Admissions

You can do it!  You may be called to be a revival leader! We want you to sign up and start the getting started class. You may be used by God to change the world for Christ. Start Christian Leaders Institute Admissions simply by filling out the application. Then get started. Christian Leaders Institute AdmissionAfter you finish the getting started class you are invited to take over 20 advanced ministry training class all for free.

You are invited to begin the Christian Leaders admissions process if you fit one of the following categories:

1. You want to prepare for employment (full-time, part-time or volunteer) in the church as office of Evangelist, Church Planter, Pastor, Minister of the Word, or Teaching Elder.

2. You are, or aspire to be, a volunteer leader or bi-vocational in a church, serving as an elder or deacon or some other role that involves leadership responsibilities.

3. You are already ordained and serving in ministry but desire receive formal Bible School Training.

4. You want to take classes for personal spiritual enrichment and/or to become more knowledgeable and effective in your sphere of influence (home, friendships, work, fellowship group, etc.)

Christian Leaders Institute Admissions Comments

After Christian Leaders Institute Admission student send us an email indicated received their enrollment. Students have emailed these comments when they signed up.

“I never could have imagined that this high quality Bible school training would be available to me for free. I am not a rich man, but you have made me rich today.”

“My own goal is to help on my local church to oother people to be better followers of Jesus and to learn more from bible, so they can use their own gifts.  I am doling a bi-vocational work in my local church.”

“I am not sure I can do this…but I am going to give it a try”

“I became very happy when I got CLI web site. I am one leaders of my church.  Actually I am part time not full time and also teach, and preach Word of God is my ministry. I have strong interest to learn more in advance in my full knowledge of Christ and his Word. Thanks for this free high quality ministry training

“I search the web for this. I am so happy I found CLI!”

“Our country is very poor, and to think that I can get this Bible College here online, I can’t believe it!  Thanks. My dream is to help hurting woman. As a woman who was saved from harm, I want to help others.”

“I live in the inner city in Chicago, thanks for helping bring hope to those who need Christ”

“I am disabled, but now I can be trained to be used by the Lord”

“I am over 65 years old and I am excited to start ministry training”

Outside Textbooks for Many Ministry Classes Not Needed

Christian Leaders Institute is developing a ministry training program where textbooks are not required. We are offering more and more classes where all materials are in a digital format.  Our goal is to eventually have all our courses with the resources necessary contained on the web.

1. Christian Basics Certificate (7 Credits) Outside Textbooks Are Not Needed

Students enter Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) via our Getting Started Class: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits). This Class introduces students to a reproducible walk with God and gives them orientation to CLI. After they complete the Getting Started Class, Students will be automatically enrolled in the Christian Basics Class (3 credits). This class covers the doctrinal basics of the Christian faith. This is the foundational certificate that opens up Christian Leaders Institute for further study by students.

Outside Textbooks are Not Required for Ministry Training

No Outside Textbooks In Many Classes

2. Christian Leaders Certificate and Ministry Training Certificate(23 credits)

After Students complete the Christian Basics course, they are encouraged to work toward their Christian Leaders Certificate. This certificate covers the essential ministry training needed for many callings. The courses include:

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Church History (4 Credits)
    Total 23 Credits

3. Discipleship Diploma (30 credits)

This is the first diploma Christian Leaders Institute offers. After a student completes the Foundational two basic classes, students can take any classes they want accumulating 30 credits.  This diploma is perfect for the Christian leader who wants to have a goal for continued studies. Many existing pastors may find this diploma very attractive.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Basics (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Leaders Institute (23 CLI credits) No Outside Textbooks
    Total Credits 30

4. Commissioned Pastor Diploma (31 credits)

The Ministry Training Certificate gives students the essentials they will need for leading their churches. The classes include

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Basics (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Church History: (4 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage: (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  •  Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry: (3 credits )No Outside Textbooks
    Total Credits 31

4. Ministry Diploma (45 Credits)

The Diploma of Ministry is the first of our three advance ministry training diplomas. This award says that students studied more areas of ministry training in-depth. This diploma will gives them advanced knowledge in what they need to be a pastor, evangelist, ministry associate, church planter, chaplain, or other Christian leader. Some churches and denominations require this kind of a diploma for ordination.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (elective) Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits)
    Required 36 Credits
    Elective 6 Credit
    Total 45 Credit

