Small Groups or Bible Studies are a staple of a local church. Local volunteers often fill these leadership roles at the local church. Christian Leaders Institute has designed a program of study that brings free ministry training to Christian Leaders. This program includes 26 credits of ministry training.

Steps to be ordained as a Small Group Minister

  1. Enroll at Christian Leaders Institute and complete the Getting Started Class: Scholar Orientation
  2. Complete the Deacon Minister Ordination program (10 credits)
  3. Take additional Ministry Training (20 Credits)
    • Ministry 101 (3 Credits)
    • Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
    • New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
    • People Smart for Ministry (3 credits)
    • Church and Ministry (3 credits)
    • Developing House Churches (3 Credits)
    • Deacon Minister Ordination (1 Credit)
    • Ordained Small Group Minister Class (1 Credit)

    Total Credits: 20 Additional Credits

  4. Take the Ordained Small Group Minister Class (1 credit) and order your updated ordination credentials. –  Ordained Small Group Minister (1 Credit)

This one-credit hour class is for those leading small groups or Bible Studies. The dynamics of this course are centered around leading small groups at local churches. Your studies will focus on three areas. The first is Biblical content. The second is relationships and group dynamics. The third is communication.

As an Ordained Small Group Minister, your training will be for the following roles:

Small-Group Minister
House Church Minister
Bible Study Leader
Sunday School Teacher
Cell Group Leader

Cowboy Chaplain Ministry

Cowboy Chaplain

Recently, I realized that I have a Cowboy Chaplain call to ministry. I have been attending and speaking at several cowboy church services. I have also led some of those cowboy church services. My rodeo friends started asking me if I would do their weddings. So, I explained to them that I am not ordained but would consider it. One couple already married. They asked me to act as the cowboy chaplain for their public service amongst their family and friends. I enjoyed the process and began to feel the calling to get ordained.

However, I did not want to buy a certificate online as many people do. Further, I wanted to find an institution that aligned with my Christian values how the Christian Leaders Alliance does. I was thankful to find the Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here) that allowed me to study classes and have the resources needed to complete my goals. After 23 years of competing as a bull rider, it will be my great honor to marry some of my rodeo family and friends. Many of them don’t have a home church or pastor to turn to for a marriage. As a licensed Christian wedding officiant with Christian Leaders Alliance, I can fill that gap.

Study for the Ministry and a Clergy License

I am grateful to study for the ministry at the Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here). Now, becoming a Licensed Christian Wedding Officiant with the Christian Leaders Alliance will help me in my ministry. Then, I can also counsel couples in an official capacity before their marriage. Pre-marital counseling is a much-needed part of the process for all couples. It’s something I wish would have been available for me. However, I had to do it on a trial and error basis. I am pursuing becoming a licensed Christian Wedding Officiant to officially marry couples who have been called into unity with each other and God.

The oldest of four children, God called me from my youth to serve God and my fellow man. I have always felt a purpose for my life and have always had a desire to follow God. The journey has been long and educational. Thankfully, I have become more spiritual because of the journey.

Study for the Ministry at CLI

Since joining the Christian Leaders Institute, I have become a soldier in the Salvation Army. I also have taken a job with the Salvation Army in its homeless division. I am so excited about my future! The classes I’m taking at Christian Leaders Institute are equipping me for my next adventure in the Army of the Lord. It’s all about the training!

Christian Leaders Institute has been a God-sent gift. I would not be able to pursue my mission of ministry without CLI. I could never have been able to afford the training CLI has provided. My hope is that I will be able to sow a great financial seed into the Christian Leaders Institute ministry someday. Thank you, Christian Leaders Institute!

License in Chaplain Ministry

License in Chaplain Ministry

My name is Greg Beamer, and I am thankful to receive a license in Chaplain ministry with the Christian Leaders Alliance. I live outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, with my wife Terri. We will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this year. Our two beautiful and amazing grown daughters now have children of their own. Three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren make life interesting and fun.

I retired from the corporate world and thought we would just relax and muddle through the pandemic of 2020. However, we did not realize God has other plans for me. God is true to His Word in Jeremiah 29:11 NIV, “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

My Journey

I accepted the Lord at twelve years of age and had a desire to go to Bible School in Philadelphia. However, life got in the way and other plans transpired. Fast forward to my adult years, I knew I had a calling to serve the Lord, but I did not know the direction. In the Navy, I worked as a Hospital Corpsman, ran an ambulance service after my military service, and served in the church. Yet something was missing.

As I approached retirement, I felt a strong calling to follow my dreams as a young boy to go into the ministry. Talking with my friend who is a Pastor, we prayed for God’s will to be done. Yes! God listens and answers prayers. My granddaughter last year asked me to officiate her wedding. What an honor and push from God to get going!

Looking for training, I found the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here). So, I obtained a License to Officiate Weddings. However, my training did not stop there, and I have continued with several courses. What excellent Christian-based training I have received at CLI!

Getting a License in Chaplain Ministry

My most recent goal and accomplishment were to receive a License in Chaplain Ministry. One of many volunteer opportunities in life was working as a Volunteer Fire Fighter. In the Navy, I enjoyed talking and working with Chaplains. So, I knew when I found CLI and the training to become a Chaplain, I found where God was leading me. I hope to use this introductory course and other Chaplain/Christian-based training from CLI and Christian Leaders Alliance to further my education and to open opportunities to serve our Lord.