Proclaiming Good News

Proclaiming Good News

My name is Gary Marvin Johnson and I am proclaiming good news to my world. Currently, I work as a caregiver for a company called Indiana Mentor. I reside in the United States of America in Selma, Indiana. I am married to Laura Johnson and we have one child. Living in America is one of the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me. In this country, you can worship God anywhere without harm from the government. Many Americans, including myself, hold our first amendment right very close to our heart.

At the age of 18, I gave my life to Christ and my salvation was followed by water baptism. In my teenage years, I was surrounded by an ungodly company within the walls of my school and within the walls of my home. I chose to follow the ways of the world. Shortly after my 18th birthday, I realized that I desperately needed the Lord in my life. I needed my sins forgiven and because of my mother, I knew that Jesus was the only One that could deliver. Therefore, I called upon His name and He answered. He broke every chain of sin in my life. I am proof that the Lord does forgive! He is just as alive today as He was 2,000 years ago! Ever since my salvation, it has been the desire and dream of my heart to know Jesus more on a personal level and to be a mouthpiece and an example to the world for His cause.

Ever since my salvation, it has been the desire and dream of my heart to know Jesus more on a personal level and to be proclaiming good news about salvation in Him. My ministry dream is to build up the congregation in sound doctrine. My desire is to be a full-time minister to the church in every way. I believe that it is God’s desire for me to help, encourage, and build up the church in some way every day.

When I came to the Christian Leaders Institute website, I was eager to start! I was surprised to find out that this was an organization that actually offered FREE college level ministry classes to anyone! I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I was ready to jump right in. Now that I’ve taken the Christian Leaders Connection Class, I am glad that I did not jump right into the programs offered by Christian Leaders Institute. The Connections class taught me many things that I did not know beforehand and now that I have taken it I can understand why it is a necessity to take before you’re given your free tuition.

I believe that I identify with the title “Evangelist” more than I do any other title. I am often on social media proclaiming something about the Lord. I am often talking to someone about the Lord. I was first prompted to really consider following the call of ministry when more than one of the fellow Christians who I gathered to meet with told me they believed that I was good at preaching God’s Word. After preaching two lessons in front of a congregation, I felt the call to continue down this path.

Even though I live in the United States of America, there are still some challenges to preaching the Word here and proclaiming good news to the lost. It is believed by many that you can be a Christian without obeying God. It is clear that the Scriptures teach otherwise (Romans 6, Heb 5:9). Many people here in the United States of America believe that all religions lead to the kingdom of God even though Scripture teaches otherwise (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Many people choose to follow their “cultural Jesus” rather than to follow the true One revealed within the Scriptures.

Connecting to the Bible has brought transformation to my life in so many ways. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12). It is the Word of God and the faith in Jesus Christ that God placed in my heart that completely transformed my life. It is His Word that convicted me and continues to convict me of my sins. His Word brings me joy and hope in times of discouragement.

The church which I was a part of gave me opportunities to preach, and I am grateful for that blessing to this day. Their kind words encouraged me to pursue this calling of proclaiming good news. My wife is very encouraging and loving when it comes to what I believe God is calling me to do. She has shown great support in my calling. Obtaining a scholarship from CLI will help me tremendously. It will help me further my education in God’s Word and it will help me obtain a credible certificate, diploma, and degree. Obtaining a scholarship from CLI is a strong desire of mine. I am praying that God will lead me to the type of ministry that He desires. Please pray that God’s purpose will be accomplished in my life through this ministry journey of mine. May the Lord always give us grace in our time of need.

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Deacon Ministry Call

Deacon Ministry Call

I am Shelby Weissgerber and I have a deacon ministry call on my life. I currently live in the state of Ohio in the USA. I grew up in a military family and have had the opportunity to live in several different states. I moved to Ohio in 2008 and have chosen to make it my home. I find it to be a family-friendly area where we are free to raise our children in the church of our choosing and set forth Christian principles and goals for our family.

As a child growing up in upstate New York, my family did not attend church. I had a deep desire to go to Sunday services and often tagged along with friends who participated in regular church services. I became actively involved in a youth group and volunteered to serve others whenever I had the chance. I frequented the local shelters and soup kitchens to serve wherever there was a need. I still have a great passion for helping others which is key to my deacon ministry call. I am currently working on starting a new ministry that involves providing the homeless with counseling and shelter along with basic necessities.

My dream would be to continue to grow in my walk with the Lord. I desire to find new ways to help others and reach those who have not yet had the seed of faith planted in them. Taking this course has helped me make spiritual connections between my aspirations and my God-given drive. I want to continue my work for the Lord in my deacon ministry call. I feel that continuing my education through Christian Leaders Institute will allow me to do this.

