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									                           Martin Alan McMahan
                             School of Intercultural Studies
                                    Biola University
                                   13800 Biola Ave.
                                 La Mirada, CA 90639
                           (562) 903-6000 ext. 3269 – office


        Program Director for the B.A. in Intercultural Studies Program, Biola
        Former President and current Secretary of the American Society for Church
        General Editor, Great Commission Research Journal
        Served as the Academic Dean of The King’s College, the flagship college of
         Campus Crusade for Christ located in the Empire State Building where I
         launched 5 new majors and opened 3 new schools.
        Served as Vice President of the Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY
         (ATS) stimulating the Christian and Missionary Alliance’s national seminary
         toward growth in fund-raising, enrollment, program development, and
         distance education.
        Birthed an innovative School of World Missions (ATS) focused on teaching
         change agentry to missionary candidates by combining theory and praxis in
         the cross-cultural context of New York City.
        Thirteen years of full-time teaching experience in higher education (7 years on
         the graduate level) in the areas of evangelism, church growth, anthropology,
         missiology, leadership, and organizational development.
        More than four years of overseas experience focused on the teaching and
         training of national church leaders in the areas of evangelism, church growth,
         and missiology.
        Served in pastoral ministries in the U.S. and abroad for more than ten years.
        Led a church growth consulting ministry throughout the U.S. while mentoring
         students and pastors to be effective interventionists.
        Conducted extensive research efforts in Indonesia in regard to evangelizing
         unreached people groups.
        Dissertation in the area of Transformational Leadership and Church Growth
         won two faculty awards at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Curriculum Vitae – 9/09


Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies, School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary,
       Pasadena, CA, 1998

       Concentrations: Leadership, Church Growth, Missiology

       Dissertation: Training Turnaround Leaders: Systemic Approaches to
                     Reinstating Growth in Plateaued Churches

Th.M. in Missiology, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism,
      Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY, 1989

       Concentrations: Anthropology, Church Growth

       Thesis: The Invisible People Next Door: Ministering to Urban Appalachians

M.Div. in Missions, Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY, 1984

B.S. in Missions, Nyack College, Nyack, NY, 1980

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS: (beginning with the most recent)

Biola University
       Associate Professor, August, 2006 – Present
       Editor, Great Commission Research Journal
       Current Program Director for B.A. in Intercultural Studies,
       Teaching missiology in the School of Intercultural Studies (SICS)
       Former Department Chair for the Undergraduate Program (SICS), 2007 - 2009

President, Metro Church Growth Associates, August, 2005 – Present
       Launched a consulting and resourcing ministry focused on equipping leaders in church growth to
       build effective, growing churches and promote global missions efforts.

Adjunct Professor, September 2005 – Present
      Nyack College and the Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY
       -   Leading Change and Resolving Conflict for Churches and Organizations and in the past
           taught in the areas of Research Methods and Statistics; Faith in the Global Marketplace;
           Ethical Leadership, Organizational Development, and Organizational Analysis.

Adjunct Professor, May 2006 - Present
      International Graduate School of Leadership (formerly ISOT), Manila,
      - Taught Leading Change in Churches and Organizations

Curriculum Vitae – Alan McMahan – 9/09

Adjunct Professor, August, 2005 – January, 2006
      Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
        -   Taught online classes in Contemporary Theological Trends, focusing on the church’s
            response to Post-Modernism.

Adjunct Professor, May-June, 2005
      Alliance Graduate School (Alliance Biblical Seminary), Manila, Philippines
        -   Taught Church Growth for a summer modular class and led consulting training

Academic Dean, August, 2002 – August, 2005
     The King’s College/Campus Crusade, Empire State Building, New York, NY
        -   As the chief academic officer I led the college in launching three new schools and 5 new
            majors during a period of rapid expansion. Areas of contribution included: accreditation
            review, faculty handbook, retention studies, curriculum proposal and revision, faculty
            recruitment, evaluation, and development, and special events.
        -   I taught in the areas of Leadership, Organizational Development, and Instituting Change.

Vice President of Program Development, Advancement, Enrollment Services,
       Student Services, and Information Technology, 1998 – 2002
       Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY
        -   As one of two Vice Presidents, I gave primary attention to increasing the growth of ATS in
            terms of program development, enrollment, and advancement.
        -   Developed and launched three new schools: The Ravi Zacharias Graduate School of
            Apologetics, The Alliance Institute of Ministry Leadership (focused on practical, in-ministry
            leadership development), and the Alliance Graduate School of Mission.
        -   Upgraded learning technology resources through 3 phases of development, moving toward the
            implementation of Smart Classrooms using educational video-conferencing technology.
        -   Increased charitable giving to ATS by more than 50% to set new records.
        -   Chaired the Institutional Planning Committee and the Enrollment Management Committee.

