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Our History

Our History

Christian Leadership Alliance has a rich history, and many dynamic leaders
have invested in this organization through the years. The name has changed
several times, but the dedication to providing Christian leaders with the best
in leadership training and resources has always been at the forefront of all we do.

It all began on March 20, 1976, when a group of 20 people met for the first
time in a small meeting room inside the old Rodger Young Auditorium in Los
Angeles. They called themselves the Christian Financial Executives Association,
and little did they know they were igniting a movement that is today known as Christian
Leadership Alliance.

The founders identified a true felt-need for professional growth and
practical understanding of business fundamentals. Ensuring all best practices
were based on a biblical worldview, they were compelled to share what they knew
with those who had not yet learned it. They desired to strengthen the Christian
leaders and the organizations they served, all for the ultimate goal of
advancing the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.



First organizational meeting with 20 individuals at Rodger Young Auditorium
in Los Angeles. First meeting of the then “Christian Financial
Executives Association.”


Name is changed to Financial Executives of Christian Organizations.


Incorporated in the State of California as religious nonprofit


Sylvia Nash becomes the first executive director.


Name is changed to Christian Ministries Management Association.
CMA’s Christian Management Report magazine launched.


Name is changed to Christian Management Association.


John Pearson becomes president and CEO.


The first monthly newsletter is published to members. CMA partners with the
CEO Dialogues.


The Presidents Leadership Circle is established. Later renamed Christian
Management Partners, then Christian Leadership Partners.


Frank Lofaro becomes president and CEO.


The Engstrom Institute is launched within Christian Leadership Alliance.


Outcomes magazine and OutcomesOnline launched.

Christian Management Association and Christian Stewardship Association join to
form Christian Leadership Alliance.

Christian Leadership Alliance assumes leadership of former CSA annual training event, which eventually
becomes Christian Nonprofit Leadership Academy.

Christian Leadership Alliance launches its leadership Webinar series.


Christian Leadership Alliance becomes affiliated with Azusa Pacific
University and the development of the Engstrom Institute shifts to APU.


Christian Leadership Alliance Online learning, powered by APOU, is launched.

Christian Leadership Alliance publishes NonProfit Leadership in a For-Profit World: Essential Insights
from 15 Christian Executives.


Tami Heim becomes the new president and CEO.

Christian Leadership Alliance publishes Becoming a Steward Leader: Fundamentally change the way you
think, lead and live

First meeting of new Christian Leadership Alliance Advisory Council.

Jerry White and Ray Lyne receive Christian Leadership Alliance’s first Consul Awards.

Christian Leadership Alliance launches new membership model.

Christian Leadership Alliance becomes active on social media platforms: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter,
Google + and Pinterest.

The Christian Leadership Alliance daily digital launches.


Christian Leadership Alliance launches the Higher Thinking Blog and new website.

C.E. Crouse receives the Christian Leadership Alliance Consul Award.

Christian Leadership Alliance launches the first Christian Women in Leadership Forum.

Christian Leadership Alliance introduces Leader2Leader peer advisory groups in four states.

First CCNL graduation is held as part of the CLA National Conference.


Christian Leadership Alliance becomes a certified Best Christian Workplace.

The Christian Leadership Nonproft Academy co-locates with the Christian Leadership Alliance National
Conference in Dallas, TX.

The Christian Leadership Alliance National Conference general sessions are Live-streamed for the first
time on the Internet.

Christian Leadership Alliance introduces CLAtalks, offers conferees a Digital Pass to Conference
content, and uses a comprehensive APP for conference scheduling.

Dr. Jim Canning receives the Christian Leadership Alliance Consul Award.

Christian Leadership Alliance changes the name of its national conference to THE OUTCOMES CONFERENCE
and establishes Dallas, TX as the conference site through 2020.

CLATV: 24/7 Internet TV and radio launches with over 100 content providers
featured on the platform.


The Outcomes Mentoring Network is lanuched in January 2015.

Christian Leadership Alliances launches Outcomes365 at a new address:

Christian Leadership Alliance Higher Thinking Blog ranks among the top 100 Leadership Blogs on the Internet.


Christian Leadership Alliance celebrates its 40th year of equipping and uniting Christian leaders.

Mark Holbrook receives the Christian Leadership Alliance Consul Award.

The Outcomes Academy Online becomes available for exclusive use in member ministries.

The Capstone Project is added to the CCNL Credential Program.

Christian Leadership Alliance continues its consistant recognition as a certified Best Christian Workplace.