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Ministry Training 3rd Semester 2014

Ministry Training  at Christian Leaders Institute for the third semester 2014 includes many classes for those accepted into our program. This ministry training begins with taking the Getting Started Class. This class lays a great foundation…

Online Pastor Training – 2nd Semester

Online Pastor training at Christian Leaders Institute for the second semester 2013 includes 15 free seminary classes for those accepted into our program. This online pastor training begins with taking the Getting Started Class. This class lays…

Online Seminary Early Start Ministry Classes

Online Seminary Classes Online seminary classes are available to you tuition free. You will start with the “Getting Started Class.”  These classes officially begin next semester, but you can start them now. This gives you more time to…


2015 August Language Translation – French August 2015 Newsletter

2015 October Van Gelder Endorsement and Stories of Impact October 2015 Newsletter



Christian Leaders Institute asks graduates to tell their stories. These stories come from graduates in many places of the world. Each story represents a sampling of what God is accomplishing through Christian Leaders Institute. These are only a small portion of the thousands of stories that have been submitted.

North America Stories

Single Father Prepares for Ministry

Francis tells of how God uses a CLI graduate to bring her to Christ. Now she too is a graduate.

Helping Young People Get on Fire for God! 

Canada Woman Shares Story of Overcoming Disablities and Abuse Ready for Ministry Training

Ex-prostitute training at CLI to be a street preacher in Detroit

Small Town Girl Has Big Ministry Dreams

Blind Man is Given Opportunity for Minsitry Training

Central and South America Stories

Brazil Needs Ministry Training

Evangelist In The Making For Future Panama Revival

Colombia Ministry Training

Europe Stories

European Soccer Star Gets Ministry Training

Free United Kingdom Church Planter Training

Netherland’s KLM Pilot Getting Ministry Training

God is raising up Local Leaders in Sweden

Ministry in Russia

Ireland Ministry Training

Romania is Ripe for Revival

Getting Ministry Training in Spain

Free Ministry Training in the Netherlands

Middle East Stories

Effective Free Ministry Training for Qatar

Ministry Training for Turkey

Africa Stories

Free Ministry Training for Zambia

Training Ordained Leaders – Addressing the lack of sound doctrine being taught in Africa

Ministering in Challenging Places for Christianity

Bringing Revival to Liberia

Church Planter in Cameroon

From Polygamous Muslim To Christian Leader In Nigeria

Asia Stories

God Calls Single Woman to Be Missionary in tbe Philippines 

Indonesian Leader Proclaims the Love of Christ in a Challenging Place for Christian Ministry

India Ministry Training Graduate

Thailand Ministry Training

Australia and New Zealand Stories

Housewife in Remote Australia Gets Ministry Training

Man With A PhD Sees the Value of Christian Leaders Institute Training

Young Married Man in New Zeeland Training For Ministry

World Island Stories

Hard to Reach Island of the World Now Have High-Quality Ministry Training

Remote Island Gets Ministry Training

Dr. Mark Vander Meer has been a pastor for over 20 years, served in two churches and has been a professor for over 10 years. Dr. Vander Meer has been at New Community Church for the past 19 years and is the founder and Executive Director of Community Recovery International, a non-profit organization that he founded in 2002 that reaches out to the local community offering a free meal, recovery worship and groups every Friday and Monday night at New Community Church and at the Community Recovery Care Center. The non-profit also helps those who are homeless, unemployed, fresh out of prison as well as other life issues. Community Recovery International’s model of ministry is now established in India and Kenya respectively. Dr. Vander Meer also founded and directs Community Recovery International Bangladesh, an international non-government organization that provides support for small business creation and literacy education for adults and children in Bangladesh as well as church planting reaching over 1,000 people weekly.

Dr. Vander Meer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College; his Masters degree in Religious Education from Trinity International University; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota. He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan is married to his wife Mary and has two sons ages 21 and 13.

Ministry Call Preparation

Ministry Call Preparation

My name is Crystal Cureton and I am receiving ministry call preparation at Christian Leaders Institue. I currently reside in the state of Virginia in the USA. My walk with God began at an early age. I was living with my grandmother in a rural area. But because of a local church providing a van to transport us in, we were able to start attending church regularly. Through that, I began singing in church as just a little girl.

My walk has not been free of worldly distractions and battles, as there have been many. I rededicated my life to the Lord as an adult. I became involved in many areas of my church’s life such as directing the drama team, singing on the praise team, and dancing on the dance team. I started to see that I was meant to lead in some capacity. I am still very active in my church but desire to get even closer to the Lord. My Pastor informed all of us in the church of the ministry training programs available at Christian Leaders Institute. So, after much prayer and consideration, I decided to apply.

I have learned so much already and am excited to see just where God is leading me. I’m still not certain of my “call to ministry” yet or in what area He is leading me. I am currently managing our social media presence, website, and all media outlet relations. So that may be a good place to start. But I pray that my ministry call preparation studies at Christian Leaders Institute along with the support received from my church family will help me get to the place where I’m ready to receive that call.

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Free Philosophy Study Course

Start Free Philosophy Study Course Today!

This Free Philosophy Study Course follows a Christian world and life view. CLI started as a school for those pursuing ministry. Now CLI has expanded to offer other programs like Philosophy.

This training is freely given by generous vision partners including students and kingdom supporters!

Features of the Christian Leaders Institute

  • Over 190,000 students have enrolled since 2006,
  • Over 15,000 graduates in our CLI Directory in 171 countries
  • Graduates have completed 50,000 programs of study.
  • Earn official credentials such as Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees in ministry or enterprise.
  • 4.7 rating of over 600 graduates on Facebook.
  • Complete your classes on your smartphone, tablet or computer anywhere in the world with Internet access.
  • Over 40 professors who hold accredited degrees. A large percentage of our professors hold doctorate degrees.
  • Take our free introductory course to earn your scholarship to gain access to the other courses.
  • 65 classes are available with a total of 189 credit hours.
  • Highly recognized training. Official Bachelor Degree Graduates have options. Accredited schools Like Northern Seminary, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Western Seminary will accept our graduates.
  • Provided through a generosity-driven rather than tuition-based model of higher education.

*Optional fees or donations are not required for you to complete your classes but certainly are appreciated.

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