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What does WLI stand for?

WLI stands for Wagner Leadership Institute. It is an International Leadership Training center established to equip the saints for Kingdom ministry (Eph 4:11-12). Founded in 1988, WLI reflects a new training paradigm in practical ministry for church, parachurch and marketplace leaders in essential and practical ministry skills.

Who are the faculty?

WLI faculty are drawn from experienced and successful apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Eph 4:11) who have the ability to communicate the truths of God’s word, to articulate what the Spirit is currently saying to the church, to apply these insights to the contemporary world, to cast a challenging vision for a future of social transformation, and to model and impart to their students a character of holiness and humility, an activation of the gifts that God has given to each one, and a filing of the Holy Spirit that will provide the power to be everything that God wants them to be in this life.

What does WLI offer?

WLI students have the option of auditing courses in their area of interest or taking courses towards a diploma. We offer diplomas for Bachelor of Practical Ministry, Master of Practical Ministry and Doctor of Practical Ministry. Theses diplomas do not certify levels of attainment, but rather accumulation of training units. Disclosure: Because of the non-academic nature of WLI, there should be no expectation that “training units” will be recognized for transfer for any sort of academic standing in traditional academic institutions. This could mean that in certain ecclesiastical circles, diplomas from WLI may not be recognized as legitimate credentialing for ministry. 

What is the requirement to be a student?

You must be at least 18 years old and a believer of Jesus Christ if you wish to enroll as a student in WLI. You also need a letter of recommendation from your pastor or cell leader. 

Do I need to be a member of your church?

No, WLI is for any local churches who want to take advantage of the training. However, students must have a letter of recommendation from your pastor or cell leader and you will return to your church to serve.  

How long will I take to complete a program of study?

It is flexible. There is no time limit. You can do it at your own pace. Each diploma track requires students to complete a total of 120 training units. However, students who serve in some leadership area in your church may be able to get some Advanced Standing toward your program of study. This means that students may earn 20 to 50 etc., training units as Advanced Standing which requires them only 100 to 70 training units more in order to graduate.

Where do I get the training?

Training units can be earned through a variety of ways: a) Attend a live WLI course or seminar (this means speakers engaged to teach) b) Attend a DVD course. Currently most of our courses are in DVD format and held at Grace Assembly in Taman S.E.A, Petaling Jaya and extensions (refer to the website for the Schedule). c) Attend a pre-approved outside (non-WLI) approved course/conference. You will need to provide the information of the conference you are interested before getting WLI credit.

How can my local church leaders participate?

They can come to centre or attend any of the WLI extensions that are convenient to them or if your pastor is willing to host a WLI extension in your church, we can make the necessary arrangements. We have several WLI extensions in West Malaysia and one in Singapore. If your church is ready, you can contact us.

Do you have WLI outside of Grace?

We now have WLI extensions in East Malaysia. In Sabah, we now have two extensions: Kota Kinabalu and Tawau. In Sarawak, we also have two extensions: Sibu and Miri. (refer to the website under Contact Us). We also have one in Singapore.

Do I have to take exams?

Since academic attainment is not a component of WLI training, no grades are given for courses, events or training experiences. There are no exams, however a 3-5 page self-evaluation paper (SEP) designed to discipline in relating what has been learned to the student’s own ministry are required throughout the various programs in order to credit training units.

How long can I take to write my SEP?

Students have 90 days to complete their SEP after the course is offered but you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. This will help you to complete the requirement before the next course begins. Failure to submit your SEP will mean that the course is not credited for graduation.

How regular are the courses held?

Currently we have 2 courses running about the same time in PJ. The Saturday module which is from 9:30 am to about 5:00 pm may run for 2 or 3 Saturdays (depending on the length of the course) and the Sunday class starts at 8:15 am to about 10:00 am. The Sunday class may take about 5 to 7 Sundays (depending on the length of the course). The schedule of the courses varies with the different extensions and host church. Please view Courses Available under Academic Info) for the schedule.

Can I take it by live webcast?

You can take it from the States, but it will cost you USD200 per course. In Malaysia we do not have live webcast.

Why not have live speakers instead of using DVD’s?

In Malaysia, there are live conferences/live speakers that are held in different churches and WLI students may wish to attend.  However, students have to furnish us with the relevant information about the live conference before approval.  We will then be able to determine and advise them accordingly on the fees to be paid and the number of Training Units they can earn from attending these conferences. In PJ, we do have live speakers at the Grace PJ Convention Centre.

How do I expedite earning my TUs?

For every course taken you can read 1 or 2 books amounting to 450 to 500 pages and earn extra 2 Training Units. This means that for a regular course of 4 Training Units you can earn 2 Training Units from reading and that will give you 6 Training Units for that course.

Where do the students come from and are they sent by the church to attend these courses?

WLI Malaysia is to service Christians/students from any churches. They can be sent by their church to attend and if they enroll as students, they have to have a letter of recommendation from their Pastor, Elders or Cell Leaders.

How long does each course run, how many days and on which days do they run these courses?

Normally a course takes 12 to 14 hours depending on the subject. Because of the flexibility, a church may schedule according to the suitability of their time schedule. For example, some have it over 2 Saturdays, others have on Sunday mornings, or week nights or even weekday in the day time from 9am to 1pm. It is flexible depending on the host church.

Where are these courses conducted within the Klang Valley?

At the moment we have them in Petaling Jaya & Klang and in the various extensions.

Is there a WLI extension in Singapore?


Do these teachings need to be conducted in church or can it be held outside the church say in a cell group or other setting?

They can be held outside the church but the Pastor or Cell Leader have to be informed. It can also be in the workplace/marketplace but proper protocol should be adhered.

Why do I need to do the SEP?

This will allow you to digest the rich teachings and relate how it has impacted your personal life/ministry or else it will be just accumulating knowledge. However, there are some who just want to audit the course. In this case, you do not need to do the SEP and you also will not be able to graduate with WLI.

How many courses do I need to complete to finish my program of study?

A student requires 120 Training Units in order to graduate. Some students may have advanced standing awarded depending on their ministry profile. Basically 1 course is about 3 to 4 Training Units. It would require an average of 30 to 40 courses. However, if you also read a book (refer to Q15), you can cut by half the time. For example, for every course you can earn extra 2 Training Units and that means 60 Training Units by reading books for 30 courses.

What is the minimum size of the group before we can start this study?

For logistic purposes, it would be better if there are at least 10 students in a group, however it can be smaller but not less than 5.

What happens when a student misses a class? Is there a replacement?

Students can come to the WLI Malaysia Centre to view the DVD or if the host church agrees to allow you to view it in the church. Moreover, most of the courses have full manuscript notes that you will be able to follow by reading the notes for the lessons you missed.