5. Advanced Ministry Diploma  (63 credits)

The Advanced Diploma of Ministry gives students knowledge and insight comparable to many seminaries. More in-depth knowledge of the various area of study will serve them well in their ministry calling. Right now Christian Leaders Institute is developing more thought provoking courses. This diploma will more available to students within a year. CLI eventually plans to offer this Diploma with a “emphasis” as our class offering increase in the next few years, Lord willing.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (elective) Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits)
    Required 39 Credits
    Electives: 24 credits
    Total Credits 63

6. Divinity Diploma  (90 credits)

This advanced Divinity Diploma is the highest award we grant to students at Christian Leaders Institute. This Diploma digs very deep into every study area for ministry training. CLI eventually plans to offer this Diploma with a “emphasis” as our class offering increase in the next few years, Lord willing.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (elective) Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits)
  • Greek 1 (4 Credits)
  • Greek 2 (4 Credits)
  • Greek 3 (4 Credits)
    Required 51 Credits
    Electives 39 Credits
    Total 90 Credits

Ministry Diploma Awards

A Ministry Diploma at Christian leaders Institute starts at thirty hours of credits. Along the way you will receive some certificates that will keep you encouraged. Some of you may be satisfied to conclude your studies after you have received a certificate, others will continue until they have reached the ministry diploma they were called to earn.   We have outlined the levels you need to complete to be awarded your desired ministry certificate or diploma.

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Step One: Christian Basics Certificate (7 Credits) Outside Textbooks Are Not Needed

Students enter Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) via our Getting Started Class: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits). This Class introduces students to a reproducible walk with God and gives them orientation to CLI. After they complete the Getting Started Class, Students will be automatically enrolled in the Christian Basics Class (3 credits). This class covers the doctrinal basics of the Christian faith. This is the foundational certificate that opens up Christian Leaders Institute for further study by students.

Step Two: Christian Leaders Certificate and Ministry Training Certificate(23 credits)

After Students complete the Christian Basics course, they are encouraged to work toward their Christian Leaders Certificate. This certificate covers the essential ministry training needed for many callings. Some of you may stop after this certificate others will continue to receive a ministry diploma. The courses include:

  • Getting Started: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Church History (4 Credits)
    Total 23 Credits

Step Three: Discipleship Diploma (30 credits)

This is the first ministry diploma Christian Leaders Institute offers. After a student completes the Foundational two basic classes, students can take any classes they want accumulating 30 credits.  This diploma is perfect for the Christian leader who wants to have a goal for continued studies. Many existing pastors may find this diploma very attractive.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Basics (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Leaders Institute (23 CLI credits) No Outside Textbooks
    Total Ministry Diploma Credits 30

Step Four: Commissioned Pastor Diploma (31 credits)

This ministry training diploma gives students the essentials they will need for leading their churches. The classes include

  • Christian Leaders Basic Certificate  (7 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 credits)
  • Church History: (4 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage: (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  •  Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry: (3 credits )No Outside Textbooks
    Total Ministry Diploma Credits 31

Step Five: Diploma of Ministry (45 Credits)

The ministry diploma is the first of our three advance ministry diplomas. This ministry diploma award says that students studied more areas of ministry training in-depth. This ministry diploma will gives you advanced knowledge in what they need to be a pastor, evangelist, ministry associate, church planter, chaplain, or other Christian leader. Some churches and denominations require this kind of a ministry diploma for ordination.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (elective) Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits)
    Required 36 Credits
    Elective 6 Credit
    Total 45 Ministry Diploma Credits

Step Five: Advanced Diploma of Ministry  (63 credits)

The Advanced ministry diploma gives students knowledge and insight comparable to many seminaries. More in-depth knowledge of the various area of study will serve them well in their ministry calling. Right now Christian Leaders Institute is developing more thought provoking courses. This diploma will more available to students within a year. CLI eventually plans to offer this Diploma with a “emphasis” as our class offering increase in the next few years, Lord willing.

  • Getting Started: Christian Leaders Basics (7 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (3 credits)
    Required 39 Credits
    Electives: 24 credits
    Total Credits 63

Step Six: Diploma of Divinity  (90 credits)

This advanced ministry diploma is the highest award we grant to students at Christian Leaders Institute. This ministry diploma digs very deep into every study area for ministry training. CLI eventually plans to offer this Diploma with a “emphasis” as our class offering increase in the next few years, Lord willing.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (3 credits)
  • Required 39 Credits
    Electives  51 Credits
    Total 90 Ministry Diploma Credits

Seminary Online Makes Sense

Seminary Online Benefits

1. Seminary Training Without Uprooting

Seminary online makes it possible for students to be trained effectively and quickly without relocating. They can keep their job while they prepare for ministry, and they can remain in their community. This is especially strategic for people 30 years old and older seeking a path toward bi-vocational or full-time ministry. Seminary or Bible School training is finally available to you!

