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Leadership: What Christian Women Need to Know

By Halee Gray Scott Ph.D. Christian women have been shamed into a corner. Many have bought the lie that they are the second sex—they do not matter and they are not gifted, at least not in the ways that matter most. They got the message that they need to limit their horizons, temper their ambitions.…

An Interview with Francis Chan

CLA President, Tami Heim, recently interviewed Francis Chan, who will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 CLA National Conference in Dallas (April 14-16, 2014). Chan is the best-selling author of books including: Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell, as well as the host of the BASIC.series (Who is God & We Are Church). He has also…

A Steward's Relationship With the Owner

By Kent R. Wilson, Ph.D. Most definitions of stewardship include in one way or another the concept “to manage resources that belong to another.” But what most definitions miss is a critical aspect of a steward’s role: that stewards manage those resources in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the owner. Stewards are…

4 Common Mistakes with Mission Statements

By Mark Griffin  When organizations want to perform at the highest level, they leverage the three (3) commitments that strengthen their organization like a strong, cement foundation: Mission Statement Vision Statement Core Values With these in place, everyone in the organization starts out on the same page. Better yet, clients and customers know what to expect…

3 Critical Components of Leadership Development

By Dr. Kent R. Wilson There is no absence of opportunities today for nonprofit leaders to find resources to help them in their leadership development. There are seminars, workshops, conferences to attend, books to read, mentors to meet with, and groups to join. But are some forms of leader development more effective than others? A…

The Journey to Becoming

Ben Lee is principal at Olympia Elementary School in Danvers, IL, and leads the Christian Education Team at North Danvers Mennonite Church where he previously served as the community-based youth minister. What follows below are his reflections from the Biblical Foundations of Leadership module via the Christian Leadership Alliance Online Academy. Participants reviewed Scott Rodin’s outline…

CLA Webcast 2.27.14: Leading Organizational Transformation

Does your ministry need an organizational transformation? Find out how you can help facilitate revitalization, renaissance and reinventing in your organization and lead them successfully through this season in our upcoming webcast, “Leading Organizational Transformation” with Larry F. Johnston, Ph.D. Tune in Thursday, February 27 to learn key concepts and principles including: Why truly understanding change is critical.…

The Distinctive of Spiritual Leadership

By Ruth Haley Barton Many of us have a vague idea that there should be something different about our leadership as Christians—particularly if we’re leading a church or Christian organization—but the difference often gets reduced to a perfunctory prayer at the beginning of a meeting! What is it, then, that distinguishes spiritual leadership? At the…

Ministries Don't Need Money!

by Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D. Now that I have your attention, allow me to explain my statement. The New Testament presents at least three things ministries (groups of Christ-followers working together on mission) need, and money is not one of them. 1.     Ministries need leaders who are free of the love of money and full…

Are You Listening?

By Dr. Henry Cloud “You won’t believe what happened today,” a leadership conference attendee said at the dinner gathering. “What?” I asked. “After your talk today, about trust being built through connecting with another person’s reality, I had a breakthrough,” he said. “Really? What happened?” I asked. “Well, for the last year I have been…


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Christian Leadership Alliance equips and unites leaders to transform the world for Christ. We seek to build the body of Christ by building the people Christ calls to leadership.