Ministry Foundations / Ministry 101 (3 credits)
Professor: Rev. Henry Reyenga, M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary
Content Providers: Francis Chan, Dr. Bruce Ballast, and Ron Carter
NOTE: This course's name was changed from Ministry 101 to Ministry Foundations. After completing this course, or if you had previously completed it, it will be shown in your transcript as Ministry Foundations.
Overview: Ministry Foundations gives you an excellent foundation for pursuing fundamental ministry and developing your Christian leadership. This course is foundational for those who want to serve in a voluntary (bi-vocational) or salary position in ministry. Ministry Foundations is required for the Basic Ministry Award.
Basic Ministry Award:
- Christian Leaders Connection (3 credits)
- Christian Basics (3 credits)
- Ministry 101 (3 credits)
Total: 9 credits
This course is divided into three sections:
I. The Calling of A Christian Revival Leader - Professor Francis Chan
II. The Core Principles of Leadership for the Christian Leader - Dr. Bruce Ballast
III. Personal Assessment for the Effective Christian Leader - Professor Ron Carter
- See how early Christianity launches revival for today.
- Tie in the Renew, Restore and Revive work of God. What will be your role?
- Discern your calling to serve
- Explore the role of a mentor in your ministry training
- Learn what it takes to become an effective leader.
- Learn the key difference between a leader and a manager.
- Get a working knowledge of the leadership levels.
- Understand the dark side of leadership so that you will stay effective in your leadership.
- Learn the Biblical Foundations for Leadership
- Develop assessment strategies for personal growth as a leader
- Learn how to write a leader mission statement.
- If you have not done so in the Connections class, you will also have the opportunity in this class to test out of the Christian Basics Course. Successfully completing that Christian Basics comprehensive exam earns you the Christian Basics Award.
- View all online lectures and read all articles for each unit. CLI tracks whether you do this.
- Use the discussion forum to ask questions and exchange ideas with others.
- Take the online quiz for each unit. You will have 45 minutes to answer the questions for each quiz. Once a quiz starts, you must finish it and can't retake it. So be ready ahead of time. Each quiz covers readings and video lectures for that unit. While taking the quiz, you may use your notes and refer to articles and other materials. Tip: First, answer all the questions you know. Then try to look up answers to questions you don't know. When you have entered an answer for every question, submit the quiz for grading before the 45-minute limit.
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Your average grade for all assignments in the class must be at least 60%. Otherwise, you will fail the class and will receive no course credit.
Deadline: You have 180 days to finish the course. Complete all assignments before the final deadline, or you will be automatically unenrolled, and all coursework will be removed. You will have to start over and take the class again to receive credit.
Accessibility: Notes or slides accompany most videos in this course.
You are now ready to start the Ministry 101: Ministry Connections Course. Email email@example.com or try visiting our FAQ page if you are having trouble navigating in the class or around CLI's online campus.
- Christian Leaders Connection (3 credits)
Day 1 - 10The following material is taken straight from Francis Chan's very own house church pastor training. This content was exclusive to his house church pastors until now. This was continuing training for the pastors to be successful in leading their congregations.
Watch all of the Qualities of a Leader series one at a time. Do not rush through this section. Instead, stop after each video and go through the reflections and study the Scriptures that go along with each video. All the links in the Suggested Sermons and Suggested Reading section are active. You can click in and you will be directed to the appropriate place.
Day 11 - 20
Day 21 - 30
Thank God for the generous gifts of fellow students, who fund over 50% of the cost of these freely given courses.
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Day 31 - 40
Leadership: What is an Effective Leader
Day 41 - 50
Leadership: Your Personal Mission and Style
Day 51 - 60
Leadership: Leadership Levels and Application
Day 61 - 70
Leadership: Overcoming Challenges and Looking Ahead
Day 71 - 80
You as a Christian Leader - Personal and Ministry Assessment- Part One
Christian Leaders Institute is pleased to make available resources from the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative (DVULI). Professor Ron Carter will help you with personal and ministry assessment. These six presentations are part of a DeVos Urban Leadership Course that has been presented in Large Urban centers in America and is now available for Christian Leaders Institute students and graduates worldwide. These presentations with Ron Carter help launch YOU as a Christian Leader.
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Day 91 - 100
Get Your Basic Ministry Award
You did it! You completed your first ministry training class and your Basic Ministry Christian Leaders Award! This is a big deal! The Basic Ministry Award certified that you have formally examined your calling into ministry. You also have learned the basic elements of ministry, leadership, and assessment.
You have two options for receiving your Official Credentials:
Option 1: Become a Vision Partner at any level. As a Vision Partner, we join together to keep ministry training free of charge. Check out the different Vision Partner Levels and Benefits.
Option 2: You may not be interested or able to become a Vision Partner at this time. Maybe you just want to order your official credential! You can use the button below to do so:
This takes you to your Guidance and Credential Panel where you can order your Official Credentials. Click on the Credential you wish to order and select the option to "Order Now"
Day 101 - 111
Read the inspiring testimony of this fellow Christian Leaders Institute student:
He has ministry dreams that CLI is helping him to achieve!
CLI student Paul O.Toritseju
"I am Paul O.Toritseju, I am a Nigerian. I hail from the Niger Delta area of southern Nigeria. I was born on February 3rd 1972 to both Nigerian parents...
I was born into a Christian religious family. My religious background from the African Indeginous Church popularly known as "Cherubim and Seraphim Church. " And by the time I was eighteen years old I moved to the Anglican Church in 1989/90 and it was from here I sensed the call to ministry.
And on Sunday 24th September 1995, I had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and I became born again and was baptised same day in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongue. And on Tuesday 10th of October 1995 at 9:50pm, I heard the call to ministry.
I started out in ministry on Saturday 26th April 1997 as an undergraduate student studying Theater Arts at the Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State Nigeria.
And upon graduation in the year 2000 and after the one year compulsory national youth service to my nation, I went into church planting. But right within me I knew I needed some kind of training in the art and science of ministry.
My church planting experience has not been a pleasant one because I experienced failure in two attempts in church planting. But the call and mercy of God has sustained me in the pursuit of ministry. And I am currently on my third attempt on church planting and I can see God's grace at work already.
It was during the period of mourning the demise of my wife that I came across Christian Leaders Institute in the month of March 2018.
It was a great discovery for me to find a ministry training Institute online with the offer of scholarship. And since I got started with Ministry 101, I have experience a lot of transformation and my family devotion has greatly improved because of the lessons I have taken in CLI...
Far a long time, I have been longing for a formal ministry training but I never had the financial means to pursue it. But I give God the glory for making it possible through the Scholarship programme of Christian Leaders Institution to pursue and having a formal ministry training as this will help me a great deal to fulfilling my ministry dream."
To our Vision Partners, we thank you for making this training possible for students like Paul!
Day 120 - 150
The course has ended. Please make sure all quizzes have been completed. If your work is incomplete, it is considered a drop, and you will have to take the class again in order to receive credit.
Day 151 - 180
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