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2.  Seminary Training and Freedom from Debt

      • CLI training is financially available to every called and accepted student. Thus far students have been able to study tuition-free, thanks to full scholarships funded by students, individuals, foundations and churches who share CLI’s vision. Ministry students only need to purchase books for a few courses. Most of the online seminary courses now have the written materials in the course which makes the course even more accessible.
      • Financial freedom allows for bi-vocational ministry or serving a smaller group. This is vitally important because 75% of American churches have fewer than 150 members; 95% have fewer than 350. Internationally most churches are very small and scarcely funded. Seminary training online is practical for bi-vocational leaders.
      • More churches can be planted and remain viable if leader training costs are lower (Leaders need higher pay if their training requires that they pay for years of tuition for college and residential seminary. It is not financially viable for debt-laden leaders to live on the lower salaries that smaller groups are able to pay).
      • Much has been written recently about how debt negatively affects bi-vocational seminary students Check out this post from Kurt Willems.

3. Seminary Training that is Cost-Effective

      • CLI has little overhead in comparison to the typical seminary or Bible School.
      • Donors can be confident that CLI offers excellent training at a fraction of what traditional Bible schools and seminaries cost.

4. Seminary Mentorship Model

      • CLI partners with local sponsors and pastors who mentor students. These local leaders come alongside of the student to encourage and sponsor them in their ministry training journey..
      • CLI’s vision is to support pastors in reproducing Christian leaders by allowing local pastors to have an effective option in training the new leaders who are being raised up.

5. Mission-Minded Seminary Professors

      • CLI faculty members combine keen intellect with enthusiastic experience in outreach and evangelism.
      • Most CLI professors have planted a church.
      • All of CLI’s online seminary professors have advanced degrees and experience
      • All of the professors seek to make disciples of all nations.
      • Several of CLI’s online seminary professors have overseas experience.

6. Tweener Seminary Training

      • CLI training is positioned between traditional seminaries and local church classes. CLI offers the best elements of seminary education at local levels everywhere on the globe.
      • Aspiring leaders need not choose between the extremes of either years of full-time academic study after high school, or else starting a church with no training.
      • Tweener seminary training is key for raising up a large, skilled army of church planters and leaders.

7. Contextual Communication

      • CLI emphasizes actual ministry activity not the distraction of a resident seminary journey.
      • Class assignments are not footnoted research papers, but quizes, papers, and interactions that support your academic training.

8. Home Discipleship

      • A daily walk with Jesus and godly leadership in the home are foundational for spiritual leadership.
      • CLI features an emphasis in your seminary training on cultivating daily worship at home.
      • The whole CLI curriculum and training approach emphasizes character and spiritual connectedness.
      • We cultivate patterns of daily Bible reading, prayer and memorization for our students.
      • The first part of the getting started class focuses on home discipleship and faith foundation issues.

9. Bible Doctrine Culture

      • The Bible is the Word of God, and this truth directs all teaching and learning at CLI.
      • The second part of the getting started class focuses on Christian Basics that ground you in Biblical doctrine and grounds your seminary training.

10. Multicultural Seminary Culture

      • CLI is training people from different ethnic groups for their ministry callings all over the world.
      • Several of our professors have international experience and they bring that experience to your seminary training.

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Course Descriptions

Getting Started Class: Reproducible Walk With God and Christian Basics  CLI Professors (7 credits) 

This course gets you started. This course is the core orientation to Christian Leaders Institute (CLI), where you meet some of the leaders of CLI and get your computer ready for study.  You will also learn about discipleship, evangelism and basic biblical doctrine. This course secures your scholarship. You will study how to get a reproducible walk with God!  After you complete this class you will have full standing at Christian Leaders Institute and you will receive your first certificate, the “Christian Basics Certificate. ”

Old Testament Survey  Dr. David Graves and Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits )

This class explores God’s Word in the Old Testament, paying particular attention to literary, historical, and theological dimensions. Your ministry  will benefit from Old Testament Survey.

