Free Ministry Studies

I am 24 years old and just got engaged to the love of my life. I currently live in New Mexico and I am receiving free ministry studies at Christian Leaders Institute. I am an Emergency Veterinary Tech at VCA. I came to know the Lord when my parents took me to church every Sunday. I was baptized and went through confirmation. I was selected to be a United Methodist Woman, part of the fishermen, the Vacation Bible School Director for three years, help in the nursery, etc.

My dream is to show and tell and teach the Word of God to people. I think this is what I am truly meant to do with my life. I learned so many different things from my Christian Leaders Institute free ministry studies thus far. I have learned how devotions work and what I should do daily. I have also learned how I need to walk with God daily and find strength in Him. I believe that I can do this with His help. I want to pray more and study the Bible more. I am learning new habits in my daily life.

The word Pastor is what I identify more with. What prompted me into ministry is the “Love Comes Softly” book by Janette Oke and watching Christian movies. I desire to be an inspiration, support, and hope for the many people and society who are lost and searching. I have not told my Church family about my call yet. I hope to show them I can do Christian Leaders Institute classes and earn certificates and a degree. I believe they would be very supportive of me.

A scholarship at Christian Leaders Institute is important because I want to develop great study habits as I learn from the great material at a college/university level. Through this opportunity, I have hope for my future in ministry work where ever God leads me.

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Pursuing Evangelism Training

Join today and receive a scholarship towards pursuing Evangelism Training and being a part of the spread of the Christian revival. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers the ability to earn a scholarship for high-quality online ministry training. This training allows you to follow your dreams. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who is an Emergency Room nurse who found CLI and is using the scholarship for pursuing Evangelism Training.

My name is Tara. I live in the United States and work as an Emergency Department Nurse in the state of New York. I used to think that being a nurse was my calling. I got into nursing because I wanted to help people. As the years went by, I realized that I was seeing far more death, major illnesses and people at their lowest points in their life than any person could possibly help. I began to feel extremely frustrated. I had worked so hard to be the best nurse I could be but still felt like I was not making a difference.

At the same time, I was also searching for God. I had been raised as a Catholic but although my family dropped us off to Sunday school on Sunday mornings we did not live a life based on biblical principles and never ever read the bible. I eventually walked away from formal religion. I studied on and off with other denominations but never truly committed myself to God. It wasn’t until I was in my early 30’s and already the mother of 3 children that I found Jesus and was saved.

My husband and I have both felt the call to ministry for a while now but with 3 kids, student loans and full-time jobs we had no idea how we could possibly afford the training needed to do what God has been calling us to do. After exhaustive online searches, I came across Christian Leaders Institute. At first, I had to check to make sure that this opportunity was not “too good to be true”. After realizing that CLI was legitimate, husband and I both enrolled.

I feel a calling to Evangelism and local outreach as well as missions. While looking for a mentor we were invited by a pastor from the church we were attending to help him plant a church in the local area where we live. (We had been attending church 45 minutes from our house). The Pastor we are now working with has asked me to be in charge of the local outreach for the new church! This has truly shown me that it has been God that led me to find CLI and plans on using my husband and myself to help plant a church in a spiritually starving area to spread the Good News!

Finding this training at CLI has brought renewed excitement and confidence to my ministry. It has allowed me to pursue Evangelism Training and follow my dreams.The fact that my husband and I were approached and asked to join in building a new church has been a humbling and overwhelmingly joyous experience. Having my husband now be part of CLI is also a uniting experience for us because we motivate each other and we are finding ways to include the kids to show them the joy in serving Christ and following his commission to become “Fisher of men”. (Matthew 4:19)

Please pray for me as we enter into uncharted territory in our ministry. Living in the United States offers the challenges of the overwhelming acceptance of materialism and immorality. People fill the emptiness in their hearts that only Jesus can fill with material objects or immoral behavior and then can’t understand why they still feel empty. Many may have attended a church during the holidays or for a wedding or funeral but reading the bible and having God have a place in day to day living is not a regular occurrence. Please help us pray that we are able to reach the hearts of people who are starving for the Gospel.

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Local Ministry Online Training

Join today and receive a scholarship towards pursuing local ministry online training and becoming a leader in Christian ministry. 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 found CLI and is using the scholarship for pursuing local ministry online training to spread the word of God.

My name is Vince Stapleton. I live in Indiana in the United States of America. I have lived in this area since I first started school. I currently work as a subcontractor doing construction & carpentry work. I used to run an automotive repair business in the town my family lives in, but it was not sustainable for a multitude of reasons. So, now I am happy doing carpentry work and only do the automotive repair as a hobby mostly.
As a small child, I can remember going to church with my mom, dad, and brothers. My mother and maternal Grandma taught me about Lord over the years. They are faithful, and loving women and I thank God for their presence in my life. Unfortunately, there were some gaps in church attendance at a few times in my family’s history, and this tempted me. I started to back-slide during these times.
I had a bad motor vehicle accident at the age of 20. Jesus allowed me to stay and raise my daughter and blessed me with a son and one more daughter. I completed Collision Repair & Refinishing through Lincoln Tech in 2006 and worked in this field for 10 years. As a believer, I professed my love for Christ to those I love and spent time with over the years. Though I am not perfect, His grace abounds.
My common law wife passed away at a young age, and I had a couple failed attempts at new love. I had many struggles, raising my children over the years. We stayed a family and I made sure we attended church. I was grateful to receive help from family. They had been my motivation for years, and still are to a degree, but I had somehow taken my eye off the cross. Facing my own demons and repenting I have been filled with the Holy Spirit again! I have re-devoted myself to spreading the gospel of Christ per God’s gentle nudging. We often have an empty feeling inside, which I believe can only be filled with the love of Christ. Keeping God in the center of our universe is key to happiness! I know that God only tests me to strengthen me, and for that I am thankful. Though it may not seem like it at times, He does not give us anything we can’t handle.
I am grateful to have found CLI. I had been ordained already but felt I needed more quality training. Then I found this God sent “freemium” style training through CLI! Without it, I would still be untrained. However, I am now developing ministry skills which I feel are most needed to minister effectively to society.
I only wish to boast of Christ and hope to minister to people in the area. CLI provides an excellent program for local ministry online training. I live in a more effective way using the skills I developed through CLI. My dream is to prove God’s existence through the scientific method, which in my opinion has been done in many ways! So basically theology, archeology, & real-science are major interests and hobbies of mine. I hope to utilize these in glorifying the Kingdom of God.
This program is great for testing your dedication and developing your ministry skills. I recommend anyone seeking guidance on how to better minister to God’s children to join CLI and hopefully complete your courses gracefully!
Thanks to everyone at CLI!