Director of the Alliance Graduate School of Mission (AGSM), 2000-2001
       Alliance Theological Seminary
       - Redesigned ATS’s missions program to create a new school of missiology focused on
            combining academic theory with experiential, hands-on learning through the development of
            a transformational learning community utilizing the cross-cultural opportunities of New York
            City. The goal of the program was to teach change agentry to missionary candidates.
        -   Led urban immersion programs, integrative seminars, peer mentoring clusters, and leadership
            development retreats for AGSM. Supervised students doing 2nd Continent Experiences.

Assistant Professor of Missions, Church Growth, and Leadership, 1998- 2002
       Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY
        -   Taught classes on the following subjects: Leading Organizational Dynamics; Change
            Dynamics for Church and Missions; Conflict Resolution; Church Growth; Church Planting;
            Contextual Theology; Seminar in the Global Expansion of the Church; Seminar in
        -   Served on the faculty committees in Learning Resources, and Academic Affairs.

Adjunct Professor, 1999-2002 (Under-graduate Level – part-time)
      Nyack College Adult Degree Completion Program
        -   Taught classes on Faith and Worldviews; Organizational Development; and Organizational

Curriculum Vitae – Alan McMahan – 9/09

Adjunct Professor, spring 1999 (modular)
      Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
        -    Taught “Leading Learning Organizations,” a class on systems theory as applied to leadership,
             church revitalization, and organizational dynamics.

Adjunct Professor of Missiology, 1991-1993 (Graduate Level – modular courses)
      Jaffray Theological School – Jakarta, Indonesia
        -    Taught classes in the Theology of Church Growth; Anthropology for Christian Missions; Folk
             Religions; Advanced Church Growth.

Visiting Professor, 1992 (Under-graduate Level – modular courses)
       Tenggarong Theological School, Tenggarong, Kalimantan, Indonesia,
        -    Taught classes in Church Growth, and Anthropology for Christian Mission.

Professor of Missiology, 1990-1993 (Graduate Level – full-time)
       Jaffray School of Theology, Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia
        -    Taught classes in: Anthropology for Christian Mission; Folk Religions; Evangelism and
             Church Growth; Advanced Church Growth; Trends in Missions; Theology of Church Growth.
        -    Mentored and evaluated Bachelor’s and Master’s Theses
        -    Students included top national church leaders, bible school teachers, district superintendents,
             indigenous missionaries, and pastors.

Associate Pastor, 1984-1989
       First Alliance Church, Lexington, KY
       - Responsibilities included: evangelism training, assimilation and follow-up, visitation, singles
             ministry, regular preaching, small group training, planning, and leadership development in a
             church of 600.

Ministry Intern, 1982-1983
      Paradise Alliance Church, Paradise, CA
        -    Responsibilities included: preaching, counseling, small group ministries, visitation,
             evangelism visitation, and worship leading in a church of 1200.


Licensed, Christian and Missionary Alliance, 1984 – present
Ordained, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Lexington, KY, 1986

        -    Great Commission Research Network
        -    American Society of Missiology
        -    Evangelical Missiological Society
        -    International Association for Missions Studies

Curriculum Vitae – Alan McMahan – 9/09

       -   Member of the Overseas Missions Study Center (OMSC) Study Group on
           Missions Issues


“Building the Bridges for the Next Generation,” American Society for Church Growth
Conference, November, 2005.

“Re-positioning the American Society for Church Growth for the New Challenges,”
      American Society for Church Growth Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA,
      November 2004.

Instructor, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, New York City, 2001- 2006.

Presentation on Church Growth Mega-strategies – Hispanic Assemblies of God
       District Conference, New York City, 2002

Presentation on Biblical Conflict Resolution Patterns – Hispanic Assemblies of God
       District Conference, New York City, 2000.

Presentation on Systemic Church Growth Interventions – Pre-Conference Session:
       American Society for Church Growth, San Francisco, 1998

Presentation on Folk Islam, C&MA Regional Conference on Islam, Bangkok, Thailand,
       fall 1997.

Instructor in the National Urban Ministry Workshops in Jakarta, Indonesia, 1991 and

Seminar presenter in the following topics: Leadership Training Models, Leadership
      Development, Focused Living, Mentoring, INSCAPE Psychometric Inventories
      (DiSC Inventory, Dimensions in Leadership Inventory,
      Learning Insights Inventory, Discovering Diversity Inventory, Coping and Stress
      Inventory, C.A.R.E. (Team-building) Inventory].


