Christian Leaders Institute: Empowering Ministers through Free Ministry Training and Licensing

In today’s fast-paced world, the demand for skilled and knowledgeable Christian leaders is greater than ever. Ministry training and licensing play a pivotal role in equipping individuals with the necessary tools and credentials to serve in various ministerial capacities. The Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) has emerged as a groundbreaking institution, offering hundreds of free ministry training courses that are recognized and supported by the Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA). Through this partnership, CLI has successfully empowered countless individuals by providing accessible, high-quality education and facilitating ordination into licensed and ordained roles within the Christian community.

Expanding Ministerial Horizons with Free Ministry Training:

Christian Leaders Institute is renowned for its commitment to offering free, high-quality ministry training courses that are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. These courses cover a diverse range of subjects, including theology, biblical studies, leadership, evangelism, pastoral care, counseling, and more. By removing the financial barrier associated with traditional seminary education, CLI ensures that aspiring ministers from all walks of life can receive the training they need to serve their communities effectively.

Recognizing the Importance of Clergy Credentials:

While knowledge and skills are vital components of effective ministry, clergy credentials are equally significant in providing legitimacy and accountability within the church. The Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) partners with the Christian Leaders Institute to recognize the completion of CLI courses and grant clergy credentials through its ordination program. This recognition enables ministers to demonstrate their commitment to excellence and ethical practices, enhancing their ability to serve their congregations and communities with credibility and authority.

Christian Leaders Alliance Primary Clergy Roles

Wedding Officiant: Choosing to become a wedding officiant is a popular pathway for ministry. Obtaining ordination through the Christian Leaders Alliance gives you the legal authority to solemnize marriages in Pennsylvania and guide couples through this significant milestone.

Field Minister: If you have limited study time but a strong desire to serve in ministry, the Field Minister role is a perfect fit. This program provides introductory courses that establish a solid foundation for lay ministers, church elders, and deacons. Through the Christian Leaders Institute, you can access free courses and mini-courses that deepen your understanding of ministry and empower you to serve your local community.

Licensed Minister: The Licensed Minister role is an excellent choice for those seeking a more comprehensive training experience. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum, including thirteen credits of study and six mini-courses. Completing this program will enhance your ministry skills and be better equipped to serve in various capacities.

Licensed Coaching Minister: If you are interested in incorporating coaching techniques into your ministry, the Coaching Minister role aligns with your aspirations. This program includes two free coaching courses, enabling you to provide guidance and support using a coaching approach. With 15 credits and six mini-courses, you will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to minister effectively through coaching.

Licensed Ministry Chaplain: Volunteer chaplains serving in local ministry settings, such as hospitals or correctional facilities, can greatly benefit from the Licensed Ministry Chaplain role. This program requires 18 credits and six mini-courses, equipping you with the tools to provide spiritual care in specific contexts. Through ordination as a chaplain, you can make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need.

Ordained Minister: The Ordained Minister role is highly sought after by individuals already involved in ministry or those seeking comprehensive training and credentials. This program comprises 21 credits and seven mini-courses, offering a comprehensive education to enhance your abilities as a minister. Whether you aspire to lead a congregation or serve in diverse capacities, ordination as a minister opens up numerous opportunities to make a difference.

By exploring these ministry roles and pursuing ordination through the Christian Leaders Alliance, you can unlock your full potential and serve others in Pennsylvania with dedication and purpose. Each pathway offers unique opportunities for growth and impact, allowing you to fulfill your calling and make a lasting difference in the lives of those you minister to.

All Things Work Together for Good for Those Who Love God

Hello, my name is Calvin Thomas, and I am called to minister to families and children. Therefore, I am getting the proper minister training and licensing at the Christian Leaders Institute. I am from Maryland in the United States. My lovely wife, Shannon, and I have four beautiful children.

My Story

The third born of six children from my mom, I did not grow up in a Christian home as a small child. At a young age, many people told me that I was different. I was also told that I was too sensitive and quiet. As a young boy, I had no idea what people meant when they said these things to me.

Before accepting Christ, I had many dreams while asleep. I also sometimes saw things I could not understand in dreams and while awake. I used to dream about wars and events, both past and future. At 11, I was introduced to Christ but did not accept Him into my heart until 18.