I personally identify the most with the title of Youth Leader. I currently work in a church child care facility that ministers to youth in an inner-city setting. The children that I work with daily have been removed from their homes because of drug use and exposure. Teaching these children to turn to Jesus can often be difficult when they don’t understand what’s going on within their families. They are scared and confused and wondering where their parents are. Often they have never received the word of God before so I get the privilege of introducing it to them!

I have faced my own struggles and have been saved by the grace of God. After going through a bad marriage and a worse divorce and struggling with dependency and depression, I learned that I can do nothing without God. Everything I am is because of Him. If I can help just one person because of my trials and turn them toward God and His word, I will feel as though what I have gone through was worth it.

I don’t think I would be here today if it weren’t for Jesus. I want to share and spread that to those who have fallen into depression and despair. There is hope. Things can change. The Bible has taught me that God’s love is unconditional. He forgives and so should we. My own pastor has worked closely as a mentor to me and I am working with our church to help build a shelter for homelessness and recovery in our city.

My children are young, 6 years old and 6 months old. My daughter, 6, already has such a love for God and shares His word with everyone. She has taught me how to have a loving heart and bring joy to others. She reads her Bible to her baby brother daily. My husband is supportive and volunteers his time and trade skills to help construct or fix whatever our buildings need. I am truly blessed with an amazing family that God has given me to show me all about true love and how wonderful it is!

A scholarship from Christian Leaders Institute means the ability to grow in my faith and ministry when I would otherwise be unable to do so. As someone who is employed by a Christian organization, I do not make a lot of money. Obviously, I do what I do for the calling, not for the income. Without this scholarship, I would not be able to afford to continue my education. I would appreciate prayers for the opening, growth and community impact of the homeless shelter we are working so hard to open. Thank you!

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Spiritual Warrior Training

Spiritual Warrior Training

My name is Micah Shumate and I am receiving spiritual warrior training so that I make take my stand in God’s army. I am from Texas in the USA. I’m 27 years old, a father of a seven-year-old son and married to an absolutely beautiful, strong woman. This is my second marriage. I have struggled with this and only recently came to an understanding after much prayer and searching. I KNOW I am forgiven for this sin. This forgiveness is from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

After I graduated high school, I began a career in medicine as a nurse’s aide. Then I moved forward with my EMT to be a paramedic. As a paramedic, I was moved by God to help several individuals and families. But as we all know, this world is full of sin and soon the evil and hatred seen on a daily basis among everyday people caused me to become cold and distant from those that loved me. This, in turn, drove me away from my walk with my Father. Soon my life spiraled out of control and poor decisions were made. Before I knew it, I was a part-time father and no longer a husband. It has taken the entire time since my divorce to come to terms with my own responsibility in the failure of my first marriage.

I have renewed my faith in the Lord my Savior and am staying on the path of salvation that is laid out in the Word of God. I read and study the Bible on a daily basis. I do this in the hope of growing in my spiritual warrior training, my walk with God, and having answers for others I meet that may need a friend to help them through difficult times and decisions. The ministry training classes at Christian Leaders Institute will also equip me for sharing the good news with others. I now have a job which is still in medicine that allows me to have a family life and not cause distance in my relationships. I am fully aware that Satan will attack, but I will be armed with the Word of God and the love of God. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11)

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Pastor Dream

Pastor Dream

My name is Janet Turner and I have a pastor dream from God. I was born in the USA in the 70’s. There was a church on every corner and Christianity was very accessible. However, I never went to church as a young child. My mother worked three jobs to raise the five children she had. I came to be introduced to Christ when I was 11 years old and visiting my aunt’s house as I did every summer. My cousin had become a church bus kid. So while I was there I started attending as well. I was saved and baptized that summer and I felt the Holy Spirit very present in my life. I remember saying to myself that I have got to share this news with my friends back home and my siblings. When I went home, no one wanted to hear me, and in fact, they made fun of me. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned to months and the bad influence of my brothers and my friends made a distant light to my new found religion.

In my late teens, I was invited to church by a friend and the Holy Spirit was prompting me that service. He placed in my heart that I needed to turn back to God and He was going to use me as a spiritual leader. Well, my friend became my husband and we had three girls. We became very involved in the church for several years. We filled positions in the church such as Sunday school teacher, youth leaders, choir, etc. Then my husband had an affair and the devil destroyed our family. I never gave up my faith and continued my walk and raising the girls in a biblical way.

For many years now, I have been a director of a Christian school and have felt a calling to do more. My dream is to be a Pastor! I want to preach God’s Word to the world as I fulfill this pastor dream and call. When I’ve had to fill in for the chapel, the teachers get excited and tell me how much God speaks to them. I feel alive when I stand in front of people and speak about God. It’s one of the times where I’ve ever felt passion. I want to preach to thousands and for God to have all the glory.

