Educated Further for Ministry

My name is René Boecking, and I live in Canada. I am studying at the Christian Leaders Institute to be educated further for ministry (Learn more about studying the Bible online, Click Here).

My Journey with God

My journey with God began when I was ten years old. That was when my parents decided to attend church. I fully embraced this change in my life and loved attending Sunday School. Very soon after this, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I continued to seek the Lord and considered becoming a pastor.

However, instead, the Lord led me down a career in branding and graphic design. I married. My wife and I serve our church through teaching and leading the children and youth. We’ve organized camps and led Bible studies to highlight a few of the ways we serve. I also used my branding and design skills to build the church’s website and produce many promotional materials.

My walk with the Lord has had many peaks and valleys. A very deep valley came after I had a stroke and many other health issues a few years ago. But, God has been gracious through all the valleys, and my faith has grown stronger because of them.

Getting Educated Further for Ministry at CLI

My two children have both graduated from high school. So, I feel the Lord is leading me to further seek out ways to stretch myself for ministry opportunities. These would not just be in the church but also in a broader scope. I came across the Christian Leaders Institute. It was an answer to prayer. CLI will allow me to be educated further for ministry as I juggle family life, work life, and church life. I look forward to where my journey with the Lord will take me.

Ordination Story

I began my studies at CLI with the idea of possibly completing a certificate of some sort to give me more credibility in the field of ministry. It’s interesting how God had different ideas. As I started completing courses, I heard multiple times from friends telling me, “You should become a pastor.” What made this more surprising was that I didn’t tell anyone that I had started studying for the ministry. Only my wife and children and a couple of close friends knew.

As I became more familiar with CLI, I noticed the opportunity of becoming ordained as a Deacon Minister. I thought God seemed to be directing me in this direction, so I began working toward that. I can hardly believe this is all happening. I’m still unsure what God has in store for me, but I’ll obediently continue learning and be open to His leadership.

Besides continuing to serve in various ways, I have found myself ministering to others more often one-on-one. I am humbled that God is speaking and working through me. I’m so thankful for the opportunity that CLI has provided me to do these studies. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to do this financially. As I look back at my life, it seems more apparent now that God is preparing me for something unique. I would appreciate prayers for strength and wisdom as all this is revealed to me. Thank you.

Register for a Study Account

Register for a free study account that automatically enrolls you in the Getting Started Class at the Christian Leaders Learning Platform. The Getting Started class will take you less than an hour to complete.

When you log in to the Learning Platform, you will notice that the Getting Started Class automatically appears on your dashboard.    

The Getting Started Class will orientate you to the Christian Leaders Learning Platform, and the Programs offered, including:

  1. Minister Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas with the Christian Leaders Institute.
  2. College Degrees with the CLI’s Leadership Excellence School.
  3. Minister Credentialling (Ordination) with the Christian Leaders Alliance, including local Soul Center registration possibilities. 

Note: You can enroll in tuition-free courses or mini-courses immediately without finishing the getting started class.  

Learn more about ordination at the Christian Leaders Alliance. Interested in a low-cost college degree? Check out the CLI’s Leadership Excellence School.