My  Marriage and Family

Shortly after accepting Christ, I met my beautiful wife and married her four years later. In our second year of marriage, our first child was born. In the tenth year of our marriage, things started to shift drastically. After ten years of living in our home, a fire broke out. Therefore, we had to move immediately. We stayed with a family member for three months. Afterward, we closed on a new house. That same week, we discovered that we were having twins. Life was moving fast.

After the twins were born, my wife was discharged from the hospital. However, we quickly realized that something was wrong. As my wife lay on the couch, she said she didn’t feel good. So we rushed her back to the hospital. Later, due to labor complications, my wife was diagnosed with heart failure.

At first, I didn’t realize how serious this diagnosis was until I realized my wife couldn’t walk or stand up alone. She even had to wear a defibrillator vest because her heart was weak. Eventually, I quit my job to take care of my family full-time.


Therefore, we went from two incomes down to zero quickly. So, we had a new home, two new babies, and a 9-year-old with no income to support us. There was a moment when we got a knock at the door. It was the sheriff from the police department telling us that we had to vacate the premises because we failed to pay our mortgage. Thankfully, God did the miraculous and allowed us to stay in our home.

Something New in The Lord

We had our fourth child a year and a half after our twins were born. After our fourth child was born, my wife and I started a business called It’s Reading Time, in which we help children learn how to read. It’s Reading Time has millions of views and is watched in 140 countries worldwide. The Lord also allowed us to appear on news outlets such as NBC, WUSA, WTOP, etc. We have stood on the scriptures throughout our struggles. One is Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” It’s Reading Time is one of the many blessings God has given us over the years through dreams and prayer.

Things began to happen after our fourth child was born and our kid’s show launched. I had dreams like never before. There were dreams of wars and invasions. I dreamed about people wearing masks around their faces and getting injections (this dream was before the pandemic). While awake, I saw family members and friends arguing, fighting, and doing other things. When I asked if these things were happening to them, they said they were. I recorded these things.

Minister Training and Licensing at CLI

At the time, I had no idea what was happening. My wife sought help for me and found a pastor and ministry that understood. That ministry led to joining another ministry where my gifts could be sharpened and utilized for God’s Kingdom. This led my wife and I to get the proper minister training and licensing at the Christian Leaders Institute. I am genuinely grateful for CLI and what this program has meant to our family.

Register a Study Account

Register for a free study account, automatically enrolling 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. Ministry Awards, Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees with the Christian Leaders Institute.
  2. 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.  

Find out more about women in ministry here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Christian Leaders Institute funded? Christian Leaders Institute is funded through a “Give It Forward” Approach. Click here to read more.

Can I register my church or religious society under the banner of Christian Leaders Alliance? Yes. Locally registered Soul Centers are being register all over the world. Click here to read more.

Can I receive a College degree after I enroll at Christian Leaders Institute? 

At Christian Leaders Institute, our college degrees are offered through our Leadership Excellence School. We provide access to both Associate Degrees and Bachelor Degrees. To begin our degree program, you must first enroll as a student in our School of Christian Development. Every student starts by creating a study account at the Christian Development school. Once you complete the “Getting Started” class, you can proceed to enroll in our Leadership Excellence School, where our degree programs are hosted.. Click here to set up you account. 

This degree is ideal for those who desire to pursue their Master’s Degree with one of our partner Seminaries like North Point Bible College and SeminaryKairos University, Calvin, Western, Northern, and more.

Christian Leaders Institute is your access or gateway many professional ministry opportunity.

Minister Ordination Program – More Information

Become a Minister through the training of Christian Leaders Institute – Click here.

Get Ordained Online – Check out the issues related to online ordination and the complete ordination program at Christian Leaders. Click here.

Ordination Path for Coaching Ministers – See how the Christian Leaders Institute and Alliance partner together for coaching ministers.

Chaplain Ordination – Are you interested in ministry chaplaincy? Click here

Free Bible School Courses – Are you interested in free bible School Courses? Click here. 

Become a Christian Minister– Are you interested in becoming a Clergy member?

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