This Getting Started class has already made me gain confidence and see that I am in fact being called. I couldn’t get the proper training without Christian Leaders Institute. I have had so many challenges in my life. I’ve been abused, had no parental role models, struggled academically, and was brought up around a lot of gangs. I have been cheated on and left for the devil to try and nail the door shut on me. But, I’m not allowing that to be the end or to be my truth. I’m strong in Christ and God has made me whole again and blessed me with an amazing new husband. I want to share my story and how others can overcome their obstacles too. There are many lost teenagers and young adults where I live. I want to reach them as well as all who are hurting.

I know I need this formal training in order to be taken seriously by churches so I may preach. I know that God will open the doors for me as He leads me. Please pray that I manage the time it will take for me to do these courses because I know 100% that God wants me to preach and give help for the hurting.

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Aspiring Youth Minister

Aspiring Youth Minister

Hello, my name is Anthony Davison and I am an aspiring youth minister. I am from Fremont, Indiana. Living in the United States has blessed me in being able to practice my faith and worship God in freedom. Having grown up in a religious home, I have always known who God is and who Jesus is. However, I never knew or had the understanding of having a relationship with Jesus. One Sunday while listening to my preacher speak, I felt a pulling at my heart. It was God calling me to Him and to the ministry.

I have spent time listening and praying to God to show me how He wants to use me. I feel Him guiding me and telling me to use the gifts He has given me to spread His gospel to the lost and seeking in this world. With the gifts and experiences I have had in life, I feel that I can reach the youth of my community. I believe that my generation has fallen away from God, so, instead of waiting for someone to change this, I have decided that I am going to do something to change it. That is what led me to Christian Leaders Institute for free ministry training. Not only will the classes I take give me the background knowledge and training to pursue youth ministry, but it will also help me to grow in my walk with Jesus. I know that I will have many challenges and obstacles as I continue down my road to ministry, but with God on my side, nothing can stand against me. Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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Servant Christian Leader

Servant Christian Leader

Three years ago, at the age of 49, in the middle of a very messy life, I was asked a simple question by a dear friend – “Don’t you understand that you are a child of God?” That question softened my heart and turned my life around as a wave of love overcame my whole being. Ever since then, God has been ‘catching me up’ and it’s been an amazing, beautiful walk so far. Now I am pursuing the call to be a servant Christian leader for the Lord.

I’m Karen Soeffker, born and raised in the United Kingdom and have always been passionate about being ahead. As a child, I was the first to finish a book, first to finish papers, first to learn an instrument and even the first of anyone in our family or my parent’s family to be able to go to college. I was smart, got good grades and graduated from high school at the age of 18 with top marks. I was also crazy in love with a boy in Germany that I had met during an exchange program. So instead of going to college, I packed some clothes and my record collection and ran to him, ignoring my parent’s pleas and tears. Of course, I couldn’t speak German but luckily I was able to land a job on a nearby British Airforce Base, cleaning bathrooms and dorms a leg in my servant Christian leader journey.

One year later, my ‘relationship’ with this boy abruptly came to an end after I caught him with another girl. I couldn’t possibly go home to my parents, I was both stubborn and ashamed so I dug in my heels and got to work. I needed to catch up. As soon as my German was good enough, I moved into an office position at the base and soon had enough work experience to apply for an office job with a German company. My next position introduced me to mainframe computers and many late nights as an ‘operator’ changing tapes to update the system during evening shifts. There was lots of ‘waiting’ during tape changes so I taught myself to code, hoping that one day I could be writing programs to run businesses instead of just changing tapes.

Coding led to programming, which led to implementing software and consulting, and at the age of 40, I completed my 22nd year in Germany as a Director with a large software company.
I had a great job, I had an amazing life and married a wonderful man along the way – I was all caught up! Wasn’t I? I had no idea how far behind I still was. After being together for 8 years, my husband and I decided to get married, it was just the right time for both of us. That was a Civil Service Wedding in August and the following January we found out that we were pregnant – I was 40 and my husband 46!

I had always wanted children, but I always managed to find partners that didn’t, including my husband. We struggled through the first trimester, confused and dazed about this new situation and for the first time in a very long time, I got on my knees and begged God to let me keep both my husband and my baby. That same night my husband came to me in tears, we reconciled and our life as we knew it was to be changed forever. Our son is an incredible gift! I get to be his Mom every day and I thank my heavenly Father every day for the blessing of my son.

