About Christian Leaders Institute's Leadership Excellence School

Christian Leaders Institute offers tuition-free courses and low-fee credential programs for anyone who has internet access. CLI’s Leadership Excellence School administers Associate & Bachelor Degrees in Chaplaincy, Divinity, and Christian Leadership. 

Mission: Launch Leaders

Christian Leaders Institute is an institution of higher education with the mission to launch leaders worldwide with deep biblical knowledge, vibrant godliness, strong and empowered ministry skills, and a passion for making disciples, expanding God’s church, and sparking revival.

Goals: Easily Accessible Higher Education

Available Education – Personal, Ministry, or Professional

Education for persons called by God to grow in their Christian walk and to serve in ministry for the advancement of the gospel, whether personal, volunteer, part-time, or full-time.

Faithful Education – Based on the Bible and Christian Theology

The development of the student’s knowledge of the Bible and spiritual formation to enable building a worldview and way of life rooted in and centered around Jesus Christ.

Diverse – Global Impact

The expansion of students’ skills and understanding of their call and gifts for the advancement of effective ministry in diverse cultural contexts.

Relational – Local Connections of Learning

Understand the meaning and explore the importance of relational ministry utilizing a local mentor who encourages and models holistic improvement for ministry.

Credentialed – Adult Education Program, College Degree Program, and Clergy Recognition Program

Education to achieve the necessary credentials and recognition for ministry opportunities worldwide.

Leadership – Dedicated administrators and staff with integrity

Connect to institutional personnel that model integrity, a culture of improvement, and educational effectiveness.


Accessible learning resources of diverse media for the support of teaching and learning.


Qualified and credentialed practitioners who are trustworthy in teaching and guiding their students in their personal and professional ministry preparation.

Contact Information

Michigan Location

17771 West Spring Lake Road
Spring Lake, Michigan 49456

Phone: (616) 777-0305

Florida Headquarters

7600 Bryan Dairy Road,
Suite B, Suncoast Plaza
Largo, Florida 33777

Phone: (616) 777-0305

Hours of Operation

Offices are open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday. 


State of Florida: Christian Leaders Institute is exempted from oversight by the Florida Commission for Independent Education to grant religious degrees.

Christian Leaders Institute holds applicant status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation:

5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808.

Applicant status is a pre-membership status granted to those institutions that meet the ABHE Conditions of Eligibility and that possess such qualities as may provide a basis for achieving candidate status within five years.