the Greek and so on.

May the good Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus continue to bless CLI.

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Church Planting Passion

Thea, UK

I am writing from an affluent, elderly, seaside town in the South East of England called Eastbourne. I am an alien to these parts as I herald from Manchester, England. Manchester is a metropolitan city in the industrial North West of the country. The last three months since God called me to Eastbourne have been challenging, but this season has been full of growth and refinement – praise God! I have come to Eastbourne as this is where my husband-to-be lives, his family have generously and lovingly opened their home to me until we are married – what a blessing that has been! Until now, I didn’t realise one could have culture shock staying within your home country! Eastbourne and Manchester are poles apart and as such ministering in these two places are starkly different.

In Manchester, I lived on a troubled post-world war two satellite council estate where I could truly feel the presence of God, where lives and communities were changing because of the good news of Jesus Christ and where I met some of the most humble, generous and servant-hearted Brothers and Sisters of the Kingdom. Ministering in Partington; the town I lived in required Christians and the Church to go to the people and meet them where they were at. To name a few, this was done through holding Alpha courses in public places, conducting detached youth work and making Church services accessible and relevant for all. The area had a bad reputation for high crime rates and large numbers of children being known to social services, so local people were used to feeling unwelcome and ashamed. Ministry in Partington was all about loving people and affirming the truth and freedom of life in Christ. God loves Partington even if the world struggles to at times – Amen!

Ministering in Eastbourne is a whole different kettle of fish! It is fair to say that God has given me a heart for the poor and marginalised, Eastbourne doesn’t fit this criterion, and it has been a season of struggle to see what God wants for me here as my heart, gifting’s and competencies don’t lend itself naturally to my new home. I have found myself in an area full to the brim with Churches which are mainly depleting, ageing and dry. Christianity for many here is like a social status and part of being ‘a good middle-class family’ with the real rulers of the town being materialism, consumerism, greed, money and envy. The cost of living in this part of the world is extraordinarily high, and so debt advises and witnessing to the love, peace and joy of a modest way of life lived to the full in the Lord are two essential elements of ministry here. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit needs to be reinstated to set this town on fire – God is not a bloke in a book, He is alive! God is doing an amazing work with me to teach me how to love all His people and for that I am grateful for his grace on my failings and his faithfulness for using unremarkable people like me to work through. I believe that God is working things out in me so that I can love people from all over the UK regardless of class, denomination, etc. I have come a long way since becoming a Christian, but I have a long way still to go.

I was saved six years ago, from a local Church in Partington, Manchester. I gave my life and was Baptised after doing the Alpha course. God has transformed me, and I am truly a new creation – praise is to the King of Kings! God met me in a place of brokenness and hopelessness after being the victim of a violent relationship and wanting to take my life. He has saved me and given me life in abundance. The path has not been easy, and I have stumbled on many occasions, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat – I love you, Jesus! I feel so blessed because He not only is a God who has answered my prayers but has exceeded my expectations awesomely every time. The two prayers on my heart when I came to faith were that my Mother would be saved and that God would have a Christian man for me to marry. Both prayers have been answered – thank you, Lord! Coming to faith has changed my life forever.

My ministerial calling beckoned three years ago. In the interests of honesty, I was very reluctant to take up the call because I felt totally unworthy. I have been well supported and tested in Manchester through the Church of England who has granted me opportunities in different areas of leadership and Church life to explore this call. I was blessed with the opportunity to go forward for ordination training through the Anglican Church, but I didn’t feel that was what God wanted. Despite this, I am thankful for their mentoring, love, wisdom and generosity as it has brought me to CLI. The calling that I have a Church planting passion for the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. My husband-to-be also feels the same call – he is a wonderful blessing on my life. Only tonight have we had another word of confirmation of this calling. I feel an urgency to equip myself, so I am ready to serve him wholeheartedly to His glory for when the time comes to go. A recurring key experience in my life which prompted me to both give my life and to pursue ministry is God speaking to me through dreams. While doing the Alpha course, I dreamt of a Church which I later attended and my first call to ministry came in a dream in which I saw myself in Church at the front leading. I adore that the Lord penetrates the busyness of life and the fullness of my mind to speak to me. I am so grateful that God keeps giving me confirmation and steps to take – He is a good, good Father.

I have been blessed to live all over the world due to my parent’s work, but since coming to faith, I have had a real heart for the UK. The UK is in a season of political and economic uncertainty which is fuelling those who want us to divine. In this time, I feel that the light of Jesus needs to shine out to those living in fear and darkness of the world. With the Lord as my strength, I will go in peace to love and serve Him in the Hebrides. I love God; I love the UK, and I pray for His Kingdom come in this place. Some of the unique challenges to the Hebrides are that it is very isolated from the UK mainland, it has an ageing and decreasing population which is scattered over a rugged and rural terrain, 90% of the population consider themselves Roman Catholic, but Church attendance is low, and poverty levels are exceptionally high which manifests in short life expectancy, high crime, low education and so on. As I am sure you know, the Hebrides had a revival. However, the spiritual atmosphere in general (not everywhere – there are pockets of wind) is very dry there again now. Praying for revival!

My family; my husband-to-be (Anthony), my mother and my father are all interested in coming to Church plant. Anthony has been ordained with the help of CLI – thank you for blessing him! He is a wonderful teacher and has such an anointing for evangelising men from difficult backgrounds. My mother; Elaine has given her life to Jesus this year after six years of searching and falling away – Alleluia! Elaine has such warmth that people flock to her as a maternal figure, her spiritual giftings are already being revealed as she evangelises at work, extends hospitality to all who cross her path, and gifts administration to the Church. My husband-to-be has family who will pray fervently for us and will visit us regularly. We are very blessed to be so wonderfully supported.
I come from a loving family who have always supported me as does Anthony, however, we do not come from a wealthy background. A scholarship at CLI is essential to my ministry dream because I do not want to be a heretic, damage the Kingdom or give anything less than my best to God. CLI will mean that I am better academically equipped in Bible and theological studies which alongside my practical experience and training will make me an all-round better servant for God on this quest. CLI and its mission just blow my brain; it does set a standard in Kingdom mindset and generosity – thank you so much!

I thank you in advance for your prayers. Please pray that I hear God’s will clearly, that I obey Him fully as I walk His path and that I love the Lord, my future husband, my family, my Church and all who cross my walk with a salty wind of love and light!

In the name of Jesus, I bless you, Lord! Peace be with you Brothers and Sisters.