Educational Ministry Journey

Educational Ministry Journey

My name is David West and I am on an educational ministry journey at Christian Leaders Institute. I am a single, divorced father currently working in the hospitality industry. Though I have four children, only my youngest daughter lives with me since all are over eighteen now. Over the years, I have spent much time in technology with various support roles as a volunteer in churches, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Red Cross.

Being the youngest of two children born into a Roman Catholic family, the church was initially a priority. After my parents divorced, we became more Christmas and Easter only members as I got older. The gap of faith grew in my life as I was questioning many things.

In my teen years, I fell away from the church when I saw a local church refuse to help a pregnant teen mother. Taking a path of many poor choices led me down a road that ended in the intensive care unit in the hospital and a total life change. Not too long after getting out of college, I was married but had a pulling to the Lord in the background that I did not follow. Around 1998, a friend gave me a copy of The Screwtape Letters that really engaged me. Thankfully, he did not stop there and mentored me until I came back to the faith.

Many trials and changes have come through the years. Moving from state to state, losing two children, several jobs but still stayed active in various church roles from Youth, VBS, sound, and general support. I have been drawn back to teaching again and again. Several times I have been placed and put into service unknown to me until that moment. God placed me at a Baptist church just prior to VBS week once. I was neither a member or had ever been before. There were not enough workers and I found myself leading the youth that week throughout the program. Later, I was running sound and service support in a Methodist church which allowed me to meet many people who taught me about real life. Work with homeless ministries, bereavement, and others expanded my understanding.

Now I am resuming my educational ministry journey to increase my ability to serve. Ministry is still going where I am sent since I am not sure yet of the end goal. I know that God has put me here for a purpose to serve. The further I dive into the word and study the program here at CLI, a reawaking is occurring in me. The scholarship and opportunity will allow growth for the sake of His kingdom.

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Ministry Education Dream

Ministry Education Dream

My name is Linette Mitchell and I have a ministry education dream. I live on the East Coast of the United States of America. I came to know that Jesus was truly Lord and Savior a few weeks after my father passed away in 1999. He would tell me about Jesus and ask me to watch televangelists with him, and I would laugh and refuse. After I found him lifeless in bed and went through all the funeral arrangements, I found myself alone in his home (my childhood home) with my three girls. Scared and full of grief, I cried out, “I don’t want this life anymore… what do I do?” I was answered immediately, “Jesus!” I thought I was dreaming and I heard the voice again, “Jesus.” I dropped to the floor and said, “My Lord! You, Jesus, are real!” And that was the beginning of my walk with God. I was so rebellious, my friend said, “The Lord had to save you like Paul because I kept kicking against the pricks.”

My ministry dream or the vision the Lord has given me is my 28-year career as well as leading/mentoring for the Kingdom all tied together. I am working toward opening bakeries, which I have already investigated employee benefits, a peaceful and safe work environment, creating jobs for the underprivileged and continuing to serve our community. My husband and our 6 girls have been active in MBK Outreach (My Brother’s Keeper Outreach,) our family was lead by God to start this ministry, we serve the homeless community, work to keep our neighborhood safe and look for ways to build up the urban environment we live in.

The Christian Leaders Institute class thus far has blessed me in a way, I was not expecting. I am an ordained Pastor, unfortunately, I didn’t complete my seminary schooling. In my ministry education dream, I have been looking for years online for courses that would help me grow, stretch, rekindle the fire and walk closer with the Lord. Just these few introductory courses with CLI opened my eyes more, searched my heart, and reminded me why God called me to this walk in the first place. We all have a season where we need to be reminded, that it’s not in our own strength that we will finish this course, but by the Spirit of the Lord!

I identify with the word Pastor. The key experience in my life that prompted me to pursue ministry was the Lord reminding me of how my earthly father spent his last days trying to tell me about the Love of my Heavenly Father. The Lord used my father’s life and death to pull me close to him. The Lord moved me from my childhood home to an area that may not be considered a place many would have desired to move to, the neighborhood has a lot of vandalism, drug dealing, etc. going on. Yet the Lord has used us (my family) to look at the building up of the community through His eyes.

Reading the Word of God and seeing the power of the Holy Spirit in my life and those around me is something words can not explain. I know we all have a testimony, but I can not pick out just one miraculous event the Lord has done through His word for me. They are too numerous.

The scholarship at CLI is so important to my ministry dream and my ministry education dream because the desire to learn and grow in my relationship with the Lord is my main objective. We lead and mentor by example. In January the Lord led me to shut down my social media pages, I started fasting and praying. After my fast was over I came across CLI online. I believe this is the will of God for this season of my life. I feel blessed and thankful to be a part of this Spirit-led learning institution.