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Online Ministry Training in Switzerland

Join today and receive a scholarship for free online ministry training. 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 found CLI and is using her scholarship to study online ministry training in Switzerland and to answer her call from God.

I am currently living in Switzerland and attending an English-speaking international church which is made up of people from over 40 different countries. There is a large international community around Geneva and so we are focused on reaching out to them. Ministry here is very transient as people tend to come here on a short-term basis. Coming from so many different transitions, cultures and backgrounds have its challenges but it is amazing how we learn from each other and use this to our advantage in furthering God’s kingdom.

I came to know Jesus a little over three years ago at this same church. I had just moved to Switzerland and was going through a very difficult time when I met some missionaries who attend my church. There was clearly something different about the way they loved people and I wanted to know more so went to church with them. As I began to learn about Jesus and read the Bible for myself I experienced some deep healing from things I had been going through and gave my life to Christ.

My ministry dream is to be able to show the love of God and to disciple others the way that others have shown me his love and discipled me. I have experienced a lot of difficulties in life and I would love to be more effective at reaching out to other hurting people.

This class has been a really good foundation to the training and has deepened my awareness of how to form reproducible, faith formation habits. I did not grow up in a Christian household and so the teaching on family devotional times was something I am so thankful to have learned! I currently and a youth leader and run the youth activities for the younger youth (11-14) at my church

I was given the opportunity to preach at my church for the first time a few months ago. People had been telling me for a while that I should consider full-time ministry but until the evening I first preached I wasn’t so sure. I was really nervous, but the second I stepped up and began talking I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Nothing fills me with so much joy.

I live in a very affluent area and therefore many people see themselves as not having a need for Jesus as they already have everything they need. There is a sense of taking the freedom to practice our faith for granted. Coming from a church with many denominations, cultures, and languages also has its challenges.

I became a Christian when I opened my very own Bible for the first time and read about the healing power of Jesus. Every time I read the Gospels, I find myself transported back to that moment when I first gave my life to Christ. It refreshes my spiritual walk.

My church has been my cheerleaders from day one! They are the most encouraging and supportive group of people I have ever met and I am so thankful for them! They really have become my family! I live in Switzerland alone, my parents are back in the UK and they have had a harder time understanding my desire to go into ministry until they recently listened online to a sermon I had preached and they called me to tell me they wanted to support which was an amazing thing to hear!

Ministry training is something I have been looking into, but there was just no way I could have afforded it! I live in Switzerland, this has completely become my home. With CLI offering online ministry training in Switzerland, I am able to stay here in my home. But it is a very expensive place to live and I really struggle financially. CLI also means that I can stay serving at my home church and don’t have to move away from the ministries I love and my church family who support me in order to receive training. Please pray for peace and being able to assess priorities as I undertake this online ministry training in Switzerland. 

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Women’s Ministry Education

Join today and receive free women’s ministry education. 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 found CLI and is using the free women’s ministry education to answer his call from God.

Webster & Bravo Cannot Define Me,

Hey, guys! I am Sabrina Hayes, a pretty normal (but not so normal) American girl with Ministry dreams and aspirations the size of our beloved Grand Canyon. Here in these United States, we enjoy the freedom of religion, the ability to practice our faith out loud, minister to others without fear of retaliation or political discipline, and we have the right to read the Bible freely and without suffering recourse. My opportunities abound as the wide open plains of the Midwest.

I was born a Christian. I grew up in church, reciting those keynote Easter speeches in my shiny, white shoes, and singing songs of praise with the A/B choir in countless pulpits. It wasn’t until 21, through the traumatic experience of losing my brother to murder, that I walked into an amazing relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ PERSONALLY and one-on-one, and not at the nudging of my zealous Grandparents. He became my Rock, my Source of comfort, and my Best Friend.

My Ministry dream is actually my reality! Sanctuary Girl Women’s Ministry has been birthed and is on her way. Sanctuary Girl is more than a ministry; she’s an actual person. She is the woman who knows who she is. She is the girl who is willing to stand firm in what God defines her to be, in direct defiance of what society, in all its Hollywood and social media glory, compels her to be. She is the girl who accepts that what her faith says might not be popular with what her family and friends have to say; but yet she stands. The Word is her Foundation. Her safe haven. Her security. Her Sanctuary. She is a #sanctuarygirl.

