“I love to learn from others who have more experience and have a vision. CLI has a clear ministry training vision and it’s a vision I support and share.”
Clear Ministry Training Vision:
Why I Am Studying At CLI
My name is Doris Brinkman. I’m from the Netherlands, from a small village up in the north, called Noordhorn.
I’ve been into Teen Ministry, together with my wife, for a few years. Later on, we both were involved in the worship ministry (musician.) My wife was in Sunday-school teaching and I’ve been teaching Bible classes and preaching. Over the years we’ve been involved in several churches and Evangelical congregations.
As a child, I grew up in a Reformed (Gereformeerd, NL) environment. At the age of 14, I became a born-again believer and was baptized in a Pentecostal church. Later on, I became a member of an “Independent Baptist Church” and got involved in church-planting and these days we are (again) visiting a Baptist Church. We are also involved in an online ministry, called Yarah Ministries. It distributes free Bible courses (PDF, MP3-format) online.
My Spiritual dream to be able to continue the road we’ve been given to follow.
You ask what events humble you to realize that you needed Christ in your life? And my reply is that “Too many to mention I’m afraid! Every day I discover “I can’t do it on my own!”
I hope to gain at Christian Leaders Institute more “formal” education, but I also hope to learn and obtain new insights. I love to learn from others who have more experience and have a vision. CLI has a clear ministry training vision and it’s a vision I support and share. I hope to be more capable of extending the work of our small online ministry and perhaps extend it to “offline” (again) but for that, some things need to be arranged (time, co-workers). At this moment “the workers are few” in our region.
To go through a full ministry training is very expensive. I simply cannot afford that. I’m not in need of totally free training. In fact, I’d be happy to donate to CLI at some point. What made CLI so interesting, as an educational institution for me, is that I don’t need to pay a whole lot of money upfront, only to find out that the courses and time-schedule don’t fit or a program is canceled before I finish it and also that it’s available online. There aren’t many if any that are set up the way CLI is with a clear ministry training vision and for free. Now I can study in between other work and (family) obligations. That’s just perfect for me.
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