So, am I caught up yet? Of course not! One thing that my husband and I had in common from the beginning of our relationship was our love of everything American. We filled our apartment in Germany with all things stars and stripes and spent most of our vacation time in the USA. When I found out that I was expecting, I told my company that I would become a full-time mom and wanted to resign. They asked me if I could take the project that I was working on and help it go Global. I took a chance and told them that such a task could only be performed from the USA, not Germany. They asked me where I would like to go and before I knew it, we relocated to Austin, Texas with a 1-year-old! My husband became a stay-at-home dad at the age of 47 and I was blessed to be able to work from home. Perfect!

The next few years were full of wonder and ‘first times’ as parents, flying past at lightning speed. When our son turned 5, my husband and I decided to open a toy store, filled with wooden, battery-free, educational toys. It was a learning curve for sure and after 3 years we were burned out. Parenting, my full-time job and the stress of running our own business put a strain on our finances and our marriage. It felt like we were strangers sharing the same house and I was lost and felt as though I was losing everything. And that is where my friend found me and asked me the question that changed my life – “Do you not know that you are a child of God?” My friend is also a Christian Counselor, although I didn’t know that about him at the time.

In the last three years of my servant Christian leader journey, God has led us to a wonderful church, surrounded us with Spirit-filled pastors and friends, and we as a family have never been stronger. My husband and I renewed our vows under the cross in our church on our thirteenth anniversary. We have all been water baptized and our business is flourishing. Awesome, all caught up!! Er, no….

At the age of 52, I felt the call to move to a leadership position in the marketplace. Remember that I didn’t go to college? Well, THAT is catching up with me now. I originally searched for online business degrees, but when I found the Christian Leaders Institute, I was glued to the page for hours. I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me and remind me of leading small groups and mentoring both staff and church members and repeating my testimony to customers in the store. I realized that I wanted to be a servant Christian leader in my next position, leading individuals and teams to success in accordance with His will.

The ‘Getting Started’ class has already answered so many questions and helped me to understand that the yearning I feel is my God-given desire to be closer to Him. As a late starter, I am particularly excited to dive into the Bible, anxious to soak in His word.
My current job is our sole income and I really cannot afford to go to college. I also need to be able to study online, in between being a Mom, Wife, Business Owner, Employee, and friend.
My prayer: “Heavenly Father, help me to listen carefully and talk freely to you, help me to be more of the gift that you have created me to be and to be an expression of your love.”

I don’t ever want to have to catch up again on my servant Christian leader walk, I always want to be one step behind my heavenly Father who leads me with his love and wisdom. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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Radio Ministry Call

Radio Ministry

My name is Kimberly J. Carson and I have a radio ministry dream and call. I am currently living in the United States of America. I was born in Okinawa, Japan. My father was stationed there as an officer in the US Army and my mother was a teacher of English. I am the younger of two daughters. My family moved back to the states and my father began his second tour in Vietnam. My first memories are of my mother being upset because my father was severely wounded on the battlefield. He was in the hospital for 11 months and almost died several times. Even as a young child I heard my mother pray for him and our family.

I don’t think there was ever a time in my life that I didn’t believe in God. I had health problems and spent a lot of time at home as a child sick and unable to go to school. I had a lot of time to ponder existence and why I was always sick and caught every childhood disease, but my sister never caught anything. Not even chickenpox. I learned about having a more personal relationship with God when I was in high school. At the time, I didn’t quite understand how very different that was from just believing in God and that Jesus was real and had died for my sins.  I gave my life to Christ when I was in college and then began studying the Bible for myself. I married while still in college and my husband and I joined a church with a strong young adult ministry and thus began my personal journey with my Lord. My husband died shortly thereafter in a car accident. Our daughter was only 6 months old and I was only 25. I then had to search my heart and I realized if I truly believed what I confessed then, I had to have faith and know that my husband was with the Lord. I trusted God with my very life and strived to become the woman that He would have me be.

Fast forward to now, many years later, I can look back on my journey and see how God has used each situation in my life to bring me ever closer to Him and His will for me. I was encouraged by my church leadership to become a worship leader in my church and eventually lead the drama ministry. God gave me an opportunity to share my love for music, the creative arts and my love for Him in a new way. I am the creator and host of a radio show that shares inspirational jazz music to a global audience. During my show, I share things that God has placed in my heart for His people.  My radio ministry dream is to expand my radio show into a website and blog to share scripture and music to bring people closer to God and provide a source, of peace, joy, hope, and love for those who are seeking.

With my day job (I am an IT consultant) and my radio gig, I do not have the time to attend a traditional theological seminary. But I am feeling and accepting the music ministry call that God has placed in my life, and I realize that I need more knowledge and training to be even more effective in people’s lives. When sharing with others about my love of the Lord and what I have learned on my walk, I have had various people ask me if I am a Pastor. This made me laugh and smile because God has a funny way of showing me what His will is for me. I am blessed to have found the Christian Leaders Institute and look forward to all that God has for me and His blessed children.