My ordination will afford me the credentials that I need, and the credibility that I need, to minister to women all over the country through the retreat experience. Being able to pour into those who are hurting, who are deficient in the knowledge of what GOD says they are capable of and speaking His Word and promise to them, is an invaluable charge that has been placed on my life and will be supported through my ordination. The pivotal experience that prompted me to pursue ministry was the realization that many women in our culture, young through old, are defining themselves by standards they should not be, such as reality television and social media. THERE IS AN AMAZING NEED for women who KNOW better to hit the paths and redirect these comparisons. We must be a community of women who draw each other back to what God says we are and should be as mothers, daughters, wives, professionals, and the many other roles we carry. I choose to be among those who take up this charge.

I also look forward to helping women begin their marriages rooted and identified in the Word, as an ordained officiant. Who they are as wives is paramount for them to know going into marriage, and as an officiant, I will have the opportunity to minister to them according to what the Word says and debunk what the world says.

My local church has been amazing in support of my endeavors. I have access to women in leadership who have poured into me, been a source of accountability and encouragement, and have even joined forces with me in the work ahead. I could not do true ministry life without them. My family has also been a staunch source of support. With three teenaged daughters, my mission is more important here at home than anywhere else. They get it and they stand squarely behind me at every pass.

The scholarship to CLI was vital for me as I have two daughters in college who require fiduciary support. It would have been cost-prohibitive to bear their burden and my own. The free training at CLI was a godsend and has granted me the opportunity to pursue my dream of a Ministry Degree without assuming additional financial responsibility.

Prayers for Ministry are always coveted and needed. I request prayer for favor over my plans, that God would establish my steps as I commit my plans to Him, I pray that He would place His Hand of blessing before and behind me and that it would rest upon my Head. I pray that I would continually put Him first in my Ministry, seeking Him and His Kingdom first, knowing that in doing so, He would supply all things. I ask for prayer that women all over would be given ears to hear and eyes to see God’s Truth about them and closed to what the world says. Joining me in this prayer is the greatest honor you could provide.

CLI has been an immense blessing in my life. I look forward to making them proud in the Lord through my women’s ministry education and its impact on women nationwide.

Sabrina Hayes

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Evangelism Ministry Training

Join today and receive free evangelism ministry training. 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 found CLI and is using the free evangelism ministry to answer his call from God.

I am currently living in the United States. I was born and raised in Jasper, TX where I reside now. I am one of five siblings all deceased, except one. I am the wife and a mother of six: Lariesha, Dewanda, Melinda, Beatrice, Elton Jr; and Carolyn who passed away on September 2016. My husband Elton & I have known each other since 1978. We separated for a while & we reconciled in 1999. I accepted Christ at an early age, although I backslid in my adolescent years which led me to a life of substance abuse and prison. I rededicated my life back to Christ in Federal prison in 1997. Today, I am saved, sanctified, and filled with the power of the Holy Ghost. A praying woman who loves her family and reaches out for lost souls and do all I can to be true to the call of God. When I got out of prison, I went back to my former leadership of an Apostle in Jasper, TX where I served for 17 years. I taught adult Sunday school, Bible study groups. I was an event coordinator, and I obtained great blessings by submitting myself to this leadership. I was a very faithful servant, witness, and a true ambassador for the Lord. I went back to school in 2004 and I achieved an Associate and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix online campus, I also, achieved a degree in the New Testament Study from World Bible College, and a Master Degree in Religion from Liberty University.

In 2011, God called me out of that ministry and gave me a charge to start an outreach center here in Jasper TX. It is called “Try Jesus Outreach” where many have come and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The outreach commission was to reach out to family first and then to spread abroad. My family plays the biggest role in the ministry for me because my greatest desire is for all of them to experience a true relationship with Christ, to be saved, and to serve him with gladness. We are still on that commission today. God charge me to freely give to others as I have freely received of him. The ministry dream I have is to be able to lead people into the agenda of God for their lives by teaching them biblical principles and leadership tools. This class in CLI’s evangelism ministry training has renewed my connection with God, I have been able to relish my relationship with him, making me feel confident that I can mentor others. I believe Christian Leadership Institute can train me to be effective in leadership and also allow me to help others lead. My goal is to make disciples for Christ. I identify with the word “Evangelist,” although I am an ordained Pastor. I see myself as being an Apostle planting churches and leaders in various places. I have dreams of going all over the world, spreading the good news. I am a witness of how God has pointed me in the direction of doing the work of an Evangelist, as well as leading my family and others into the agenda of God for their lives. CLI’s free evangelism ministry training will allow me to follow these dreams.
My family is very supported and I am so thankful to God that they are and they have willing minds. I have a few churches here in Jasper who are supported and leaders who are my mentors as I study to become a great leader through Christian Leadership Institute.  Please pray with me that I will fulfill God’s will for my life and help others to learn of Christ and his ultimate sacrifice of love. Pray that I will be equipped to lead them into his purpose for their lives and pray that I am a living example to them.

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Hospice Care Ministry

Join today and receive free hospice care ministry training. 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 found CLI and is using the free hospice care ministry to answer his call from God.

My name is Joey Miller. I live in a small town in Texas. My path to the Lord has taken a winding road. Growing up, the Lord wasn’t present in our house. My parents owned two bars and many a Sunday was spent cleaning them up after a rowdy Saturday night. I grew into manhood not knowing who Jesus was. I remember once as a teen trying to read the Bible. We had one, but I’m not sure where it came from. As you do most books, I started reading the bible from the beginning in hopes to work my way to the end. That lasted until I got to the “begets”. Once there, I gave up my quest of learning about God and His Son.

