Church Leadership Institute (CLI)

A REGION MINISTRY OF ABC-IN/KY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ABC-GI AND SPONSORING AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES & ASSOCIATIONS

Would you like to go deeper and mature in your faith journey?  Would you like to grow in your knowledge and skills for leadership?  Do you desire further education for leadership in the church, but seminary is not possible?  Then, Church Leadership Institute was designed for you.  CLI is an ABC Region Ministry growing, equipping & enriching Christians for ministry to their home churches, communities and associations.  It is for any Christian wanting to deepen their discipleship journey, develop their gifts and skills, and/or dedicate their lives to serving Christ, the church, and the world.

MISSION                                                                                                                                                                 The Church Leadership Institute shall assist the churches of the American Baptist Churches of Indiana-Kentucky & Greater Indianapolis and to identify, educate, and encourage lay persons as they respond to God’s call into new areas of church leadership.

 

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE: 

  • Enrichment Participation for credit  (Continuing Education Units Available)
  • Program Participation for credit towards the program of your choice
  • Audit Student
  • Spouse Audit

You are welcome to select & enroll in “classes of interest” which we call our personal enrichment course of study, but in order to be awarded the credentials for the Certificate of Christian Leadership and Diploma of Pastoral Studies you must meet those program guidelines.

You may choose between two different programs. The Certificate of Christian Leadership program is a two-year program that introduces you to the core subjects that you might find in many seminary curricula. In addition, you will receive practical instruction in leadership and teaching skills. It is highly recommended (but not required) that each certificate student work with a mentor such as a pastor or respected layperson.

If you have sensed God’s call to any or all of the following:

• serve in a leadership position in your church–Officer, Deacon or Leadership Board, Bible Study Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Ministry Leader, Youth Ministry Volunteer, etc

• support your pastor in ministry

• supply for your pastor in the pulpit

• serve as a bi-vocational pastor

• seek “in church ordination”

…you would continue your studies for another year in the Diploma of Pastoral Studies program. These courses will introduce you to some of the practical areas of pastoral ministry.  A majority of our lay leaders participating in CLI enroll in these class topics as well, because they are practical growing opportunities for every Christian leader and not limited for those interested or serving in pastoral leadership.

You must complete your course work within five (5) years to earn your credentials in either program.

You can enroll in CLI anytime!

For more information please email Jennifer Greene at the Region office or contact at 317-635-3552, ext. 221