In 2016 Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) celebrates 40 years of equipping and uniting leaders to transform the world for Christ.
The theme of the Outcomes Conference: CLA Dallas 2016 is “Perspectives.” Perspectives are about where we as Christian leaders and organizations have journeyed together these past 40 years, where we are today, and God's plan for the future.
In Scripture 40 is significant and often signifies a generation. During the Outcomes Conference we'll celebrate the generation of brave pioneers who have gone before, and look forward to the future generation of steward leaders called to impact the world for Christ over the next 40 years.
The CLA mission continues as we unite to pursue eternal Christ-honoring impact. The 350-plus hours of learning, and dynamic keynote speakers at this conference will equip you with new perspectives to excel as a Christian leader.
General Sessions are scheduled throughout the conference. These are the key times when all attendees have an opportunity to gather as one alliance, unite in worship, and learn from the wisdom of highly recognized Christian communicators and thought leaders.
The Intensive Training Institute (ITI) offers Christian leaders a day of intensive and interactive study that will have an immediate impact on your leadership, and the organizations you serve!
This intensive academic session offers courses, 12.5 hours each, that allow attendees to go deep on the key issues they face as Christian leaders. This Academy is CLA’s “graduate level” of training, and our most in-depth conference academic experience.
These information-packed workshops, 1.5 hours each, are led by some of America’s leading Christian thought leaders, and are offered in CLA’s eight key categories of lifelong learning.
CLA presents CEOs, presidents, and executive directors with a unique opportunity to explore higher thinking and how to meet the challenges of leading their organizations with God-honoring excellence. Don’t miss this highly interactive and educational day of idea sharing and collaboration. Limited to 100 participants.
This special forum is designed to equip Christian women in leadership through a dynamic and interactive exploration of today’s most relevant issues. Limited to 100 participants.
The Men’s Breakfast is held on the last morning of the conference. Men gather for a special time for food, fellowship and the opportunity to be both inspired and challenged. This event requires a separate registration and fee.
The Women’s Luncheon is held on the last day of the conference. All women are encouraged to come together for lunch, fellowship and an inspiring message from a CLA favorite, author, and dynamic speaker, Ellie Lofaro. This event requires a separate registration and fee.
CLA features exhibitors who are dedicated to supporting ministries with excellent products, services and ideas. They are a critical part of the CLA family, and believe in the mission of the ministries CLA serves.
Gregory Alan Thornbury, Ph.D., serves as the sixth President of The King's College in New York City. The King’s College seeks to prepare leaders for strategic institutions in society through courses of study in: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Business, Finance, and Media, Culture, and the Arts.
He has been called "Jonathan Edwards Meets Rolling Stone" by Russell D. Moore and "America's First Hipster College President" by The American Spectator.
He previously held the post of Professor of Philosophy, Dean of the School of Theology, and Vice President for Spiritual Life at Union University. He is the author of Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry (Crossway, 2013). In addition, he is a Senior Fellow of The Kairos Journal, as well as a visiting professor of philosophy at Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole in Norway.
Dr. Thornbury is also a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and collaborator. He can be heard playing guitar on the recent Thriftstore Masterpiece record (SideOneDummy, 2013) produced by Charles Normal.
Dr. Tony Evans is one of America’s most respected evangelical leaders. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ with his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations.
Dr. Evans has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for over 36 years, witnessing its growth from ten people in 1976 to now over 9,700 congregants with 100 plus ministries. He also serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,000 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 130 countries.
Steve Douglass is president of both Campus Crusade for Christ International and Cru, as the ministry is known in the United States.
Douglass came to the ministry after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. Through more than four decades of service, he has held a variety of positions, including executive vice president and director of U.S. ministries. In July 2001, Douglass took over as the president of Campus Crusade for Christ International from founder Bill Bright.
Douglass is the author or co-author of several books, including Managing Yourself, How to Achieve Your Potential and Enjoy Life, How to Get Better Grades and Have More Fun and Enjoying Your Walk with God. His radio program, Lighthouse Report, airs daily on 900 stations.