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Christian Leader Call

Christian Leader Call

My name is Joshua Webster and I have a Christian leader call on my life. I live in the United States of America and I work in law enforcement. I was born and raised in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child growing up in this big city of excitement and partying, I always felt like something was wrong about the activity that took place here. As I grew older in age, I started to understand why I felt the way I did. I noticed my interests in life were pretty much the complete opposite of everyone else around me. While crime and sinful behavior grabbed the attention of others, my interest grew stronger in Christianity and the works of God. I felt a growing desire to learn more about living for Jesus Christ and making an impact in my community here in New Orleans.

I was blessed when I found Christian Leaders Institute online. Free ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute has built my confidence. My Christian leader call is being strengthened daily. This education equips me with the proper training and tools needed to pursue my dream of being a Christian leader in my church and community. With the scholarship provided by Christian Leaders Institute, I can now start my journey towards being the solution to the issues in my city and community instead of adding to the problem. I desire to be a witness for Christ and to make a difference for Christ in my home, my church, and my community. I pray that God will continue to lead and guide me on this Christian leader call and journey to help and save His people. And all God’s people say, “Amen!”

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Ministry Knowledge

Ministry Knowledge

My name is Ryan Stokes and I am seeking ministry knowledge and training at Christian Leaders Institute. I am currently located in the southeastern region of the United States in Louisiana, close to the Mississippi State line. It seems the media and our leaders have all but gotten away from allowing any Christ-centered education, literature, etc to be publicized. People are more worried about offending someone or some other culture than they are with trying to lead someone to eternal life through Jesus Christ.

I came to know the Lord at an early age. I was raised in a typical southern Christian home, we attended church on Sundays and Wednesdays and I was always involved with the many activities for the children and youth growing up. I was a young pre-teen when I heard the testimony of one of the youths in our church about what had touched her heart on a youth trip they had just returned from. This testimony touched me in a way that I will always remember, triggering me to give my life to the Lord.

My ministry dream is to somehow make the Gospel available to all. Just as I have found this amazing training online at Christian Leaders Institute, I think it would be possible to reach out to the lost souls of the world in some of the same ways. I guess you could say my dream in ministry is to reach as many people as possible and to lead as many people as I can to the Lord. To help coach them on how to be better Christians and then how they themselves can effectively lead others to Christ. Imagine how amazing that would be!

This class has shown me new, more effective ways to study my Bible, to lead my family in devotions and to be a better leader for them and anyone around me. I am just starting my education and my confidence in Christ is growing. I cannot wait to see where it is when I complete my training, and even long after. I would have to say I identify more with the title of Pastor at this time. I feel compelled at the moment to gear my ministry toward the youth with everything that’s going on in the Country as they will be our future leaders. But at the same time, I want to share the Gospel with all ages.

The experience that really prompted me into ministry I think may be pretty unique. As I mentioned earlier I grew up in a Christian household. As we grew older, my older brother strayed away from God, actually claiming to be an Atheist. Trying to talk to him about it made me feel uncomfortable because it seemed as though he had researched and learned so much (of course, this was all in favor of atheism) and I had not. This concerned me so much that I began studying and learning everything I could as I sought to gain Biblical and ministry knowledge. Even studying atheism, so that I could see it from his perspective and ultimately find a more effective way to lead him to Christ. Somewhere in the middle of all my studying, I felt a calling to Ministry. It seemed what I was doing was just right.

My scholarship at CLI will greatly impact the ministry knowledge I can gain to further my ministry dream. Without it, I don’t see a time in the near future that I could obtain any education even close to it. Please pray for my understanding and patience as I continue my education to better my ministry. Pray that I will always stay strong and continue to receive support where I need it the most. That I will always humble myself and allow Christ to use me as he sees fit. May I always remember that His will, not mine, be done.

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Revival Pastor

Revival Pastor

Greetings! My name is Tina Stowers. I am a 49-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in the United States of America. Our country is in serious need of revival. I hope to be a part of that movement as a revival pastor.

As the eldest of seven children, I was raised to know and love Jesus from birth. My mother has been the single greatest example of what a true disciple looks like. Her example of service and devotion have been the single largest influence in my Christian walk. Although I had always believed in God, it wasn’t until I attended a youth retreat when I was fifteen that I truly felt the Spirit and turned my life over to Him. At that time I thought that one day I would be a missionary.

My ministry dream is to lead my church as their revival pastor. I attend New Life Foursquare Church in Idaho. I would love to see our small congregation grow and add additional ministries for the men, women, and youth of our community. There are lost, hurting and outcast people all around us that need Jesus. I would like for our little storefront church to be the place they can come to feel loved and accepted for who they are… a child of the Most High God!

