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Field Minister
a formal lay minister training and minister credentialing program

Are you called?

Are you an active Christian who is called to minister in a specific area?  Are you a layperson who senses a call to ministry? Are called to ministry? Are you looking for a lay minister credential program that includes specific ministry training and lay minister credentials? A program that may take you less than three months of part-time study to complete. 

Are you a minister or pastor who wants to develop leaders at your local church?

Are you a minister or pastor looking for a lay minister training program for your existing volunteer leaders, such as your elders or deacons or your small group leaders? Do you want to develop your non-clergy leaders?

The field minister program is a formal lay minister training and endorsement-based credentialing program for lay ministers. After leaders complete ministry training courses at Christian Leaders Institute, you are invited to become credentialed with the Christian Leaders Alliance through a process that includes endorsements from your circle of influence.

The Christian Leaders Institute has been offering formal ministry training since 2006. Hundreds of thousands have enrolled. Tens of thousands have completed courses and programs. Christian Leaders Alliance has credentialed lay, licensed, and ordained ministers since 2014. Thousands are members of the Christian Leaders Alliance directory. Christian Leaders Alliance has an international Global Ministers Commission. Click here.

Why are field minister credentials necessary? Because the early church understood that Christian leaders need ministry training and that these same leaders must be recommended by others and not themselves. Barnabas commended Paul in Acts 9. The Apostle Paul commended Phoebe in Roman 16:1-2.

 I commend our sister Phoebe, a minister, servant, deacon (Diakonos)  of the church in Cenchrea. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me. Romans 16:1-2

Phoebe was trained in ministry and endorsed. The Apostle Paul reflects this truth when he commends her to the Romans. She was the letter carrier of the Epistle of the Romans. Many people believe that she was ordained as a deacon because the Greek word “diakonos” describes her. Often translators have used the word “servant” here. Phoebe was a minister, whether she was given formal lay minister training or mobilized as an early deacon like Philip or Stephen.

The story of Phoebe inspires the field minister program!

This field minister program fits many men or women who may want to be licensed appropriately for their calling.

They are often volunteers at a church. They will frequently be asked to officiate at a wedding or speak at a funeral. They are often local church elders or deacons.

This program includes the wedding officiant skills and licensing component so that field ministers join the clergy ranks.

For many who enter this lay ministry training and credentialing program, this may be their first step to more ministry training and roles. In addition, this new Field Minister program is a preliminary step for their calling discernment journey.

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Details of the Lay Minister Training and Field Minister Program

The Field Minister program includes free ministry training from the Christian Leaders Institute and Field Minister Ministry Credentials from the Christian Leaders Alliance. Our goal is to take lay minister training to the next level!

Start the Program by taking the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course at Christian Leaders Institute.

Begin your ministry training with the Christian Leaders by completing the Getting Started Course.

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Fulfill Program Requirements

You will need at least one endorsement, and you will need to complete the course requirements.

Endorsements for ministry readiness for a lay minister training program

Christian Leaders Alliance requires local endorsements. This program is not only about taking some online courses. This program is also about your leadership standing. Do Christians see you as one who walks with the Lord? Will they endorse you in ministry?  These endorsements establish local credibility that others see you as a practicing Christian called to ministry.

Most lay minister training programs do an endorsement. We believe this will strengthen your credibility if you are interested in pursuing these opportunities.

Field Minister Course Requirements

Complete the following courses of ministry specialization that meet the program requirements. Of course, you can start your Field Minister requirements before you complete your endorsement requirement. Most students satisfy all these program requirements simultaneously.

Required Courses for the Commended Minister

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After you complete these requirements, you will be a member of the Christian Leaders Alliance.  As a result, you will be in the Christian Leaders Alliance Directory listed as a Field Minister.

This Field Minister role is:

  • The gateway into over 30 specialized minister roles.
  • Ideal for being a lay deacon or elder in a local church
  • A first step to go further.  You may want to go even deeper into the courses and programs at Christian Leaders. You may want to start here then check out the licensed or ordained clergy minister programs at Christian Leaders Alliance. Specific Field Minister Roles

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Commended Bible Study Minister

Commended Bible Study Minister

The Commended Bible Study Minister walks with God and gathers others for the study of the Bible.

  • New Testament Survey (300 Points)
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • How to Spot Logical Fallacies  (40 Points)

Commended Chaplain Minister

The Commended Chaplain Minister brings the presence of God to the community organizations. This lay minister training program is ideal for assisting full-time chaplains as volunteers. Many community organizations need this commended Chaplain minister role.

  • Introduction to Chaplaincy (300 Points)
  • God’s Design for Sex and Marriage (45 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)
  • Ministry Officiant Skills (200 Points)

Commended Church Planter Minister

The Commended Church Planter Minister is someone called to be part of a new church plant. The Commended Church Planter Minister program gives essential knowledge for starting a new church.

  • Church Planting (400 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)

Commended Discipleship Minister

The Commended Discipleship Minister helps believers take their next steps in reproducing their faith to others.

  • Multiplying Disciples (200 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)
  • Evangelism – Presenting Grace (300 Points)

Commended Life Coach Minister

The Commended Life Coach Minister is someone who encourages those who want to make changes in their lives. Every church needs Life Coach ministers. This lay minister training program will be the first step for further studies in life coach ministry.

