What the CLI Program Looks Like

CLI Residents are paid, full-time (40 hours) employees of Central Christian Church. Medical & dental insurance is offered, as well as vacation and sick time. Time will be split between learning from pastors, business and world-class leaders, and working in a ministry at Central.

CLI Weekly Gatherings (35%)
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 (65%)
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 the early Spring focused on Peacemaking and then experience a 2-week excursion to North East Africa/Israel-Palestine. Trip locations vary by CLI year.

Block One: Orientation

  • How to Succeed as a CLI Resident
  • Leadership 101
  • Central Policies & Culture
  • CLI Expectations & Syllabus
  • DISC Assessment Workshop
  • 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 (Lead Pastor)
  • A New Paradigm in Leading
  • Principles in Personal Finance
  • The Impact of Emotional Health on Spiritual Health
  • A Theology of Leadership
  • Vision and Leadership
  • Influencing Culture
  • Communicating a Clear Message

Block Three: Practical Ministry 
This block focuses on practical training in real-world ministry situations and circumstances. Examples of classes are:

  • Leading Servant Ministers (volunteers)
  • Ministry & Mental Health
  • Mentoring
  • Leading with No Emotion Left
  • Serving the Broken-hearted
  • Prison Ministry
  • Homeless Ministry
  • A Theology of Minsitry
  • Bivocational Ministry
  • Not Getting Caught Up in the Subculture
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Women in Leadership
  • Creating Spiritual Rhythms
  • Event Planning in Ministry
  • Budgeting in Ministry
  • Opening a Campus
  • Optimizing the Guest Experience
  • Church Safety
  • Church Creation Experience

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

  • Disciple-making Movements
  • Mosque Visit
  • Ministry to Refugees
  • Training for Global Trip to Northeast Africa/the Middle East
  • Peacemaking and the LGBTQ Community
  • Peacemaking and Racism
  • Amplify Peace
  • Creating Interfaith Dialogue
  • Evangelism
  • A Theology of Peacemaking

Block Five: Higher Level Leadership
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
  • Work-Life Health
  • 11 Things The Future Holds for the Church
  • Discipleship: A Journey Toward Christ
  • Field Trip to a Thriving Business with Kingdom Values
  • Change & Ambiguity in Ministry
  • Integrity Coaching
  • The Art of Asking Great Questions

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
  • Job search time
  • Beginning a New Leadership Role
  • Navigating Change
  • Staying True to Your Calling
  • How to Transition Well

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 a Difference events (serving the community)
Leadership, Ministry & Personal Growth Book Reading