David Lee Brown
My Experience with Christian Leaders Institute
Christian Leaders Institute is a free online learning website that provides exactly what it professes to offer – free classes. The only thing it costs you is your time. My Experience with Christian Leaders Institute has been excellent. For the most part, I'm wholeheartedly recommending Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) to everyone that wants either continuing education or loves learning about all things Biblical. The only thing that I have a problem with is their eschatology. They lean strongly toward Amillennial, while I'm a Pre-tribulation rapture person. But other than that, I'm delighted with their courses and theology.
My Personal Experience with Christian Leaders Institute
I've loved the courses offered and enjoyed the reaffirmation of my journey through the Bible. Before I found CLI, I had already read and studied my way through the Bible three times. So, I knew the Bible well and could easily judge whether the CLI courses were worth taking. I was overjoyed to learn that they believed, for the most part, as I believe. They are more liberal concerning women in ministry than I am because I believe that only a man should be a Pastor or Bishop. This truth is in 1 Timothy 3:2-5 and Titus 1:6-9. As stated above, they are also Amillennial advocates, with which I'm afraid I must disagree. Other than these two theological hiccups, I believe they are rock solid. I can overlook these differences to gain a great learning experience at no cost.
What Do They Offer?
They are not just an institute of higher learning offering free classes. The Christian Leaders Alliance also offers minister certification, licensure, and ordination. I've almost completed my certification as a Wedding Officiant and am working toward being a certified Life Coach minister and Licensed Minister. I'm not currently seeking ordination because I would have to quit my Gideon ministry through The Gideons International. So, for now, I'll stop at Licensed Minister. But that's not all; they also have the Christian Leaders College, where you can earn Associate and Bachelor degrees in various specialties. The college does have some costs, but you can earn a Bachelor's degree for about $3000 in total. That's much cheaper than any standard degree program. Several affiliated colleges accept their credits if you want to pursue a Masters or Doctoral degree. These Universities include Liberty University, Ohio Christian University, Western Theological Seminary, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Northern Seminary, among others.
Costs in My Experience with Christian Leaders Institute
The classes are free, and you can also download Awards and Certificates for free. If you want an official certificate, there is a cost for them. Awards are $50, Certificates are $80, and Diplomas are $100, but you can download and print them too. Minister credentials range from $25 - $200, depending on the package you want for your personal needs. But no matter how you slice it, Christian Leaders Institute, Christian Leaders Alliance, and Christian Leaders College are a great deal. You get outstanding training, education, and fellowship for a fraction of what you would spend at a regular college. But if you didn't want to spend a penny but still take the courses for the joy of learning, you can! Absolutely free courses are available 24-7-365 or 366 days on a leap year. You cannot go wrong! It's especially wonderful for mature Christians already solid in their faith and knowledge of scripture because these courses can build on your already solid faith. It's also great for new Christians or non-Christians too. These courses have built the faith of new Christians and opened the door to faith for non-Christians. Again, you can't go wrong!
My Continuing Experience with Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance
I love the courses, the Awards, and the Certificates. And one day in the future, I'm looking forward to a Diploma in Divinity. I still have some work on that one, but I'm very close to earning the right to be a Wedding Officiant, Certified Life Coach Minister, and Licensed Minister. I look forward to achieving these goals and applying what I learn to the ministries in which I'm involved. So, if you want to further your general knowledge, knowledge of scripture, or pursue ministry credentials, I wholeheartedly recommend starting with CLI admission and then pressing forward to whatever the Holy Spirit is leading you to do. Start here and click on Sign Up. It will be a great experience!