The ordination process of Christian Leaders Institute is designed to help you have more competence, confidence, and credibility in your ministry.

The ordination process of Christan Leaders Alliance has the potential to be a life-changing process that will launch your ministry impact!  You will take relevant classes by top-notch professors that will prepare you for ministry. Your competence will expand. With this training, you will become more effective in your ministry. Your confidence will grow.

As you become more effective in your ministry those to whom you minister will recognize your role in their life. Your credibility will be established.


Step 1 – Recognize Your Calling to Ordained Ministry

God calls everyone to ministry – to serve. Ordained Christian leaders recognize a sense of God’s call in their lives to lead in their serving. So although others may call you a doctor, a homemaker, a businessman, a truck driver, a politician, a salesman or a teacher, you fundamentally see yourself as a potential ordained Christian leader.

What does an ordained Christian leader look like?

  • A bi-vocational businessman who plants a house church
  • A single mom ministering to other women
  • A married couple called to start a house church
  • A retired school teacher who is replanting a struggling church
  • A volunteer, part-time, or full-time minister (worker) in a local church
  • A person called to start a ministry
  • A person with a disability called to ministry
  • A person…

Therefore, In light of all this, Have you felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit to leadership in ministry? If so? God may be calling you to become ordained in ministry.

Here are some verses that that will help you discern in your call to ordained ministry. Is the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart through any or all of these verses?

Phillippians 1:6 …being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Phillippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Isiaah 6:8   Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Are you ready to take step one by acknowledging your calling into ministry by saying, “Here I am, send me?”

Step 2 – Train at Christian Leaders Institute for Your Calling to Ordained Ministry

If you sense the calling to ministry as a Christian leader, get basic free ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute. This training is your second step toward ordination.  Christian Leaders Institute provides this training free of charge. 

First, you will take a free Getting Started Scholar Orientation class. After you complete this class, you will automatically be enrolled in the Christian Leaders Connection Class (3 Credits). Then, you will need to take the Christian Basics (3 Credits) and Ministry 101 (3 Credits) classes.

Christian Leaders Connection (3 Credits)

This ministry training class connects you to a deeper walk with God, your ministry dream, and a mentor.

Christian Basics (3 Credits)

This ministry training class goes over the timeless Christian doctrines that are found in the Bible. This class taught by Dr. David Feddes utilizes the materials of Dr. Ed Roels. If you are highly knowledgeable in Christian teachings, there is a comprehensive test you can take to get the three credits immediately.

Ministry 101 (3 Credits)

This ministry training class focuses on your calling to ministry, and the role ministry training has in that calling. You learn fundamental leadership insights with Dr. Bruce Ballast and self-assessment tools with Dr. Ron Carter.

After you complete those classes, you receive the Deacon Ministry Award at Christian Leaders Institute. This award indicates that you have the essential training to be ordained as a Deacon Minister.

Step 3 – Join the Christian Leaders Alliance by taking the Deacon Minister Class (1 Credit)

You now have the opportunity to enroll in the Deacon Minister Ordination class. This ordination class is a Christian Leaders Alliance function at Christian Leaders Institute. This Deacon Minister Ordination class will do the following:

  • Give you more specific instructions about the Biblical office of an ordained deacon minister.
  • Discuss the inclusion of women as deacon ministers in the early church. See CLA position on Women in Office
  • Give you the opportunity to gather three recommendations from your community of faith. These recommendations give evidence that people acknowledge the calling on your life, your sincere walk with God, and your readiness to serve as an ordained leader.

Step 4 – Get Ordained as a Deacon Minister. 

After you complete this calling assessment, ministry training, Christian leaders recognition journey, now it is time for getting ordained as a deacon minister.

To get ordained you must participate in an ordination ceremony at your local ministry or church and/or through the Christian Leaders Alliance (see Ordination Structure).

Step 5 – Get Commissioned into Ordained Minister Roles

After your ordination as a Deacon Minister, do you want to go further in your training?  Maybe there is a specific area of ministry to which you are called.

Christian Leaders Alliance partners with Christian Leaders Institute to provide ministry classes so that you can continuing training for specialized ministry roles.

You are welcome to take specialized Minister Role Classes. However, there is no need for you to be ordained again. You already are ordained. Now you will be considered an ordained minister in a specific area. You will be able to order updated official credentials if you want them.

Christian Leaders Alliance Ordained Minister roles: 

Each of these roles has a program of study. As you complete the programs of study, your new role will be recognized at the Christian Leaders Alliance Global directory. The Global directory communicates to the world the ordained status and ministry roles of all ministers in the Christian Leaders Alliance.

You may say this was a lot of effort. You are right. The Bible says that we should not be hasty in the laying on of hands.

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

Many people are ordering their ordination certificates online. This hasty manner of being publicly recognized as ordained is dangerous. Read Online Ordination Scams.