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Chaplain Minister Journey

Chaplain Minister Journey

My name is Robert Martin and I am on a chaplain minister journey which has led me to Christian Leaders Institute. I came to know and accept the Lord Jesus Christ in 1982. I learned all I could about Jesus by reading his word. I am now living in Kennewick, WA, and I have received the call to be a Chaplain in the Hospital/Hospice setting. As a nurse, I did deal with a lot of hospice so I have some knowledge about what Hospice is and what it does. God called me to this ministry. It was just something I felt but prayed about it a long time before I accepted God’s calling. My father was an Assembly of God pastor for fifteen years after his retirement from the US NAVY as a chaplain, I had two uncles that were Pentecostal preachers, and one uncle who is a Chaplain. I guess I got the calling to follow my father’s and uncles steps after I prayed long and hard seeking God’s will before I took on the challenge of this chaplain minister journey.

The wait for me was 40 years. I am now 62, and just starting in my ministry courses here at CLI. I learned that it takes a long time, but that’s okay. I have good patience and I rely on the Lord for everything I do. I have devotion time daily, prayer time, time to just sit and be quiet and know that He is God, praise and worship, and my church family. God has shown me many things and has not once let me down. In fact, I followed God’s timing to do this course at Christian Leaders Institute. I wanted to make sure this was ABSOLUTELY 100%. I talked with my uncles, I talked with God a lot, and I mostly chatted with the Pastor of my church and asked his opinion of me becoming a chaplain. He and the associate pastor both felt that I had a calling to work in the Hospice/Hospital setting to spread God’s word and love to sick people and to pray for them. I’m learning that it’s not an easy job!! But, with God, ALL things are possible! Matthew 19:26.

I am a firm believer in God’s word, I pray every minute of every day when I am able to. I praise God and talk to him daily. Just giving thanks alone means a lot to our Savior!!! I have a long road ahead of me, but I can do this!! One step at a time, in God’s hands and his timing, I will do this. “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, faithful, putting me into the ministry!” (1 Timothy 1:12) Blessings!

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Leader Ministry Training

Leader Ministry Training

Hi, my name is Alice Cullen and I am receiving leader ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute. I am from Tampa, Florida in the USA. I was saved at a park with a church ministering in the neighborhoods, where a lot of people would be scared to go and meet different families. I am very grateful God sent them and me there at that time since it helped change my life forever. God always works in wonderful ways to bring us to himself.

I grew up Catholic, not knowing who Jesus was and is, and I hated going to Sunday school back then. Now, I am a teacher and I get to teach kids about Jesus every day. I also love to dance for the Lord and I am excited about evangelism to others! My journey has not been an easy one. I deal with health issues and a lot of negativity from my family. I continue to pray for them that one day their eyes will be opened and they will know Jesus and his saving grace. I see myself as a strong leader at work and also at my church where I work helping to assist kid’s church. I look forward to seeing where God is taking me as I take more classes at Christian Leaders Institute! I am eager to learn more about ministry not only for myself but to help others. This leader ministry training is a great blessing as I grow in the knowledge of God’s word in my studies and in my life. God is at work and to him be the glory. Thank you, Christian Leaders Institute for this opportunity to receive free high-quality ministry training!

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Ministry Leader Schooling

Ministry Leader Schooling

My name is Dina and I am receiving ministry leader schooling at Christian Leaders Institute. I am from a small town in Barstow, California in the United States of America. I am amazed at the movement of God right now at this very time. Every single day there are testimonies going on in my life. People all around us are the harvest. I see the Lord work in my spirit. He is moving in this town. There’s gonna be a great outpouring of his Spirit. TheHolyy Spirit brings everything to life! I read somewhere that if you ever struggle with something, go back to your calling and that calling and fire will change you. Well getting back to my ministry of just praying for people I see in stores or parks or wherever and whoever the Lord points out to me just puts a huge drive in me.

I have been so excited since I have been doing this ministry leader schooling at Christian Leaders Insitute. It’s something the Lord led me to and it’s been explosive in my life! Doors are opening like never before. Limitations are being completely removed. The Lord has even healed my head injuries! I was so scared to go back to school because of that for years. Now, I have this confidence and surety from the Lord, and I can’t even begin to describe it. I am thankful to this institution for sharing what the Lord has been trying to do for his people for a long time. He wants to equip us to share his good news! Oh, what joy is in my heart at this opportunity. New opportunities I never even thought would exist are here and there are more to come. Thank God for CLI and all that he has in store for me. He’s in every little detail!

