More Formal Education in Ministry

My name is Alan Jean. My wonderful wife and I live in New Jersey, USA, where we both grew up. I am a first-generation Haitian American who grew up in church. I’ve been preaching both in English and Creole since I was 16 and have led various ministries. I have an associate degree in Business Administration. I am excited to find Christian Leaders Institute and CLI’s Leadership Excellence School for more formal education in ministry (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here).

My Spiritual Journey

I grew up in a Christian family that held God as the highest priority. What a blessing! Because of that, I have been in church my whole life. Although I was familiar with the routine of attending church and even getting involved with activities as a young person, I gave my life to Christ at home at 14. From there, I became even more engaged with the youth ministry at my church. Through the encouragement of our youth leader, I preached my first sermon at my church in January of 2005.

Two years later, when that same youth leader was moving, he appointed me as the youth president to lead the youth ministry. It was a challenge as many of the members of the youth ministry were older than me. However, the confidence I grew in this season still helps me today. I dove into the Word of God, at one point attending four Bible studies a week. I did this to come back to my church and lead. Through this season, I discovered my hunger for the Word and God’s anointing on me for understanding His Word. Many times in Bible studies, I presented a perspective or understanding of a passage that was fresh not only to those hearing it but even myself. I immediately recognized that this was not of me but the Holy Spirit.

Meeting My Mentor and Then My Wife

This hunger for God’s Word would be further ignited in 2009 when I met my mentor, Pastor DeWayne Wright. He, too, had a similar desire and pointed me towards resources that would fuel this fire in me. I grew exponentially through my relationship with him. He would then become my pastor, eventually licensing me as a minister.

In 2016, God providentially combined a series of events that would lead me to meet my wife at a camp retreat. We immediately connected spiritually. In 2021, we married at the same camp retreat center five years after we met. Through her in my life, my enthusiasm for my Christian walk reignited. I remember her on the phone crying after uttering the words, “God loves me.” My relationship with her has caused me to revisit truths that seemed trivial and see how profound they genuinely are. She has been the inspiration for me to dive deeper into my relationship with the Lord again.

Recently, I joined the church where my father-in-law is the pastor. There, I serve on the pastoral staff, mentoring the Ministers-in-Training and creating a curriculum for the program. I am also working on establishing With One Purpose Ministries comprised of various outlets such as blogs, podcasts, curriculums, and more.

More Formal Education in Ministry at CLI/CLI

I am excited to embark upon learning at Christian Leaders Institute, and eventually, CLI’s Leadership Excellence School. I’ve known for quite some time that I want to get a more formal education in ministry. Unfortunately, time and finances have always been obstacles for this goal, so when my friend mentioned CLI/CLI, I immediately signed up as it addressed both issues.

Steps to Sign Up At Christian Leaders Institute

Step 1 – Register for a free study account that automatically enrolls you in the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Part 1 &2. 

After you register, you will automatically be enrolled in the “getting started” course.  You will locate the course at your “home” button when you are logged in. Scroll down to find the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Part 1 &2 Link. Click the link and open the course.

Step 2 – Complete Part 1 of this course, and then you are allowed to enroll in mini-courses or regular courses. 

The Christian Leaders Getting Started Class Part 1 shows you how to enroll in courses and mini-courses. Part 2 of the course connects your calling into ministry with programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute. Part 2 will offer some ministry training and introduce you to the other programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute.

Learn more about ordination at the Christian Leaders Alliance. Interested in a low-cost college degree? Check out the CLI’s Leadership Excellence School.