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 Ministry Award
    1. Christian Leaders Connection (3 credits)
    2. Christian Basics (3 credits)
    3. Ministry 101 (3 credits)
  3. Complete the Deacon Minister Ordination Class (1 credit)
    1. Get three recommendations from your local community, possibly including a Christian Leaders Alliance ordained mentor.
    2. Receive your official ordination documents from Christian Leaders Alliance, sent through the Christian Leaders Institute offices.
    3. Be ordained by the laying on of hands.
    4. Be included in the Christian Leaders Alliance ordination directory.
  4. Complete the additional 15 credits of ministry training
    1. Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
    2. New Testament Survey (3 credits)
    3. People Smart for Ministry (3 credits)
    4. Church and Ministry (3 credits)
    5. Developing House Churches (3 credits)
  5. 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

Ordained Small Group Minister Training Requirements Review:

  • Christian Leaders Connection (3 credits)
  • Ministry 101 (3 Credits)
  • Christian Basics (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: 26

Credible Ordination Training

Credible Ordination Training

Credible Ordination Training at CLI and Ordination with CLA

My name is Brian Ngubane, and the credible ordination training with CLI is a blessing. I was born again in 1992 at age 17. It was on a Sunday evening during our family prayer when all of a sudden, I felt the hand of God over me. All the wrong that I had done flashed before me in a matter of seconds. I had never cried so much. I asked God to forgive me, and then I felt this weight lift off my shoulders. After that, the joy and peace of God filled my heart. Since that day, my life has never been the same.

I have a passion for accurately teaching the word of God. False teachers have misled people. It is time for the children of God to arise and proclaim the real good news of the kingdom of God. I, together with my wife and kids, are starting a church in rural Pretoria, South Africa. I am trusting by the grace of God that this will grow into multiple churches across South Africa.

Getting official recognition as a minister of the gospel became imperative for me. It was essential to have credible ordination training and recognition before launching a church. Many false prophets have no accountability anywhere operating within our country today. I did not want our ministry to be mistaken for one of those numbers. Therefore, becoming part of a broader body of accountability, that can be verified internationally as well is essential.

The deacon minister training at CLI as a whole has been truly invaluable. So much so that we have decided that we would make it compulsory for all our church leaders to enroll for leadership training with CLI. Through this deacon minister ordination, one can confidently say that I have the necessary skills and credibility to do the work of the ministry. I am excited about that. I also feel that one has somewhere they belong in the broader body of Christ with global recognition with the Christian Leaders Alliance.

God has been opening doors for us, and we have been able to obtain a piece of land for our church building. Our prayer request is that we would have the necessary financial resources for the church building. We are also working on building a Christian school for the underprivileged community in the same area. Please also pray for us in this work. Blessings to you!

Women’s Ministry Ordination

Women's Ministry

Women’s Ministry Journey

My name is Tina-Marie Meyer, and here is my women’s ministry journey. I live in Pretoria, South Africa. Born in a small town called Swakopmund in Namibia, I am the oldest of three children. Raised as a Christian, I never really knew what it meant to be a Christian. My parents dropped us off at Sunday school on a Sunday morning, while they stayed at home. When I was about 10 or 11 years old, my father decided to go to a different denomination. He convinced my mother to try out a new church. It was quite an experience to go to a Pentecostal church.

Although my parents went to church more often after the change, it was still a struggle for me. I saw that my father was not living the same life at home that he was living at church. At church and in front of his friends, he was one person, but at home, things were very different. When I was 12 years old, I told my grandmother, who was living with us, that I had been sexually molested by my father. It was difficult times that followed. My father started treating me differently, and I became a different person. I rebelled against my father and did not want to be there anymore.

At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with cysts on my ovaries. After that, I went back to the hospital at least once a year for yet another operation. I ended up with severe endometriosis, which led to infertility. At age 19, I got married to escape my home environment. When I was 24, my husband had an affair, and we divorced.

