The WEA-Leadership Institute provides Evangelical Alliance leaders and others with essential association management skills for effective service. We do this by helping association leaders to unite, represent, and serve their constituents by developing skills in leading, funding and partnering. The Certificate in Association Leadership will provide association leaders with job-ready certifiable skills to effectively run their alliance, network or association.

The Certificate in Association Leadership consists of five courses and a summative project. Successful participants will complete all five courses and contribute a paper demonstrating the integration of all five courses in the work and ministry of their organization.

Our strength is in unity – our effectiveness is through our people!

Course Descriptions:

  1. Association Leadership Essentials - Part 1

    This course will introduce you to the core leadership essentials and foundational building blocks of the association and alliance ministry model. You’ll discover why the leadership competencies and organizational structures of alliances and associations are dramatically different from other models.

    Using the expertise and best practices of selected General Secretaries and leaders of many of WEA’s National Evangelical Alliances, you will develop a philosophy of alliance/association leadership and explore the core competencies required of alliance/association leaders, staff members, board members and key volunteers.

    The course will also present the basic leadership and management core competencies for building and sustaining a membership-based National Evangelical Alliance using the most effective association model for your alliance from the five operating models presented. The sessions will also include highly practical tools and templates that you can begin using immediately.

  2. Association Leadership Essentials - Part 2

    This course will present strategies to move your association from good to great and to see members become volunteers. Different research instruments and tools will be presented along with their most appropriate usage. The concept of best practices will be explored with the goal of creating an environment of continuous improvement of the association and its constituencies.

    This course will also create a biblical understanding of finances as related to kingdom work. The three primary incomes streams (dues, donors and other) will be explored and their potential applied to the student’s specific context. Participants will review budgeting processes and will hone their skills in writing funding proposals.

  3. Building Strong Partnerships

    The purpose of this course is to provide a theological construct of unity and how that powerfully shapes our ability to influence the world for Kingdom transformation. The nature of the church, its role and function in the world will be explored along with the issues that make this task challenging. Positive examples of evangelical unity will be highlighted.

    Students will gain a greater appreciation for the importance of partnership to the success of evangelical alliances. The steps for initiating partnerships and leading them to productive outcomes will be reviewed and applied to context specific situations. This course will also provide a particular focus on positioning alliances to serve as platforms for partnerships.

  4. Effective Public Engagement

    In this course students will understand the role of God’s people in the public arena and how alliances can serve as the trusted voice for Evangelicals. It explores the publics with which Evangelicals must engage and how to influence these publics through sustained analysis.

    It discusses tactical approaches and appropriate attitudes in engaging government and other public policy makers, and addresses both the need and our unique ability as Evangelicals to be a voice for the voiceless particularly related to those suffering religious persecution and those living in deep poverty.

    The course aims at acquainting the student with a targeted approach in using different media channels for communication. It explores the use of print, multi-media and Internet communication technologies and how to use the right medium for communication tasks.

  5. The Spirit and Character of Effective Alliance Leaders

    This course explores the desirable leadership attitudes and traits that are characterized by humility, a servant’s heart and an integrity that inspires confidence and trust. The course analyzes various spiritual traditions and disciplines popularized as methodologies for developing a robust spirituality that transforms character. A significant amount of time will be dedicated to the study of both the beatitudes and the fruit of the Spirit. The course assignments and readings are immensely practical and designed to invoke spiritual growth and desire for inner renewal by the Spirit of God.

Course Methodologies

Courses require between 120 and 135 hours of work. Normally, thirty topics are covered over a ten week period and will not last longer than 12 consecutive weeks. Each course follows a written manual and is augmented by audio/visual input from the course creator and special guests. Participants without a broadband Internet access are encouraged to enrol well in advance in order to receive digital materials before the course starts. Each course is designed to stimulate interaction and dialogue. A case study methodology is common and course projects are submitted for group review. Additional reading requirements and other assignments depend on the topic and course creator/facilitator. All work and lecture materials are designed to be immensely practical for the immediate ministry of alliance and association leaders.

The Leadership Institute exists to serve future Alliance leaders.

Learning Events and Activities:

  • Face-to-face workshops – these introductory workshops serve as an initiation into the topics of association leadership and are held in conjunction with Regional Alliance gatherings.
  • E-learning through MyCourses managed by our educational partner Olivet University

Academic Requirements

Students lacking academic credentials are still welcome to apply for the Certificate and register in courses when auditing (not for credit) provided they can maintain adequate work and study standards.

Demonstration of previous academic study is required during the application process. Students seeking academic credit must apply in both the WEA-LI program as well as with the accrediting educational partner. The accrediting educational partner (e.g., Olivet University) sets the necessary standards of admittance for credit. Transcripts and proof of previous studies should be requested following the instructions of the accrediting educational partner.

How to Apply?

Applications are available by request or online by going to the Online Application or to the PDF form also available online.

Applications must be completed prior to registration in a course (regardless of whether the student wants to complete the certificate or not).

Dates and Fees:



  • The Leadership Institute uses the following fee structure (prices are in US Dollars):
    • Application Fee: $25.00 (nonrefundable)
    • Placement (reservation) Fee upon Registration: $100
      (non-refundable, but the $100 will be deducted from the cost of the tuition at the final installment payment).
    • Courses for audit:
      Fee for students associated with WEA members: $400.00
      Fee for students not associated with WEA members: $600.00
    • Courses for credit (Bachelor degree):
      Fee for students associated with WEA members: $850.00
      Fee for students not associated with WEA members: $1,000.00
    • Courses for credit (Master’s degree):
      Fee for students associated with WEA members: $1,000.00
      Fee for students not associated with WEA members: $1,200.00
    • Summative Project Administrative Fee:
      Fee for students associated with WEA members: $125.00
      Fee for students not associated with WEA members: $250.00
    • Course fees can be paid in 2 installments.
    • Fee payment schedule (does not apply to intensives):
      • At registration: $100.00 (nonrefundable, but credited towards tuition fees)
      • At the start of the course: 50% of required tuition
      • On the sixth week: 50% of required tuition less the $100 placement fee.
  • Other Fees:
    • Late Registration Fee: $50.00
    • Transcript Fee: $25.00
    • Certificate Replacement Fee: $25.00
  • Special Group Rates:
    • Because the Leadership Institute was developed to strengthen National Alliances, special group rates are available for WEA related member Alliances, Global Partners, Affiliates, Commissions, Initiatives and Task Forces registering in a course. The cost for a group is reduced by 25% for all of the group registered students. Groups are defined as a minimum of four qualified students from one WEA related member Alliance, Global Partner, Affiliate, Commission, Initiative or Task Force.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance Request forms are available by request and only upon successful completion of application. Limited scholarships are available. The Leadership Institute does not award 100% scholarships. Students needing financial assistance are encouraged to request and fill out the forms and will have to demonstrate the need, and indicate their relationship to the World Evangelical Alliance. Preference will be given to applicants representing WEA related member Alliances, Global Partners, Affiliates, Commissions, Initiatives or Task Forces, and according to demonstrated needs.

Course Registration

Upon the successful completion of an application, payment of the respective fee and receival of 2 recommendation letters, the admitted student may register in the next available course. Only registered students are allowed to participate in courses. Registration in courses is not automatic. Students must solicit registration and will be given a registration key (or confirmation) when the process is complete. Some courses have requisites that will be required prior to registration. Students may take more than one course at a time. However, students will not be registered in a course when previous assignments remain incomplete. Students need to apply and register prior to the respective deadlines. Check Application and Registration deadlines here. Students who wish to register after the registration deadline will have to pay a late registration fee.