Wagner Leadership Institute is an international network of apostolic training centers established to equip the saints for kingdom ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13)


Founded in 1998 by C. Peter Wagner, WLI reflects a new paradigm for unique training in practical ministry. Students learn in a creative, revelatory atmosphere of teaching, impartation and activation with opportunity for hands-on practical application and ministry. WLI provides the highest level of training and spiritual impartation through a successful faculty of internationally known leaders who walk and minister powerfully out of the five-fold ascension gifts. Students obtain a living, functioning impartation and activation from the Holy Spirit to walk in their divine destiny.


1 Training Available to Everyone

All saints can be equipped for the work of the ministry. A diploma in practical ministry can be achieved without prior academic requirements.

2 Five-Fold Ministry & 7 Mountains

The unique core curriculum emphasizes the five-fold ministry gifts (Eph. 4:11), and a seven mountain strategy toward cultural transformation, including a Kingdom Business certificate program.

3 Practical Biblical Teaching

In a revelatory atmosphere where emphasis in spiritual impartation and activation from Holy Spirit empowers each student to walk out their purpose and calling.

4 World-class, Non-resident Faculty

Proven kingdom practitioners currently leading ministry endeavors worldwide. WLI core instructors are not only trained academically but are on the cutting edge of the Holy Spirit’s movement today.

5 Non-Traditional Assessment

Students assess impact of course content through self-evaluation papers; there are no exams or letter grades given.

6 Train Anywhere at Your Own Pace

Students can train from anywhere at their own pace; flexible and variable delivery systems for courses are available.

Core Curriculum

Our unique core curriculum reflects the five-fold gifts found in Ephesians 4:11-12 along with the seven mountain mandate. Through its ‘new wine skin’ approach to practical ministry, WLI encourages its students to discover, activate and exercise their gift-mix in preparation toward their sphere of influence.

An apostle is a Christian leader gifted, taught, commissioned and sent by God with the authority to establish foundational government of the Church within an assigned sphere of ministry by hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches and by setting things in order accordingly for the expansion of the kingdom of God. (Wagner)
The gift of prophecy is the supernaturally imparted ability to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and speak God’s mind and counsel. Prophecy ministers not only to the assembled group of believers, but also to individuals. Its three main purposes are: To edify, encourage and comfort. Thus prophecy overcomes two of satan’s most common attacks: condemnation and discouragement. (Derek Prince)
The gift of evangelist is the special ability to draw or attract people, create receptivity and to share God’s redemptive plan in such a way that others can understand and receive it in their own cultural context.
The gift of pastor is special ability to care for the spiritual welfare of others, their spiritual development and personal nurture. Those gifted in pastoral care and shepherding naturally seek to guide, guard, and nurture people in the Christian faith.
The gift of teacher is the special ability to acquire knowledge, revelation, and understanding. Then simply and effectively communicate the truth of God that is relevant to the health of others, helping them to grow in their love for God, His kingdom and others.
7 Mountains
In 1975, three Christian leaders – Bill Bright, Loren Cunningham and Francis Schaeffer – were each given the following message by God: That if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society. These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion.

WLI Leadership

C. Peter Wagner

C. Peter Wagner

Founding Chancellor
C. Peter Wagner was the Vice President and Ambassadorial Apostle of Global Spheres, Inc. (GSI) and Chancellor Emeritus of the Wagner Leadership Institute (WLI). Established in 1998, the Institute equips men and women for leadership positions in churches and translocal ministries. It is designed especially, but not exclusively, to meet the needs of leaders who have become a part of the New Apostolic reformation. Missions were a watermark of Peter’s career. From 1956 to 1971, he and his wife Doris served as missionaries in Bolivia under the South American Mission and Andes Evangelical Mission (now SIM International). Peter passed into glory in October 2016.
Che Ahn

Che Ahn

International Chancellor
Che Ahn and his wife, Sue, are the Founding Pastors of HRock Church in Pasadena, California. Ché serves as the Founder and President of Harvest International Ministry (HIM) and the International Chancellor and President of Wagner Leadership Institute (WLI). With a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, he has played a key role in many strategic outreaches on local, national and international levels. He has written more than a dozen books and travels extensively throughout the world, bringing apostolic insight with an impartation of renewal, healing and evangelism.
Andy Geerken

Andy Geerken

International Dean
Andy Geerken serves as the International Dean for Wagner Leadership Institute. The thrill of seeing people trained in practical ministry and step into their calling never gets old. He loves seeing WLI students unpack their spiritual gifting and really accelerate in a growth curve in a relatively short period of time. "I am honored to work alongside two men who have had a tremendous impact on the Body of Christ, Ché Ahn and Peter Wagner, as well as an amazing WLI team purposed to help equip the saints for kingdom ministry. I still pinch myself that I get to be part of the pastoral team at HRock!"

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