Through the next forty years, I was married multiple times, blessed with a great son, and lived a life of work, partying and nonbelief. When I was in my early fifties, I met a good, Christian woman. Through this lady, I began to bring the Lord into my life. I was rather hesitant to have this happen, but to make her happy I went along for the ride. Through a series of bad relationship decisions that culminated in us not seeing one another anymore, I found myself alone again.

One night when I was alone at the house, I was sitting watching a movie ( Madea Goes to Jail) and a line in that movie woke me up. That night I called my former girlfriend and spoke with her. She drove forty miles to come and visit me that evening. With her, she had a card of a pastor that was over the Celebrate Recovery program at the church she was attending. That week I called him and set up a meeting and that was when my Christian journey really began.

Over the next year, I started attending church regularly, began Celebrate Recovery, was baptized and married that fine, upstanding Christian woman. My walk with the Lord has not seen its share of stumbles, but I can say that it has continually moved forward. I have been part of the audio/video team, on the executive team, and headed up the men’s ministry at the church we attend. I still find; though, that I am lacking something. I find that I am afraid to discuss my beliefs with others because of a lack of knowledge of the Bible. Those “begets” still get me.

I am closing in on sixty now, but have a fervent need to know the Lord and His Son. My wife and I minister at the local nursing home. We visit twice a month, sings songs, quote scripture, and love on our elderly friends. There are many of those residents that will not be on this earth very much longer. If I can bring the joy of Jesus Christ into their life before they leave, what a blessing that will be. The world today is in need of Jesus. I want to help bring His Word to whomever I meet, but to do that I need knowledge. That is where the Christian Leadership Institute comes in. I have only gotten through the opening, “get to know you” course and have learned and been enlightened considerably.

My wife and I are hoping to take this course together. To build a hospice care ministry that will be able to share God’s word through knowledge, but also through love and grace. We will continue our nursing home ministry, with hopes of branching out to other homes or residences. We also want to take His word to the streets and be able to share His love and sacrifice to non-believers and those whose faith is wavering.

I feel with the heart for the Lord that I now have, with the support of my wife and Christian family, and with the education I can receive from the Christian Leadership Institute that I will be able to accomplish my goal. I ask that you pray for my wife and me to persevere in our quest for knowledge, that we will be like sponges soaking in everything that comes our way.

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Local Ministry Training

Join today and receive free local ministry training. 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 found CLI and is using the training to answer his call from God to become a local minister and reach out to the Lost:

Hello, my name is Robert (Robbie) Groover and I was born in 1965. I live in Sevierville Tennessee with my wife, Nancy. She was my high school sweetheart. We started dating in 1981 and have been married since 1986. We have a daughter that is married with two wonderful kids. Our son is not married and states that he is not looking because he doesn’t have time to devote to a wife.

I grew up in Canton, Georgia (40 miles north of Atlanta) in a Christian home. I attended church my entire life and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at a young age. My mother and father were both active in the church. My mother taught Sunday school for as long as I can remember. My wife and I began helping her early in our marriage. In life’s journey, we are all presented with choices to make. Instead of allowing events during different seasons in my life to draw me closer, I allowed separation in my relationship with God. Other choices brought further isolation and separation from family and friends. All of this because I would not heed the call into His service. When God has a plan, He has ways of making His service a priority. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far we run, He is already there. He closed many doors back home and gave us only one option, which we did follow. He will spit you out in whale vomit on the beach that He desires. In obedience to His call, restoration began in my relationship with God. Through daily studies and communion with God, I began writing devotions highlighting His power and Grace.

In 2015 God moved us to Sevierville Tennessee, God created a platform for me to work in His ministry. Our ministry is through an online radio and media ministry of teaching and encouraging others. My goal, or what God has laid on my heart is two-fold. First is to reach the lost in any way or opportunity that God allows. Secondly, to teach the truth that is in the word of God to new and mature Christians. I want to encourage and inspire believers at any levels.

In following God’s call and being obedient, my wife encouraged me to seek formal local ministry training. Because of the lack of funds, I was led to Christian Leaders Institute. The classes and training that I have received (to date) have been a blessing from the beginning. CLI has helped with my daily communion with God as well as strengthening my foundation. Every class is structured to bring a better understanding and knowledge of God in our daily lives. Each lesson builds off of each other. The foundation is strong in Biblical Doctrine and Theology. Many say “you get what you pay for.” I disagree with this statement. With CLI, I have been given a great gift that I did not pay for, except for the work of studying. Another reason I disagree with this statement is that of what God did for us. He has given a gift that we cannot pay for, cannot work for but can only accept. I love the free model of training that CLI has structured because it emulates what God has done and commanded. God’s command was to go out and make disciples. He did not say charge them an arm and a leg. We are to trust in Him to provide and that is only one of the models that I will be using from CLI. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to receive this local ministry training from CLI. 

Given a platform from God to speak and represent Him as an Evangelist is truly an honor. God has placed a passion in my heart reach the lost, as well as encourage believers. The world is jacked up and screams very loud against God and His authority. People are seeking the truth, but the culture has programmed them to come at this search with a slanted opinion (anything but God). My calling is to reach out to those seeking and help them find the truth in God’s word. While busting and exposing the lies and myths that the culture has ingrained in their mind.

My local church and staff have been a tremendous support in my calling. My Pastor encourages the whole church to step outside the comfort zone to reach the community. The staff focus is in on God’s work. A favorite saying and something Pastor lives by is “God gets the glory, we do the work”. He stresses that we are the hands and feet and we follow the will of our Master.