Along with his wife, Judy, Steve resides in Orlando, Florida. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise
development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Before
beginning his role at HOPE, Peter worked as a microfinance practitioner in Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and
Rwanda and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University. He has co-authored several books,
including The Poor Will Be Glad, The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, and Mission Drift. Peter and his
wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children. peterkgreer.com
Doug Nuenke, U.S. president of The Navigators, and his wife, Pam, serve together to influence lives for the glory of God. Their partnership started when they met in college.
Doug came to faith at Texas Christian University through the influence of a group of friends. Pam had come to know Christ before college through her family and church community.
Doug and Pam spent their early married years in Denver where Doug attended seminary and served as Director of Student Ministries at Cherry Hills Community Church. He later became Director of Doulos Ministries in Lawrence, Kansas, before coming on staff with The Navigators in 1992.
The Nuenkes first assignment with The Navigators was at the University of Kansas. Doug helped create EDGE Corps, a ministry internship program with The Navigators for recent college graduates. While giving leadership to EDGE Corps, they moved to Colorado Springs. Doug served as Associate Director and Western Division Leader for The Navigators Collegiate Ministry and was selected as the Metro Mission Director in 2005. Three years later, Doug was selected as the U.S. president of The Navigators.
Doug holds a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Executive Leadership.
Doug and Pam have three adult children: Beth Ann and her husband, Eric; Lauren and her husband, Hank; and their son, Will. Beth Ann and Eric are the parents of the Nuenkes two grandchildren, Arie and Lena.
Because they value building relationships in their community, Doug and Pam spend a lot of time at their local coffee shop and favorite restaurant. They both enjoy Starbucks, reading, the outdoors, spending time with their family, and meeting new friends.
Rich has brought strong leadership and oversight to World Vision U.S. since 1998, when he left his position as CEO of Lenox to follow what he felt as a distinct call from God on his life. Prior to his tenure at Lenox, Stearns was CEO of Parker Brothers Games.
He holds a B.A. in neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, Stearns was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
As president of World Vision U.S., Stearns has built a strong leadership team focused on bringing corporate best practices to the nonprofit sector. Under his leadership, the organization has seen donations triple and witnessed a one-third reduction in overhead.
In his more than 15 years with World Vision, Stearns has traveled to more than 40 of the nearly 100 countries in which the organization works. He also led the organization in calling on the American church to respond to the AIDS pandemic at a time when this issue received little attention.
Stearns is the author of several books, including the award-winning The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished. With his wife, Reneé, he has also published a children’s Bible storybook and a 90-day devotional.
Dr Michael Young-Suk Oh is Executive Director/CEO of the Lausanne Movement.
Michael is of Korean descent, born in America. Michael received his BA, MS, and PhD degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as an MA in Regional Studies, East Asia, at Harvard University.
Since 2004, Michael, his wife Pearl, and their five children have been serving as missionaries in Nagoya, Japan. In January 2004, Michael founded a ministry called Christ Bible Institute (CBI), which includes Christ Bible Seminary, the Heart & Soul Cafe, and church-planting initiatives. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for CBI.
Michael’s first involvement with the Lausanne Movement was at the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization. Then in 2006 Michael served on the Younger Leaders Planning Team for the 2006 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, where he also gave the keynote address. In 2007 he joined the Lausanne Board of Directors as its youngest member. He has served as Executive Director/CEO since March 2013.
Highlights of his first two years as Executive Director/CEO include visiting the pyramids in Egypt with MENA (Middle East/North Africa) younger leaders, helping with training and vision shaping of Chinese church leaders, preaching at four of the largest churches in the world (all in Seoul, South Korea), attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, and giving greetings in French from a spiral pulpit in Switzerland during Lausanne’s 40th anniversary celebration.
Michael hopes that the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, which will bring together 1,000 younger leaders from over 150 nations to Indonesia, will be ‘the best event Lausanne has ever hosted’.
Constance Padmore serves as IJM’s Director of Prayer Mobilization. Constance develops programs to mobilize thousands of IJM intercessors to do the work of justice through prayer. She oversees the development and production of IJM’s Global Prayer Gathering, our annual flagship event that brings hundreds of IJM prayer partners and global staff together for a weekend dedicated to worship and prayer.
