Dec. 7, 10:30am-12:00pm CSTYou’re Invited!

GLS City Catalyst Gathering 2021

Join like-minded leaders who are FOR their city in an online event that will encourage and inspire you to make a positive impact. Learn how to leverage your platform, influence and network to experience the positive city-wide transformation you long to see become a reality!

Learn from and encourage one another toward city transformation.

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At the Global Leadership Network, we are passionate about leadership development that ignites transformation. It’s about more than supporting men and women on a journey to thrive personally—it’s also about leaders like you uniting locally around a common vision to see positive transformation ignite in your city.

Forward thinkers like yourself look at their city differently—they see the biggest needs in their city and bring like-minded men and women together to address those needs—supporting the growth of a thriving community.

Your role in your community is vital! This is why we are excited to come together to learn from and encourage one another toward positive city transformation.

Why Attend

  • Discover a plan to activate the leaders in your city for collaborative impact.
  • Learn how leaders like you are tackling the problems in their city.
  • Be encouraged and inspired in the presence of like-minded peers across the U.S.
  • Unleash the power of listening to and being FOR your city.

Lifting Up Our Neighbors

Chuck Surack, Founder and CEO, Sweetwater Sound

""As I’ve developed my leadership skills through the Summit, I’ve become more acutely aware of challenges in our community. That’s why I’m passionate about community development. We all have a responsibility to lift up both our neighbors and strangers and lend a helping hand whenever possible. As a result of the Summit, our city-wide movement has gained momentum. Without a doubt, Fort Wayne, Indiana is getting better.""

Chuck Surack, CEO, Sweetwater Sound

Learning Together

Joelle Zimmerman

"“The city, especially the south end, has been in a dark place on many levels due to poverty and lack of economic opportunity. The increased connection and our improved relationship with community groups helps people see that we are not threatening or out of touch as a church. It is amazing how many different people are coming through our church doors to find ways to connect with each other and impact our city! We hope to continue to offer more opportunities throughout the year for health, government, education, business and faith-based sectors to intersect and learn together through the GLS.” "

Joelle Zimmerman, Grace Christian Fellowship

Committed to Our City

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"“We’re committed to leadership excellence, we’re committed to Omaha, and we’re committed to what God might call us to in the city movement as He continues to unfold the pieces of the puzzle. We’re focused on striding forward obediently with long, intentional steps in the same direction as His pace of Grace. As Omaha leaders say “yes” to the leadership assignments He gives us, investing 150% of ourselves, not in scoreboards or numbers goals, but in the people He’s called us to reach, Omaha’s Grander Vision will be reached.”"

Amie Gamboian, Leadership Coach, Omaha

Entering the Brokenness of Our City

Dan Steffen is the pastor at Pure Heart Church.

"“God is in the restoration business. He is a God of second chances. We cannot be too quick to abandon each other when things get messy. I love reaching people who are hurting, broken and far from God. At our church, we were going around the world doing missions, and we started to ask what we were doing in our own city? We decided to enter into the brokenness in our community.”"

Dan Steffen, Senior Pastor, Pure Heart Church

Sign-Up Bonus: Free Excerpt

Just for signing up to join us on December 7 at the City Catalyst Gathering, we will send a free excerpt from chapter one on six trends that will shape the future of your church from the book, The Externally Focused Quest, Becoming the Best Church FOR the Community by Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw. Simply RSVP with your contact information, and you will receive your copy by email with your Zoom confirmation.

*FREE (Valued at $99)Join us at the GLS City Catalyst Gathering 2021


December 7, 10:30am-12:00pm CST

What might happen in your city when you leverage your influence and connect with others around a common vision? Find out on Tuesday, December 7!

Learn More About Our Speakers

During the event, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with and hear stories from like-minded leaders from across the U.S. who are passionate about their city. You will also hear from Global Leadership Network President and CEO, Tom De Vries who will be joined by guest speaker and best-selling author of Know What You’re FOR, Jeff Henderson.

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Named by Forbes Magazine as one of 20 speakers you shouldn’t miss, Jeff has become a trusted voice for businesses and non-profit organizations. His career experience not only inspires groups and individuals but also provides tangible strategies to help them grow. Ultimately, Jeff’s aim is to help organizations build a good name where both purpose and profit thrive. His best-selling book, Know What You’re FOR, launched a movement in non-profits around the world and has become a focal point for many businesses. Jeff has worked for well-known organizations such as the Atlanta Braves, Callaway Gardens, Chick-fil-A and North Point Ministries, one of the largest churches in America. While there, Jeff was the lead pastor for three churches over 17 years and helped launch North Point Online, one of the largest online ministries in the world.

Jeff Henderson

Tom joined the Global Leadership Network (GLN) in 2017 as President and CEO. He brings a wealth of expertise to the GLN’s year-round leadership development efforts and the leadership of producing The Global Leadership Summit (GLS), the premier leadership event of the year. Prior to joining the GLN, Tom was the General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), the oldest continuing Protestant denomination in the United States with over 200,000 members and 100 missionaries serving in 40 countries around the world. Tom has a B.A. in Sociology from Wheaton College, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary. He has provided leadership in both the ministry and nonprofit environments serving as a church planter, large church lead pastor and multisite pastor. He served on the central committee of the World Council of Churches and the governing board of the National Council of Churches. Additionally, Tom served on the Board of Trustees for New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Western Theological Seminary and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Western Theological Seminary. Tom played a key leadership role in the launching of a nonprofit focused on food insufficiency in young children and today Hand2Hand feeds more than 8,000 children each weekend through school-church partnerships. He has been a featured guest on NPR, the Salem Radio Network, Life Today Live, Newsmax TV, Moody Radio, the WOW Factor, and Common Good.

Tom De Vries is the President and CEO of the Global Leadership Network.

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