My ministry may have started with the roots in radio and media. However, this does not mean that personal interaction is not our goal. God is great and I feel has great plans for this ministry to reach many on a personal level. I am working on starting small group studies during the week. How this will look is not determined yet, it could be in a restaurant or possibly in a home group setting.
I do ask for prayer that we stay faithful to the calling of God. That He gives us the ability and passion for staying bold in proclaiming His name and glory.

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Free Music Ministry Training

 Join today and receive free music ministry training. 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 found CLI and is using the free music ministry training to answer his call from God. CLI even offers courses on worship ministry!

Hi! My name is Justin M Scott, father of my daughter Ali and husband to my wife Desire and I am on a mission! I am not sure where or what exactly, but I do know it starts here with getting some extra education. I believe God has called me to go out and teach others about the Gospel. I am not exactly sure what that looks yet but I will be obedient to His call and His purpose to spread the Gospel and make disciples and plant churches. That is also a part of my church’s mission, vision, and values at Reverb Church.

At Reverb Church, I have been volunteering in the music ministry pretty much since the church was planted, about 5 years ago. I have learned so much about music in these short 5 years that it makes me wonder what I learned the other 15 before I started using my gift for God. God is really showing me what I can do to reach people through music, so much so, that I have started a youtube channel and a Facebook page. They are in the beginning stages and God has not really shown me what my next step is but I believe that taking these classes here at CLI will be the breakthrough to what God is going to do with me and my gift.

I can’t wait to learn more about God here at CLI and most importantly I can’t wait to use what I’ve learned to help the lost find God or even help the confused know the truth. My desire for God’s word and its meaning was inspired by a man I met who had a gift of interpretation. His teaching has impacted my spiritual walk so much that I can’t seem to feed the hunger for the word since he stopped teaching. Hopefully, through the mentors at CLI, I will be fed once again and be filled up so that I can go out and feed others.–q5VFQNQ


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Revival Dream

CLI Student, Elieser Mercado Jr, has experienced the suffering this world is filled with but he has not been overcome by pain instead a revival dream has been stirred in Elieser.

Read Elieser’s testimony in his own words below:

My name is Elieser Mercado Jr. better known as “Pastor Eli.” I am 34 years old and currently reside in Orlando, Florida. I was born in Brooklyn NY. of Puerto Rican parents Elieser Mercado and Iris Santiago. I have a total of 4 amazing sisters that range from the age of 32 to 15 years old and with that came a handsome nephew and 2 beautiful nieces which melt my heart on a consistent basis. 

I was brought up in a pentecostal church where unfortunately tradition and religion were a need for the gain of salvation. I was taught ritualistic Behavior, in essence, everything that opposes Grace. My parents became pastors in a hostile part of Brooklyn called Brownsville or East New York. The schools were rigged of gang violence and I got caught in that by default, the ones who would help me had parents that were very involved in gang activity. Looking back at that place I can see how God’s hand was over my life providing protection and keeping my heart interested in who He was.

My parents were pastors and both of their parents were pastors also, I think I’ve been called to Pastorship by genetic default, kidding of course! When I was about 10 years old my parents took me to a church called Brooklyn Tabernacle in Coney Island, New York. I distinctly remember that there was a clown Ministry to kids and then this clown did something amazing. He compared him dressing up as a clown to when Jesus dressed up as a man and gave up his power to be able to reach mankind. He proceeded to take off his clown makeup and taught us that when Jesus died and Resurrected he was transforming back into his Divine State and at that young age it hit me. All that Jesus had done with me in mind. This was the first true encounter I had, after that I was in love with Jesus.

My father unexpectedly passed away when I was 12 years old due to a stroke. Which needless to say was pretty traumatic for my family and for myself. I truly started having to seek truth for myself and gave me a chance to let go of religion and truly start to seek a relationship. This also gave me a passion for reaching out to this generation that I know from personal experience and experiences of people that are near and dear to my heart, that somehow, someway we have been fatherless.

I truly believe that the United States of America and many places around the world have had a lack of mentorship. There are very few, that are willing to become a father, for many reasons which are probably unmeasurable. This is why I believe Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) is so important. CLI is just not creating a platform that is accessible and in my opinion Kingdom Minded, but also, CLI is taking a huge part in providing the proper mentorship that was not given to many that have not had a father figure.

CLI is granting me the necessary tools that I need to be an equipped spiritual father, able to enable and equip others in their walk with God and therefore ensuring that they effectively affect those in their sphere of influence. I am so grateful that this Vision was implanted I’m a man with a kingdom mindset and with a heart to reach people and see them walking out there calling.

My prayer and revival dream is that this would spread out like wildfire and people start to perceive the necessity of equipping themselves. I believe this will have a huge impact in the Ecclesia and this will provoke a new wave of Revival in the United States and all over the world. I ask that you keep me in your prayers as well, for God to provide resources but more importantly to give me boldness, guidance, and wisdom to walk out every inch of what has been predestined for me.

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Revival Ministry in the Philippines

CLI student, Mark Castillo, is training at Christian Leaders Institute in order to start a revival ministry in the Philippines as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where 80-90% of the people there are Muslim.

Read in Mark’s words about his passion for bringing a revival ministry in the Philippines below:

My name is Mark Ralston Castillo from the Philippines. I am 31 years of age and the eldest of the two siblings. I am currently working as a nurse in the United Arab Emirates. I began my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ when I was in my secondary school in our class and my age at that time was about 15 years old when one missionary from Campus Crusade for Christ shared to us how to have a relationship with Jesus and I accepted Him as my personal Savior and Lord. From then on my journey with God started.