New Testament Survey   Rev. Pedro Aviles, Dr. Jeff Weima, Dr. David Feddes
Supervisor: Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits)

This course explores God’s Word in the New Testament, paying particular attention to literary, historical, and theological dimensions. Your ministry will benefit from New Testament Survey.

Church History  Dr. David Feddes  (4 credits)

(Outside Books Needed)
The church is almost 2000 years old. A significant ministry training emphasis is church history. This course looks at major events and key persons in the history of the Christian church. Such study helps you to see God’s faithfulness in the past and to better understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities.

Pastoral Care and Marriage  Rev. Henry Reyenga Jr. Brian DeCook, Dr. Drew Brown  (3 credits)

This ministry training course is essential for being an effective pastor. This course will cover listening skills, important relationship boundaries, conflict resolution, marriage issues including preparing couples for marriage. This important ministry training course can be taken with your spouse if you have one.

Church and Ministry  Rev. Henry Reyenga Jr. (3 credits) (No Outside Books Required)

This ministry training core course explores some key aspects of pastoring a church: praying, setting priorities, training other leaders, delegating, visiting, handling pressure, and more. It also offers guidance for dealing with important transitional events, such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

Theology I  Dr. David Feddes  (4 credits)

Important for ministry training is sound doctrine. This course considers core biblical doctrines about God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and salvation. (Can be taken either before or after Theology II)

Theology II  Dr. David Feddes  (4 credits)

Ministry training must include understanding of sound doctrine. This course considers core biblical doctrines about Scripture, the church, and the future. (Can be taken either before or after Theology I)

Preaching Methods  Rev. Steve Elzinga  (3 credits)

This class aims to help you “fan into flame the gift of God” (2 Tim 1:6) in order to proclaim the Word faithfully and effectively. Areas of emphasis include: (1) blending accurate biblical interpretation with contemporary relevance; (2) preaching as an overflow of personal holiness; (3) sharpening communication skills; and (4) integrating weekly preaching at church with daily Bible reading by the congregation at home. This is a core ministry training class that will enhance your ministry. This course also gives some basic instruction on worship issues as well.

Christian Ethics  Dr. David Feddes (3 Credits)

(Outside Book Required)
This course focuses on living according to God’s pattern for you.  You will study biblical commands and their wise application to various life situations. You will expose demonic strategies of temptation and learn about spiritual warfare. You will seek ways to express the Christ-life within you by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Hermeneutics and Exegesis  Dr. David Feddes, Dr. Jeff Weima, and Dr. David Graves  (3 credits)

How to interpret the Bible is an advance part of your ministry training. This course deals with key issues in how to interpret the Bible. Students learn steps for studying a passage and practice using various study tools, including computer software, to become more skilled in understanding biblical passages and preparing sermons.

Christian Apologetics  Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes (3 credits)

This ministry training course is designed to introduce students to basic issues in apologetics (defending and contending for the faith). The course will emphasize Biblical Worldview and Cultural Apologetics, the application of apologetics to contemporary cultural issues.

Sermon Construction and Presentation  Rev. Henry Reyenga ( 4 Credits)

This preaching class will strengthen your preaching as you learn basics of communication, study how to prepare and preach sermons, and watch a variety of preachers and teachers in action. You will access teaching from preachers and communicators from all over the world. You will do two messages in this course. The course is will also meet preaching core requirements.

Missions and Revivals Dr. Bruce Ballast and Dr. David Feddes (4 credits)

In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. (Acts 19:20) This class looks at mighty things the Holy Spirit has done at various times and places, causing the church to grow in holiness, power, and numbers. By examining major mission advances and revivals, we gain insights for mission and revival in our own time and place. This class will examine the gospel cultivation cycle to give insights in how to spread the growth of Christianity everywhere. You will see how important your Bible School training is for sustainable revival.

Biblical Greek I  Dr. David Feddes  (4 credits)

This is the first in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. This course takes your ministry training deeper as you study the original language the New Testament was written in.

Biblical Greek II  Dr. David Feddes  (4 credits)

This is the second in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. This course takes your ministry training deeper as you study the original language the New Testament was written in.

Biblical Greek III  Dr. David Feddes  (4 credits)

This is the third in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. When you make it this far in your Biblical Greek expertise, you will be able to read the New Testament in Greek.

Personal and Family Godliness  Rev. Joel Miller  (3 credits)

An important part of your ministry training is a walk with God that is worth reproducing, and a family life that is worth multiplying.