I greatly appreciate the way that the “Getting Started” class at Christian Leaders Institute is structured. It gave me several opportunities to examine whether or not ministry was for me. I have enjoyed the lectures, especially “The Seven Connections”. It really laid out a simple and honest path to evangelism. Throughout the various lessons, it gave me pauses to reflect on my calling and measure my heart. I’ve prayed, read and prayed some more and know that this is what God is calling me to do. This class has definitely renewed my walk with God and my conviction to serve Him as He wills.

A revival pastor is a word that I identify with most. Although at our church, I will also be an evangelist, small group leader, youth leader, and worship leader all rolled into one. I feel the calling of Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a Preacher?” I look forward to Shepherding our congregation and anyone else who God places in my path. I have alway had a gift for teaching and enjoy sharing the fruits of my studies with others.

I never intended to become a revival pastor. Although I have a history of pastors on both my mother’s and father’s side of the family, I did not feel that it was my calling. The Lord obviously has other plans for me though. Through two pastors and physical signs, it was revealed that this was His plan for me. After I enrolled in CLI, after praying for one more confirmation, it came immediately through a word of knowledge from yet another pastor. I guess the Lord is not through with me yet.

The greatest challenge for me in this area will be overcoming the deceptions of the enemy. The community where I live is primarily Mormon. It can be difficult to witness to a person who believes that they are a Christian yet denies the Deity of Jesus. Focusing on our shared doctrine yet pointing out the errors are key. It is a slow road when attempting to breach the maze of their beliefs but I believe with wisdom, love and empowering of the Spirit, this community can be saved one soul at a time.

The Bible for me is the wisdom of God given to mankind to guide and teach us about Him. Throughout my life, I have turned to the Bible in good times and bad. It has served as stories for my children and Psalms for my praise. He speaks to me through His word and each time I read a passage I find something that I didn’t see before. It never gets old! I could not imagine my life without this trusted friend that God has given me to lead me closer to Him.

My church has been very supportive of my call to revival pastor ministry. My pastors have been mentoring me and the congregation has been very gracious. I have served as a lay pastor, preaching from time to time as I was needed. My pastors were also the ones who encouraged me to go into the Ministry as a revival pastor. They will continue to mentor me through this program and are very excited that I have begun this training with CLI.

I thank God for CLI. When I began searching for online seminary schools, because there are none in my area, I was greatly disheartened by the prohibitive cost. I am the sole provider for my family at this time and it would not have been possible. Of course, there are student loans, but I couldn’t believe that the Lord would want me to accrue a huge amount of debt to fulfill his call for me. I had all but given up when I found CLI. At first, I thought that it was too good to be true. The more I read though, the more hope rose up in me! I COULD fulfill Gods call with the assistance of CLI!

I pray that I may fulfill the charge that the Apostle Paul gave in 2 Timothy 4:1-8. Your prayers that I may achieve my calling and run the race which God has set before me with endurance, patience, and love are greatly welcomed. This country and my community need revival. Here it comes! Amen!

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Ordained Chaplain

Ordained Chaplain

My name is Dale Gilbert and I am studying to be an ordained chaplain. I live in Waterford, MI. I came to the Lord in 1980 at a small church in Royal Oak, MI. I grew up going to church but church really did not get into me until then. After being prayed for one night when I was ill and feeling the Power of God flow into my body and heal me, I told God, “If this is you, I want to know more about you.” So I sat under the ministry of that church for 10 years, learning to walk in faith and the Word and The Holy Spirit. I got involved in kids ministries there as well and grew in my desire to be in the ministry. After those 10 years and prompted by the Spirit of God, I went to another church to be their kid’s pastor. That is where I met my wife and we stayed there for a few years.

Then after that, I felt once again to do a change and that was to go on the road and be an evangelist for kids and teens. My wife and small kids went with me, and we traveled across the USA and parts of Canada for ten years doing camps and church meetings as well as mission trips. It was during this time that I got my first ministry credentials from the Assemblies of God after attending their Berean School of the Bible. I am currently and have been for the last 11 years the Director of Elementry Education and Children’s Pastor at a local church. Now, I am desiring to take more of an adult ministry role and am seeking ordination and Chaplain training to take my next step of my journey. That is where Christian Leaders Institute comes in as it can help me to achieve my ordained chaplain dream that God has put in my heart.

Now, I am desiring to take more of an adult ministry role and am seeking ordination and chaplain training to take my next step of my journey. That is where Christian Leaders Institute comes in as it can help me to achieve my ordained chaplain dream that God has put in my heart.