Every day is a day with great hunger and thirst for the Lord. In my college years, I am a youth leader and a youth camp director once. I love teaching the youth and those people who are teachable in heart regardless of age, sex, and race. At the age of 29, I worked as an Overseas Filipino Worker here in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. I got married to my beautiful wife Christina at age 30. I have been a Christian for almost 16 years now but I still felt inadequate and still a baby Christian in my walk with God.
By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am going to use my ministry training to be a missionary to my fellow Filipinos especially the youth and a church planter to every place where God wants me to be. I am going to be used by God to start a revival to my fellow Filipinos through discipleship and training them to be disciples also for free.

I was born in the Philippines but I am now currently working as a nurse in the United Arab Emirates since 2015. The people here are 80-90% Muslims though this is an open country yet it is very difficult to evangelize people especially Muslims. If one is caught by the police converting Muslims to Christianity, it is a serious offense and one of the grounds for immediate Deportation to one’s home country. Bibles here are very limited and most Bibles here are online. We are open to have a worship service to specific places but we are not allowed to invite Muslims, only my fellow Filipinos. People here are busy at their job and no time for God because to them they live to earn money but I believe as a Christian I am commissioned for a specific purpose and God will be glorified wherever I go and people will know that Jesus is the Messiah and Lord of lords and not Allah.

My ministry dream is to start a revival ministry in the Philippines and to my fellow Filipinos here in abroad and to plant churches in my home country. To share to them that Jesus Christ is the Living God and to train disciples to become disciple makers for free. I see myself as a Youth Leader, Mentor and a Church Planter to where God wants me to be especially Philippines and UAE.

In my college years, I was a youth leader in our church and I saw hundreds of people especially the youth who are hungry to know God and are willing to be trained. The youth are willing to learn and always curious and that drives me to study and learn more about God and his work so that I can pass on to them everything I have learned and will learn in the future.

I encountered unique challenges here in my current place of work. Most people here in the UAE are Muslims and the language barrier is great because most people here speak Arabic, Hindi, and Urdu. I only speak English and bibles here are not distributed anywhere and evangelism in public is a serious offense in the UAE law.
My church in the Philippines is supporting me through prayer and that the mission of the Lord Jesus in me will be fulfilled. My wife Christina is a very supportive to me. We are praying every day, doing devotional and bible study and she supports me in my CLI training. She also joined CLI for the purpose of learning and growing more in Christ Jesus.

My scholarship in Christian Leaders Institute is my answered prayer and a great blessing in training me to know my calling and my ministry because there are no bible schools here in UAE. I need every prayer and support from all Christians because only by the grace of God that I can continue and be able to graduate in this institute. To God be the glory.

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by Evan Galvez

I had been in the teaching profession in college for more than 10 years already and have been involved until now in ministry, teaching and preaching the Bible. With my experience in preparing my own lecture and sermon notes and using presentation tools, I thought that what this free preaching course called Sermon Construction and Presentation course would offer I already know. I was wrong!

While it may be true that experience is the best teacher, one cannot disregard the learning or training that can be received from a teacher-student learning process such as I had experienced in this free preaching course. I am glad that I took this course seriously just like the other courses I have already taken at CLI despite my experience in preparing and presenting a lecture or sermon.

Personally, one of the important ways that this free preaching course has helped me is that it made me reflect on my past experiences in preaching. In fact, this class many times made me smile in embarrassment and made me think, “Ah, so that‘s what I should’ve done or be doing next time” when I am reminded about a past preaching experience, which I could relate to a specific topic or lesson in this class. It also showed me some flaws in the way I prepare the sermon especially in how to conclude it. In addition, the class made me aware and conscious of my mannerism when I am already in front of the audience presenting.

The most valuable lesson I found in this free preaching course is in the area where I thought I was weak, which is the conclusion of a sermon. While it may be true that “The old preaching adage reminds us that preaching a sermon without knowing how to end it, is like taking off in a plane you have no idea how to land” according to the introduction of the article How to Write a Sermon Conclusion (eHow), I realized that there is really no plane to land if the plane hasn’t actually taken off. I found that the sermon introduction must be equally important as the sermon conclusion since the sermon conclusion must be written with the introduction in mind. What I thought earlier as my weakness in writing the sermon conclusion is actually a sermon introduction weakness as well. I plan to correct these weaknesses of writing the sermon introduction and conclusion by writing the sermon body first so it becomes the basis of my introduction and conclusion.

Another lesson I found valuable is the use of sermon illustrations. In my experience I don’t use sermon illustrations intentionally. It just seems to come out when needed while I am presenting the sermon. I never thought of it as something to be intentionally included while preparing or constructing the sermon. But I have learned in this class its importance and that it need to be planned and included in preparing the sermon. This is an area that I believe I also need to work out. In fact, I plan to go through the Week 7 lesson on Effective Illustrations in Preaching to improve in this area and to start intentionally including illustrations in my scheduled Sunday’s School preparation and assignment in our church.

I am so blessed by this free preaching course and it is a great learning experience for me. I may have had a lot of experiences standing before an audience to present but this class made me realize a lot of areas I need to improve and grow in order to be effective in performing God’s call in my life in the area of preaching a sermon. What I thought to be automatic or natural like the use of gestures while presenting the sermon has to be planned and thought of according to the different resource persons in Week 6’s session. In fact, it is great to observe and learn directly from observing the different sermon videos how each preacher used their body language in presenting their sermon to the fullest advantage, however, for Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell’s preaching on Matthew 16:13-19, Keep Up With Your Keys, I’m not sure if I could do the same style as he did though personally it was really great preaching. The preaching videos had exposed me to different styles and techniques of preaching by different preachers and I found each style unique to each preacher. What amazes me is that no matter the style and technique each has used, I am convinced that the message they intended to convey has actually reached their audience because it has reached me as one of the audience watching and listening to them.

