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Minister Ordination

(This article introduces changes being made in CLI ordination Program (effective before September 1, 2017)

Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) will guide you through a credible, internationally and locally recognized minister ordination process. Ordained ministers are Christians who are called, gifted, trained and set apart as agents of the Church.

CLI will help you recognize your calling and unique gifts for ministry. You will be taught with high-quality ministry training classes that prepare you for Church leadership.

Minister OrdinationThe Minister Ordination Program brings you through a process where local leaders and mentors recognize your ministry training and affirm your calling as an agent of the Church. The training is free after you complete the free getting started scholarship class. There is a small cost for the official documents, which include an embossed ordination certificate, ID card, Letter of Good Standing, and parking pass.

What is minister ordination about?

The National Christian Counselors Association did an extensive study of the worldwide understanding of ordination. The NCCA concluded:

Broadly speaking, ordination is the ‘setting apart’ of persons for the office and work of the ministry to which they have been called by God. Having been educated and formed for this ministry, they are examined for their fitness and readiness for this office, and then ‘set apart’ for it by ordination. By the act of ordination, they are placed in an ‘order’ of ministry or in ministerial office; they are given authority to hold that office and to exercise the particular ministry. Ordination is thus the transmission of ministerial authority to a person by those who are competent to do so.

Christian Leaders Institute will guide you into legitimate local minister ordination that helps you. As the National Christian Counselors Association points out, ordained leaders are called and set apart Christian leaders who have been educated, examined, and then ‘set apart’ by their local Christian leaders. Once ordained these leaders are agents of the church in their local ministry reach.

There are two types of leaders minister ordination status’ worldwide. The first is the elder status. The elder pastor status is often restricted to men and is usually centrally regulated in most denominations. Most denominations or fellowships require the elder status pastor to go many years to college and/or seminary.

The other ordained minister status is a deacon. The deacon ordained minister was instituted in Acts 6 of the Bible. From this time on Deacon leaders connected to specific minister roles.  The Greek word “diakonos” was used to designate these leaders. The word “diakonos” was translated into the Latin as the word, “ministrae”. We get the word “minister” from that word in English.

Christian Leaders Institute specializes in the Deacon Minister Training for Ordination. We guide ordained minister candidates through a training, credentialing, ordaining and commissioning process. We train ordained minister candidates to fit in almost every Biblical Christian denominational or non-denominational church. We accent the centrally agreed on teachings and we allow for differences on disputable matters. The minister ordination is recognized internationally through our Christian Leaders Alliance, but it is locally confirmed. The laying on of hands, the ordination, is usually done by local Christian leaders. Since these ministers are ordained in the status of a deacon, they avoid much of the controversy or requirements of the elder ordination.

1. Minister Ordination Training

Christian Leaders Institute offers you free training that gives college-grade training which prepares you for ordination as a minister. Then you will continue more training to be commissioned into a ministry role. So you will be ordained as a minister after you take the first two classes, namely the Christian Leaders Connection Class (4 Credits) and the Christian Basics Class (3 Credits). These two classes give you the Christian Basics Certificate.

The Christian Leaders Connection Course (4 Credits) explores your walk with God and your calling into ministry. This class explains Christian Leaders Institute values and practices. This class whets your appetite for ministry. This class explains the generosity-driven ministry of Christian Leaders Institute.

The Christian Basics Course (3 Credits) covers the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Topics include God, Trinity, Jesus, Bible, End Times, Sanctification, Justification, and many more subjects. Every minister needs to know these important teachings.

After you complete these two classes, you receive your second certificate at Christian Leaders Institute, The Christian Basics Certificate. You can then enroll in the Deacon Minister Ordination Course. 

2. Minister Ordination Credentialing

You begin a credentialing process early in the program at CLI. This class establishes your basic minister credentials in the Christian Leaders Alliance.