Church Planting  Rev. Steve Elzinga, Rev. Henry Reyenga, Dr. Ron VandeGriend and Mr. Rich DeVos  (3 credit)

This course helps give you the principles of church planting. This class will actually help you plant a church if that is your calling.  Church planting begins with the church planted in you own life, marriage, and family. This course looks at the intentional efforts necessary to plant reproducible and sustainable churches.

Challenges in Counseling  Dr. Drew Brown (3 credits)

This course’s approach to counseling blends Scripture and the soul. Starting with issues of self-discovery for the counselor himself, the course then offers a model of counseling which combines “soul care” and “spiritual direction.”  Finally, we will examine how to approach some common and difficult problems in the lives of people who seek pastoral counseling: alcoholism, depression, pornography, parent-child conflict, doubt, and more. For those who are studying advanced ministry training this will be a fine addition in your course selection.

Missiology  Dr. David Feddes (3 credit)

This ministry training course take you into advanced missiology. This studies the culture of missions as the gospel is proclaimed through out the world.

C. S Lewis and His Influence  Dr. David Feddes (3 credits)

This ministry training course advances your knowledge of one of the great thinker in Christian tradition. Get ready to be challenged.

Calendar

  • Third Semester courses September-November
  • First Semester courses January -March
  • Second Semester courses May -July

Statement of Faith

  • The Bible is God’s inerrant Word, the only final authority for faith and life. (Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 8:20; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)
  • God is Trinity, an eternal, loving unity of three divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  • God created the universe ex nihilo, from nothing, and made all things very good.
  • (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Hebrews 11:3)
  • God created humanity to glorify and enjoy God and to be stewards of creation.
  • (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8; Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 37:4)
  • Humanity has fallen into sin, and we are totally unable to save ourselves.
  • (Genesis 3; Romans 3:12, 23; Romans 5:12)
  • Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.
  • (Matthew 1:21-23; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:14)
  • Jesus was born of a virgin, obeyed God perfectly, worked great miracles, died on a cross, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and reigns over all things.
  • (Luke 1:26-35, Hebrews 4:15; John 14:11, Luke 23-24, Ephesians 1:20-23)
  • Salvation is merited only by Jesus’ perfect obedience and substitutionary atonement.
  • (Isaiah 53; Hebrews 7:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 4:12)
  • Salvation is entirely God’s gift, not our achievement, and is received by faith, not works. (John 3:16; Romans 1:16-17; Galatians 2:16-21)
  • The Holy Spirit gives new birth, unites us to Christ, equips us with His gifts, and empowers us to be His ambassadors. (John 3:3-8; Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 3:16-21; 1 Corinthians 12; Acts 1:8)
  • The church is the one body of God’s people throughout all generations and from all nations. (Romans 12:5; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 1:22-23; Revelation 7:9)
  • Christ gives two signs and seals of his grace: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
  • (John 4:1; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Matthew 28:19; Mark 14:22-24; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
  • God’s holy angels defend and help God’s people.
  • (Psalm 34:7, 91:11; Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 1:14)
  • Satan and other fallen angels are dangerous but doomed. Christ is victor.
  • (Ephesians 6:10-18; Colossians 2:15; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10-12)
  • Christ will return visibly to rule the world and to make all things new.
  • (Matthew 24:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 21:1-5)
  • God’s people will rejoice forever in heaven; God’s enemies will suffer forever in hell.
  • (Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 22:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1:9)
  • God’s covenant addresses not only individuals but also their families.
  • (Genesis 17:7; 18:19; Deuteronomy 7:9; Joshua 24;15; Psalm 103:17; Acts 11:14; 16:15,31)
  • As individuals, as couples, and as families, we need daily conversation with God through Bible reading and prayer. (Psalm 1; Daniel 6:10; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • We are called to a life of love, as depicted in the Ten Commandments.
  • (Exodus 20:1-17; Mark 12:30-31; John 14:15; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13)
  • We are called to spread the gospel to people who don’t yet follow Christ.
  • (Psalm 96:3; Matthew 5:14; 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:15)
  • We are called to a world view and way of life which seeks to honor Christ in every area of thought and action. (Psalm 24:1; Colossians 3:17; 2 Corinthians 10:5)

Becoming a Pastor Through Christian Leaders Institute

Becoming a pastor is an aspiration of many perspective students when they find Christian Leaders Institute. Becoming a pastor can be done without ministry training, but those pastors who have the ministry training are benefited greatly. Solid Biblical ministry training helps those who are serious about becoming a pastor because it tests your calling, educates you into the historic Christian faith and walk, and gives you skills that will help you in ministry.

