Church Growth Incorporated

Dr. Charles Arn, Ed.D


Ed.D. 1976 University of Southern California

M.S. 1973 University of Southern California

B.A. 1972 Seattle Pacific University


President, Church Growth, Inc. 1989 - Present

Vice-President Research & Development, Church Growth, Inc. 1976 - 1989

  • Responsible for research, design, and development of instructional material produced by Church Growth, Inc.
  • Major resources designed and developed:
  • The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples - video training kit
  • Mobilizing Laity for Ministry - training kit
  • Growing in Love - video training kit
  • Let the Church Grow - mediated training course
  • Spiritual Gifts for Building the Body - study course
  • A Shepherd’s Guide to Caring & Keeping - media training kit
  • Celebration of Friendship - worship planning kit
  • Celebrating God’s Family - worship planning kit
  • Celebration of Service - worship planning kit
  • In His Steps - worship planning kit
  • Responsible for research, design, development and presentation of instructional seminars presented by Church Growth, Inc.

Clergy Conferences

  • "How to Diagnose & Renew Your Church"
  • "Worship That Attracts the Unchurched"
  • "25 Ways to Reach the Unchurched"
  • "How to Assimilate New Members"
  • "How to Mobilize Laity for Ministry"
  • "How to Develop a Vision, Plan and Strategy for Growth"
  • "How to Use the Computer in the Church"
  • "How to Identify, Reach and Win New People"
  • "How to Grow a Sunday School"

Laity Conferences

  • "Basic Growth Seminar"
  • "Lifestyle Evangelism"
  • "Getting Ready for Company"
  • "Your Sunday School Can Grow"
  • "Mobilizing Laity for Ministry"
  • Editor, Church Growth: America magazine 1976 - 1983
  • Editor, The Growth Report 1983 - present
  • Public speaking on church growth topics (to clergy from all major church bodies) in U. S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany.
  • Responsible for editing books by Church Growth, Inc.
  • Responsible for editing books by Church Growth, Inc.
  • Attracting New Members (178 pages)
  • The Pastor’s Church Growth Handbook Vol. I (210 pages)
  • The Pastor’s Church Growth Handbook Vol. II (194 pages)
  • Ten Steps for Church Growth (128 pages)
  • How to Grow a Church (168 pages)
  • The Church Growth Ratio Book (94 pages)
  • The Missing Generation (176 pages)


  • One or more courses taught at the following schools of higher education:
  • Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY)
  • Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA)
  • Multnomah School of the Bible (Portland, OR)
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (New Orleans, LA)
  • Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL)
  • Talbot Theological Seminary (La Mirada, CA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)


Books authored:

  • The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples (2nd ed.) Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.
  • How to Start a New Service Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1997
  • Catch the Age Wave. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1993
  • Live Long & Love It! Wheaton: Tyndale Publishing House, 1991.
  • Who Cares About Love? Pasadena: Church Growth Press, 1987.
  • The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples (1st ed.) Pasadena: Church Growth Press, 1982.
  • Growth for the Sunday School Pasadena: Church Growth Press, 1980.

Chapters in other publications:

  • "A Change for the Better" in Coming of Age Gracefully, Concordia, 1995.
  • "Retaining Converts" & "Adult Activities" in Leadership Handbook of Practical Theology, Baker, 1994.
  • "Decision Making or Disciple Making" in Church Growth State of the Art, Tyndale, 1986.
  • "Mobilizing Laity for Ministry" in Church Growth State of the Art, Tyndale, 1986.
  • "Identifying Receptive People" in The Pastor’s Growth Handbook Church Growth, 1984.
  • "A Different Perspective" in Successful Writers and Editors Handbook, Tyndale, 1981.

Numerous articles published in denominational and inter-denominational magazines.

Listed in: Stathmore’s Who’s Who of America’s Leaders, 1998

International Who’s Who of Professionals, 1998.

Who’s Who of National Executives, 1998.


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