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Youth Leader Education

Youth Leader Education

My name is Julie Amshey and I am receiving youth leader education at Christian Leaders Institute. I currently live in Marne, Michigan located in the United States of America. Living in West Michigan, I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many churches and fellow believers. However, I also know that there are so many people in the area that have not committed their lives to Christ by choice or because they haven’t heard the Gospel.

I was blessed to be born into a Christian family and to attend a Christian school from kindergarten through senior year of high school. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know who God was. It is easy, however, to remember the first time I called him my Lord and Savior. After having my first son, I felt I had a glimpse of how much God loves his children. It made me realize that I wanted to grow in my personal relationship with Him and that I was the one holding out on the connection with God.

My ministry dream is to lead students to Christ. When I see the loneliness and solitude that so many children, teens, and young adults are living in, it breaks my heart. I want them to know the love of Jesus Christ, and how a relationship with Him will fill the emptiness inside themselves. I want them to look to Him to feel complete instead of turning to social media, technology, drugs or alcohol and so many other harmful things that continue to leave a person empty.

The ‘Getting Started’ class at Christian Leaders Institute has only reaffirmed my belief that God is a relational God. The class spoke about the need for community within the church and the responsibilities we have as Christians. I am encouraged to know that the classes taught will be guided with these teachings in line. I am excited to learn, and I know that it will push me further into understanding our God.

For the word I identify with most, I would choose ‘Youth Leader’. Being a part of student ministry is remarkable and very raw. I enjoy being able to lead a lesson and use life experiences as an example from God’s word. I am grateful that I don’t have to be perfect or pretend to be around the students. Being a part of student ministry really means meeting them where they are at, and I find that amazing. I love the energy of the youth and since I began volunteering in the ministry, I have felt God’s calling to grow in it. Moments in youth group where I am able to see a student have a “lightbulb moment” where they realize Christ died for them makes my heart skip a beat.

When considering how connecting to the Bible has transformed my life, I feel like it has made all the difference. While I was in school I was taught the Bible, but since becoming an adult I feel like I have found the meaning of scripture. I know that scripture is God-breathed so to be able to read the Bible is to hear from God. Again, and again, His words remain relevant to our world. Paul’s letters to the early church are able to guide new Christians in their spiritual journey. Jesus’ words continue to teach lessons on how we should treat one another and what forgiveness means. And each time I sit down to read scripture, God has something to say to me.

My church has continued to support the Student Ministry and those who lead it. I have had the privilege to be an administrative assistant for the Middle School Youth Group for the past two years. I also have been able to volunteer alongside some amazing leaders in both High School and Middle School Youth Group. It has also been great having my two sons in the youth groups. I have my oldest son in High School and my middle son in Middle School youth group. I also look forward to having my daughter involved someday. I am blessed to have a supportive husband that knows how much this ministry and my youth leader education means to me.

Going back to school has never been in our budget, however, so receiving a scholarship to attend CLI is very important in being able to achieve my dream. When I heard about CLI, I felt like God was opening a door to a possibility I didn’t think would be a reality. The flexibility of attending online is also important because it makes it possible to continue working during the day and be available to support my kids and be there when they need me. Again, this opportunity for youth leader education goes beyond anything I could have imagined.

I have asked my family to pray for me to stay focused on my youth leader education and continue completing the assignments when they are due. I also pray that I can prioritize and not allow distractions to interfere with this education. If I could ask for you to pray for me as a mother, a wife and now a student. I know that if this is God’s plan for my life, then it will be completed. I ask you to pray for me to hear the voice of God and to follow his promptings in the future.

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Revival Ministry Training

Revival Ministry Training

My name is Kyle Johnson and this is my story about my journey into revival and revival ministry training. It begins with the story of my birth and journey to following Jesus Christ. I was never a planned child, and like many others in the world today, I have had a pretty rough childhood. Although our almighty God did plan for me to come into this world and, as I later came to know, God also has a plan for my life.

My mom and dad met while they were both in high school. They were very young when I was born. Mom was seventeen and Dad was eighteen. I was nine when I was told and when I met my dad for the first time because my mom was involved in a bad situation. It had gotten to where the state of Connecticut had no choice but to find my dad and put me with him. Boy, was I scared! I was a nine-year-old little kid being told he would not be able to see his mother for a long time and must get on a plane and fly 1300 miles to see my dad for the first time. The flight turned out to be the worst part only because I have a fear of heights, but even as a young kid I knew God was with me always.