The teaching videos of Andrew Bryant and Karen Friedman were especially helpful too since what they taught was not limited specifically to presenting the gospel by preaching alone but is also very useful in general ways of making a presentation.

Finally, as Prof. Henry Reyenga has said that though different preachers may have different styles and that even I myself will develop my own style, I should never forget that the most important thing is the content of the message, which is the Word of God, and the role of the Holy Spirit in working in the heart of the audience listening. Personally, I am reminded of Jesus’ Parable of the Sower where Jesus presented different types of soil, which He used to symbolize the four different types of man’s heart who will receive the gospel. And my prayer to God is that whatever style or technique He may guide me to use in presenting the gospel, He will make the heart of my audience free from hardness, stones and thorns so that the gospel may not only grow but also bear fruit and multiply.

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Fishing is a hobby I enjoy. I have, over the years, been able to find time to go fishing even if things were rather busy for me. It is a relaxing, meditative time. I can be quiet and calm, and enjoy the creation as I wait for the fish to bite on my hook. As a proverbial little saying puts it, “A bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work!” Here in my region of the world, we are just coming on toward spring. The lakes are thawing from their winter ice cover. And, below the surface of the lake, the fish are getting ready to spawn. So, here in Michigan, we have rules about when the fishing season opens. One cannot disturb the mating of the fish or they will soon be depleted by over-fishing. But, that does not stop us fishermen from looking forward to the day when the fishing season opens for us to pursue our hobby.

Called to be a Fisher of Men

Fishers of MenI know that some of you who are reading this are fishermen by trade. You earn your living at fishing. Fishing, for you, is much more than a hobby to be occasionally engaged in – it is an everyday endeavor. In those terms, you are much like some men I read about in the Bible than I am. We know then as Peter and Andrew, James and John. These are the first men that Jesus called to be his disciples.

The story goes like this (see Matthew 4). Jesus had been subjected to a period of temptation by the Evil One in the wilderness. Upon returning from the wilderness, Jesus heads to the area of Palestine we know as Galilee. It was the geographical area in which he had been raised. His hometown of Nazareth was found there. It was also the place where there was a large inland lake called the Sea of Galilee.

The sea is formed as the Jordan River runs south from the hills to the north. It enters a large area where it flows slowly in the currents of the 64 sq miles (166 sq km) of the lake. What is interesting about the lake is that it is nearly 700 feet (210 m) BELOW sea level. The Jordan River takes up its course again as it flows south from the lake to finally end up at the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is a place where, in Jesus’ day, a flourishing fishing trade was found. The ancient historian Josephus tells us that 230 boats were regularly out on the lake engaged in fishing for a living.

Jesus Said, Follow Me.

Among them were two boats owned by the brothers Andrew and Peter, and the brothers James and John. One day, as these men were washing their nets at the water’s edge, a man came along and simply said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” What happened is that these guys to whom very few paid any attention in the religious world, these guys simply left their boats and followed Jesus to become fishers of men. These men formed the heart of the group of disciples of Jesus. They as men trained to be fishermen, would become the great leaders of the church as it was born. One could almost say that Jesus and these men formed the first edition of Christian Leaders Institute!

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Jesus took people as they were and trained them to be the leaders of his church. He did not ask them for a payment of tuition. He carefully taught them the truths of God. He sent them out to practice. Then, when they came back, he went over how things had gone for them in their efforts to put into practice what he taught them. Their training often centered in the towns around the Sea of Galilee, so they were not asked to relocate to a different area hundreds of miles away.

The way Jesus worked is still going on today. At Christian Leaders Institute, we are discovering how many people are busy in an occupation when Jesus comes along and gives them a new vocation (a calling) to be a person who is a fisher of people. Listen to one of our students,

I am Roslin Marcelus. I was born in Haiti. I am married and father of three. I have a degree in automotive from the New England Institute of technology and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Bridgeport. I have a Master’s degree in Global Development and Peace. I have also earned a certificate in human resources management.

When I approached the Christian Leaders Institute website to start learning about ministry, I did not have in mind that it would be a hands-on training opportunity. I was offered a way to personally improve my relationship with God. Now I am starting to understand my mission. I want not only to serve God but to be able to be an instrument that helps others come to know the Savior, Jesus Christ. The Year 2014 will a new beginning as I pray the Lord to guide me to the next step.

So here is a man who is busy at his occupation and along comes Jesus and calls him to become a fisher of men. It is a great privilege for us all as the staff of CLI to be engaged in doing the training which is needed for these individuals to become the best servants of Jesus they can be. Here they learn of their mission as Jesus calls them, not to give up their life’s work, but to see it embellished with the added joy of going fishing!

In the book of the Bible we call Daniel, in the third chapter, we have an intriguing passage. The great King Nebuchadnezzar had set up a big statue of himself. Then he gathered all his royl bureaucrats to the capital city. Once they had arrived, he instructed them to bow down and worship the statue that he had made of himself. It seems he did this to ensure that they all were totally devoted to his cause. But there were these three guys who turned him down as far as the worship thing went. They said,

16 …, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Trusting GodWhen a tragedy like a great storm happens as it did in the Philippines a few months ago, there are survivors who immediately think about giving thanks to God. It seems to be on everyone’s lips – even journalists who otherwise would not invoke God except on a horrific occasion such as the massive tornado. (Oh yeah, Wolf Blitzer found out that not everyone is thanking God, see  after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado in the USA last year) But what about those who did not survive? What about those whose loved ones are dead today? What should they be saying?

