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Kingdom Ministers

Are you sold out for Jesus Christ? Are you a leader in your community? Maybe you are a civic leader or owner of a business. Maybe you are interested in helping the next generation get grounded in Christ? Are you a Christian in the world of politics? Perhaps you are a Christian attorney or doctor. Maybe you are a Christian with advanced degrees and you also teach at a college or university. Maybe you have an influential role in your church or in non-profit ministries. Perhaps you are an Elder or Deacon in your local church. Are you a benefactor?

Would you like to complete a formal training and credentialing program to become a recognized Kingdom Minister?

Benefits:

  • You will grow in your relationship with Christ.
  • You will become more effective in ministering to your family, friends, work, church, and community circles of relationships.
  • You will become more confident as a Kingdom Minister. You will learn the relationship between enterprise and ministry, as you learn essential skills and attitudes.
  • You will be confident, competent, and legal to minister to a couple who asks you to marry them. You will receive training and skills for conducting pre-marriage counseling, wedding ceremony planning, and the officiating of the wedding itself.
  • You will be able to complete the program online worldwide at your schedule on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The first credential level takes about 40 hours of study. The courses are free. There are small fees for official credentials that support the administration staff.

Is this you? 

You may be involved in a local church as a Christian leader, but you also sense the call to minister to those who may not have a pastor or minister. You find that you are their informal minister already. Maybe they come to you for spiritual advice. Maybe you have visited them in the hospital. Perhaps someone has asked you to perform a wedding ceremony.

The Kingdom Ministers program is for Christian leaders who are interested in becoming recognized bi-vocational or volunteer local ministers or clergy in their circles of relationship or influence.


Categories of Minister Training Offered At Christian Leaders Institute

Christian Leaders Institute is your gateway to both kingdom minister training and church minister training. This article is about kingdom ministry, but you may also be more interested in church ministry. There are three levels of participation that include kingdom ministry and church ministry studies.

Three levels of participating

There are three levels of participation depending on your calling, interest, and your study time availability. Christian Leaders Institute gives you access to free online ministry training including mini-courses, skill courses, and college-level ministry courses that are required for each program. Christian Leaders Alliance also offers recognition credentials if you would like to order them at the completion of each minister credential program.

Commended Kingdom Ministers

The Commended Kingdom Minister is a lay ministry role for those Christian leaders who have a limited amount of time but are called by God to be kingdom ministers. Licensed Wedding Officiant training is also one of the features of the Commended Kingdom Minister program. Many countries like the United States recognize these credentials for a legally licensed wedding officiant.

Level One endorsement is a requirement for this recognition. That means you must submit one local endorsement recognizing your calling, giftedness, and character for being considered a kingdom minister.

Benefits:

  • Ministry Training and Confidence – You will gain essential ministry training to give you the confidence to minister in various circles of influence.
  • Commended Minister and Commended Kingdom Recognition with the Christian Leaders Alliance – The Christian Leaders Alliance is a minister credentialing non-denominational association.
  • Legal Wedding Officiant – You will be listed in the Christian Leaders Alliance as a Commended Kingdom Minister as a Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant.

Licensed Kingdom Ministers

The Licensed Kingdom Minister role is built on the Commended Kingdom Minister role with some added free training courses. This role is a clergy-level recognition and gives you the basic ministry training to be a local minister. One feature of this program is that you will also be considered a Licensed Minister with the Christian Leaders Alliance.

Level Two endorsement is required for this recognition. That means you must submit two local endorsements recognizing your calling, giftedness, and character for being considered a kingdom minister.

Benefits:

  • More Ministry Training and Confidence – You will gain more skills and knowledge for ministry impact!
  • Licensed Kingdom Recognition with the Christian Leaders Alliance – The Christian Leaders Alliance is a minister credentialing non-denominational association.
  • Minister Recognition – You will also have the training to give sermons, conduct funerals, and other basic ministry functions.
  • Clergy/Client Confidentiality Covering – You will also be protected by the clergy/client confidentiality clause that functions in most countries. This confidentiality clause is reserved for when you specifically function as a minister in a relationship.

Ordained Kingdom Ministers

The Ordained Kingdom Minister is built on the Commended and Licensed programs with some more added free ministry training courses. This role features more advanced ministry training for greater kingdom impact. You will be recognized as an ordained minister which opens many doors for regional and global opportunities in ministry.

Level Three endorsement is required for this recognition. That means you must submit three local endorsements recognizing your calling, giftedness, and character for being considered a kingdom minister.

Ordained Kingdom Minister Benefits

  • More Ministry Training and Confidence – You will gain more skills and knowledge for ministry impact!
  • Ordained Minister and Ordained Kingdom Recognition with the Christian Leaders Alliance – The Christian Leaders Alliance is a minister credentialing non-denominational association.
  • Clergy/Client Confidentiality Covering – You will also be protected by the clergy/client confidentiality clause that functions in most countries. This confidentiality clause is reserved for when you specifically function as a minister in a relationship.

Early Christianity Was Launched by Kingdom Ministers

In every society and in every culture throughout history, there have been leaders, connectors, and patrons who have the vision to build a better place. Christianity has a rich tradition of those leaders. In the early church, they often were Roman or Jewish patrons who converted to Christianity. God used these men and women to spread Christianity!