As I was raised by many different people, like my grandmother and my aunt and uncles, I had been to many different churches and had met many different people. I was able to slowly learn through my many experiences and bad behavior. I finally was able to find God again and follow Jesus Christ in the spring of 2016. Now I have a family. I have three wonderful daughters. My wife and I have been married for 7 years and she has been by my side, even when I didn’t deserve it.

About 6 months ago, I had a problem that I had been praying about and planned on asking one of the elders of my church. I wanted to minister to others and tell my testimony about my life and journey to Jesus Christ. Well, one of the elders I talked to led me to a gentleman named Demming Sennett who turns out was a truck driver once before as well. We got to talking and he told me about a school where he is currently taking his master’s degree. He was talking about Christian Leaders Institute. Then he later asked if I had any interest in youth ministry or thought I would be a good bridge between the age groups. He felt that I seemed to have what he was looking for. This was weird to me at first because the thought had begun to cross my mind, but then I realized that God was in the middle of working on his plan for my life. So, after I gave it some thought I decided to pursue youth ministry and asked Demming to be my mentor while I am pursuing this path and through my journey with CLI. So now I am on my exciting journey of revival ministry training to becoming a youth minister. One day, I might take over the position of youth minister in my church or go wherever God plans for my path to take me.

That is my revival story and journey to revival ministry training. It doesn’t stop there either! God is always there for us no matter what life throws at us and he always uses our experiences to shape us into better people worthy of him. Thank you, CLI! God Bless!

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Christian Disciple Training

Christian Disciple Training

My name is Heletwork Bekele and I am receiving Christian disciple training at CLI. I was born and raised in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. I am the fourth born and I have two brothers and two sisters. I got married to my husband Adamu Mengesha on, 2015. Currently, my husband Adamu and I are living in Michigan in the USA.

I understand a ministry work as preaching the kingdom of God by delivering souls from the evil one. I have never found it easy to do ministry in the country I live or in the places I used to live. Ministry for me is the work of the Holy Spirit in me through the word of our God. For that, I need to take the time to equip myself with the right understanding of the word of God to be the minister of the Lord. God wins my heart through his word and what the Holy Spirit has done in my mother’s life.

My mother was an Orthodox but she used to suffer a lot from the influence of an evil spirit. One night, Jesus Christ came to her life in a miraculous way and delivered her from that evil spirit and her suffering ended there. After that miraculous night, my mother received Jesus as her Savior in the evangelical church and converted to be a believer. God used my mother to open my heart to him at a young age. God helped me to understand him and to understand what he has done for my mother and for me, then I converted to be a believer in Jesus Christ.

My ministry dream is for the power of the word of God and the Holy Spirit to reveal his will to me. I want to be an instrument for God to win people’s heart to him and to help them to be true disciples of Christ. This first class at Christian Leaders Institute has helped me by shaping my attitude toward God’s plan in my life. It helped me understand how God can use me as a bi-vocational leader and opened my eyes to see my spiritual dream of Christian Disciple training. It also helped me to strengthen my walk with God by helping me understand what a relationship with God is and how I can be a revived leader. I identify myself as evangelist mostly for I have a big burden in my heart to preach the kingdom of God and to help believers to be a true disciple of Christ.

I received Christ as my Savior when I was in middle school and a year after that God helped me to be one of the organizers to start a student fellowship in that school. God gave me a lot of opportunities to serve him as a student fellowship leader when I was in high school. After I went to university, God gave me a blessed student fellowship and I used to serve him as a fellowship leader and in the ministries, we had in the college. The need to pursue a ministry is something that has been growing in my heart from a young age. Connecting to the Bible helps me to understand God in many different ways and gives me the insight of what he has done for me through Christ. It also helps to strengthen my faith in God and helps me to serve him in the understanding that he is the almighty who is able to do the unthinkable in me and in my ministry path.

My husband and I attend an evangelical Ethiopian church in Michigan. God gave us both the opportunity to serve him in our congregation. My husband serves as a member of the elders and also as a sound system coordinator. I also serve as a Bible study leader and in prayer ministry. Our pastor and the whole congregation encourage both my husband and me to serve the Lord and they always support us with their prayers.

This scholarship at CLI is important to my ministry dream because I want to keep serving the Lord and his people with a better understanding of God and his word. Since the calling of the Lord has a big voice in my heart, I know I need to prepare myself with the proper Christian disciple training to be well equipped with the right knowledge of the word of God. But I am not in a position to afford education and the scholarship from Christian Leaders Institute will help me in my ministry dream. I have a big vision of helping Christ followers and myself to be the disciple Christ wants us to be and to reach many souls through Christ. The scholarship will help me to have the proper training, which will help me to reach the vision God planted in my heart.

