What the CLI Program Looks Like

CLI Weekly Gatherings (25%)
Residents will meet together in the morning before working in their ministry areas. Time will be spent hearing from pastors/leaders on leadership and personal development, book reading discussion, community and prayer.

Hands On Ministry Experience (75%)
Residents will be assigned a full-time staff position at Central Christian Church within a ministry that fits his/her gifting and passion.

Friday is a day of rest.
Saturday/Sunday residents will work inside their ministry areas for assigned church services.

Global Peacemaking Trip
We believe that a leader’s view of the world has an enormous impact on his/her local leadership. Central Christian Church has a heart for peacemaking and ministering to the Muslim community both locally and globally. We will spend Block Four focused on Kingdom Leadership (God’s heart for the nations) and then experience a 2-week excursion to either North East Africa or Israel-Palestine. Trip locations vary by CLI year.

Block One: Orientation

  • How to Succeed as a CLI Resident
  • Leadership 101
  • Central Policies & Culture
  • Strengths Finder Assessment
  • Enneagram Assessment Workshop
  • CLI Expectations & Syllabus
  • Event: CLI Team Building Activity
  • Meet Central Staff
  • Dinner with CLI Staff Families & Team
  • Ministry Welcome Parties

Block Two: Leadership Essentials
This block focuses on a foundation of leadership training. Examples of classes are:

  • Attend the Global Leadership Summit
  • CLI Retreat in Happy Jack, AZ
  • Leadership Lessons from Cal Jernigan (Senior Pastor)
  • A New Paradigm in Leading
  • Building Blocks of Vision
  • Thriving in the Modern Workplace
  • Principles in Personal Finance
  • Event Planning for Ministry
  • Budgeting for Ministry

Block Three: Practical Ministry

  • Field Trip to Thriving Business with Kingdom Values
  • Principles for Business Strategy (Ministry in the Marketplace)
  • Personal Inventory
  • Leading Servant Ministers (volunteers)
  • Ministry & Mental Health
  • Keeping True to Your Calling (Generalist vs. Specialist)
  • Leading People Through Crisis
  • Humility
  • Evangelism
  • How to Navigate Unexpected Change
  • Helping Families in Today’s Generation
  • Identity in Christ
  • Prayer Retreat: Solitude & Listening Prayer
  • Staff Stories

Block Four: Kingdom Leadership
This block focuses on God’s heart for the nations, peacemaking and global missions. Examples of classes are:

  • Disciplemaking Movements
  • Women for the Nations Collective
  • Jesus & the Qur’an (Peacemaking with Muslims)
  • Mosque visit & Prayer walk
  • Ministry to Refugees
  • Training for Global Trip to NE Africa & Israel Palestine
  • Peacemaking and the Gay Community
  • Peacemaking and Racism
  • Prison Ministry
  • Discipleship: A Journey Toward Jesus & Away from Self

Block Five: Words of Wisdom
This block focuses on leading with emotional intelligence, learning from leaders’ mistakes and success. Examples of classes are:

  • 10 Things About Ministry That College Didn’t Teach You
  • Receiving Feedback
  • Work-Life Health
  • 11 Things The Future Holds
  • Communicating & Listening
  • The Three C’s (Character, Competence & Chemistry)
  • Leading When There’s No Emotion Left
  • Church Creation Experience
  • Your First Boardroom Meeting
  • Lessons from a Former Pastor
  • Leading: Confront vs. Encourage

Block Six: Preparing to Launch
This block focuses on preparing you for your next job in ministry. Examples of classes are:

  • Resume Distinction
  • On Camera Experience
  • Leaving a Legacy
  • Successful Interviewing
  • Networking Skills
  • Managing Your Online Brand/Presence
  • Job search time

Conclusion & Summer Camps

  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Completion Dinner
  • Exit Interviews
  • Year End Paper
  • Summer Camps
  • Move Outs

Additional Experiences:
Retreats & Conferences
Leadership Projects
Process Papers/Evaluations for CLI Classes
Teaching Opportunities
Meeting Monthly with a Personal Mentor
Field Trips & Excursions
Made for More events (serving the community)
Leadership, Ministry & Personal Growth Book Reading