My name is Kathi Johnson. I am what you may consider a bi-vocational minister at a small church in Little River, South Carolina, USA. Taking free online ministry courses at the Christian Leaders Institute gives me credibility and confidence to minister (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here).
My Spiritual Journey
As a daughter of a youth pastor and later a pastor, I grew up in church. It was a requirement to be there every time the doors were open. I accepted Christ as my savior at the age of 6, but I do not think I understood the importance of a relationship with Him until much later.
I married at the age of 18. When I moved out of my parents’ home, I also moved away from church life. Going into ministry was never a consideration of mine, but God had other plans. Through my children, God led me to my current church. There, He has grown me far more than I could have ever imagined possible.
For more than a decade, I have served in various roles. Each one taught me something new and led to a closer relationship with the Lord. However, due to a rather conservative background, one of the biggest struggles I faced was an internal conflict with the role of women in church leadership. Therefore, I greatly appreciate the discussion of that topic in the introductory class at Christian Leaders Institute. Last year, I was endorsed by our Pastor and licensed for ministry through our affiliate organization. Currently, I serve in what is an Associate Pastor role.
Finding CLI for Credibility and Confidence to Minister
I am a nurse by trade with a Master’s in Nursing Education and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I would have never accomplished those degrees without God by my side. They are a part of His plans for me. However, while I planned to teach at the collegiate level, He seems also to be directing me down a ministry path. Unfortunately, the student loans from my nursing education have prevented me from pursuing any further ministry education.
In God’s timing, I discovered the Christian Leaders Institute and the opportunities offered. My goal is to gain more knowledge, credibility, and confidence to minister to those I serve. I am still uncertain what God has in store for me, but I am ready to say “yes” to whatever He asks.