I want to thank CLI and all their associates for your blessed heart and please keep me in your prayers for God to use me as a revival leader in this generation for his glory.

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Effective Ministry Training

Effective Ministry Training

My name is Richard Stearn and I am receiving effective ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute. I live in South Africa. There is a strong Christian culture in South Africa but unfortunately, many people who associate themselves as Christians aren’t truly born again and do not live in a true vibrant relationship with God. We have strong vibrant churches in South Africa with many passionate believers, but there are also many unsaved people that still need to encounter Christ as Saviour and Lord. And there are many people in churches who still need to grow in their realization of Who God is, so that they will grow in hunger and passion for Him.

I was raised by a Christian mother and had been exposed to the things of God at an early age. One day when I was somewhere between the age of 8-10 years old, I was on my own at our house and watching a televised church service. When the pastor ended his service and came to the altar call, I felt a stirring in my spirit and made my decision for Christ. I told my mom immediately when she came home. It’s been more than 20 years now, and I was too young to fully realize the significance of that day, so I didn’t take note of the date but I know with great certainty that on that day I met with God and He met with me. On that day, the greatest and most important journey of my life started. One that is still continuing. I had much to learn and to grow into. I’ve made mistakes along the way and faced many challenges, but through it all, God has been faithful and kept me close to Him.

I love God and I love what He is doing in and through the church. I feel especially passionate about the local church and believers growing to know and experience God more. My ministry dream is to serve God passionately and faithfully as He leads me. This has been by serving in the local church and that is where my passion is. My hope is to continue to be a part of God’s work in and through the church. I want people to get to know and experience the real and living God who can transform their lives like He did mine. I also want people to see the amazing revelations in God’s Word, to marvel at it as I have, and that it draws them closer to Him.

This Getting Started class at Christian Leaders Institute has challenged me and reminded me to always remember that effective and healthy ministry comes from a healthy and vibrant relationship with God. I know this, but in the busyness of life and the excitement of ministry, it becomes easy to get caught up in the things that are going on and to not put God first.

I serve and lead in various areas in my local church and enjoy all of them. Primarily, I see myself as a servant of God and want to be willing and ready to answer His call to do whatever, whenever. The two key areas of service for me at this time, though, are serving as an elder and as a member of the youth team.

My local church, Rhema South Coast Family Church, has been amazing in helping me to heal and grow in the things of God. When I started attending the church at age 21, I was a scared, broken mess. Although I’d been saved at a young age and walked with God and experienced Him in many amazing ways, there had been many storms in my family and other areas of my life. They left me broken, but God started challenging me to attend church and led me to RSCFC. It was at RSCFC that a process of healing and strengthening began. The amazing people there, especially the pastor, have encouraged and helped me in countless ways. They gave me opportunities to serve and lead. They taught and trained and corrected. They opened up opportunities for further training and growth. It is through RSCFC that I was encouraged to try CLI for effective ministry training.

A scholarship at CLI for effective ministry training will help me to develop new skills to serve God and to help others more effectively.

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Called Ministry Education

Called Ministry Education

My name is Charlotte McColl and I am receiving called ministry education at CLI. I live in Canada on Vancouver Island. I am originally from the U.K. The LORD has always known of me and I of him. It would be wrong not to confess to having denied him in my life for a time. I was adopted as a child and whilst I attended church and was baptized, I struggled with my reality. I felt great moral injury at having been separated from my roots. The reality, I understand now, was a test given to me by God. My walk with God was a fevered one. One where I requested much and gave very little in return. I struggled and I believed during my struggle that he did not show himself.

Some years ago, I changed and moved. I came to see other people’s struggles. I began to use the knowledge gained through life to help and to encourage others. But it was only when God answered my prayer and gave me a son that I truly saw, his goodness, his forgiveness, his love. I saw finally that he had never abandoned me, that it was his LOVE that had gotten me here. It was then that I saw him. Now I am consciously aware of the need to tell others that they are not alone and that through his love, through letting him in, they can find strength.

The first class at CLI has not been easy. There were parts I struggled with and it would have been easy to feel discouraged. But I am not looking for the easy road. The class has allowed me to focus further on my goals and to take note of the need to read the Bible daily. I most identify with the word Evangelist because it was an evangelistic church that brought me back and encouraged me to be all I could be in Christ.

The challenges I will face will be becoming more connected in my community and engaging more openly in conversation about God. I recently moved away from Edmonton due to the -30 weather which did not suit my British bones. The church I attended was very encouraging and supportive of me and my family. I miss them greatly. However, I am beginning to connect to my local church.