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Small Group Ministry

Small Group Ministry

I am Cassandra Morris and I am excited to be involved in a small group ministry. I live in the USA in New Hampshire. I was 14 when I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior. I grew up in the Catholic church but never understood or knew the importance (or even that I was able) to have a personal relationship with Jesus. My uncle invited me to his church (Non-denominational) and I was amazed by the people’s love for Jesus and the way they worshiped. Shortly after joining him at church, I went to a Christian concert where they had an alter call and I gave my life to the Lord.

My dream is to be used by the Lord in however He sees fit. I want to use the gifting’s and talents He has placed in me to bless others. I dream of using my love for worship and music and the ability the Lord has given me to play guitar and sing to lead his people into new levels of worship. I also think the word I identify with most is a small group ministry. My husband and I host a small group at our home currently. It is such a privilege to lead God’s people in worship, prayer and studying his Word. I also love that we get to know the people in our group more and pray for them daily. Our church in New Hampshire has encouraged me to step out in the gifting of worship the Lord has given me. They have also supported me in my ability and gifting to lead in our Sunday school program.

This first class at Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) has encouraged me in the importance of spending time with God daily and to build up my walk with Him through reading and studying the word. It has also reminded me that I’m not in this alone! There is a community of other like-minded, God-seeking Christians who want more of Jesus, who want to learn more about Him and to give of themselves to others.

I don’t think there has been a key experience that has prompted me to pursue ministry. I believe for me that it is a desire to walk in the fullness of who God has made me. To be obedient to what He is asking me to do in a small group ministry. Some of the challenges I face are the distractions from what God is asking me to focus on daily. There is so much pulling for my attention and so much I can spend my time on – TV, smartphones, shopping etc. The Lord might be asking me to spend more time in quiet with Him, but then my phone goes off. There is always something to do, something to see.

My husband is also attending CLI. I love that God has called me to study here as well. My husband and I get to connect and read together and with our children. I am excited to see what the Lord has for us as a family in small group ministry! My husband and I have four amazing children ages 12, 11, 9 and 7. We want them to be a part of whatever we do. We want them to learn the importance of serving God’s people.

My husband works 50-60 hours a week to allow me to stay home to school our children, but only having one income barely keeps us up with the bills. I am grateful that CLI allows me to receive an education at no cost to me. Without this scholarship, I would not be able to attend a great school to learn more worship, ministry and what I believe the Lord is calling me into.

I ask for prayer to be able to lead God’s people in worship and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit while playing and singing. I would love prayer for focus throughout my studies and that I would be open to whatever the Lord is calling me to walk into for the next chapter in my life as well.

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Ordained Pastor Journey

Ordained Pastor Journey

Hello, my name is Tim Cluckey and I am on an ordained pastor journey. I am married to my loving wife, Diana.  We are parents to three amazing boys and we reside in Niles, Ohio. I was fortunate enough to be born in a very caring, Christian home. My parents were not raised Christian but found the Lord together as a married couple. My father became a minister and he, along with my mother, raised six children in the knowledge of the Lord.

At a young age, I knew I wanted and needed to be in ministry, but, as I became an older teenager, I fought against that calling. I have always been a shy person and getting in front of people to talk terrified me. I tried different professions, but none of them gave me any satisfaction. My older brother, Scott, told me that he was called to plant a church and I immediately felt that “pull” to go along with him for that journey. I prayed long and hard and knew that this was finally an opportunity for me to get back on the right track. Solid Rock Christian Church started in my living room in Niles, Ohio in May of 2011. After numerous locations, we are now settled in an old elementary school building that we use for many different types of ministries.

I am in the process of becoming the associate pastor at Solid Rock Christian Church. I have done quite a few sermons and Bible studies. I am very much involved in children’s ministry and I have assisted with our youth group. I want to gain more knowledge about becoming a minister and I feel God calling me to become a head pastor someday on this ordained pastor journey. I have given all my fears and reservations to God because He is much bigger than them. I want to reach out to people and guide them to the light and grace of God.

I know I can achieve my goals with Christian Leaders Institute. I hope to use the courses here to expand my knowledge of the Word and better prepare myself for the obstacles that I will face with my ministry. I will go out into the world and spread the Word of God.

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Ordained Pastor

Ordained Pastor

My name is Joseph Edward Legg. I am a pastor at Church on the Rock in Wasilla, Alaska, USA, and feel called to be an ordained pastor. I have been in multiple ministries over the last 20 years, including the local church and para-church organizations. The U.S.A. is definitely a mission field, especially here in Alaska. Ministry here is very relationship based and it’s easy to involve the entire family.