This Deacon Minister Ordination course teaches you what it means to be a minister in the order of a deacon. You will learn basic ministry skills. In this class, you are guided through a process where you will gather three recommendations that you are called and fit for ministry service. If you cannot get these recommendations, you can still study at Christian Leaders Institute, but you have a reality check on whether you are called into ministry. This may give you time to repair your reputation in your community while you take more ministry classes at Christian Leaders Institute.

3. Minister Ordination Ordaining

After you complete the Deacon Minister Ordination course, you will be ordained in your local community. Your local leaders who endorsed you usually are the ones who lay their hands on you. If you want your official documents, you may purchase them or receive them as part of our student vision partner program. We have an optional program for those who want to keep their credential updated. Updated credentials bring you more credibility.

4. Commissioning to a Minister Role

Now that you are ordained, you have your license to begin doing ministry in your local setting. You may realize that you want to be commissioned into a specialized ministry role. Christian Leaders Institute has developed specialized classes that require certain classes. The ones currently offered are:

Officiant Minister

The office of officiant includes 20 hours of advanced ministry training. The curriculum includes; Christian Leaders Connection, Christian Basics, Church and Ministry, Pastoral Care and Marriage, and People Smart for Ministry, plus a special Officiant Minister Class preparing you for that calling. This officiant ordination program is a 21-hour program beamed to each student.

Church Planter Minister

A church planter action class reviews some of the key concepts from the Chruch Planting class and guides students into planting a church.

  • Christian Leaders Connection – Getting Started Class (4 credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 Credits)
  • People Smart in Ministry (3 Credits)
  • Sermon Construction and Presentation (4 Credits)
  • Church Planting – (Marketing) (4 Credits)
  • Deacon Minister Ordination Class (1 Credit)
  • Church Planting Minister Role (1 Credit)

Total: 25 Credits

Women’s Minister

This minister role is reserved for women. If you are a woman and are called to reach women in your ministry, your ordination will be specialized into this ministry role.

  • Christian Leaders Connection -Getting Started Class (4 credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 credits)
  • People Smart for Ministry (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Women’s Ministry (3 credits)
  • Elective Course (3 credits)
  • Deacon Minister Ordination Class (1 Credit)
  • Women in Ministry Ordination (1 credit)
  • Total 29 credits

Local House Church Minister

  • Christian Leaders Connection -Getting Started Class (4 credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 credits)
  • People Smart In Ministry (3 Credits)
  • Developing House Churches (3 Credits)
  • Christian Leaders Enterprise 101 (3 Credits)
  • Deacon Minister Ordination Class (1 Credit)
  • House Church Minister Class (1 Credit)

Ministry Chaplain Minister –

Christian Leaders Commissioned Minister 

The Christian Leaders Commissioned Minister includes 37 credits of ministry training study. This offers you a well-rounded program that gives you the essentials for ministry ordination. The classes include:

  • Christian Leaders Connection Class (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • People Smart for Ministry (3 Credits)
  • Theology I (4 Credits)
  • Theology II (4 Credits)
  • Deacon Minister Ordination Class (1 Credit)
  • Christian Leaders Minister Ordination Examination Class (1 Credits)
    Total Credits 37

Benefits to the Christian Leaders Institute Ordination Approach

This study program has a local Christian church connection to confirm your character and Minister Ordinationground your ordination in the church.

Online ordination scams are usually not connected to local churches or local leaders. This lack of local connection is one of the telltale characteristics of a scam. Historically, ordination is thought of as a “church” function. Christian Leaders Institute ordination candidates have chosen local mentors to support them as they study.  After students complete their study that is connected to a local mentor and since students gather the endorsements of three recommenders, this brings credibility to the ordination process. While this does not totally assure a qualified and credible candidate for ordination, it does go a long way to confirm the calling and qualifications of the ordained leader. The Apostle Paul told Timothy,

     Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. (1 Timothy 5:22)

Christian Leaders Institute has the standing to officially recognize your ordination so it is also recognized internationally.