It is my hope to use my scholarship at Christian Leaders Institute to delve deeper into the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ our Savior and pass on what I learn to others. I recently applied to work at a center for the homeless. I feel that it would be a great advantage to study the Bible to help bring knowledge and encouragement to them. In time, I also hope to go further in my called ministry education and to minister.

Please pray for every man and woman who finds themselves, for whatever reason, outside tonight or any other. Pray that God gives them strength, hope, and friendship. That He leads them to shelter.

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Sober Ministry Training

Sober Ministry Training

My name is James Tanner and I am receiving sober ministry training for free at Christian Leaders Institute. I currently live in Alpena, Michigan in the USA. I was the last born of three children, in 1991. I also have two beautiful daughters ages 8 and 4. I grew up attending church with my family, and I gave my heart to the Lord when I was five. I remember crying tears of joy and being so happy after I gave my heart to Him. At that time I would have never thought my life would have taken the twists and turns it did.

I drifted in my walk with God as the years went on. In my early teens years, I was looking “to fit in” and for acceptance. I got hooked on drugs and alcohol around the age of 13 and that continued for many years. I also got involved in many criminal activities, mainly trafficking drugs. I was incarcerated many times over the years. I managed to get through Concrete Tech. college and get a good job in 2013, but my drug addiction continued and kept progressing.

As I’m going through all this, I’m having God encounters, and having people witness to me. I remember having thoughts and dreams of ministering to troubled teens and addicts, even while I was in the chains of addiction. In 2016, God started removing those chains and helping me on my journey. God put a mentor Pastor in my life that brought me back to Christ. I started praying regularly, getting in the Word, going to Church and surrounded myself with Godly men. As I’m getting in the Word, God starts revealing things to me that I never understood in the Bible. As I’m connecting more and developing a relationship with God, I began cutting sin out of my life.

Today, I’m over two years clean and sober from all drugs and alcohol. I feel called to ministry and to receive sober ministry training. I’ve had a fire lit in me to reach out and share my testimony at local churches. And to encourage and minister to others. My ministry dream is to lead addicts and troubled youth to the Lord, as well as help families. And for God to use me whenever and where ever for his Glory.

I have a strong desire to get a deeper understanding of the Word and pursue ministry. A scholarship at Christian Leaders Institute is important to me for a variety of reasons. The two most important are: strengthing my own walk with God and being able to change the world by ministering to others. You can pray that God continues to work in me so I can produce good fruit for the Lord through my ministry.

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Ministry Call Training

Ministry Call Training

I am Diane Wolfe and I am receiving my ministry call training at Christian Leaders Institute. I was born and have lived in the United States all my life. It is a country where opportunity is available at every corner, yet still so many are hurting and do not know God. Rick Warren once said in one of his books, “Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.” I believe that statement to be true, so I will share my story here.

I grew up in the church, but I didn’t really know Jesus until much later in my life. I knew the Bible, hymns, and songs about Jesus, Christian and church doctrine, and I even accepted Christ into my life in my teens, but I didn’t have a relationship with Christ until about five years ago when my life completely derailed. Through my own actions, I was arrested, lost my job, lost my nursing license, and lost my purpose for living. In those darkest hours of my life, I wondered how I could have possibly gotten to that place in my life. Through much soul-searching and prayer, I realized I lacked the one thing that truly mattered…a relationship with Christ. My entire life, I knew there was something missing. Others had it. I searched for it everywhere, but it seemed elusive. You may wonder how a person who grew up in the church, accepted Christ as their Savior and knew the Bible could possibly be in that state, but I was, and I wasn’t alone. There are so many “Christians” running around frantically looking for that missing link…a relationship with Christ.

Out of my deepest hurt, my ministry dream was born…to reach a world of hurting people who are searching for the missing link. Not just to become “saved,” though that is the most important step in beginning the journey; but to truly have a relationship with their Savior. Intertwined in the core desire to reach a hurting world is to also reach out through medical missions to bring physical and emotional healing through medicine and prayer to those in areas where medical care is lacking.

The Getting Started class at Christian Leaders Institute has strengthened my walk with God through the affirmation and belief that only in truly having a relationship with Christ can one grow and bloom in their Christian walk. In order to have a relationship with Christ, there must be time and devotion and prayer spent with the Father. It doesn’t just miraculously happen when we are saved. It is a relationship that, like any other, in order to be healthy and to grow, needs to be cultivated.

If I had to choose which word in ministry resonates with me, I would have to say, Pastor, because it means to care for and teach the flock. My heart is to take care of people and my ministry is to care for people and teach people how to walk with God, so I believe Pastor would be the word that describes what I believe to be my calling, though that may change as I progress through the CLI ministry call training program.