Kingdom Ministers in the Bible

Sometimes these leaders were couples like Aquila and Priscilla who supported Christianity out of their own means and actually accompanied Paul on mission trips. They also started churches.

Sometimes these leaders were women like Phoebe, a patron in Cenchrea, who also carried the letter to the Romans. In Romans 16:1-2, Paul introduces her as both a “minister or servant” or “deacon” (Greek diakonos) and as a big helper or patron of many (Greek prostatis).

There is, in fact, one book of the Bible written to one of these types of Christian leaders, the Book of Philemon. 

Philemon was a patron and benefactor as a wealthy Christian. This Roman Patron was bi-vocational and served with his wife Apphia and son Archippus as ministers and hosts of a house church that met in their home (Philemon 1–2) in Colossae.

To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home:

Paul had led Philemon to the Lord on one of his visits to Asia Minor. He had stayed in Philemon’s home when in that region.

Philemon was also ordained as a Bishop or Episcopate because he not only ministered in a local church but also was influential in the spread of Christianity. He was discipled by the Apostle Paul on how to lead as a Kingdom Minister.  Many Biblical scholars believe that the Apostle Paul met him on his second missionary journey in Ephesus.

Patrons as Kingdom Ministers

Communities and societies are indebted to their patrons! In the world of Christianity, these are the Kingdom Ministers.

Kingdom Christians are Needed!

Jesus talked a lot about building the kingdom. Jesus talked about the kingdom as the realm of God that intersects with the realm of humans. A place that invites God into our lives in a right relationship with God in what we do and say.

Matthew 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

A kingdom Christian operates with this worldview. A kingdom minister leads his/her enterprise to glorify God. The Apostle Paul discipled Philemon to run his business that way, including freeing Onesimus, his slave who ran away.

Philemon 15-16  Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good— no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

Most Biblical scholars believe that Onesimus was freed. That is the big reason the book of Philemon was included in the Bible. In fact, many see the distinct kingdom mindset concerning slavery that Paul is modeling to Philemon. As in, “Philemon, I respect your rights in our Roman society to have slaves, but he is an image-bearer of God, a brother! In Christ, there is no slave or free!”

Today kingdom Christians continue to make choices that seek the realm of God to intersect with the realm of humanity! This Kingdom Ministers program will advance the impact of Christians called into ministry in their circles of influence. This way of thinking was present in the early church and will help you make a big impact today!  The Kingdom of God is being built everywhere and Kingdom Ministers get to be part of that!

The Kingdom Minister Program Details

The kingdom minister program serves those men and women who minister in many circles of influence. These Christian leaders are pastors at local churches and those who are not pastors but serve Christ in many settings and enterprises.

Christian leaders who complete this program will be listed as Kingdom Ministers at the Christian Leaders Alliance Minister Directory.

Kingdom Minister Course Requirements

The Kingdom Minister courses can be accessed through Christian Leaders Institute. These tuition-free courses are designed to give you what you need to be an effective minister. There are three Kingdom Minister levels:

Kingdom Minister – Commended Level

The commended level is designed as the foundational study for the Kingdom Minister. The commended level has a student program that can be completed in less than 40 hours of study. This program has a variety of courses that will give you the essential knowledge and skill to be qualified as a Kingdom Minister. The commended level of minister will be considered as a lay minister credential, similar to the ordination of a local elder or deacon. However, one of the features of this program is the Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant recognition. This commended minister program helps you minister to many circles effectively and confidently.

Required Courses (These are mainly mini-courses that only require watching short videos and posting in a forum)

  • Christian Leaders Getting Started Part One and Two  (3 Hours)
  • Wedding Officiant Skills (7 hours)
  • Essential Christian Theology (2 hours)
  • Commended Minister Program Course (2 hours)
  • Kingdom Ministers Program Course (2 hours)
  • Faith Motivated Enterprise (2-3 hours)
  • How to Be An Ambassador of Jesus Christ (2 hours)
  • How to Be a Productive Board Member (2 hours)
  • Leading Bible Studies (3 hours)
  • The Storyline of the Bible (2 hours)
  • Essential Ministry Speaking (2 hours)
  • Fellowship and Hospitality Ministry (2 hours)
  • How to Be Interesting (2 hours)
  • Critical Grace Theory (2 hours)
  • Licensed Officiant Recognition Class (0 Credits) (1 hour)
  • Level One Endorsement Level – You need one endorsement.

Kingdom Minister – Licensed Clergy Level

The Licensed Clergy level is a Kingdom Minister recognition that requires all the courses of the commended level and additional training. Three credits of electives are required for this recognition.

Additional Required Courses

  • Christian Leaders Connection – Ministry Basics (3 CLC credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 CLC Credits)
  • Ministry/Biz Skills (1 Credit)
  • Influence Smart (1 Credit)
  • Officiant Ministry Skills (2 Credits)
  • Licensed Minister Recognition Class (0 Credits)
  • Level Two Endorsement Level
  • Three Credits of Electives

Kingdom Minister – Ordained Clergy Level

The Ordained level is a Kingdom Minister clergy recognition that requires all the courses of the Commended level, the Licensed level, and some additional training. Six credits of electives are also required for this recognition.

Additional Required Courses

  • Management by the Book (3 Credits)
  • Deacon Minister Ordination Class (1 Credit)
  • Level Three Endorsement Level
  • Six Additional Credits of Electives

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