Greetings in 2008 from your partners at the Willow Creek Association. I pray that the ministry season during Christmas and now in the New Year has been enriching for you, your staff, and your congregation. Here at the WCA, we’ve been blown away by what God accomplished around the world this past year. When The Global Leadership Summit 2007 (GLS) concluded in early December, the Summit had been hosted in 224 cities in 32 countries reaching nearly 108,000 leaders worldwide. Only God!

I’m writing today for two reasons. As an alumnus of The Leadership Summit, I want to thank you for your commitment to leadership development. And, because of your dedication, we wanted you to be among the first to know some important news—we’re shifting The Leadership Summit 2008 to a two-day event on Thursday-Friday, August 7-8!

Over the past few years we’ve heard many leaders say they’d be better served by a shorter event. Time commitment, the fatigue factor, and full weekend schedules were three primary reasons for the preference. We’ve been listening and taking the input very seriously. After careful evaluation and conversation with our most engaged partners and participants—plus, tons of prayer— we’re finally making the shift.

The entire Summit team is excited about the potential of this change and committed to making future Summits increasingly powerful and valuable for Christian leaders. Our faculty includes highly-respected senior pastors as well as innovative minds serving society such as:

  • Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
  • Brad Anderson, vice-chairman and CEO, Best Buy, Inc.
  • Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder, Teach for America
  • Catherine Rohr, CEO and founder, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
  • Efrem Smith, senior pastor, The Sanctuary Covenant Church
  • John Burke, lead pastor, Gateway Community Church
  • Craig Groeschel, senior pastor,
  • Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship Ministries
  • Gary Haugen, president and founder, International Justice Mission
  • Bill George, Harvard professor and former CEO, Medtronics

Be sure to visit for full bios on these leaders and up-to-date additions to the speaker line-up.

We’re working to ensure that The Leadership Summit 2008 is even more focused on practical leadership training with concrete, next-step takeaways. Please do not hesitate to contact our team at 800-570-9812 if there is anything we can do to add value to your team’s Summit experience. Thanks again for your continued partnership as we work together to strengthen the ministry of the local church around the world.

Partnering to Lead,


Steve Bell,
Executive Vice President
Conferences & Events, Membership

P.S. We hope you’ll agree that the shift of the Summit to a two-day event, August 7-8, is good news. Now’s the best time to register your team with Super Early Bird rates good until May 20!

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