Are you called to minister in a local church or congregation? Christian Leaders Alliance trains and credentials volunteer, part-time, and full-time ministers for service in local churches and God’s kingdom.

Local Church Ministers

Local churches are powerful spiritual expressions of Christianity. These local churches are led by called Christian leaders into specific minister roles. In early Christianity, these church ministers reached seeking people and served to build up local churches.  These church ministers included various roles. Ephesians 4 gives us a list of local church roles.

 It was he who gave some to be apostles (church planters), some to be prophets (preachers), some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13

Today, we identify many church minister roles that serve to evangelize and build up the body of Christ. At Christian Leaders Alliance, we serve churches by raising up more ministers who will serve in the local church. Some will plant churches and or serve as the church minister.

Who will benefit from this Church Minister training and credentialing program?

Existing Church Ministers and Pastors – Local ministers are looking for ministry help. Christian Leaders Alliance gives them an option to recruit leaders to be trained and credentialed through Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance. Local ministers benefit because they not only raise up more leaders but they are able to place them in a free recognized training program that offers ecuministry credentials.

Church Elders or Deacons – Local church elders and deacons want to serve in their local churches more effectively. Most elders and deacons have little ministry training. What if these volunteer leaders complete a training program and become commissioned as credentialed ministers at their local churches?

Christian leaders who are called to local church ministry – God is calling Christians to consider church ministry! Maybe you are called to plant a church or a house church. Maybe you are called to train now and then help at a local church when you complete your program. Maybe you are interested in ministry in the local church and want to prepare and get your credentials.


There are three categories of minister roles offered through the Christian Leaders Alliance. These are the Commended, Licensed, and Ordained minister roles. The Commended minister role is often thought of as a lay minister role. The Licensed and Ordained minister roles are considered clergy roles at Christian Leaders Alliance.


Commended Minister Roles – The commended minister roles are perfect for called Christian leaders with limited time for study, who want to serve as their time permits. The commended minister is perfect for local elders or deacons and many volunteer ministry positions. This is thought of traditionally as a lay minister.

The Commended Minister program includes mini-courses and some specialization courses depending on your area of calling and interest.

  • Commended Minister – This is a foundational commended role that will take you less than 30 hours of ministry training. You need one recommendation. Once you have completed this role, you can further your studies with many more roles.
  • Commended Kingdom Minister – You are serving in your local church, but find that you also serve in more circles of influence. This is a role you can check out. Being licensed as a Wedding Officiant is part of this training and credentialing.
  • Commended Family Minister – This role includes more family ministry training.
  • Commended Men’s Minister – This role is for those called to men’s ministry.
  • Commended Peacemaker Minister – This is perfect for elders who will help local ministers create peace-loving congregations.
  • Commended Prison Minister – Many local churches have prison ministries.
  • Commended Life Coach Minister – Many local churches are mobilizing life coach minister teams.
  • Commended Matchmaker Minister – Many local churches desire to have a matchmaker. This matchmaker minister can also serve as a kingdom minister in the community.
  • Commended Prayer Minister – Many pastors desire to raise up a prayer team in their local church.
  • Commended All Abilities Minister – Many local churches are looking to upgrade their ministry practices to include those with disabilities.
  • Commended Evangelist Minister – Many local churches are mobilizing evangelism teams to reach more in their communities.
  • Commended Senior Adult Minister – Many pastors need help in serving the seniors of their congregations.
  • Commended Bible Study Minister – Churches that have small groups and Bible study programs need leaders.
  • Commended House Church Minister – Many local churches want to plant house churches. Many pastors welcome being the cover for a house church, especially where the distance from the church is a factor.
  • Commended Women’s Minister – Many local churches have vibrant women’s ministries. Where they do not exist, local pastors want this ministry.
  • Commended Church Planter Minister – Many local churches or denominations will send out a volunteer church planter who is trained and credentialed.
  • Commended Discipleship Minister – In churches with many converts, discipleship ministers are needed. This is a perfect role for churches that have various outreach ministries.
  • Commended Marriage Minister – Many churches have made a commitment to building up marriages.
  • Commended Chaplain Minister – Some local churches provide ministry to local hospitals or fire departments. This is a perfect fit. Ask your minister.
  • Commended Executive Minister – Some ministers want help with administration leadership by a trusted elder or deacon. Get training to be more effective.
  • Commended Preaching Minister – Some local churches need pulpit supply. Many times a trained elder or deacon or church leader will serve when the pastor is away.
  • Commended Worship Minister – Many worship leaders would love to grow in their ministry skills.
  • Commended Youth Minister – Most churches are in need of trained youth ministers.
  • Commended Visitation Minister – Pastors and ministers welcome help in visitation for the sick and shut-ins. Learn how to serve those in need of visitation.


