Let The NICL Help You Become the Leader That God Intended You to be

What is the NICL?

The NICL is a year-long intensive leadership training designed to take your ministry and personal leadership to the next level. It is a leadership institute designed for church, ministry, and business leaders. The year is composed of 4 separate sessions consisting of 2½ days of intensive training. Participants may also earn up to 12 credit hours towards a Masters degree at several colleges or universities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Pastors
  • Church Planters
  • Denominational Leadership
  • Ministry Coaches
  • Executive Pastors
  • Church Staffs
  • Leaders looking to relaunch their church
  • Leaders wanting to break attendance barriers

What Will You Learn?

  • Board management & finances
  • Leadership Management
  • Strategic leadership for growth
  • Maximizing effective organizational start-ups and re-launches
  • Recruiting and sustaining a healthy volunteer base
  • Staffing: getting the right person in the right place
  • Preaching and Worship


What Past Attendees Are Saying

I have been in full-time ministry in for 21 years and was looking to do some study that would strengthen, refresh and grow my leadership. Someone recommended that I enroll in Dr. Rutland’s National Institute of Christian Leadership. The course was incredible! The principles I learnt from Dr Rutland have already had a huge impact on our church. It was definitely worth flying to the USA four times in 12 months to complete it. In fact, it was so impacting that I have asked Dr Rutland to come and teach the course to Pastors and Leaders in Australia.

Paul Geerling

Senior Pastor , iSEE Church, Brisbane Australia

I have for many years desired to continue my education. When I was introduced to NICL I found an educational process that fit both my schedule and goals. The quality of higher learning was in no way compromised by a unique approach to graduate level learning. As a result of completing this year of study I have enrolled in a fully accredited graduate school that has accepted the work and certification from NICL and applied credit toward my degree. I am certain the pursuit of a Master’s degree and possibly the eventual pursuit of a PhD would have either been put off or never attempted had it not been for Dr Rutland and the NICL. I am 50 years old and I feel like there are many more open doors for me now. I am excited to see what this next level of learning will bring.

Pastor Phillip Williams

Senior Pastor , Cornerstone Church

So often as leaders we find ourselves having to navigate complex opportunities and organizational challenges. We quickly tap out on existing knowledge and find ourselves running on pure leadership instinct.  The instinct may be the right call, but we have no language to explain why. Dr. Mark Rutland was able to masterfully put language to instinct. Not only that, but he profoundly expanded both leadership knowledge and instinct. This was not a marginal experience, it was a profound leadership experience. As a matter of fact, after attending NICL as a leadership couple, we had to bring our executive team and network together to attend the experience for a second time.  This will forever change your capacity and trajectory as a leader.

Pastor Pierre du Pleases

The Father's House Rochester, NY

Upcoming Class Locations

Register Deadline: April 6, 2018

North Dallas, Texas

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Apr. 16-20 2018

Change Dynamics Organizational Definition and Balance

Strategic Growth Building, Directing and Leading for Quality

Transformational Management Strategic Leadership for Growth


Nov 26-28

Communication & Worship Excellence in Expression

Register Deadline: April 11, 2018

Gainesville, Georgia

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Apr. 23-25 2018

Strategic Growth Building, Directing and Leading for Quality

Sep. 24-26 2018

Transformational Management Strategic Leadership for Growth

Nov. 12-14 2018

Communication & Worship Excellence in Expression

Feb. 25-27 2019

Change Dynamics Organizational Definition and Balance

Become a more effective leader today

Whether you want to expand your influence, grow your church, re-launch your ministry or even earn credit hours towards your Masters degree, the NICL will give you the preparation, training and tools you need to make 2017 a year of growth.

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