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Christian Leadership Institute

Christian Leadership Institute

An 18-month program to prepare you to teach, reach, lead and minister to others out of your identity in Christ. Our training will grow you through relational, hands-on training for life and leadership in any setting. 

Connect * Grow * Lead * Empower

Developing Christian Leaders

The Christian Leadership Institute is designed to develop your unique identity in Christ. The skills you acquire at College of Athens will empower you to walk in the fullness of who God created you to be as a Kingdom leader. 

Spiritual Transformation

The transformed life is a surrendered life in which the Spirit of God is guiding every aspect of your world. Through spiritual enrichment coursework, focused on Christian disciplines and practices, inner healing becomes the means by which you will be strengthened and empowered to lead in Christ. Deeply-rooted in Biblical ethics, your Christian worldview and faith will be expanded and reshaped by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

“Think of that one person who best reflects the goodness of Christ that you know. They are humble, generous, sacrificial, wise and always have the right prayers, words, scripture and service to bless others. That’s what CLI does. It trains you to be that person. DO IT. You will not regret it and you will never be the same.”- a current CLI participant

“If your gift is leadership, do it diligently.” 

Romans 12:8

After Successful Completion You Will:

  • have deepened your personal walk of faith;
  • be well equipped to lead and serve out of the fullness of your identity in Christ;
  • confidently promote Christ and His Kingdom in your personal sphere of influence; and
  • lead effectively in various lay ministry roles and in the marketplace.

Program Structure

  • You will meet in person one full day at the beginning of each module, and on day of graduation. 
  • Virtual class meetings are blended with small group blocks throughout the month. 
  • Sessions begin every January and July. Each CLI cohort is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

Upcoming Enrollment

Program Dates for 2025 CLI: January 2025- June 2026
Registration deadline: January 7, 2025
Cost: $900 ($300 for spouse) (Payment plans and ministry partner discounts available. For more information contact Paula Riobo at
Dates for in-person classes: January 25, 2025, May 3, 2025, September 13, 2025, January 3, 2026, and April 11, 2026. Cohort will meet 2nd and 4th Thursdays virtually from 6:30-8:30pm. Graduation is June 25, 2026.


Growing Tomorrow's Christian Leaders

Christian Leadership Institute

Beyond a basic Bible study, this 18-month program will prepare and restore you to teach, reach, lead, and minister to others out of your identity in Christ through relational, hands-on training for life and leadership on the home front, in the church, in the marketplace, and across the globe.

The Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) consists of five modules:

Module 1: The Believer’s Identity in Christ
Goal: Participants will articulate the fullness of their personal identity in Christ.
Essential Question(s): Who is God? Who am I in Christ?

Module 2: Personal Spiritual formation
Goal: Participants will demonstrate the routine practices essential to living life in Christ.
Essential Question(s): How do I walk the walk of tangible, abiding faith?

Module 3: Freedom Fighters
Goal: Participants will demonstrate the ability to co-labor with God in making all things new in Christ.
Essential Question(s): How do I co-labor with the Lord to redeem the broken places in myself and in others? How do I fill the empty places with Christ alone? How do I thrive abundantly in Christ and help others do the same?

Module 4: Truth Talkers
Goal: Participants will demonstrate the ability to lovingly confront contemporary culture with an accurate biblical worldview.
Essential Questions: How do I confront darkness with light and lovingkindness? How do I effectively communicate black and white Truth with compassion and grace?

Module 5: Kingdom Leaders
Goal: Participants will effectively fulfill their role as Kingdom ambassadors in their every-day lives.
Essential Questions: How do I effectively release Kingdom into my God-given circle of influence? How do I fulfill my role as a Kingdom ambassador in my family, my workplace and my community?


  • Organized on a life, work, and family-friendly schedule
  • Taught by incredible CoA faculty and community leaders with extensive frontline experience
  • Open to degree and non-degree students
  • New cohorts begin in January and July 
Are you ready to get started?

Classes Start January 2025!

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

Contact Us

To learn more about the Christian Leadership Institute, please contact our Lifelong Ministry Director, Paula Riobo. We are excited to get to know you! 


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