Through achieving my degrees in nursing and as a family nurse practitioner, I have accumulated a lot of debt in student loans that will take the rest of my life to pay off. I believe it is vitally important to have a strong knowledge of the Bible and ministry to be able to effectively lead and teach others about the Bible and Christ. The scholarship at CLI will allow me the opportunity to study more about the Bible and ministry, and to become an effective Christian leader. Without the scholarship, I would not be able to pursue this opportunity. I am so unbelievably grateful that this opportunity does exist and that the Lord led me to it so that I am able to fulfill His mission placed within me.

I ask for prayer that God would equip me for this ministry call training journey that He has called me to and provide me with a clear vision of where I am supposed to go. Also for the perseverance and strength to follow his calling.

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Ministry Leader Education

Ministry Leader Education

Nicodemus Dery is my name and I am receiving ministry leader education at Christian Leaders Institute. I am from the northern part of Ghana in West Africa specifically a town named Lawra in the Upper West Region. I was born on the 28th of April in 1968. My Dad and Mum were not Christians. I am the fifth among 12 siblings of my Dad who was a polygamist with two wives and each woman had six children.

I was one of the “luckiest” sons of my dad since I received an education, and I know this was the doing of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hold a Masters in Business Administration (MBA- FINANCE) and I am working as an Internal Audit Manager.

I gave my life to our Lord Jesus Christ on June 17, 1988, in a church by Fountain Gate Chapel and ever since I have been following the Lord Jesus. The Lord has blessed me with a wife by the name of Anna Nabere. We married on May 4, 1996, and are blessed with three children. We are all happy in the Lord.

I have had several roles in the Church: Deacon, Head of the Church finance committee, usher, Prayer warrior, etc. I love prayer and meditating on the Word of God and other literature by men and women of God.

It is my desire to sharpen my leadership skills in Christ and I have been searching for a place where I can be trained and receive ministry leader education. I thank the almighty God for directing me to the Christian Leaders Institute website on the internet. In a short time, in the first class, I have learned so much about being a leader who walks with God daily.

Ever since I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I have been pastored and mentored by the following pastors: Rev. Clement Anchebah, Rev. Emmanuel Forson, Rev. Ben Anchebah and Rev. Abraham Jatoe-Kaleo. I am thankful to have been pastored by these men of God.

Thank you, CLI, for this opportunity. May God richly bless you all.

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Online Ministry Education

Online Ministry Education

My name is Amber and I am receiving free online ministry education at CLI. I live in the United States. I grew up in and reside in the state of West Virginia. I love it here because of the beautiful mountains and friendly people here. I also love that there are so many churches in this small state. I think it would be great to get involved more in ministry here.

I first came to know Jesus when I attended Sunday morning church services with my late grandma Patty. She taught me the importance of knowing and loving Jesus from a young age. If she was still here, I would hug her and thank her for leading me down the road that helped me overcome so many obstacles in my life.

I am not sure that I have a ministry dream, but I am very interested in Christian counseling and would like to become fit for that calling. I am still seeking to make sure that is where God is leading me to be.

This course at Christian Leaders Institute in my online ministry education has already strengthened my outlook on a few things. It has caused me to focus more on who God wants me to be and where I can be used most for His divine purpose! It has caused me to research my options in considering an online degree and so far CLI is winning me over based on the fact that you can further your education for free. I have not found any other online colleges that offer that.

God is nudging me towards furthering my education in Christian/Bible studies and potentially even a Psychology degree to become a counselor (Chrisitan counseling/ marriage counseling) or maybe even in human services where I can connect with people more on a personal level and help lead people back to Christ. I have not completely decided on everything yet, but I know He has led me here for a reason and I believe He wants me to follow through with it. I am doing my best to do that while homeschooling my 7-year-old daughter. I believe Christian Leaders Institute is leading me to my true purpose and I am grateful for that! I am grateful my husband supports me to be a stay at home mom and figure out what I am most passionate about before pursuing something.

I have always tried my best to be an understanding person who cares a lot about how I make others feel about themselves. Sometimes, I may disagree with someone, but I always try my hardest to understand their perspective as well. I think that is important in Ministry and in life in general. I would like to take more classes with CLI in my online ministry education to understand more about my calling and where Jesus is leading me next!

In the past few years, I have grown in my faith. I started reading the Bible more and have felt the Holy Spirit moving me to action. I was worried about that because I am sort of a shy person, and that makes it harder for me to go up to someone and share my beliefs. But I felt He was nudging me in that direction, so I decided to start by sharing my beliefs with my family and others on the internet. I noticed that Facebook was a great way to do that, and after a while, I started my own faith-based page on Facebook to try and lead others back to the Lord.