Constance joined IJM in 2004 and has managed IJM’s benefit dinners and other large-scale fundraising events as Director of Strategic Events.
Prior to joining IJM, Constance spent several years working for a DC-based non-profit and studying in France. She received a B.A. in English from Hampton University and a Master of Science in Organization Development & Knowledge Management from George Mason University.
Constance was born in Liberia and grew up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.
Dr. Larry Acosta is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Larry’s passion is to envision and shape the emerging generation of urban leadership for transformational ministry. Larry’s claim to fame is that he is married to his lovely wife Jayme and they have four wonderful children.
Ellie Lofaro's message is a wonderful blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality and disarming humor. Drawing from the context of real life, she deftly handles the Word of God and steadily directs her audiences to consider what concerns them in light of God's timeless truths. With her trademark quick wit and convincing demeanor, she pairs Biblical principles with life's deeper questions. The result? An audience who willingly joins Ellie in the journey toward better understanding and applying God's grace and truth to their lives.
Equally comfortable sharing the "Great News" alongside acclaimed teachers at national conferences, on a television broadcast, or roaming thehalls during a midnight search for chocolate at a women's retreat, Ellie effuses a natural ease and engaging warmth. As her friend Patsy Clairmont once said about meeting Ellie for the first time; "she is the kind of person you immediately hope will always be your friend."
Ellie is a first generation American and the second of five children in a "very Italian" family. A native New Yorker, she speaks of being brought up "with the awareness of God, but not the experience of God." However, when she encountered a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, she realized her new identity as a "Capital C Christian;" "highly flawed, fully forgiven and greatly favored."
Completely convinced of God's love and His mandate to "go and tell," Ellie has committed her life to using her time and talent to inspire others with His goodness and grace.
"After all, when you fall in love, you tell people. When you get married, you tell people. When you have a baby, you tell people. And when you find out there's a way to live a life of purpose now and to live in Paradise forever and ever... well, you just don't keep that kind of thing to yourself." - Leap of Faith
A serious student of Scripture and a keen observer of the culture, Ellie has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind, and nourishes the soul — thus inspiring her to found Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. She has been blessed with a broad array of opportunities to communicate her passion for Christ. Ellie's ministry involves international speaking engagements (has taught on five continents), authoring books, teaching a weekly interdenominational Bible Study and appearing on radio and television.
Ellie's newest book will expound on the joys and heartaches of motherhood. (Release date TBD.) Working Title: "It's All My Fault!"... Confessions of a Well Meaning Mother. Learn from her mistakes! Leap of Faith, endorsed by Chuck Colson, encourages us to embrace the life God promises. From Battle Scars to Beauty Marks conveys powerful portraits of women who turned trials to triumph. Spaghetti for the Soul, A Celebration of the Abundant Life, examines Biblical truth about faith, hope, and love for the modern woman. Slices of Life and Bonding with the Blonde Women are collections of serious, humorous and provocative essays. She has also written for Today's Christian Woman, Women of Faith's Connection Magazine, Crosswalk.com and has contributed to compilations from seven publishing houses. Ellie has been featured on Focus on the Family, Life Today, CBN's Living the Life, 100 Huntley Street, The Harvest Show as well as The Moody, Salem, Bott and Le Sea Broadcasting Networks. The Focus on the Family broadcast was the third most requested CD of the year.
Ellie and her husband Frank (COO of Prison Fellowship International), reside near the nation's capital.
They have three grown children:
Paris — named for the City of Light;
Jordan — named for the River of Life,
Capri — named for the Isle of Love.
Ellie loves eating but dislikes cooking
Tim began working with students in 1979 and his passion is still investing in the next generation. After working alongside best-selling leadership author John C. Maxwell for more than twenty-five years, he founded Growing Leaders in 2003 to focus solely on creating leadership training events and resources for emerging leaders. Tim is the author & creative visionary behind Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes. Read more about Tim here.
