Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) invites you to submit a teaching proposal for The
Outcomes Conference 2018.
The theme of The Outcomes Conference 2018 is "Impact." Christ-honoring leaders are
radically transforming lives around our globe today. Our teaching sessions should integrate
ideas to strengthen the Impact of today's Christian leaders!
- Call for Presentations proposals are due to CLA by July 14, 2017
- Status updates (yes/no) will be provided to you by August 31, 2017
- Presenters need to register no later thanDecember 1, 2017
- Presenters submit handouts to CLA by no later than March 13, 2018
Submit your Proposal
CLA invites you to submit a proposal for:
- 6-hour All Day Intensives (3 presenters, maximum)
- 1.5 hour Conference Workshops (2 presenters, maximum)
CLA has exciting news! At the Outcomes Conference 2018, we’ll be offering 1.5 hour
Conference Workshops as well as 6-hour All Day Intensives on both Wed., April 18 and Thurs., April 19.
This gives attendees great options every day and allows them the freedom to personalize their own conference experience.
General Submission Guidelines:
Submissions for The Outcomes Conference must be:
- Outcomes oriented
CLA offers higher thinking that is transformative in the life of
today’s Christian leader. At the center of that commitment is our
experienced faculty, and the Christian leadership training offered in the
All Day Intensives and Workshops at The Outcomes Conference.
You are welcome to pass this information along to other qualified presenters.
Please note that CLA prioritizes submissions from CLA members. CLA also seeks to
maintain a proper balance between ministry practitioners and experts from the
business world in each of its learning tracks.
1. CLA Members will be Prioritized:
All are welcome to submit, but presentations submitted by CLA Members will be prioritized.
2. Submission Does Not Guarantee Selection:
We are blessed each year with more submissions than teaching slots, so submission does not
guarantee selection. Proposals will be evaluated in light of the course
description, learning objectives, presenters’ credentials and expertise,
past evaluations of presenters from previous conference courses, and the
overall needs of the conference program.
3. Academic Focus:
Presenters must agree that they will not use the time for
promotion of their organization or its services, but rather sharing
successful practices and takeaways that meet CLA's "General Submission Guidelines."
4. Academic Level:
We will seek to offer a blend of all levels in our training: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Update and Overview.
5. Connect to the Conference Theme:
It is ideal if your
submission connects with this year's conference theme, "Impact."
We would just ask that you weave into your presentation how applying the
principles you share will enhance the impact of leaders and organizations they represent.
Eight CLA Lifelong Learning Tracks:
Our Call for Presentations covers the eight tracks of professional leadership
content offered by CLA - Executive Leadership, Resource Development, Financial Management, People
Management and Care, Communications and Marketing, Internet and Technology,
Board Governance, and Tax and Legal.
Track Content Guidelines:
Submissions should be oriented towards Christian nonprofit
leadership, although sessions may offer broad application for
any called to Christian leadership regardless of sphere. The submissions can,
and should, go beyond these specific topics, but please visit the links below for
topical ideas in each of CLA's eight educational tracks:
1. Executive Leadership
We seek submissions that offer a transformative, biblically-based,
perspective on executive leadership. Potential topics include: encouraging
steward leadership, equipping today’s Christian leader, preparing
future leaders, the heart of a leader/soul care, managing leadership transitions wisely,
leading as Christians in our times, principles for team building,
strategic thinking/strategic planning, building dynamic organizational cultures,
strengthening CEO/Board relationships, ensuring continuous improvement,
resolving organizational conflict, the power of peer networking, CEO challenges and
opportunities, and more.
2. Resource Development
We seek submissions that offer transformational perspectives on resource development.
These submissions should be biblically-based and practical, and should contribute
excellence, both in theory and applied practice. Submissions should be aimed at helping
development professionals to see themselves as steward leaders and their work as a ministry
calling, offering a transformative approach to development that grows givers' hearts.
Potential topics include: acquiring major donors, mid-level donor cultivation,
successful practices and applications in donor analytics, use of technology in the field,
increasing donor retention, strategic planning for development, multi-channel donor
relationship building, effective capital campaigns, securing grants, generations and giving, development trends, volunteer engagement and cultivation strategies, and more.
3. Financial Management
We seek submissions that define the unique role of financial managers, and
the biblically-based call for effective financial stewardship. Potential topics include:
big picture financial management of Christian nonprofit organizations, effective budgeting,
building and managing an effective accounting department, budgeting
with sensitivity modeling, trend analysis applied to income expectations,
building dashboards and communicating financial information well, integrating
development and financial department strategic planning, the impact of
technology on capital budgets, investing well, understanding economic trends,
legal and regulatory issues related to financial management, and more.
4. People Management and Care
We seek submissions that offer successful, biblically-based, practices in
ministry people management and care. Potential topics include: Why a biblical
perspective on People Management and Care matters, onboarding and equipping high
performance staffs, successful practices in staff development, strategies for staff
retention, effective team building, creating biblically-based team cultures,
today’s legal issues in people management and care, building diversity, managing
salaries and benefits well, identifying and resolving conflict, creating high performing
staffs, mentoring, hiring and terminating employment well, managing multiple generations
with understanding, promoting from within, and more.
5. Communications and Marketing
We seek submissions offering biblical perspective on the call to communicate
effectively and winsomely to advance the kingdom mission God has given to
Christian organizations. These should be aimed at building organization-wide
support for the importance of effective marketing and public relations. Potential topics
include: branding, media and PR strategy, marketing, digital strategy, content strategy,
understanding the culture and times in which we communicate, legal considerations for marketers,
the importance of research and measurement, ministry case studies, and more.
6. Internet and Technology
We seek submissions that offer a dynamic, biblically-based perspective on the
power of Internet and technology in this unique time for Christian leaders.
Potential topics include: effective Internet and technology strategies, how CTO's/technology
directors can lead a nonprofit organization's technology program with excellence, embracing
technological advancements in order to communicate well, deciding what hardware/technology
your ministry needs today, outsourcing and how to harness power of outside
organizations, privacy and security implications for ministries,
optimizing online and email campaigns, website best practices, ministry case
studies and more.
7. Board Governance
We seek submissions that offer insight on the unique governance role of
boards, with biblical insight on how boards can operate and lead with
excellence. Potential topics include: leading from a healthy governance model,
understanding the unique roles and responsibilities of the board, identifying and addressing
potential conflicts of interest in organizations, resolving board conflict, taking ministry
transparency to a new level, leading a board for sustainability and impact, identifying,
recruiting and analyzing your board's strengths, weaknesses and growth opportunities, and more.
8. Tax and Legal
We seek submissions that offer cutting-edge thinking and insight on tax and
legal issues facing today’s Christian nonprofit leader. These should
cover the range of the core legal issues that will face Christian nonprofits, not just
the most high profile issues. Potential topics include: understanding legal trends and changes
impacting nonprofits, legal issues affecting faith-based ministries, religious liberty, knowing
and responding to federal tax code changes, regulatory changes that will affect ministries,
legal issues unique to the international context, risk management, contribution tax issues,
fraud prevention, audits, understanding the latest IRS rules affecting nonprofits, and more.
*Faculty Registration Details
Conference faculty members receive a steeply discounted rate of $299 for the full conference
and must register by December 1, 2017. Faculty cover their own conference registration
fees, travel and lodging expenses. You will receive additional registration information if your
proposal is selected.
Submit your Proposal