Are you serving in a local church and wondering about becoming ordained at Christian Leaders Alliance? Are you interested in being ordained with the Christian Leaders Alliance while also remaining a member at your local church or denomination? Are you looking for a dual ordination option that strengthens both your local and your global recognition as an ordained leader?
The ordination process at the Christian Leaders Alliance might fit your situation.
Christian Leaders Alliance is not a denomination. It is an alliance. What is the difference?
Definitions (Webster dictionary)
Key Definitions (Websters Dictionary)
An alliance is an association to further the common interests of the members.
A denomination is a religious organization whose congregations are united in their adherence to its beliefs and practices.
A denomination, like an alliance, is an association to further the interests of its members but it also goes well beyond that by holding its members to very specific beliefs and practices. So, for example, you can’t have the Reformed Denominational view of infant baptism and be a member of a Baptist Denomination.
Christian Leaders Alliance is not a denomination. It is also not non-denominational.
A non-denominational church, for example, does away with all denominations. So when someone joins a non-denominational church coming from a specific denomination they give up their denomination. Christian Leaders Alliance is inter-denominational. When you join the Christian Leaders Alliance you do not have to give up your native denomination.
If you are Baptist and you join the Christian Leaders Alliance you can remain a Baptist. If you are Methodist and you join the Christian Leaders Alliance you can remain Methodist. Even if you are Catholic you can join the Christian Leaders Alliance and remain Catholic.
How is it that Christian Leaders Alliance can do this? Because it is an Ecuministry Organization. Ecuministry comes from two words – Ecumenical and ministry.
The word ecumenical means universal – i.e. all Christians that will one day stand before the throne of God at the second coming of Jesus regardless of denominational background.
The word ministry (diakonos in the original Greek) means ministry or when referred to a person, minister.
Christian Leaders Alliance puts these two words together – ecuminsitry. We want to be an organization that bands together to further the interest of its members especially as it relates to the universal call of God with respect to ministry common to all denominations. All denominations, for example, believe in the gift of leadership in a multitude of ministry roles – i.e. preaching, teaching, worship, Bible study, pastoral care, evangelism to name a few.
So Christian Leaders Alliance is not a denomination. It is an alliance. However, for some Christen Leaders Alliance members, who do not have an affiliation with a particular denomination, it can function, in a very loose way, like a denomination. And that is only true for those that are not a part of a denomination whose ministry would benefit from a more prominent relationship with Christian Leaders Alliance.
So, for example, in the area of ordination. There are 3 basic options:
- Complete your training at Christian Leaders Institute (or College) and get ordained in your denomination, according to their requirements.
- Complete your training at Christian Leaders Institute (or College) and get ordained in your denomination and through Christian Leaders Alliance.
- Complete your training at Christian Leaders Institute (or College) and get ordained only through the Christian Leaders Alliance – this option is for students who do not have a denominational affiliation.
Christian Leaders Alliance seeks to truly be an association banded together to mutually benefit its members. But all members do not have the same needs. For those connected to a denomination, you may already have a strong accountability and credibility system provided by the denomination. But for those not connected to a denomination, strong accountability and credibility systems are needed.
So it is really up to you how connected you want to be to the Christian Leaders Alliance. The Alliance exists to serves you.
Learn more about Local Ecuministry Ordinations by reading stories of those being ordained.