Jay Friesen is an entrepreneur and media producer. He has a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute, a certificate from Word of Life Bible Institute, 16 years of radio experience including ESPN Radio and the Moody Broadcasting Network and ministry experience from pastoral visitation to youth and worship leadership. He grew a private, specialty finance business in the ATM industry from management of $400,000 to over $3M in lending power. He currently runs Red Futon Films, where he produced two feature documentaries and scores of short films from around the world, one watched by over three million people! Jay spends the majority of his professional time with overseeing Dead Reckoning's brand growth, platform, and relational development, as well as co-hosting DRTV. He lives with his wife, Molly, their three children, Titus, Elizabeth and Elese in big sky country, Billings, Montana.
Dr. Brian Mattson is a theologian, writer, speaker, singer/songwriter and recording artist, avid follower of current events, cultural and political, as well as the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. He has a B.A. from Montana State University-Billings, an M.A.R. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) as well as being a classically-trained guitarist. He currently serves as Senior Scholar of Public Theology for the Center for Cultural Leadership and faculty of the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Blackstone Legal Fellowship. He’s the author of the popular-level book, Politics & Evangelical Theology, and an academic monograph, Restored To Our Destiny. Brian oversees the content and theology of Dead Reckoning's roster of shows in addition to co-hosting their flagship show, DRTV. Brian lives with his wife and three girls in their first real home in 8 years in the Big Sky country of Billings, Montana.
Kelly lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves the Lord passionately both across the U.S. and internationally in a variety of creative roles. An acclaimed author, musician, Bible study creator and teacher, she is passionate to see women impacted by Jesus and His Word. Growing up outside of Washington, DC, Kelly was raised in a Christian home, the oldest of four children and daughter of a pastor. Her childhood was seasoned with competitive sports, learning the guitar, singing, and a litany of church activities in the congregation her father founded and still pastors.
Like many young women, Kelly dealt with inner struggles – anxiety and depression were a part of her growing-up years. “Those struggles are what drove me to Scripture,” Kelly says, “and the catalyst for me to learn for myself who God is.” Throughout her high school career, Kelly played basketball competitively, expecting that to be her path into college. But after a scholarship fell through, she began playing music. And God began a new thing.
Kelly moved to Nashville in the summer of 2000 and released her first record with WORD, followed by a subsequent release on a different label, leading to her first #1 Single on the Inspirational Charts, This Is My Offering. Shortly after this success and several cross-country tours her record company folded leaving Kelly to rethink her vocation and ministry. In the middle of an ever-changing music industry and on a tour through Colorado, Kelly met a book publisher who would two years later sign her to her first book deal.
Kelly’s first book eventually led to LifeWay approaching her about writing a Bible study. Authoring curriculum was a new challenge, but one she quickly fell in love with. Kelly’s first three studies include, No Other Gods: Confronting Our Modern Day Idols, followed by Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy and Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break. Respected Bible Study teacher and speaker, Beth Moore, chose each of Kelly’s resources for three of her widely reaching online summer studies. Thousands of women participated and were challenged by Kelly’s writing and her unique perspective on Scripture.
Kelly now writes, teaches, and sings across the United States and also in other countries. Speaking at multiple conferences and events, as well as four Women of Faith events in 2012, Kelly has become a steady and respected teaching voice to women, particularly when it comes to the Scriptures. She also partners closely with Justice and Mercy International (JMI), a ministry that serves in the Amazon jungle; she especially loves working with the jungle pastors who encourage her through their remarkable faith.
When home, Kelly’s days are spent writing, cooking, gardening, enjoying her neighborhood, loving her community, investing in her local church, and walking forward in the things God has for her.
David Bowden started writing his first poems at 19 after an encounter with God on a road trip to Chicago. Since then he has been using spoken word poetry to exalt the Bridegroom and beautify the bride on local, national and even international levels, performing in front of thousands at conferences like Winterfest and Falls Creek, and churches such as LifeChurch, Elevation, and Southeast Christian.
David currently pastors a house church under and within Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, where he lives with his beautiful wife Meagan and cat Dexter.