Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) will guide you through a credible, internationally and locally recognized minister ordination process. Christian Leaders Alliance is a sister organization to Christian Leaders Institute.
Ordained ministers are Christians who are called, gifted, trained and set apart, and locally ordained for ministry.
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 ordained leadership.
The Ordination Process
Our minister ordination program brings you through a process where local leaders and mentors recognize your ministry training and confirm your calling. You get your free ministry training from Christian Leaders Institute.
After you complete your class, you order your official documents. There is a small fee for the inclusion in the Christian Leaders Alliance Directory, official documents, which include an embossed ordination certificate, ID card, Letter of Good Standing, and parking pass. The complete package fee is $125. You can also pick and choose elements of that package.
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 ecuministry ordination. 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. These ordained leaders are called, confirmed and recognized as ministers.
There are two types of ordination status’ worldwide. Episcopate and Diakonos.
The first is Episcopate, from the Greek word, ELDER. These roles include titles like Elder, Senior Pastor, Bishop, and Priest. The Episcopate is often reserved for men in many denominations and fellowship. There is much debate about whether women can occupy the role as an Episcopate Leader. Most denominations or fellowships require the elder status pastor to go many years to college and/or seminary.
The other ordained minister status is Diakonos, which is translated in the Bible as Servant, Deacon, or Minister. The ordained role of deacon minister was instituted in Acts 6 of the Bible. The Greek word “diakonos” was used to designate these leaders. The word “diakonos” was translated into Latin as the word, “ministrae”. We get the English word “minister” from that Latin word.
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 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 includes men or women. The minister ordination is recognized internationally through the Christian Leaders Alliance. The laying on of hands, the ordination, is usually done by local Christian leaders. This ordination allows Christian Leaders to retain their local church membership status while still being recognized as globally ordained.
The Ecuministry Program Details
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 Ministry 101 – 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 Through the Deacon Minister Ordination Course
This Minister Ordination Course establishes your basic minister credentials in the Christian Leaders Alliance.
This Minister Ordination course teaches you what it means to be a minister. 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 credentials 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 roles that require certain classes.
There are many ordained minister roles offered by Christian Leaders Institute through the Christian Leaders Alliance. The ones currently offered are:
Ordination Program Benefits
This Minister Ordination 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 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 and Christian Leaders Alliance are ministries of the Christian Leaders, NFP. Christian Leaders, NFP. is constituted as a 501 (c) 3 religious exemption organization, which is chartered to train and offer optional ordination. 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.
When you are officially ordained as a minister, you will receive:
Ordination ID Card
Clergy Parking Pass
Letter of Good Standing
Christian Leaders Alliance issues these documents to you and they are valid in most places on earth. You will also be included in the international Christian Leaders Alliance Global directory for verification.
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 Alliance 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!
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.