About the GLS and Willow Creek Association

A Little Bit of History

Founded in 1992, Willow Creek Association (WCA) is a not-for-profit Christian organization that exists to maximize the transformative power of the local church. Our vision is to see every local church reach its full redemptive potential—becoming an unbridled conduit for the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

About the Global Leadership Summit

The Global Leadership Summit exists to transform Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration for the sake of the local church.

The Global Leadership Summit is a two day event featuring world class speakers, along with live worship, music, and drama created especially for leaders. With state-of-the-art video and huge projection screens, the Global Leadership Summit brings together the hearts and minds of tens of thousands in an amazing, Spirit-filled way.

Why We Host The Global Leadership Summit

When God wants to begin a new work in the world. He almost always starts by speaking into the heart of one person. Drawing up the courage to listen, obey, and share the vision with others, these are the people we call leaders.

Over the years we’ve come to appreciate just how critical leadership is to church vitality. We have observed that a church’s effectiveness in pursing it’s God-given mission is largely dependent on the character, devotion, and skill of its leadership core. This is why WCA's focus is to elevate the quality of leadership within the church. That leadership could be formal or informal, staff or volunteer, full-time or bi-vocational, clergy or laity. It doesn’t matter where the leadership comes from; it just matters that it is present.

WCA recognizes that the leadership core of any church includes leaders from the businesses, education, government and social sectors. The Global Leadership Summit welcomes leaders from all these sectors and fully believers that the maximum influence and impact of the Church is felt when all of it’s Christ-centered leaders are at the forefront of establishing and growing well led local churches, companies, schools, governments and social enterprises. This is the Church at its best! This is when God’s love and care inevitably spills out into our neighborhoods, towns and cities through acts of love, justice, mercy, service and restoration.

Each year, we do our best to provide a world-class leadership training event that challenges, inspires and serves the leadership core of every church.

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