God Showed Up

I always longed for love. When someone showed me something that looked like love, I grabbed it with both hands. Yet, I still did not have or know how to have a relationship with God, but my best friend did. She knew everything about me. After I got married the second time, she invited me to a gathering at their home with some friends from church. That evening, she prayed for me. She asked God, if it was His Will, that He would open my womb and that I would be able to have children.

After that day, God started working in my life. I worked on having a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Although it took years for me to understand and to grow in the Spirit, I saw all the miracles in my life. I knew that God was in charge. God blessed me with two miracle babies after I had a miscarriage first. By the time my second child was born, I had yet another divorce. I felt so guilty because I was trying to live according to God’s will and knew that divorce was not a part of that, but God showed me the way. I learned to depend on Him alone. With difficulty, I raised my children on my own. I had to be both mother and father, to provide for us, and to teach them the right way.

Challenges and Gifts

There were many times in the next few years that I had to go through facing my children’s father about issues. Enduring challenging times, having financial problems, praying for food on the table, losing jobs, finding new employment, and staying strong through all these hardships taught me that all these afflictions made me stronger in my faith and my walk with the Lord. I held on to Isaiah 28:23-29. I had to learn how to forgive and not be bitter, to use everything that happened to me as a testimony, and to let God use me for His purpose.

As I got healing in my life, I got more contentment in my life. I wasn’t looking for something or someone anymore. And when I least expected it, the Lord sent another miracle my way. I married the love of my life. Not only was he a man of God, but he came as a package with his little girl, who was six at the time, and I had another child to raise.

House Church and Women’s Ministry

Whenever I speak to other women that are going through difficult marriages, financial problems or having issues with their children, I find myself helping with advice. I pray with them because I can usually relate to them. We grow in our faith and understanding every day. Doing these ministry courses at Christian Leaders Institute is helping me to extend my knowledge and to be able to be there for other women in need. The ordination with Christian Leaders Alliance gives me greater credibility in women’s ministry and our house church ministry.

My husband and I work together as a team in our own business. God sends people on our path that need our help and support. Because a lot of these people are not attending a church, we started a house church. That is where some of our employees and clients are also attending every Sunday.

I am grateful that God did not let me be. He sent people on my way that made an impact on my life. I pray that He uses me, so I make that same impact on other people’s lives. I don’t want to be ordinary for God, I want to be extraordinary for God. My desire is to change every day of my life and to grow every day of my life. May I hear God say to me, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Then, I will know that I did what pleased God.

Spiritual Journey to Ordination

Spiritual Journey to Ordination

My Spiritual Journey to Ordination at CLA

My name is Johan Jacobs from South Africa, and here is the story of my spiritual journey to ordination. When I made a commitment to serve God more than 25 years ago, I never thought that I would consider being ordained in any ministry role. To be ordained was never a goal in my ministry walk with God. My view on this was, “If I have the Bible then I am good to go.” However, thinking back I  realize what a mess my life was.

Struggles in my Spiritual Journey to Ordination

I spent more time in the “belly of the whale” than I want to admit. Over the years, it was easy for me to forget what God says in his word. Isaiah 43:1 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” But God never forgets. I knew Him as a loving Father who wants the best for me as it says in Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

After 25 years and many failures in my walk with God, I know one thing for sure. God does not do background checks to see if you did something wrong. He is not an FBI or CIA agent. He is God Almighty. All he wants is for us to be like the sinner next to Jesus on the cross who had ONE request. “Please, remember me!!!”

Study at CLI and Ordination with CLA

Finding the Christian Leaders Institute was instrumental in my spiritual journey to ordination. The courses have encouraged me to take the step of ordination. Strengthening my walk with God has helped me on my spiritual journey to ordination at CLA.

However, getting the confirmation letters was one of my biggest challenges yet. It was not because of a lack of enough people in my life to write something, but the fear of failure. I was afraid of people telling me I failed them. It was also the fear of them telling me my walk with God is a disappointment to them. Ultimately, it was a fear of failing God.

But, that did not happen. Being ordained with the Christian Leaders Alliance means so much to me. Not because of the title, but because I have been set apart. I am chosen by God to follow in His footsteps and proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Thank you, CLI and CLA!