Attend the NICL Training with Dr. Rutland

The National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL) was designed to be a yearlong intensive leadership training to take your ministry and personal leadership to the next level. This four session course was created for church, ministry, and Christian business leaders.

Dr. Rutland highly recommends attending with your staff. Learning as a team will multiply your efforts and help sustain momentum as you lead.

Full Year Cohort – Four separate sessions once per quarter.

Private NICL – In a private NICL, Dr. Rutland will come to your location and teach the NICL personally for your group, no matter the size. Please email for more information.

NICL Online – Go through Dr. Rutland’s training at your own pace completely online.

Full Year Cohort
Cost to Enroll: $1,000 (1-4 Attendees)
Location: North Atlanta, GA

The year-long cohort is composed of four separate sessions consisting of 2½ days of intensive training each. The sessions are held once a quarter and spread out over a year. This four-part, year-long course is only offered at the North Atlanta, Georgia location.

The Cohort was designed to allow leaders to start with any session that fits their schedule. Each session is separate and independent of the others. We have leaders and teams that start in every session.

Bonus: Your enrollment fee allows you to attend the full year by yourself, or you may bring up to three additional team members from your ministry to attend this training with you. Dr. Rutland highly recommends training as a team.

Host Church Information:

Buford Church of God
4800 S Lee Street
Buford, GA 30518

Upcoming Schedule:

October 24-26, 2022
Communication and Worship (Session 4)

January 23-25, 2023
Change Dynamics (Session 1)

February 27 – March 1, 2023
Strategic Growth (Session 2)

September 11-13, 2023
Transformational Management (Session 3)

October 16-18, 2023
Communication and Worship (Session 4)


Sessions Times at Cohort: Monday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

NICL Online (Sessions 1-3)
Cost to Enroll: $750 per leader
Length of Access: 12 Months

Session 4 must be completed in person for an additional $250.00. 

Dr. Rutland will help change your life and ministry in just four short online training sessions.

As you work through the four sessions, you’ll gain the leadership principles necessary to navigate crisis in staff management, increase giving, grow your ministry, recruit more volunteers, reduce conflict, increase your brand and influence, and build trust in your staff and congregation. Many senior leaders have stated the NICL should be a requirement before going into full time ministry. As you work through Dr. Rutland’s training, you’ll take away life lessons you wish someone would have told you before you stepped into your first church or ministry. These leadership principles apply to church leaders, Christian business owners and marketplace ministers.

NICL Online graduates are eligible to receive credit hours toward a Master’s degree at participating universities.

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