Christian Leaders Institute is launching a new clergy-grade women in ministry ordination opportunity. This program is for those women who are not seeking to be senior pastors or ruling elders. This women in ministry ordination is inspired by the Women’s Ordination of Phoebe in the Bible. Romans 16:1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. In the first several centuries of the early church, women like Phoebe served as women in ministry in local churches in various roles including such things as women’s ministry, church planting, evangelism, teaching, proclamation, healing, etc.
Phoebe assisted the Apostle Paul in his ministry including answering any questions leaders had concerning the book of Romans. She delivered the letter to the Roman church and was, therefore, charged by Paul to answer questions concerning this important book of the Bible.
This new Women in Ministry Ordination program includes 28 credit hours of advanced ministry training. To receive this women in ministry ordination at CLI, one must complete the Women in Ministry Certificate with the following classes: (three more than the Officiant Ordination)
- Christian Leaders Formation -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 (3 credits)
- Women in Ministry Ordination (1 credit)
- Total 29 credit
After the Women in Ministry Ordination candidate has completed the women’s ministry certificate, she is allowed to enroll in the women’s ministry ordination class.
Women in Ministry Ordination Class
This Women in Ministry Ordination Class has three parts:
Part One – It covers leadership dynamics that ordained women will encounter.
Part Two – A comprehensive review test of Bible knowledge and Christian doctrine.
Part Three – Officiant Training- This training comes directly out of the Officiant training ordination class. If you have already taken this ordination, this will be a helpful review. You are allowed to use your same endorsements. Those ordained to women’s ministry ordination, therefore, will also be able to be recognized as Officiants so that they can perform weddings or funerals.
This class also requires that the women in ministry ordination candidate receive three endorsements. One of the endorsement must come from her spouse if she is married. These endorsers testify that she is walking with God obediently and confirms that she has a calling for ministry.
Women who complete this ordination are trained and confirmed to be of great help to local churches everywhere. Local senior pastors will appreciate the formal training and the confirmation of endorsements. Her ordination will be recognized in the Christian Leaders Directory.