The licensed minister/clergy roles are designed to fit the volunteer or bi-vocational minister. They also are for someone on the path to be fully ordained someday. Maybe you are an unordained youth minister who is asked to do a wedding. Maybe you are an ordained elder or deacon at a local church and want to help your church or ministry through completing a recognized clergy program.

Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant (1 Credit)

The Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant clergy role is a 1 credit training program that allows you to legally perform wedding ceremonies. Many churches are starting local wedding ministries. You will need one recommendation concerning your character and calling for this clergy role.


The Christian Wedding Officiant is recognized in the United States and many places in the world as a clergy designation allowing you to perform a wedding. Your profile will be listed on the Christian Leaders Alliance website directory.

Licensed Ministry Officiant (9 Credits) 

The Licensed Ministry Officiant clergy role is a 9 credit training program. You will need two recommendations concerning your character and calling for this clergy role.


You will be recognized by the Christian Leaders Alliance as a licensed minister/clergy member, and your profile will be listed on the Christian Leaders Alliance website. This is perfect for assisting your local minister in the work of congregational life.

The Licensed Ministry Officiant is designed for those interested in “ministry” officiant roles. This role does not include performing a wedding ceremony but does include a wide variety of ministry duties. Such such as:

  • Baptisms and Dedications
  • Funerals
  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Professions of Faith
  • Confessions of Sin
  • Forgiveness Prayers and Ceremonies
  • Anointing Ceremonies
  • Care Facilities Visits
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Master of Ceremony Events

Licensed Minister (13 Credits) 

The Licensed Minister clergy role is a 13 credit training program. You will need two recommendations. This role is well suited for a church staff position. This is also perfect if your church is sending out a minister to plant a church or house church.


You will be recognized by the Christian Leaders Alliance as a licensed minister, a clergy member, and your profile will be listed on the Christian Leaders Alliance website.

The Licensed Minister is trained and given the basic training for most ministry roles. This clergy status encompasses all the training of the Christian Wedding Officiant and the Ministry Officiant.

  • Weddings
  • Baptisms and Dedications
  • Funerals
  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Professions of Faith
  • Confessions of Sin
  • Forgiveness Prayers and Ceremonies
  • Anointing Ceremonies
  • Care Facilities Visits
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Master of Ceremony Events


The ordained church minister/clergy roles are usually pursued by those who seek to be part-time or full-time church ministers in their local churches. These roles include three recommendations and more extensive ministry training. Are you called to explore becoming a recognized member of the clergy?

This Clergy Program is a ministry training and recommendations-based process that gives you credibility to function as an ordained officiant or minister through Christian Leaders Alliance.

Ordained Deacon Minister (9 credits)

The Deacon Minister role is the cornerstone ordination that gets you started in the ordination program at Christian Leaders Alliance.

Ordained Small-Group Minister (20 Credits)

This ordained role is perfect for the paid small group program leader of a larger church.

Ordained House Church Minister (35 Credits)

This ordained position is ideal for the founding of a new house church. This comprehensive program will fully train you as a house church minister.

Ordained Church Planter Minister (34 Credits)

This ordained role fits those who are connected to a church, denomination, or send agency that wants to plant churches with paid staff ministers.

Ordained Women’s Minister (35 Credits)

This ordained position is a good fit for those called into a women’s ministry position at a local church.

Ordained Associate Minister (42 Credits)

This ordained position works well in a local church where the senior pastor needs staff help. The associate minister often functions as a congregational life minister.

Ordained Commissioned Minister (48 Credits)

Mainline denominations have commissioned ministers. This ordained role was created for those situations.

Ordained Minister of the Word (125 Credits) 

The Minister of the Word role is designed for those called to be the senior pastor of a local church. The study program mirrors the program of many master’s degree programs at large seminaries. This training program prepares one to serve well at the local church.


Those who complete the church minister roles at Christian Leaders Alliance will be recognized in the global directory as members of the Christian Leaders Alliance.