The Institute for Church Leadership supports pastors in the work of training future leaders in their local congregation. The curriculum provides a way for members of local church leadership teams to be aligned in terms of both sound theology and a biblical philosophy of ministry.

Program Overview

ICL is a certificate program intended for leadership training at a low cost, $70 per course per person. Each course is comprised of 10 lessons, designed for pastors to lead their group through one lesson per week for 10 weeks.
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The courses are derived from the biblical qualifications and characteristics of eldership:
Godly Character | Bible Knowledge | Sound Doctrine | Shepherding Care



A pastor or group leader identifies key members in their church whom they desire to mentor and train up as elders or spiritual leaders. Courses can also be taken by individuals, though they are designed for groups.


The group leader selects a course and creates a group. Group leaders send out invitation links for members to individually sign up for that course. Leaders can choose to pay for the seats in their group or ask members to pay for their own seats. Paid seats are given to the first people to sign up, so invitations should be sent out accordingly.


Once group members are in the course, they can access the course content at any time. The course will stay in their ICL library indefinitely, so it can be used as a reference.


The group leader meets each week (or at their desired pace) with his group to discuss all that they are learning from the course. A leader's guide that includes discussion questions is provided as part of the curriculum package.
And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 2:2 NASB