Since I started reading the Bible on a daily basis, it has changed my life. I understand Jesus’ love for me, why He had to die on the cross for my sins, and how, by Him doing that out of love for me, I am set free by my belief in Him. I want nothing more than to show others they too can have that same amazing gift!

The fact that my grandma took me to church when I was younger helped plant the seed of faith in my heart. I fell away from the truth in my teenage years. It took me until I became a mother to help me see I needed to change things about myself. I stopped drinking and engaging in wrong activities. I wanted to be a good role model for my daughter and be a devoted wife. I found the way to do that was to understand God’s Word as the absolute truth. It is a blessing to watch my daughter growing in that truth with me as I share the Word with her.

My testimony could help others, especially young girls that are caught in a crossroad with wanting to fit in, partying and pleasing people more than pleasing and serving God. I want to help people see that we can be washed clean from our sins and start over new with Him. I hope that CLI will consider me for a scholarship so I can further my dream of being used where God is calling me to be!

I would ask that you pray for me to find my calling so I can help others to find theirs as well. Thank you, CLI for this amazing opportunity of continuing to go further in my online ministry education through a faith-based program. It really has been a blessing!

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Ministry Calling Training

Ministry Calling Training

My name is Robert Donaldson and I am receiving my ministry calling training at Christian Leaders Institute. I live near Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. I feel blessed to live in the USA, especially in the southeastern region. I live in an area known as the Bible Belt. The church is a major part of life, where I live. Even as a public educator, I can openly talk about my Christian faith with other teachers. I am actively involved in a church who truly demonstrates the love of Christ by reaching the lost, serving the least, and raising up future leaders. In addition, we have the motto One Matters, which means since one person matters to God, they matter to us. I believe it is this environment that really sets up an effective experience for my call to ministry. We have over 500,000 people in our immediate area that do not know Christ.

At the age of 5, on the way home from my Grandpa’s birthday celebration, I told my parents I wanted to get saved. My parents walked me through the sinner’s prayer and soon after I was baptized in my home church. My pastor said I was the youngest person he had ever baptized. My excitement carried over into my school as I told my teachers and classmates I was saved. Over the years, I have rededicated my life to the Lord.

My key ministry dream is to spread the love and Good News of the Gospel to those in my community. Ideally, I want to do this through officiating weddings and funerals, in addition to offering premarital and marriage counseling. I am open to entering vocational ministry full time if I feel God is calling me in that direction.

Over a year ago, I felt God calling me to the ministry. I knew I needed to pray on which direction that would be. I spoke with both of my parents, my wife, and my pastor. My dad was supportive and offered to pray for me. My mom said she knew at an early age God had called me into the ministry and was excited that I felt the call. My wife was supportive of this decision but kept me grounded so I would not just jump into the first type of ministry that popped into my head. My pastor counseled me through this calling and encouraged me to stay in prayer about it. He did say that being called into ministry did not necessarily mean vocational ministry.

Although the call was still there, I was not actively seeking ordination. Recently, I felt God prompting me towards becoming a wedding officiant. Upon further research, I realized I could easily become an ordained minister with a few clicks on the Internet. I did not go this route because it was not Christian based and I wanted my faith to be the foundation of this. Additional research led me to other Christian organizations, which would ordain me, for a small fee. Although this seemed attractive, I did not feel that this would prepare me for what it takes to be a minister. It was at this point I discovered Christian Leaders Institute and knew that this was the path to take. I was immediately impressed at the quality education offered at no cost. Even during the first class, I knew that I will come out of this educational experience better equipped to answer the calling God has placed upon me. When this ministry calling training is completed, I could see me identify more with being a Pastor or Evangelist. However, I am open to that changing as I become more trained with the help of CLI.

I believe through the support and encouragement from my family, my church, and CLI, I will truly find my calling during this process. My family prays for me and understands the time commitment needed to complete my ministry calling training. They are making sacrifices for me. My pastor has offered to serve as my mentor and to have the conversations needed to grow in my class to ministry. CLI is providing the training and education needed to better answer my call to the ministry. If this scholarship was not available, I would not be able to afford a more formal seminary training. My wife and I are both educators and we have four children, a 16-year-old daughter, and 5-year-old triplets. FInancially, this scholarship will truly be viewed as a gift from God with through the help of those who generously give to CLI.

I would ask anyone reading this to lift me up in prayer for God’s guidance throughout the process. Pray that I do not get discouraged or distracted, as Satan is known to do, during my training.

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