Christian Leaders Institute is constituted as a 501 (c) 3 religious exemption organization. After you complete your ordination study program, if you need to do so, you can purchase official documents that recognize your ordination as a deacon minister and/or your placement into a ministry role. The fees are minimal or waived for some vision partners.

When you are officially ordained as a minister, you will receive:

Ordination Certificate
Ordination ID Card
Clergy Parking Pass
Letter of Good Standing

Christian Leaders Insitute issues these documents to you and they are valid in most places on earth. You will also be included in the international directory for verification.

Sounds too good to be true? Hundreds have been ordained in the last year. Some students are ordained to plant churches for God in their local area. Some are ordained to chaplaincy. Others are ordained to start their own ministries. Some just seek ordination to better minister to their own local body.

What is your calling? Are you called to leadership in your own church? Are you called to begin your own ministry? Are you called to plant a church? Do you feel called to strengthen your own home and family in your relationship with God? No matter what you are called to do, ordination through Christian Leaders Institute can help you on your ministry journey. By the time you complete your ordination, you will have a deeper understanding of God’s word, the history of the church, and practical steps to building a ministry.

Best of all, the training is free. You don’t have to pay anything to start your training.

So what are you waiting for? Enroll at Christian Leaders Institute to begin your ordination journey today!

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Primary or Secondary Ordination

This ministry ordination can be either a primary or secondary ordination. If you are ordained in a denomination, an association, or a non-denominational church prior to coming to Christian Leaders Institute, this is a “secondary ordination.” We do not want to usurp any local authority in relationship to you. This ordination is to be a blessing and a confirmation of your calling and study at CLI.

If you have no local ordination option, this ordination will be recognition that you completed an advanced ministry training course of study and your calling to ministry. We also consider it a proclamation to the world that you are using your gifts for ministry in the body of Christ. After you are done with this ordination class, we will ask that you have a local leader or mentor or ordaining authority; whether a pastor, elder or deacon sign on the certificate to testify that you are a person of God who is called, who walks with God, who has the qualifications and the temperament of a spiritual leader.

We also consider this Christian Leaders ordination in the order of “Stephen in Acts 6:5 and Phoebe in Romans 13:1” in the Bible. It is not our desire to become involved in headship disputes at a local church. You will be ordained into ministry like Stephen or Phoebe were in the early churcScreen Shot 2014-05-20 at 12.11.03 PMh.

Ordination Publication in the Christian Leaders Directory

Your profile on the Christian Leaders Directory will reflect your ordination status. Your bio and contact info will be pulled from Moodle into the directory site. Your updated ministry profile will also be there. Once you are ordained, we want to receive frequent updates from you about your ministry.

Ordination Recognition for Ministry

Your local calling, walk, gifts and responsibility will determine the ministry title by which you will be called. This ordaining to ministry generally covers the following areas but is not limited to this list:

  • Pastor
  • Church Planter
  • Missionary
  • Preacher or Prophet
  • Evangelist
  • Christian Leader with disabilities ministering at home (on the web) or outside the home
  • Women’s Ministry
  • Youth ministry
  • Visitation Ministry
  • Music Ministry
  • Hospice Care
  • Marriage Care
  • Divorce Care
  • Men’s Ministry
  • Christian Counseling
  • Officiating at Weddings or Funerals
  • Church Teacher
  • Prison Ministry
  • Post Prison Ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Deacon

This ordination at Christian Leaders Institute is more related to being ordained as a “protestant”, which includes the non-Catholic or Orthodox churches. Those churches have their own ordination systems. Churches such as Pentecostal, Reformed, Baptist, Bible, Non-Denominational, and many others are the typical Christian leaders who studies at CLI. Our goal is to prepare you for ordination. Check out the Wikipedia article on “protestant”. Be aware that many protestant churches have their own closed ordination systems.

The Christian Leaders Institute ordination will be recognized by people at large and local governmental agencies. Click here to see a Youtube video, President Henry Reyenga did about Ordination at CLI.

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