Contextualized Leadership Development

Contextualized Leadership Development

Contextualized Leadership Development (CLD) is dedicated to Gateway Seminary’s mission to equip leaders who expand God’s kingdom. CLD centers all over North America provide classes at a post-high school level to train effective Christian leaders for the churches of many people groups.

Depending on location, Gateway CLD centers offer classes in English, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Chinese, Hmong, Mien, Russian, and Haitian.

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CLD offers the following programs:

  • Diploma in Christian Ministries
  • Diploma in Church Planting
  • Diploma in Theology
  • Bible Teaching Certificate
  • Mission Studies Certificate
  • Pastoral Ministry Certificate
  • Small Church Leadership Certificate

Why CLD centers?

Gateway Seminary’s CLD centers began with the mission to provide accessible ministry training at a post-high school level. Since 1980, dozens of CLD centers teaching classes in several languages have offered affordable, quality education to ministry leaders across the United States and around the globe.

CLD centers are established under a cooperative agreement between Gateway Seminary and a local Southern Baptist church, association, or state convention. To establish a new CLD center, please fill out and submit the CLD Center Application form, along with a $35 application fee. If you have questions, contact us at the address below.

If you feel that you are qualified to be a CLD instructor, please fill out and submit the CLD Instructor Application Form.

Academic Programs

Diploma Programs

The CLD diploma programs are designed to facilitate completion in 1-2 years for the Diploma in Christian Ministries and 3-4 years for the diplomas in Theology or Church Planting.

Diploma in Christian Ministries (DCM): Total of 24 hours

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Baptist Heritage and Practice
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Ministry Foundations
  • Communicating the Gospel: Preaching and Teaching that Transforms
  • Missions, Evangelism, and Church Planting
  • Three hours of electives

Diploma in Theology (DTH): Total of 28 hours (in addition to the DCM for a total of 52)

  • Intermediate Old Testament
  • Intermediate New Testament
  • Survey of Christian History
  • Intermediate Christian Theology
  • Spiritual and Leadership Formation
  • Leadership in Ministry Practicum I & II
  • Planned Pulpit Leadership or Principles and Approaches to Bible Teaching
  • Educational Ministry of the Church
  • Three hours of electives

Diploma in Church Planting (DCP): Total of 28 hours (in addition to the DCM for a total of 52)

  • Intermediate Old Testament
  • Intermediate New Testament
  • Survey of Christian History
  • Intermediate Christian Theology
  • Spiritual and Leadership Formation
  • Leadership in Ministry Practicum I & II
  • Planned Pulpit Leadership or Principles and Approaches to Bible Teaching
  • Educational Ministry of the Church
  • Introduction to Church Planting

CLD Certificate Programs

The CLD certificate programs are designed to facilitate completion in 1-2 years.

Bible Teaching Certificate (BTC-CLD): Total of 12 hours

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • How to Understand the Bible/Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Principles and Approaches to Bible Teaching

Missions Studies Certificate (MSC-CLD): Total of 12 hours

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • A three-hour elective course that will help equip a missionary for their particular assignment on the field

Pastoral Ministry Certificate (PMC-CLD): Total of 12 hours

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Communication the Gospel: Preaching and Teaching that Transforms
  • Pastoral Ministry

Small Church Leadership Certificate (SCLC-CLD): Total of 12 hours

  • Ministry Foundations
  • Organizing and Leading the Small Church/Church Administration and Growth
  • Maturing and Multiplying God's People/Principles of Discipleship
  • Pastoral Ministry or Introduction to Christian Counseling