Why DLI?

At Destiny Leadership Institute we believe that every church and ministry should be a classroom where Ministry Leaders are identified and equipped for ministry. We also believe that it is critically important that emerging leaders be academically trained, and at the same time, learn to serve. Both the student and the organization benefit greatly from this process.  

We have developed a training program that combines solid academics with real-world experience through hands-on ministry training in a local ministry context. Our program merges the best of both worlds, first-class education through our internet-based learning environment that is connected with seasoned ministry mentors who supervise the student’s application and service in a local ministry setting.  The result is a dynamic educational model where flexibility meets innovation for the purpose of producing world-class ministry leaders. 

We Are...


Destiny Leadership Institute (DLI) is committed to providing access to top quality ministry and leadership training at very affordable tuition rates. Our tuition is a fraction of the cost at similar institutions. This is made possible as a result of our management strategy and the generosity of our covenant partners who subsidize the cost of operation to help keep tuition rates low. 


We recognize that our students have careers, family, and ministry obligations. Our online program is designed to fit well into even the most demanding lifestyle and schedule. It is built to be flexible, while at the same time, structured enough to keep students on track. In this way students can balance their study schedules with other responsibilities as they integrate systematic learning into their daily lives. Therefore, students can work towards a degree at a manageable pace from the comfort of their home. 


The DLI courses are not merely self-guided, correspondence classes. Students regularly collaborate and communicate with students and instructors from here in the US and around the world, while they serve and apply what they are learning through DLI in their local church or ministry settings. Each course is divided into bi-weekly units, so that every two weeks a new section of course materials opens for students to read, study, contemplate, and complete their various assigned tasks. All units incorporate a variety of interactive elements, such as class chats, threaded discussions, and video lectures.

We Have...

Outstanding Teaching

At Destiny Leadership Institute our philosophy is to merge quality academics with real world ministry experience.  We believe that the impact of this type of education in the life of the student can be extraordinary. Our curriculum is designed to provide students an overview of Bible and theology coupled with a clear understanding of servant leadership and the challenges and opportunities associated with real world ministry situations. Well-respected and knowledgeable instructors, who are experts in their fields, guide students through the course materials. 

Hands on Training

DLI is designed so that our students gain practical training in the field of ministry service and leadership in conjunction with their academic studies.  As students study through DLI, they also serve the local church or ministry where they live, under the supervision of local leadership. Their service is then evaluated through self-evaluation forms, papers synthesizing ministry experience with course material, internship-themed discussion boards, and feedback from students’ pastors and leaders who provide oversight.   

Transfer College Credit

Destiny Leadership Institute has an articulation agreement with Ecclesia College. Sudents can transfer up to 36 hours towards an Associates Degree in the Biblical Studies or Christian Leadership program. 



What People Are Saying

  • "My time as a student at DLI has been an essential piece in my pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. I am so thankful for the development that I have experienced since joining DLI. The resources that have been placed in my hands, have been paramount in helping me to develop as a disciple, leader, and pastor. I am able to take the knowledge that I gain through DLI and apply it that very same day in so many aspects of my life. Destiny Leadership Institute is incredible, and I would advise anyone, at any stage in life to pursue the opportunity to join DLI."

    Dustin Watts, Connections Pastor, Calvary Fort Worth, TX

  • "I had been serving at my local church for about four years and over time I developed a strong passion for learning the word of God. I really felt that God was leading me to take another step in developing as a leader, so I inquired about DLI. I was hesitant in the beginning because it had been a while since I was in school, but after praying and seeking God I decided to start. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only has DLI been essential in my growth as a leader, it has also helped me become more deeply rooted in my faith in Christ."

    Shivon Woodard, Christ Church West Monroe, LA

  • "I’ve always had a passion for ministry, but never knew how to practically prepare myself.  Not only was DLI an equipping grounds for me, but it also was the launching pad the Lord used for direction in my life.  From Biblical training, to hands on ministry, to relational support, DLI was extremely foundational to who I am today."

    Stephen Taylor, Young Adult and Outreach Assistant, Christ Church West Monroe, LA

  • "My DLI experience was great! I have a family, a job and feel called to the ministry. Going away to Bible College just was not an option. Through DLI I earned a Ministry Diploma while I served at my local church. I loved the way DLI uses the latest technology to make learning flexible and convenient."

    Roger Powers, Executive Pastor,  The Gathering Place Church, AR

  • "DLI has helped strengthen my confidence in leading as Campus/Senior pastor of Covenant Church Moses Lake. My meditation and study of the word of God has improved immensely. It was so interesting to see God continue to grow my ministry as He does so well, and provide for me a way to receive this education while already being a pastor. Thanks to DLI, I now have a new level of confidence when speaking with friends and other pastors, as well as speaking from the pulpit in Moses Lake,  and wherever else He would use me."

    Jeff Wallace, Staff Pastor, Overcomer Covenant Church, WA