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 corporation.


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.


CLA’s Outcomes magazine and OutcomesOnline launched.

Christian Management Association (CMA) and Christian Stewardship Association (CSA) join to form Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA).

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

CLA launches its leadership Webinar series.


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


CLA Online learning, powered by APOU, is launched.

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


Tami Heim becomes the new president and CEO.

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

First meeting of new CLA Advisory Council.

Jerry White and Ray Lyne receive CLA's first Consul Awards.

CLA launches new membership model.

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

The Christian Leadership Alliance daily digital launches.


CLA launches the Higher Thinking Blog and new website.

C.E. Crouse receives the CLA Consul Award.

CLA Launches the first Christian Women in Leadership Forum.

CLA introduces Leader2Leader peer advisory groups in four states.

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


CLA becomes a certified Best Christian Workplace.

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

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

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

Dr. Jim Canning receives the CLA Consul Award.

CLA changes the name of its national conference to THE OUTCOMES CONFERENCE and establishes Dallas, TX as the conference site through 2018.

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.

CLA launches Outcomes365 at a new address:

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


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

Mark Holbrook receives the CLA Consul Award.

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

The Capstone Project is added to the CCNL Credential Program.

CLA continues its consistant recognition as a certified Best Christian Workplace.