  • Life Coach Ministry (300 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • Essential Philosophy (45 Points)
  • How to Spot Logical Fallacies  (40 Points)
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)

Commended Visitation Minister

The Commended Visitation Minister is someone who visits those in need of prayer and healing. This lay minister training program is ideal for assisting pastors and ministers in their local churches.

  • Church and Ministry (300 Points)
  • Christian Discernemnt (45 Points)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)
  • Ministry Officiant Skills (200 Points)
  • Prayer (300 Points)

Commended All Abilities Minister

The Commended All Abilities Minister leads to bring healing and hope to those with special needs and disabilities. This lay minister training program is ideal for local churches and ministries.

  • Disabilities Smart (300 CLI Points)
  • Essential Philosophy (45 Points)

Commended House Church Minister

The Commended House Church Minister is someone called to start a new house church. This lay minister training program gives essential knowledge for starting a new house church.

  • Developing House Churches (300 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)

Commended Evangelist Minister

The Commended Evangelist Minister is someone called to share the gospel. This lay minister training program will make a difference!

  • Evangelism – Presenting Grace (300 Points)
  • Golf Evangelism (40 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)

Commended Peacemaker Minister

The Commended Peacemaker Minister is someone called to bring peace in conflicting situations and in saving relationships. This role is ideal for local churches and ministries.

  • Peace Smart (300 Points)
  • Forgiveness (40 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • How to Spot Logical Fallacies  (40 Points)

Commended Prison Minister

The Commended Prison Minister works with local restorative justice ministries and is interested in transforming the lives of justice individuals.

  • Restoring Relationship – Transforming Justice (300 Points)
  • Forgiveness (40 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • How to Spot Logical Fallacies  (40 Points)

Commended Women’s Minister

The Commended Women’s Minister is someone who seeks to lead women into a vital walk and life. Attention is paid to popular areas of interest to Christian women. This lay minister training program will launch you to new possibilities.

  • Becoming a Virtuous Woman of God (45 Points)
  • Women’s Ministry (300 Points)
  • Dating Discernment for Women (65 Points)
  • Matchmaking Ministry (100 Points)
  • God’s Design for Sex and Marriage (45 Points)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)
  • Taking Control of Your Money (45 Points)

Commended Men’s Minister

The Commended Men’s Minister role gives you essential insights into ministering to men of God. Many practical areas will be addressed. This lay minister training program is ideal for local church ministry.

  • Growing as a Man of God (45 Points)
  • Matchmaking Ministry (100 Points)
  • Taking Control of Your Money (45 Points)
  • God’s Design for Sex and Marriage (45 Points)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)

Commended Preaching or Teaching Minister

The Commended Preaching Minister is for a local volunteer who occasionally preaches in the local church.

  • Preaching, Preparation, & Presentation (300 Points)
  • New Testament Survey (300 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • Essential Philosophy (45 Points)
  • How to Spot Logical Fallacies  (40 Points)
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)

Commended Worship Minister

The Commended Worship Minister helps lead worship events in local churches or ministries.

  • Worship Ministry (300 Points)
  • Preaching, Preparation, & Presentation (300 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • The Story Line of the Bible (40 Ponts)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)

Commended Family Minister

The Commended Family Minister is passionate about the Christian health of families. This is ideal for volunteer ministers at local churches.

  • Parenting Skills (100 Points)
  • God’s Design for Sex and Marriage (45 Points)
  • Forgiveness (40 Points)
  • Cleaning Skills (40 Points)
  • Taking Control of Your Money (45 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)

Commended Marriage Minister

The Commended Marriage Minister serves in the ministry to those married or who are getting married.

  • Marriage Ministry (400 Points)
  • Forgiveness (40 Points)
  • Song of Songs (40 Points)
  • God’s Design for Sex and Marriage (45 Points)
  • Taking Control of Your Money (45 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • Pre-Marriage Counseling Skills (100 Points)
  • Wedding Officiant Skill (100 Points)

Commended Matchmaker Minister

The Commended Matchmaker Minister assists believers in finding their Christian partner.

  • Matchmaking Ministry  (100 Points)
  • God’s Design for Sex and Marriage (45 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • Dating Discernment (65 Points)
  • Dating Discernment for Women (65 Points)
  • Taking Control of Your Money (45 Points)
  • Pre-Marriage Counseling Skills (100 Points)
  • Wedding Officiant Skill (100 Points)

Commended Senior Adult Minister

The Commended Senior Adult Minister assists seniors in finding their purpose in serving others in their golden years.

  • Senior Adult Ministry (300 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)
  • Taking Control of Your Money (45 Points)

Commended Youth Minister

The Commended Youth Minister role is for someone who assists parents in launching their children as followers of Jesus Christ and as future Christian leaders.

  • Youth Ministry (300 Points)
  • God’s Design for Sex and Marriage (45 Points)
  • Matchmaking Ministry (100 Point)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)

Commended Executive Minister

The Commended Executive Minister assists at local churches and ministries that need administration and leadership support. This role is ideal for volunteers called to help their minister or pastor lead in local churches and ministries.

  • Leadership (300 Points)
  • Christian Discernment (45 Points)
  • Influence Smart (100 Points)
  • Ministry Foundations 101 (300 Points)

Commended Prayer Minister

The Commended Prayer Minister practices and promotes the culture of prayer in the local church and community.

  • Prayer (300 Points)
  • Serenity Prayer (40 Points)

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