Ministry 101 – Ministry Connections (4 Credits)
Students who desire to take the Ministry Track will finish the Christian Leaders Institute: Getting Started Course (1 Credit) first, then they will take this Ministry 101 – Ministry Connections Course. This course will explore your calling to ministry and your walk with God. Some attention will be made to deepening your introduction to Christian Leaders Institute. This class will be a core class for most programs at Christian Leaders Insititute.
Christian Basics (3 Credits)
This foundational ministry training course focuses on some of the most basic truths in God’s Word, the Bible, for guiding Christian belief and behavior. Students will learn these truths, find where they are taught in Scripture, and grow in their ability to state Christian truths clearly and briefly to others.
IMPORTANT: This course is for those who have already taken the Getting Started Classes (1 credit) and Ministry 101 (3 Credits). It is required to receive the Christian Basics Certificate
New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
This class explores God’s Word in the New Testament, paying particular attention to literary, historical, and theological dimensions.
Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
This ministry training course examines the historical writings of the Old Testament, focusing on the stories of God’s dealings with Israel in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. The class also shows some applications for contemporary Christian living and preaching. (The Old Testament’s detailed laws, Psalms, wisdom writings, and prophets are featured in other classes.)
Church and Ministry (3 Credits)
This course explores some key aspects of pastoring a church including: Your Family and Ministry, Leading the Leaders, Helping People Through Grief, The Nine Facets of Training your Ministry and Small Group Volunteers (Carl George), Sharing the Gospel, Hospitality, and tools for pastors as they set up a discipleship culture in homes of those they influence. This course also offers guidance for dealing with important transitional events, such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
Church History (4 Credits)
This course looks at major events and key persons in the history of the Christian church. Such study helps us to see God’s faithfulness in the past and to better understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities.
Early Church History (3 Credits)
This course looks at major events, key persons, and important trends in the first four centuries of the Christian church, the period from Jesus’ resurrection through Augustine of Hippo. Such study helps us to see God’s faithfulness in the past and to better understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities.
Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
This course discusses caring for others pastorally as well as strengthening your own marriage. Whether you are married or not, this course gets at the spiritual principles of what makes a powerful kingdom partnership as a husband and wife become one spiritually, emotionally and sexually. If you are married, it is recommended that your spouse participates with you in going through this course.
People Smart for Ministry (3 Credits)
This course discusses people intelligence for life and ministry. This class will help you identify common principles for effective communication and how to improve your effectiveness. This course also will help you minister to people better as you learn to hear what they are really saying. This course is designed for you to learn how to express your love in ways that people will understand.
Theology I (4 Credits)
This course considers in-depth doctrines about Scripture, God, creation, humanity, sin, and Christ.
Theology II (4 Credits)
This course considers Christian doctrines about the Holy Spirit, the application of salvation, the church, and the future. (You must take Theology I before you take Theology II.)
Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 Credits)
This ministry training course deals with key issues in how to interpret the Bible. Students learn basic elements for studying a passage and practice using methods to become more skilled in understanding biblical passages and preparing sermons.
Sermon Construction and Presentation (4 Credits)
This preaching class will strengthen your preaching as you learn basics of communication, study how to prepare and preach sermons, and watch a variety of preachers and teachers in action.
Prayer (3 Credits)
This course explores what the Bible reveals about prayer and answers many questions about prayer. Students will grow in interacting with God, praying rightly, seeking God’s guidance, and training for godliness.
Christian Apologetics (3 Credits)
This ministry training course introduces students to basic issues in apologetics (defending and contending for the faith). Students learn biblical worldview, cultural analysis, and presenting the gospel in a way that shows its plausibility and addresses common objections.
Christian Ethics (3 Credits)
This course focuses on living according to God’s pattern for us. We study biblical commands and their wise application to various life situations. We expose demonic strategies of temptation and learn about spiritual warfare. We seek ways to express the Christ-life within us by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Developing House Churches (3 Credits)
This course teaches you how to plant a house church and house church network. You will also learn the Leadership Operating System that makes house churches strong and thriving.
Youth Ministry (3 Credits)
This Course is presented by One Hope. One Hope is a worldwide ministry that specializes in Bible engagement for Children and Youth. This course reflects the best practices of youth ministry.
Chaplaincy (3 Credits)
You will find some of the material is specifically created for people who provide chaplaincy via the internet. It is by means of the chat function which is increasingly popular for businesses to use as a way to assist their customers that we too can bring our “product” — a new or closer relationship with God to those we encounter on the internet.
This course is meant to be an overview of several different ways of being a chaplain. The various modules will address several of the possibilities of working as a Christ follower in bringing hope and healing to those who are hurting. I wish you God’s blessing as you make your way through the material and ponder what it might mean for you and your ministry before the face of God.
