Christian Leaders Institute is developing a ministry training program where textbooks are not required. We are offering more and more classes where all materials are in a digital format.  Our goal is to eventually have all our courses with the resources necessary contained on the web.

1. Christian Basics Certificate (7 Credits) Outside Textbooks Are Not Needed

Students enter Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) via our Getting Started Class: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits). This Class introduces students to a reproducible walk with God and gives them orientation to CLI. After they complete the Getting Started Class, Students will be automatically enrolled in the Christian Basics Class (3 credits). This class covers the doctrinal basics of the Christian faith. This is the foundational certificate that opens up Christian Leaders Institute for further study by students.

Outside Textbooks are Not Required for Ministry Training

No Outside Textbooks In Many Classes

2. Christian Leaders Certificate and Ministry Training Certificate(23 credits)

After Students complete the Christian Basics course, they are encouraged to work toward their Christian Leaders Certificate. This certificate covers the essential ministry training needed for many callings. The courses include:

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Church History (4 Credits)
    Total 23 Credits

3. Discipleship Diploma (30 credits)

This is the first diploma Christian Leaders Institute offers. After a student completes the Foundational two basic classes, students can take any classes they want accumulating 30 credits.  This diploma is perfect for the Christian leader who wants to have a goal for continued studies. Many existing pastors may find this diploma very attractive.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Basics (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Leaders Institute (23 CLI credits) No Outside Textbooks
    Total Credits 30

4. Commissioned Pastor Diploma (31 credits)

The Ministry Training Certificate gives students the essentials they will need for leading their churches. The classes include

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Christian Basics (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Church History: (4 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage: (3 credits) No Outside Textbooks
  •  Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry: (3 credits )No Outside Textbooks
    Total Credits 31

4. Ministry Diploma (45 Credits)

The Diploma of Ministry is the first of our three advance ministry training diplomas. This award says that students studied more areas of ministry training in-depth. This diploma will gives them advanced knowledge in what they need to be a pastor, evangelist, ministry associate, church planter, chaplain, or other Christian leader. Some churches and denominations require this kind of a diploma for ordination.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (elective) Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits)
    Required 36 Credits
    Elective 6 Credit
    Total 45 Credit

5. Advanced Ministry Diploma  (63 credits)

The Advanced Diploma of Ministry gives students knowledge and insight comparable to many seminaries. More in-depth knowledge of the various area of study will serve them well in their ministry calling. Right now Christian Leaders Institute is developing more thought provoking courses. This diploma will more available to students within a year. CLI eventually plans to offer this Diploma with a “emphasis” as our class offering increase in the next few years, Lord willing.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (elective) Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits)
    Required 39 Credits
    Electives: 24 credits
    Total Credits 63

6. Divinity Diploma  (90 credits)

This advanced Divinity Diploma is the highest award we grant to students at Christian Leaders Institute. This Diploma digs very deep into every study area for ministry training. CLI eventually plans to offer this Diploma with a “emphasis” as our class offering increase in the next few years, Lord willing.

  • Getting Started in Ministry Training: Discipleship and Evangelism (4 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (3 Credits)
  • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 credits)
  • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
  • Church History (4 Credits)
  • Preaching Methods: (3 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (4 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
  • Christian Ethics (3 credits)
  • Christian Apologetics (elective) Dr. Voddie Baucham and Dr. David Feddes  (3 credits)
  • Greek 1 (4 Credits)
  • Greek 2 (4 Credits)
  • Greek 3 (4 Credits)
    Required 51 Credits
    Electives 39 Credits
    Total 90 Credits