The Centers for Native Leadership Development (CNLD) is a part of the ministry of the Native American Fellowship of the Assemblies of God. Our intention is to provide local ministry training in Native country that is affordable and meets the credentialing requirements of the Assemblies of God. Although the materials are designed to meet credentialing needs in the Assemblies of God anyone who is interested in learning more about God’s Word or church leadership is welcome to enroll in the courses. Those from non-Assembly of God church backgrounds are welcome to join us. There is a one time fee for enrolling in the CNLD program, a fee for each course, and each course requires the purchase of the book that is part of the course. We have kept these fees to as low as possible, but scholarships for those in need may also be available. The on-line lessons may be viewed without cost by clicking on the links.
The Centers for Native Leadership Development brings training to your church, thus eliminating the need for travel to a college or district office. The training offer is designed to be sensitive to the needs and learning styles of Indigenous people. A representative of the Native American Fellowship will normally be the pilot instructor. However, one of the long term goals of the CNLD program is that those who receive training in the program become instructors themselves. We believe that local instructors with a good understanding of the biblical materials will be more effective in communicating the truth of God’s Word in a culturally relevant manner than someone from outside of the community. The intention of the CNLD program is that each local CNLD become self-supporting, self-propagating, and self-governing under the broader umbrella of the CNLD charter held by the Native American Fellowship. If you are interested in bringing training from this program to your church please contact us. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of the page and on the “Contact Us” page of this website. Below are links to specific information for the Centers for Native Leadership Development.
A key component to the success of the CNLD program is hands-on involvement in ministry. As a result, each student needs to work with a local mentor. The mentor will normally be a pastor, but can be any mature Christian who agrees to serve as a mentor and is approved by the student’s pastor. Each course includes a “service learning project.” The service learning project involves the student using the some part of the things he or she has learned in the course to minister to others and then complete a very brief report regarding this. Each course includes lesson and unit quizzes as well as a final exam. Course grade is based on a final exam (graded) and the completion of the Service Learning Project (non-graded).
We are working on developing an on-line version of the CNLD. The on-line version requires the purchase of the course text, watching the course lesson videos, and completion of the Service Learning Project. The audio-video course lessons are generally about 45 minutes in length, but some are longer. The on-line version will also include one Zoom meeting with the instructor and other students for each unit in the course. This time will be used to answer student questions and to hear the students’ thoughts and reflections on the lesson information. To register for the on-line CNLD please complete the form provided on the “CNLD On-line Registration” page or contact us via email or phone.
CNLD ON-LINE REGISTRATION