Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) will guide you into a credible, locally recognized ordination. Ordained leaders 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.
The 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. There is a small fee for an embossed certificate, ID card, Letter of Good Standing, and parking pass.
What is ordination?
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 ordination. As the National Christian Counselors Association points out, ordained leaders are called and set apart Christian leaders who have been educated, examined and locally ‘set apart’ by their local Christian leaders. Once ordained these leaders are agents of the church in their local ministry reach.
Christian Leaders Institute guides you in this process in the following ways.
1. A study program that covers the essentials of ministry training.
Christian Leaders Institute offers you free training that gives college-grade Bible school training that prepares you for ordination. There are two ordination training options currently at Christian Leaders Institute. One is for the office of officiant and the other is a general ministry ordination.
Ordination as an Officiant – The office of officiant includes 20 hours of advanced ministry training. The curriculum includes; Christian Basics, Church and Ministry, Pastoral Care and Marriage, and People Smart for Ministry. Plus a special Officiant Ordination Class preparing you for that calling. This officiant ordination program is a 20-hour program beamed to each student.
Christian Leaders Ordination – The Christian Leaders Ordination includes 37 credits of ministry training study. This gives you a well-rounded program that gives you the essentials for ministry ordination. The classes include:
- Getting Started: Christian Leaders Basics (7 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)
- Ordination Examination Class (3 Credits)
Total Credits 37
2. This study program has a local Christian church connection to confirm your character and ground 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 guide them through their studies. After students complete their study that is connected to a local mentor, students must gather the endorsements of three recommenders and one signer. The signer is ordinarily an ordained leader in a local church. 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)
3. Christian Leaders Institute has standing to recognize your ordination.
Christian Leaders Institute is constituted as a 501 (c) 3 religious exemption organization. After you complete your ordination study program, you can purchase official documents that recognize your preparation if your need them. You can purchase these documents for $99. If you live in poorer countries the price is $49. Here are the official documents you will receive:
Study Certificate or Diploma
Ordination ID Card
Clergy Parking Pass
Letter of Good Standing
Christian Leaders Insitute issues these documents to you and they are valid 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 at all for this high-quality training.
So what are you waiting for? Enroll at Christian Leaders Institute to begin your ordination journey today!
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 church.
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:
- Church Planter
- Preacher or Prophet
- 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
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.