In the Bible book of Romans, there is a place where it says, “22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” When the mighty typhoon Haiyan blew through the city called Tacloban in the Philippines, the creation itself groaned in sorrow. When there were flood waters inundating many different areas in the world last year, the creation groaned.  When people are faced with difficulties that tax their ability to cope to the breaking point; the creation itself groans.

We do not know what to pray sometimes. Other times God seems so far away. Sometimes God seems to not care as the three friends at the mouth of the fiery furnace could envision. But God is always God. And God is always near. We just do not always know of his holy presence.

Our pain, our loss, our fear, our sadness, our souls groaning and aching for the end of evil all get in the way of sensing God nearby. But if we listen to the creation and we hear the groaning, then we can renew our hope that one day, one day all will be right. We walk by faith today. Not by sight. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction about things not seen. When even we groan, that remains the only way to live.

The Christian faith is a way of life that is committed to the understanding that God is in charge of all the universe. We do not always understand the ways of God. Nor do we always have a way to calmly face the dire circumstances we are dealing with. But the Christian faith reminds me that nothing in the world can separate me from the love of God that is mine in Christ Jesus our lord. There are times when those in authority will order us to forget our commitment to the God who is invisible and give our allegiance that an idol that can be seen. But it is at that moment that we can say with the three friends, “the God we serve is able to deliver us …, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” That takes faith.

There has seldom been a time in the United States when reaching the next generation for Christ was more difficult and less acceptable. We are at a point where we can no longer choose culture and Christ. We must often make the choice: culture or Christ.

This truth is seen increasingly in all major societal indicators. News writer and commentator Todd Starnes recently published an article that encompasses several recent stories about religious rights in America. These include the removal of Christian symbols from military chapels, regulations against speaking about God in the armed forces, charges against Christian bakers, photographers, and other similar occupations for asking Christians to violate their spiritual convictions and the Internal Revenue Service targeting Christian non-profit organizations involved in pro-life activities. Everywhere you look in the United States, speaking out for Christ is becoming less popular and, in some cases, criminally prosecutable.

Katherine Gloede, a student at Christian Leaders Institute, knows the importance of reaching out to the next generation. She recognizes that even in the educational system there is a constant push to choose culture over Christ. In a reflection paper in the class Sermon Construction and Presentation, she talked about her ministry to the girls in the youth group at her church.

Reaching the Next Generation for God Starts in the ChurchReaching the Next Generation

It made my heart swell with joy when I saw the faces of these young teen girls just loving God, and wanting to be better for Him, and not just for themselves. A few of the girls that I teach had started to fall into the stereotypical high school drama that a lot of girls deal with. Between peer pressure on things like relationships, immodest dressing, drugs, and just all around discontent, I saw these girls start to fall. I know that God has bigger plans for them, so I made the point to try to cast my net, as well as I could to keep them from falling any farther.

I thought that the story of Esther would be a great topic to share with these girls. The book of Esther never mentions God, no one prays, no miracles happen, and the book is never even mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. It is as if God was on vacation during the time of Esther. The hero of the book is a Jewish young woman who hides her identity. And she’s not just any woman, but an orphaned girl who grew up to be so beautiful that the great King Xerxes chooses her as his bride!

Despite all this, Esther is instrumental in saving the Jews from certain genocide and succeeds in having all of her enemies destroyed in a bloodbath. It’s not exactly the type of story you read your kids at night. No one comes off looking good, and everyone has a hidden agenda. A story full of action, suspense, what’s not to like about the story itself. It’s a Hollywood producer’s dream!

The story of Esther seemed to be in perfect timing with everything going on around these girls. They feel like they don’t have anyone to lean on, that they are totally alone. But, just like these girls, Esther meets God, and she is totally transformed!

I know that I may not change the world just by myself, but I truly believe that I changed a few hearts and minds over those three weeks. It made it so much easier for me to write on subjects after that. So when it came time to write the first sermon in the class, I was excited for it!

Esther was a woman of faith who chose to be identified with God’s people in a time when they were under the most intense persecution. Even knowing the king’s edict that all Jews in the kingdom were to be killed, she came forward and identified herself to the king as one of the Jewish people. She could have trusted in her position as queen to deliver her from death. She likely could have been left alive in the palace while the rest of her people died throughout the kingdom. Yet, at great personal risk to herself, she believed it better to be identified with God’s people than to escape persecution for His name.

Katherine Gloede was empowered in her quest to reach the next generation as she took the class Sermon Construction and Presentation at CLI. In her reflection, she wrote:

Overall, this class really improved my public speaking skills, and made it easier for me to relate to my audience and keep them engaged on what I’m saying. Having a class within the class, on delivering the topic well, and keeping your audience involved really helped out as well. the videos that were used in order to demonstrate different preaching styles gave me pointers, but it didn’t limit me on what to say or how to say it.

If the United States’ current trend is to be reversed and religious freedom to once again exist in our society, we must inspire and motivate our young people to take a stand for Christ. Katherine understands the importance of teaching the youth in her church the importance of living for God, but each of us can have an impact on somebody for Christ. Each of us can take a stand, and teach those we know to do the same. We pray that God will turn our hearts and minds to Him, that we may stand firmly on the cross without wavering. We long for the day that the United States of America may once again be called “one nation, under God.”