Ordained Christian Leaders
Are you called to ministry? Do you recognize the importance of going through a legitimate ordination process? At Christian Leaders Alliance, you first receive ordination as a Deacon Minister after you complete three classes. Ordination was a word used in the early church to indicate that local ordained Christian Leaders were called, trained, recognized and commissioned.
The Calling of an Ordained Minister
God calls people to ministry. Every Christian is called to serve. So, you serve God and, the crown of his creation, humanity. Ordained Christian leaders recognize that they are called to make a difference in spreading the gospel.
Ordained Christian Leaders own their role in that calling to ministry and interpret all they do from that perspective. You may be a doctor, a homemaker, a businessman, a truck driver, a politician, a salesman or a teacher. You see yourself as a minister – doctor, a minister – homemaker, etc.
The early church leadership structure was set up to launch Christians to share the gospel. Some of those Christians would be set aside for specific leadership roles.
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 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
Some Christians sense the urgency to do more for Christ. Some sense the calling to be Christian leaders. This calling could be exercised at their church and/or their workplace. Some might be bi-vocational like the apostle Paul. There are many possible expressions of Christian leader roles that may not be salaried. In fact, in some places in the world, most roles are not salaried.
There are some roles that may offer financial support. Some Christian leaders will be paid a part-time or a full-time salary. Some may receive support for a ministry they are doing in their community or in the world.
The calling to ministry is all-encompassing. So whether you minister as a volunteer Christian leader or a paid Christian leader, you must take responsibility to glorify God.
23 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. Galatians 3:23-24
Are you called to be a Christian leader who takes that next step? Are you called to step out of the background and be trained and recognized? If you are that Christian, you may be on the path for Deacon Minister ordination and possibly more.
Ordained Christian Leaders Training
If you sense the calling to ministry as a Christian leader, get basic free ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute. This training is your first step toward ordination.
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.
Total for the three classes is nine credits.
The Deacon Ministry Award and Ordained Minister Credentialling
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.
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. Christian Leaders Alliance has Mentor Ministers to help you if you need them.
The Deacon Ministry Award and the Deacon Minister Ordination class help establish that you are a called, trained, and recognized Ordained Minister.
You have just completed a very important process on the road to local ordination with the Christian Leaders Alliance.
Deacon Minister Ordination Commissioning
After you complete this calling assessment, ministry training, Christian leaders recognition journey, now it is time for commissioning as an ordained deacon minister.
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.
After you have completed all the steps as mentioned above, it is now the time for the laying on of hands.
What does that mean? The laying on of hands means:
- Prayed over and empowered by God for greater ministry service.
- Other Christians see your calling and life journey as a Christian leader.
- Other Christian leaders commend and endorse you. They see that you are set aside for greater ministry responsibility.
- The world recognizes you as one who is called a “minister.” You will be recognized on the Christian Leaders Alliance global directory.
In many ways, the laying on of hands empowers you to begin your deepening journey as an ordained Christian leader. Why stop at the basics?
Christian Leaders Alliance offers official credentials if you want to order them for a small administration fee.
Soar Into Many 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 provides specific ordained roles in ministry specialty areas. Christian Leaders Institute offers many programs of study; including apprentice, basic, intermediate, and advanced mission credentials. Also, collegiate credentials are provided through Christian Leaders College.
Since our list of specialty areas is ever expanding, click here to see the ordained ministry roles Christian Leaders Alliance is now offering.
After you complete more programs of study at Christian Leaders Institute, you assume even greater recognition of your readiness to serve God and minister to your community.
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 has ministry roles that are available to you after you become ordained as a Deacon Minister.
Christian Leaders Alliance Ordained Minister roles:
- Officiant Minister
- Small Group Minister
- Restored Life Minister
- House Church Minister
- Church Planter Minister
- Women’s Minister
- Associate Chaplain Minister
- Associate Minister
- Commissioned Minister
- Chaplain Minister
- Minister of the Word
Each of these roles has a program of study. As you complete the programs of study and complete the ministry role class, your new role will be recognized at the Christian Leaders Alliance directory.