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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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.







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Missionary Church Planter

Church Planter – The missionaries of tomorrow are going to be Christian Leaders like Zachary M Gachango. Here is a man just over thirty years old who lives in Nakuru, Kenya a city of almost 400,000 people. If you visit Nakuru, you will want to check out the Nakuru Lake Park and go on a safari. The new indigenous missionary movement in Kenya is happening in this beautiful place.

This future missionary church planter, Zachary M Gachango is being sponsored by his pastor, Apostle John K. William at  Kingdom Seekers Fellowship Church. Zachery is married to Lucy Mwangi and they are blessed with one child, (Myrene Beth). Kingdom Seekers Fellowship was founded in 2003 and has grown to over 3000 people reached. Now Zachary is not only reached there, but is wanting to take the next step and become a missionary church planter.

 Church Planter Calling

Zachary Gachango tells the story of his calling into church planting:

” I am currently living in Kenya where I was born in 5th may 1981. I had a long time struggle with God’s conviction to give my life to him, until 6th April 2001 when I surrendered to Jesus and got saved. I have a call from God to reach out through church planting. I believe that through Christian Leaders Institute, I shall be laid in a firm foundation and also acquire knowledge that will help me to speak the Word of God with boldness.”

Zachary is part of that future army of Christian Leaders that makes up Mission Kenya. This future indigenous missionary church planter has an effective mentor Apostle John K. William and is taking Bible School classes at Christian Leaders Institute. Zachary has completed his Christian Basics Certificate and now continues on for even more advanced online ministry training.

Zachary is grateful for the donors that support Christian Leaders Institute. Zachary asks his supporters at CLI to lift him up in prayer.  He asks, “Pray for me that God may continue to give me the wisdom and understanding, that i may be more effective in the work of ministry, and that i may be able to speak the truth of the Word without compromising.”

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