Christian Leaders Institute is a non-profit educational institution that offers free, high-quality ministry training to individuals who are seeking to become effective Christian leaders, ministers, pastors, and servants in their communities. CLI also offers low cost degrees, and partners with Christian Leaders Alliance to issue minister credentials. Learn more about CLI here.
Yes, CLI is committed to making high-quality ministry training accessible to everyone. We offer our courses at no cost, so individuals can receive the education they need without financial barriers. Programs like awards, certificates, and diplomas are also completely free with the option to purchase an official credential. Learn more about our free model here.
There are low-costs for more personalized programs, such as college-level degrees. Learn more here.
CLI offers a wide range of programs, including:
- Comprehensive courses covering topics like theology, leadership, evangelism, and pastoral care.
- Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees
CLI houses two schools – the Christian Development school, which issues awards, certificates, and diplomas, & the Leadership Excellence school which administers college degrees.
Christian Leaders Institute holds applicant status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation, 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808. Applicant status is a pre-membership status granted to those institutions that meet the ABHE Conditions of Eligibility and that possess such qualities as may provide a basis for achieving candidate status within five years. Learn more about our accreditation journey.
No specific educational background is required to enroll in CLI programs. Our courses are designed to accommodate learners with varying levels of prior education.
The degree program admissions process does require proof of college readiness. Learn more about the admissions process here.
CLI’s training is suitable for anyone with a passion for ministry, leadership, and service within the Christian community. We have offerings that may interest those simply interested in Christianity, new Christians, or the general public.
Whether you’re looking to become a pastor, a youth leader, a church planter, deepen your understanding of faith, or simply benefit from free education, CLI has something to offer.
Enrollment at CLI is as simple as creating your student account. Visit this page to see the steps laid out for you.
Once you’re registered, you can browse our courses and start your learning journey.
If you would like to learn about enrollment in the Leadership Excellence School (to earn college credit), click here.
Yes, CLI employs experienced instructors and professors who are knowledgeable in their respective fields. Many of our instructors hold advanced degrees and have extensive ministry experience. Learn more about our team here.
Yes, CLI’s training can be a valuable resource for those seeking ordination or ministry credentials. Learn more about this process with Christian Leaders Alliance.
It is recommended to check with your local church or governing body for specific guidelines, depending on the path that you wish to pursue.
Yes, CLI relies on the generous support of donors to continue offering free education. If you’d like to contribute to our mission, please visit the donation page on our website.
- Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) – offers general support and assistance to prospective and current students through email tickets
- Course Department (email@example.com) – offers course specific assistance
- Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) – provides support for the whole student, including those that may need accommodations
- Donor Advocate (email@example.com) – welcomes and assists donors with giving-related needs
- CLI’s Leadership Excellence School (set up a time to chat with an advisor here) – assist with admissions & finding the degree program that fits your calling
- Community connection – learn about how to connect further here.
If you have further questions about how we can support you, don’t hesitate to reach out through Help Desk!