Dr. Arn teaches “The Missional Church” course, the first online class students take in their 3-year Master of Divinity program. In addition, he teaches classes on change and conflict management in the local church, and has written two new online courses: “Newcomer Integration” and “Diagnosis and Prescription for a Healthy Church.”
Dr. Arn became actively involved in the church growth movement as his father, Dr. Win Arn, began to pioneer the study and application of church growth principles to North America in the early 1970s. Upon completion of his doctoral work, Charles began working full-time with his father at Church Growth, Inc., specializing in research and new product development. In 1989 Charles assumed the presidency of CGI upon his father's retirement.
Dr. Arn is a popular speaker, who is known for his creative presentations. He is considered one of the leading authorities and spokespersons in the field of church growth. He is currently serving as President of the American Society of Church Growth, an association of professors, executives, pastors, and consultants dedicated to the study of evangelism and church growth.
Charles Arn (Ed.D.) brings to Wesley Seminary over 30 years of experience and leadership in the field of congregational life, health, and growth. He has authored nine books, edited five others, written numerous magazine and journal articles. He is a popular speaker nationally and overseas, and is a regular writer for several major Christian websites.
Dr. Arn is married to Ann, who works with special needs children in a local school district. Fifteen years ago the two of them adopted his 6-year old nephew—Michael—following the unexpected death of Michael’s father and handicapped mother. Charles’ favorite past-time is riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle in the mountains and along the coast of southern California, where he lives. He enjoys writing, and has authored ten books for pastors and church leaders.
B.A., Seattle Pacific University
M.S., University of Southern California
Ed.D., Instructional Design and Technology, University of Southern California
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(As well as numerous articles published in denominational and inter-denominational magazines.)