CCLF: Starting Strong in 2021

The Christian Church Leadership Foundation was blessed by God to finish strong in its first year of operation, and we look forward to an even stronger year of ministry in 2021. Here are some highlights as we move into a new year of service.

Russell School of Ministry

The second cohort of students in the Russell School of Ministry began class earlier this month. Combining our new group of students with the first cohort of students who are continuing their studies and adding our students in the newly launched RSM site in Indianapolis, Indiana, our student body is approaching 40 students. With another location to be added soon and two additional cohorts to be added this year, we anticipate nearly 100 ministry students enrolled by the end of 2021.To learn more about RSM, go to

Christian Church Leadership Network

While the CCL Network continues to provide a variety of support services to local churches and their leaders, we want to focus here on a single initiative that is having a profound impact—a coaching/training series called “The Church Working Right.” David Vaughn (senior minister, Whitewater Crossing Christian Church in Cleves, Ohio) leads this endeavor along with CCL Network director Tim Wallingford. The churches and leaders that are currently engaged in “The Church Working Right” are discovering new ways to overcome common challenges that hinder health and growth. To learn more, go to

The Elliott Library

Staff and volunteers are hard at work shelving nearly 45,000 volumes in the various rooms of the Elliott Library: the Bible & Theology room, the Church History room, the Practical Ministries room, and the Rare Books & Artifacts room. Once the project is completed, we invite you to visit the Elliott Library in the Christian Church Leadership Center and walk through the stacks. For more information, go to
We’re thankful for the many churches and individuals (more than 300) who supported this ministry in 2020. If you would like to become a partner in this vital work, you may send a check to: CCL Foundation, PO Box 14208, Cincinnati, OH 45250, or make a secure online donation at


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