Attendees at Christian Leadership Alliance’s national meeting in April packed every bit of meeting space at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel as the group of nearly 1,400 registrants took advantage of more than 100 different educational sessions offered during the three-day event.

The program included 85 workshops, 22 full-day seminars, three one-day forums, four general sessions, and 19 keynote speakers, special guests, and entertainers. Not surprisingly, CLA’s members rank the national conference as their “top leadership training opportunity,” says CLA’s vice president of communications and lifelong learning, W. Scott Brown.

But the meeting is also the centerpiece of the association’s many platforms and programs for serving as a knowledge resource for members. “The conference is more of a launching pad than a landing zone,” Brown explains. “It’s a microcosm of what we do throughout the year, and that is very intentional.”