The Crosspoint Institute of Ministry Leadership (CIOML) is established to train ministry leaders by equipping them with ministry skills and a foundation of biblical, historical, and practical theology. Established under a cooperative agreement between Gateway Seminary and Crosspoint Church, CIOML offers certificate and diploma programs for members of Crosspoint Church and ministry leaders everywhere through on-site and online courses with a contextualized focus on bi-lingual ministry among overseas Chinese who have Cantonese, Mandarin, and English as their native tongues.
CIOML provides contextualized leadership development for ministry workers serving among overseas Chinese who have Cantonese, Mandarin, and English as their native tongues. Established according to the ADVANCE ministry preparation program offered by Gateway seminary, CIOML offers certificate and diploma programs for members of Crosspoint Church and ministry leaders of other churches affiliated with our Baptist associations, conventions, and Chinese fellowships. The ADVANCE program offers the most essential elements of a seminary education for ministry leaders who find it less preferable to enroll in a full-time master-level seminary program distant from their ministry context and using English as the instructional language. With overseas Chinese as the broader ministry context and the Cantonese-speaking immigrants in the Bay area as the most immediate audience, CIOML equips ministry leaders for evangelism, discipleship, children education, pastoral and church ministries.