I grew up going to church but didn’t form a relationship with Jesus until my late teen years. I had been a church pianist/organist since age 12, and I had been basing a lot of Christianity on works and ability. When my father passed away after a long battle with cancer and heart disease, my world was changed and I began looking in different places for comfort. Another local church invited me to a concert, where I first began to know that Jesus loves me and desires a relationship. This began a change in my life to have a close relationship with Him.

I have five children; they and my wife Jennifer are very connected in my ministry. We try to include the entire family in as many things as we can ministry related. My wife and I have a passion for mentoring men and women. We love rural Alaska. Although we currently live and pastor at a larger church in a more developed area of Alaska, we would love to plant and pastor a church in more rural Alaska as an ordained pastor or even have a camp/retreat center.

This class has reminded me to take time in my walk with Jesus and to develop it to a point where it is reproducible to others. I am re-settling into Bible Study and reading for the relationship and not just results.

Most of my ministry experience has been in Music and Worship Ministry. I also spent about 4-5 years as a Guest Services Director at a Bible Camp in rural Alaska. This and my IT experience have given me a unique experience. I am currently a staff pastor in Worship, Guest Services, and some operations. I mostly relate to the position of Pastor.

I was married at age 22 to Mariah. She was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer soon after. She died when I was 24. At that point, I had been a high school band director. I moved 100 miles away to Arkansas and took a Music Pastor position at a small church. Once again, I was reminded of the brevity of life and I wanted to spend mine on something worthwhile like ministry.

Ministry in Alaska is unique in many ways. Here in the Valley, theft and drug abuse are rampant. We want to be able to help and minister to the lost and broken. Our church is considered to be a generous and safe place for people. However, we have to work hard to balance being that safe place while not enabling them or being an easy target for theft and drug deals. We also deal with very cold temperatures and large amounts of snow in the winter and beautiful weather and extended jobs during the summers. A large part of our population is “slopers” who are 2 weeks at home and 2 weeks at work thousands of miles away. We have developed an online streaming campus for them to stay connected while away.

One of my colleagues often says, “Everything rises and falls on your hermeneutics.” I had joined a small group of men that were going through Systematic Theology and Redemptive History together. Connecting with awesome mentors like that really showed me how important it is to be connected with God’s word during ministry. It changed how I connected with others in ministry and relationally.

I am currently a licensed pastor at my church. I have been encouraged to become an ordained pastor. After much research, our education staff recommended Christian Leaders Institue (CLI) as a path of ordination study.

Since I am older and have an extensive resume and education in music, a big challenge for getting more education has always been the financing. A scholarship at CLI makes my ordained pastor ministry calling achievable! Please be praying for wisdom to be able to balance my family, my ministry, and my education here at CLI over the next few years.

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Closer Walk With God

Closer Walk With God

I was born and raised in the United States of America and I am developing a closer walk with God. I am married to my husband Reverend Luke for going on four years now and we have four beautiful children. Though not all of them are biologically his, the three oldest are from my previous marriage that ended due to domestic violence. Our ministry thus far has consisted of assisting people in their happiest of times and in their darkest of times. We (my husband and I) officiate weddings, funerals, and other events around our state.

As a very young child, I was adopted. I was raised in the Lutheran church and attended a Catholic elementary school until I was in the fourth grade. I attended a public Middle School and Highschool. When I was 8 years old, I was attending church one Sunday and the Pastor was preaching salvation. There isn’t much that I remember from my childhood, but I do remember that sermon and him telling me just how to be saved. I remember thinking that I wanted that. I wanted salvation and a closer walk with God. That night I went home and after our usual bedtime routine and prayers, I remember the room being dark and I crawled out of bed, got down on my knees and prayed the prayer that the Pastor had guided us to pray. At that very moment, I felt a rush of warm come over me. I felt all the dark leave me and I was filled with something so beautiful that to this day I can’t put words to it.

My ministry dream is to help as many of our couples to be sure that God has chosen them to be married and to guide them in how to be a married couple in Christ. My ministry dream is to help my local church in opening up to the community and allowing a safe place for people who may just need a place to warm up or a warm meal. My ministry dream is to do God’s work, to help when and where I am needed. I desire to share a closer walk with God with those I meet. I want to see a need and fill that need with the love of God shining through me so that others can see and feel God’s love through me to them.After my mother’s passing, I had lost a part of my walk with God and this getting Started Course has renewed my desire to not only walk closer with God but to make it a habit to do so each and every day. It has given me the tools to learn how do be successful and the encouragement to know that I CAN DO IT!!

After my mother’s passing, I had lost a part of my walk with God and this getting Started Course at Christian Leaders Institute has renewed my desire to not only have a closer walk with God but to make it a habit to do so each and every day. It has given me the tools to learn how do be successful and the encouragement to know that I CAN DO IT!!

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