The Christian Leaders Alliance
Christian Leaders Alliance (CLA) is connected to the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI). CLI does the ministry training, the Christian Leaders Alliance guides the commending, licensing, and ordaining of clergy through a process of study and local connections.
Internet scams make your licensing or ordination more of a financial transaction. Christian Leaders Alliance connects you with an ecuministry certification.
Minister Credential Program Vision and Mission
Vision StatementCLA exists to encourage Alliance members to fulfill their ministry calling in reliance on the Holy Spirit and for the glory of Jesus Christ.Mission Statement
Our mission is to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by encouraging and supporting CLA members to fulfill their ministry calling by providing ministry credential recognition, continuing ministry education programs, communication networks, mentoring, and related services. It is our mission to pray for one another, that in relentless reliance on Jesus Christ and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, every CLA member may “lay hold of that for which Jesus Christ has laid hold” of them.
Leaders Alliance (CLA) is blurring the historical lines between clergy and laity. CLA is passionate that volunteers ministers are not only laity but are now considered ministers as well. Historically these leaders have been called lay ministers. We now call them Commended Ministers. See the Commended Minister program.
We are also excited about a quality license and ordination program for bi-vocational and full-time ministers.
You have access to this Minister Credential Program on the internet. You do not move away from your center of influence, but stay where you are to champion more gospel impact!
Sign up now to begin your generosity-driven ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute. You can study all the classes free after you finish the introductory class.
History of the Ordained Minister in the Early Church
The line between clergy and laity was more organic in the first two centuries of the church. In the 300s, around the time of Roman Emperor Constantine, churches stopped identifying local leaders out of their congregations. Instead, they began “calling” them from other places. Eventually, the church hierarchy managed and placed the clergy. Clergy members were usually trained, licensed, or ordained. Most of them eventually were placed in their location by the Bishop. Most were career clergy members. The volunteer ministers were considered lay ministers, and many did not receive training or recognition.
Over the centuries, the grassroots way was lost. Christan Leaders Alliance is returning to the early church way of things. We believe that volunteers, bi-vocational, or vocational ministry leaders are ministers. Whether ordained or licensed or commended, each minister has an important function in the church and kingdom.