General Editor for Great Commission Research Network beginning in 2008.

Leadership team for Transform Southern California (a Luis Bush Initiative).

Secretary for the American Society for Church Growth beginning in 2007.

President, American Society for Church Growth. Term was for 2 years in 2004-06.

Curriculum Vitae – Alan McMahan – 9/09

Participant at the Global Cities Initative, New York City, September, 2009.

Member of the Future Leadership Issue Group, 2004 Lausanne Forum, Pattaya, Thailand.

Editorial Board. The Theological Journal of Jaffray School of Theology, Makasar,

Participant at Amsterdam 2000, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2000.

Participant in Consultation on Leadership, Leighton Ford Ministries, Charlotte, NC,

Participant in Consultation on Systems Theory and Church Health, Houston, TX, 1998.

Participant in the Regional Lausanne Committee on World Evangelism, Bogor, West
        Java, Indonesia, 1992.

Participated in Evangelical Consortium on Unreached People Group Research, Jakarta,
        Indonesia, 1991 and 1992.

Spearheaded major research project among 26 Christianized villages in East Kalimantan,
      Indonesia on evangelism effectiveness, 1992.

Arrow Leadership Program, Leighton Ford Ministries, Graduated in 1998

Church Resource Ministries Refocusing Network Training, Levels I-III, Santa Ana, CA,

Leadership Development and Church Growth Consulting in over 80 churches in
       partnership with nationally known consultants such as Carl George, Dan Reeves,
       Jim Van Yperin and, Don Bubna, 1995 – present.

Traveled and preached with Ravi Zacharias in Thailand and Malaysia, 1982.

Preached evangelistically and taught in much of Southeast Asia including Taiwan,
       Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, 1980 – present.

Regular preaching in local churches and missions conferences in the U.S.

Leadership Award, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1998

Donald McGavran Church Growth Award, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1998

Curriculum Vitae – Alan McMahan – 9/09

Theta Phi Honor Society, Asbury Theological Seminary, 1989

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Nyack College,
      1979 and 1980


Study Scholarship, Christian and Missionary Alliance, 1994-1998.

Mustard Seed Foundation Scholarship, 1994.

Sandy Ford Fund, Leighton Ford Ministries, 1997.

Full Study Scholarship, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism,
        Asbury Theological Seminary, 1987-1989.


Research interests can be distinguished, though not separated into three primary fields:
leadership, church growth, and cross-cultural studies. The doctoral dissertation was
devoted to the study of how leaders may be empowered to turn around plateaued
churches using systemic church growth interventions. Transformational leadership
theory was explored from a systems perspective and case studies were conducted of
churches that had implemented systemic strategies to reinstate growth. Field research in
Indonesia probed the evangelistic effectiveness and dominant worldview themes of 26
Christianized villages in East Kalimantan (Borneo) in relation to local unreached people
groups. The Th.M. thesis focused on localized failure of church planting efforts in the
Christian and Missionary Alliance’s Easter 100 Project due to a misunderstanding of
cultural factors.

Current research interests include: 1) re-examining receptivity theory in light of
contemporary research into epidemiology (or the spread of infectious diseases and the
diffusion of innovations), 2) exploring the frontier of systemic church growth
interventions, 3) investigating the dialectical and symbiotic nature of national church –
mission relations, 4) understanding and predicting effective transformational leadership
development experiences and examining these practices in various cultural contexts.


       -   Fluent in English and Indonesian
       -   Familiar with Greek

Curriculum Vitae – Alan McMahan – 9/09


General Editor, Journal of The American Society for Church Growth, Volume 20, Winter

General Editor, Great Commission Research Journal, Volume 1, No. 1 – Summer, 2009

“Church Growth By Another Name: Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of a
Movement,” in Great Commission Research Journal, Volume 1, No. 1 – Summer, 2009.

“Training Turnaround Leaders: Systemic Approaches to Reinstating Growth in
       Plateaued Churches,” University Microfilms, Inc. 1998.

Book Review: “Human Capital: What it Is and Why People Invest It,” Strategies for
      Today’s Leaders, Third Quarter 2001 (Web edition).

“Church Growth Consulting: Evolution of an Intervention.” Journal of the American
      Society for Church Growth, fall 2004.

Guest Editor, Journal for the American Society for Church Growth, fall, 2004 Issue.

Currently serving as General Editor for the Great Commission Research Journal.

References available on request.

Curriculum Vitae – Alan McMahan – 9/09

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