How can Christian Leaders Institute help me in becoming a pastor?

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Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) is an online ministry training school, which many would classify as a Bible School or Seminary. CLI offers 22 classes, which include online lectures, quizzes and other professor-student interaction. Christian Leaders Institute offers earned certificates and diplomas. Christian Leaders Institute connects qualified and experienced professors to each student and brings ministry training, to those who can communicate in English, right where each student is.  Becoming a pastor is living a calling. We want  students to be able to complete their ministerial education without painful debt accumulation and with opportunities available in church planting, pastoring local congregations, and ministering as staff in churches. Becoming a pastor can become a reality for you at Christian Leaders Institute.

Why Christian Leaders Institute in my journey to becoming a pastor? 

Much discussion about the cost of becoming a pastor has been in the news lately. Even the Wall Street Journal featured an article that talks about the future of ministry training. See Article. Christian Leaders Institute seeks to bring high quality ministry training to your computer tuition free. You can work with a local sponsor or mentor who can help you learn in a local context. This makes ministry training more relevant for your situation. CLI seeks to provide the tools for a lifetime of theological reflection, with most of the training occurring in your own home.

What does a CLI course actually look like Online?

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Do I need an accredited degree when becoming a pastor?

In most places and denominations, no. Accreditation does help in the most mainline denominations, but even some mainline denominations like the Christian Reformed Church in North American will allow you to become a pastor as a Commissioned Pastor. The Christian Reformed Church commends Christian Leaders Institute as one of the places someone might want to check out to be trained as a Commissioned Pastor.

What about accreditation?

Christian Leaders Institute is not affiliated with an accrediting agency. These agencies certify that participating schools meet the standards of accreditation instituted by these agencies. These standards are lengthy. Click here to see the standards yourself.  At Christian Leaders Institute we seek to bring you a high quality online Bible School seminary-style education unaffiliated with any outside agency. We do have a Board of Directors and we have a highly trained and qualified staff of professors who hold advanced degrees from some of these accredited institutes.

Christian Leaders Institute has no desire to affiliate with these accrediting institutions because:

  1. Our goals it to provide high quality Bible School seminary style training accessible to anyone called into the ministry. This means we have no room in our budget for additional costs that meet the requirements of the accrediting agencies.
  2. The requirements of the accrediting agencies would not fit with our mission goal to keep ministry training tuition free.
  3. Many of the requirements such as a physical residency library are not practical for our calling as an online institution.

Ecclesiastical Accreditation

Christian Leaders Institute education is recognized by most local churches and denominations, especially the ones who have equivalency programs for certain positions like Commissioned Pastors.

CLI students are well positioned in using portfolio equivalent credits to gain course credit and advanced standing at accredited colleges or seminaries that have a provision to grant portfolio-based credit.

Two mainline denominations, called the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America recognize and ordain pastors in their commissioned pastor tracks. CLI is one of the recommended places to get training. Check out this link.

What is Ordination?

The definition of ordination is different for those in different church traditions. Ordination to the Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans and other high ordination denominations is connected to a denominational hierarchy that is already in place. These leaders appoint new leaders who have demonstrated calling, gifts and competency. Ordination to Presbyterian and Reformed denominations are much more connected to elder assemblies. Ordination in the Baptist, Assemblies, Congregational, non-denominational, house church movement and other more grass-roots authority traditions see ordination as coming out of the democratic structure of the authority of the group. Ordination to many is defined as a certificate of ordination like a certificate of certification that some organizations give leaders for their credibility.

Christian Leaders Institute’s Goals for You Becoming a Pastor

Christian Leaders Institute seeks to equip you to be ready for your ordination in church traditions that would accept our statement of faith and training. If your already are ordained, our goal is to better equip you for effective service in your ministry position. We have a “bloom where you are planted” approach to training Christian leaders. You come to us with a calling to minister, and our goal is to help you.  You will take your training certificate or diploma to your local ordaining board as confirmation that you have been trained in a curriculum of ministry training.

Certificate and Diploma Levels

Here are the award levels at Christian Leaders Institute. Each award builds from basic to more advanced awards depending on your goals.

