Leading Now & Exploring What’s Next

Pastors and church leaders are facing some of the most unexpected and difficult circumstances in our most recent history. The way our churches operate and lead has been turned upside down, but hope is alive and well. During this event, we came together to understand where we’ve come up to now, and how to forge ahead together for what God has in store for His Church next. If you are a church leader in any capacity, this event was designed especially for you to give you hope and clarity in this season.

Life.Church and the Global Leadership Network partnered together to deliver you this FREE event featuring, Dr. Henry Cloud, Michael Todd, Craig Groeschel and a team of pastors from Life.Church—Melody Dixon, Sam Adams Marin and Tome Dawson.

Now available via video-on-demand, this amazing faculty addresses some of the most foundational questions about what we’re facing in leading the Church today and into the future.

Dr. Henry Cloud

Clinical Psychologist & Leadership Expert; Best-Selling Author

Video & Topic

Boosting Your Leadership Health

Dr. Henry Cloud will help you contextualize and face the struggles all pastors and church leaders are experiencing. With families struggling and depression on the rise, too often leaders are required to help others but struggle to take care of themselves in the process. Dr. Cloud will address how you can equip yourself to face these challenges. Whether you power through, run away—or address your pain in a different way—understand what is affecting you, how you can create a path to emerge stronger and pass that resilience on to others.

During this session, Dr. Cloud will be joined by guest, Robert Morris from Gateway Church who will share his personal journey to a place of healing.



BONUS: Changes that Heal

Interview with Pastor Robert Morris interviewed by Dr. Henry Cloud

Clinical Psychologist & Leadership Expert; Best-Selling Author

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, clinical psychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His 45 books, including the iconic Boundaries, have sold nearly 15 million copies worldwide. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as a leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEOs, leadership teams and executives to improve performance, leadership skills and culture. His newest book, The Power of the Other, debuted at #5 on the Wall Street Journal best-seller list.

Michael Todd

Lead Pastor, Transformation Church; Author; Social Media Influencer

Video & Topic

Taking Digital Ground & Changing Lives

During this interview with Michael Todd, lean in and learn from one of the leaders Craig Groeschel turns to for inspiration and to share ideas to continue to reach the emerging generation in every way possible. Grapple with what real-world evangelism could look like in 2021 and beyond, how social media can be positively leveraged and what churches can do to create excitement as we bring our church base back to in-person gatherings.

Lead Pastor, Transformation Church; Author; Social Media Influencer

In 2015, Michael Todd and his wife Natalie were entrusted with the leadership of Transformation Church by the founding Pastor. With a vision to reach their community, city and world with the Gospel in a relevant and progressive way, they’ve grown rapidly—After recently purchasing the SpiritBank Event Center, their church serves 5,000 attendees live weekly and more than 120,000 online. In keeping with the church’s aspiration to represent God to the lost and found for transformation in Christ, Todd reaches a multicultural, multiethnic and multigenerational audience. Todd’s influence reaches far beyond the church walls with viral expansion on social media, including several of his talks with over 17 million views on YouTube alone. Todd released his first book in April 2020, Relationship Goals.

Craig Groeschel

Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church; Best-Selling Author; Champion of the GLS

Video & Topic

Five Reasons I’m More Optimistic Than Ever

Some estimate that 50% of church attenders aren’t returning to church buildings. Leaders and their teams are struggling to find steady ground in a world where the future is shifting minute by minute. Join Craig as he challenges church leaders to remain optimistic and full of faith that the church is alive and as vital today as any time in history. Get ready to be inspired and equipped to lead your church and ministry into its most productive, meaningful and effective days of ministry.

Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church; Best-Selling Author; Champion of the GLS

Globally recognized as a leader of leaders, Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, rated the #1 place to work in 2020 for small and mid-size companies by Glassdoor. Known for their missional approach to leveraging the latest technology, Life.Church is the innovative creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded in every country worldwide. In 2020, Life.Church provided free tools to thousands of churches who quickly transitioned to a virtual church experience in the wake of the global health pandemic. Traveling the world as a champion of The Global Leadership Summit, Groeschel advocates for building leaders in every sector of society. He is also the host of the top-ranked Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. A New York Times best-selling author, his latest book is Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.

Life.Church Pastors Panel

Get Candid with Life.Church

Go behind the scenes to hear the tough questions Life.Church is asking about church life today. Craig Groeschel and his team explore what the future of gatherings will look like, identify guiding principles used to make wise decisions and dig into our assumptions and how they determine your actions.

Melody Dixon

Melody Dixon has been a part of Life.Church since 2010 and is the campus pastor at the Midtown Tulsa location. She is passionate about leading people to share Jesus and to take next steps in their relationship with Christ.

Sam Adams Marin

Sam is a pastor at Life.Church and is passionate about reaching people from all walks of life with the message of Jesus. He leads the broadcast location in Edmond, Oklahoma and has been on staff since 2010.

Tome Dawson

Tome joined the Life.Church team in 2006 and has a player/coach role as he is the campus pastor of the South Tulsa location, which he launched in 2008, and leads all 7 Tulsa area locations for Life.Church.

Life.Church Worship

Worship during this event will be brought to you by Life.Church Worship. Check out the band >>


“Grace Upon Grace”

Written by Cassidy Estevez, Chris Kuti, Dameon Aranda, David Wellman, Rob Estevez, Stacey Tyler, Stephen Cole

© 2020 Life.Church Worship Publishing | Life.Church Publishing Group

“Heaven’s All Around”

Written by Cassidy Estevez, Chris Kuti, Dameon Aranda, David Wellman, Dustin Smith, Rob Estevez, Stephen Cole

© 2020 Life.Church Worship Publishing | Life.Church Publishing Group | Here Be Lions Publishing | Integrity’s Praise! Music

Come Together for The Global Leadership Summit in 2021

Convene your community to lead positive change

As a pastor or church leader, we know you understand that when leaders get better, whole communities get better too. This is why we welcome you to join us at the premier leadership event of the year where you can get equipped and encouraged with leadership skills to help you thrive. With insights and encouragement delivered by 15+ world-class leadership faculty, The Global Leadership Summit is also a great opportunity to empower the men and women within your circle of influence, at your church and in your community. Bring your team or even consider inviting your congregation to take part in what could be a life-changing experience igniting positive change. Discover how you can be a part of the movement!

Attend The Global Leadership Summit 2021

On Thursday-Friday, August 5-6, 2021, join hundreds of thousands of curious, growth-minded, change-driven men and women like you for the premier leadership event of 2021—The Global Leadership Summit. Whether you attend in-person at one of our 500+ local host sites or online, you will experience two days of rich, high-impact, inspiring sessions, and learn from a diverse faculty who will share their wisdom and practical perspective to support you in your leadership growth.

Thank You to Our Featured Sponsor!

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Our featured event sponsor, World Vision, is committed to your care, especially soul care for you as a church leader. This is why World Vision has partnered with Danielle Strickland to bring you some practical soul-care resources.

In this live web series, Danielle will share rhythms and practices to help create space for God to tend to YOUR soul–and give tools you can use as you lead others.

Join Danielle Strickland and World Vision for this live web series, Soul Care Prayer Postures happening over three weeks:

  • Week 1: April 6, 2021 at noon ET, 9am PT
  • Week 2: April 13, 2021 at noon ET, 9am PT
  • Week 3: April 20, 2021 at noon ET, 9am PT

The Church is a force for good in the world and our heart is for the Bride of Christ to be healthy and mobilized to be the Church outside the four walls!