Thriving Marriages (3 Credits)
Ministry leaders have many opportunities to encourage and inspire thriving marriages. Dr. Kristine Koetje-Balder is teaching this ministry class. She is a licensed certified counselor who heads up the Compassionate Christian Counseling practice (www.cccounseling.net). This class is perfect for deacon ministers, small group leaders, pastors, chaplains, women’s ministers, marriage ministers, divorce care ministers and youth ministers, as well as for individuals or couples who wish to strengthen or grow in their own marriage.
Biblical Interpretation 1: OT Themes (4 Credits)
This course explores Scripture in its original historical, cultural, and geographical context, focusing mainly on Old Testament people, places, and events. Professor Ray Vander Laan takes us to locations where biblical history unfolded and shows the relevance for contemporary cultures and people. You must complete Old Testament Survey before taking this course.
Biblical Interpretation 2: NT Themes (4 Credits)
This course looks at some major Biblical events, key persons, important Biblical archeological sites, and themes in the history of the Biblical revelation. This class tends to highlight the New Testament, but also will jump back to Old Testament characters and themes. The articles will mainly feature New Testament topics. Our noted professor Rev. Ray Vander Laan takes us to onsite locations where Biblical history unfolded. Such study helps us to see God’s faithfulness in the past and better to understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities. You must complete New Testament Survey before taking this course.
Biblical Wisdom (4 Credits)
This ministry training course examines the wisdom writings of Old Testament sages and poets: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations. The class shows the relevance of Old Testament wisdom for knowing God’s wisdom in Christ and following Jesus today.
Church Planting (4 Credits)
Church planting begins with the church planted in your own life, marriage, and family. This course looks at the intentional efforts necessary to plant reproducible and sustainable churches. This course will also help you come up with a “Bible culture,” home discipleship style church planting plan.
Peace Smart Relationships (3 credits)
PeaceSmart Relationships teaches students how to bring Biblical peace culture to every relationship in their lives. This course is increasingly important for those in ministry or those who are pursuing enterprise related activities. Professor Brian De Cook practiced law for over 25 years. In this practice, he saw how many families, churches and businesses suffered greatly because of conflict. This in-depth course will help you thrive in your bi-vocational or vocational calling!
Early Church History (3 Credits)
Using written materials with our accrediting partner Christian History Institute and a textbook written by Dr. James Orr, Early Church History surveys the history of the early church from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ until St. Augustine.
Evangelism: Presenting Grace (3 Credits)
This class looks at mighty things the Holy Spirit does in the thought, work, and practice of presenting God’s grace to others through evangelism.
Women’s Ministry (3 Credits)
This course considers all general aspects of Women’s Ministry: Is there a need? Is it biblical? How to start and maintain a ministry?
Missions and Revivals (4 Credits)
This class looks at mighty things the Holy Spirit has done at various times and places, causing the church to grow in holiness, power, and numbers. By examining major mission advances and revivals, we gain insights for mission and revival in our own time and place.
Ministry Care Conversations (3 Credits)
This course looks at many of the human relational dynamics that occur in most families. These insights are very helpful for Christian Leaders to lead people into God-glorifying wholeness. (Warning: This course is not for everyone. It equips leaders to help people with sex-related problems and includes material with blunt sex-related discussion.)
Worship Ministry (3 Credits)
Worship ministry looks at the culture and practice of worship ministry. This Worship ministry course explores the dynamics of connecting in worship. This course also helps you learn how to lead others to be effective worship leaders. Attention is paid to some practical ways to help you learn how to learn and lead with instruments.
Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology (3 Credits)
Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology examines Old Testament history and teaching within the cultural, geographical and literary backgrounds of the ancient Near East. Archaeology, comparative history, and literature, as well as key theological themes underlying the New Testament and Western culture, are explored. The Old Testament is one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time. Its text will be explored to answer some of the great questions that have faced humankind for millennia.
The History of Redemption (3 Credits)
This course reveals the continuity of Scripture, focusing on the stories of the Old Testament and how they anticipate the life and work of Christ. Part 1 summarizes the redemptive-historical story that Jesus would have learned in his youth. Part 2 develops some Old Testament themes that continue to be very important for Christian faith and life today. Both the reflections in the book and the accompanying lectures will prove useful to those preparing to lead Bible Studies or write sermons based on the Scriptures of the Old Testament.
Biblical Greek I (Elective | 4 Credits)
This is the first in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. (Note: Greek is very hard for most people. Usually, it is best to take Greek only after you have already successfully completed some other CLI classes.)
Biblical Greek II (Elective | 4 Credits)
This is the second in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. You must complete Greek I before taking this course.
Biblical Greek III (Elective | 4 Credits)
This is the third in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. You must complete Greek II before taking this course.