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Award One: Christian Leaders Basics Certificate (7 Credits)

Students enter Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) via our Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics Certificate  (7 Credits). This class introduces new students to the key elements of being a Christian Leader including a calling, reproducible walk with God and basic doctrine.   This is the foundational certificate that opens up Christian Leaders Institute for further study by students.

Award Two: Christian Leaders Bible Certificate (13 credits) (Coming Soon)

After students complete the Christian Leaders Basics course, they are encouraged to work toward their Bible Certificate. This certificate cover in-depth study of the old and new testament. The courses include:

  • Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics (7 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Total Ministry Training Credits 13 

Award Three: Christian Leaders Certificate (23 credits)

After students complete the Christian Leaders Basics course, they are encouraged to work toward their Christian Leaders Certificate. This certificate covers the essential ministry training needed for many callings. Some of you may stop after this certificate others will continue on to receive a ministry diploma. The courses include:

  • Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics (7 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
    Total Ministry Training Credits 23

Award Three: Christian Leaders Diploma (31 credits) (Coming Soon)

This ministry training diploma gives students the essentials they will need for Christian Leadership in various places and positions. Graduates of this diploma will be allowed to take of the Ordination Class and be included in the Christian Leaders Directory. The classes include:

  • Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics (7 credits)
  • Church History: (4 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage: (3 credits)
  • Theology I (4 credits)
  • Theology II (4 credits)
  • Church and Ministry: (3 credits)
    Total Ministry Diploma Credits 31

Award Four: Commissioned Pastor Diploma (36 credits)

This ministry training diploma gives students the essentials they will need for leading their churches. The classes include:

  • Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics (7 credits)
  • Church History: (4 credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods Or Sermon Construction: (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage: (3 credits)
  • Theology I (4 credits)
  • Theology II (4 credits)
  • Church and Ministry: (3 credits)
    Total Ministry Diploma Credits 36

Award Five: Diploma of Ministry (42 Credits)

The Diploma of Ministry is the first of our three advanced ministry diplomas. This ministry diploma award says that students studied more areas of ministry training at a deeper level. This ministry diploma will give you advanced knowledge in what you need to be a pastor, evangelist, ministry associate, church planter, chaplain, or other Christian leader. Some churches and denominations require this kind of a ministry diploma for ordination.

  • Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics  (7 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey  (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey  (3 credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis  (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry  (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage  (3 credits)
  • Church History  (4 credits)
  • Preaching Methods or Sermon Construction  (3 credits)
  • Theology I  (4 credits)
  • Theology II  (4 credits)
  • Christian Ethics  (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics  (3 credits)
    Total Ministry Diploma Credits 42

Award Six: Advanced Diploma of Ministry  (62 credits)

The Advanced Diploma of Ministry gives students knowledge and insight comparable to many seminaries. More in-depth knowledge of the various areas of study will serve them well in their ministry calling. Christian Leaders Institute is continuing to develop more thought provoking courses. This diploma will be more available to students within a year.

  • Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics  (7 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey  (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey  (3 credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis  (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry  (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage  (3 Credits)
  • Church History  (4 credits)
  • Preaching Methods or Sermon Construction  (3 credits)
  • Theology I  (4 credits)
  • Theology II  (4 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (3 credits)
    Total Ministry Diploma Credits 62

Award Seven: Diploma of Divinity  (89 credits)

This advanced ministry diploma is the highest award we grant to students at Christian Leaders Institute. This ministry diploma digs deep into every study area for ministry training.

  • Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics  (7 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey  (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey  (3 credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis  (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry  (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage  (3 Credits)
  • Church History  (4 credits)
  • Preaching Methods or Sermon Construction  (3 credits)
  • Theology I  (4 credits)
  • Theology II  (4 credits)
  • Christian Ethics  (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics  (3 credits)
  • Greek I  (4 credits)
  • Greek II  (4 credits)
  • Greek III  (4 credits)
    Total 89 Ministry Diploma Credits

Another Award Option: Discipleship Diploma (30 credits)

After a student completes the foundational two basic classes, students may take any classes they want accumulating to 30 credits.  This diploma is perfect for the Christian leader who wants to have a goal for continued studies. Many existing pastors may find this diploma very attractive.

  • Getting Started Class: Christian Leaders Basics (7 credits)
  • Varied Christian Leaders Institute classes (23 credits)
    Total Ministry Diploma Credits 30