Inspire Transformation Through Leadership
When you give to The Global Leadership Development Fund, your gift inspires and equips Christian leaders, facilitating transformation in some of the world’s most challenging environments.
Influence a Leader, Better a Nation
We are so grateful that you are a part of a community of leaders who seek to bring transformation to our world. You are the real heroes who give us reason to host The Global Leadership Summit each year.
It would be an understatement to say that this has been a challenging year. And yet, the ministry continues to have an impact globally, witnessed in the outcome of what you and others do through your influence. God continues to pour out His favor. More than 120,000 people attended the Summit in the United States, and an additional 270,000+ attendees are expected in 135+ countries!
Looking forward to the future of this ministry, we’re reminded that God is still in control. We know that as long as God continues to bless these efforts, the Summit will continue to bless lives across the globe. Our vision is still to one day reach more than 1,000,000 people. Only God!
Would you prayerfully consider your year-end donation to the Global Leadership Development Fund?
Your gift will be used to provide leaders in under-resourced regions access to the skills, inspiration and encouragement they hunger for to help them transform their churches, communities and cities. When Christians lead well, we can be a formidable force for good and a beacon of light that moves searching hearts to find Christ.
Your gift today will:
- Strengthen churches, families and businesses
- Provide solutions to poverty, injustice and corruption
- Increase unity, evangelism and hope
- Encourage, equip and inspire Christian influencers globally
Impact by the numbers
The independent research firm Excellence in Giving says that investing in the Summit is one of the most fruitful investments you can make and grace in their communities and around the world.
The amount it costs to sponsor a single leader to attend the GLS
The number of Summit sites around the world with people who now have access to world-class leadership content.
The cost to translate the GLS into a single language. We currently translate GLS into 60 languages a year.
The number of countries where the GLS is now available to the leaders who need it most
The Gift of Leadership Transforms Nations
Greetings from Uganda! Tubalamusiza mulinyalay Yesu! On behalf of all the leaders taking part in The Global Leadership Summit around the world, I want to thank you for the annual support through the Global Leadership Development Fund.Keep reading ›
FOLLOW THE MOVEMENTGlobal Impact
Africa / Middle East
The GLS is providing accessible and affordable leadership development tools and resources to African leaders facing immense challenges and complexities. Under God’s hand, churches in Africa are growing. The church in Africa not only has responsibility for spiritual growth; it is being challenged to provide resources to combat the overwhelming realities of poverty, HIV/AIDS, political corruption, and the rapidly-growing influx and impact of Islam. Christian leaders in the Middle East face oppression and even persecution as the minority in their countries, but their passion for Christ grows. Leadership development, encouragement, and unity are critical in this environment in order to transform their communities for Christ.
Christian leaders in Asia are seeking fresh strategies to increase the spread of the Gospel across their nations. The densely populated regions of Asia present a complex patchwork of cultural and religious diversity. As a result, corrupt and oppressive governments, poverty and religious restriction are evident. Christians are the minority in most of Asia, but their passion for building the Kingdom is great in spite of oppression and even persecution. The GLS provides access to Christian leadership resources that are otherwise limited.
Godly leadership development opportunities are critical in this era of Eastern Europe’s church history. Christians have seen the near death of the Church, and are realizing that in order to bring the church back to life, and transform their countries, that leadership development, encouragement and unity are required. The community of leaders in Western Europe is committed to advancing the Kingdom of God on earth throughout Europe. They believe it is their responsibility to help fuel the passion and sharpen leadership skills in an effort to create the future God has imagined for Western Europe, and beyond.
Leaders in Latin America realize the critical need for leadership development to transform their communities. They don’t just see poverty, division, inequality and corruption in their communities—they see opportunity for change, unity and lives reached for Christ. The GLS is equipping them to lead in this transformation. Pray for these leaders as they seek to change the outcome for their countries and build on a new vision for the future—where the poor are cared for, the hungry are fed, integrity is valued, people are healed, peace is realized and lives are changed by love.
Christ-centered leadership is critical to advancing the Kingdom of God in New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. We believe that the Church is at the center of this plan. However, the influence and impact of the church is felt most fully when everyone that’s a part of a church is fully living out the life God has called them to live. This includes leaders from business, government, education, non-profits and multiple others spheres of influence. Pray for the GLS in Oceania, and each leader that will attend. Pray that they would be encouraged, inspired, and trained to as they seek to expand the Kingdom of God on earth.
The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event that is telecast LIVE from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to more than 600 locations in North America, including churches, prisons, inner city sites, and to various language groups. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place in an additional 875+ cities, 135+ countries—translated into more than 60 languages.
YOUR GIFT IS CRITICALWays to Give
Giving online today is the fastest and most efficient way to empower leaders all over the world. Donations made to Global Leadership Development Fund are used to:
- Translate Summit content into 60 languages
- Provide scholarships to Summit attendees who would not be able to participate otherwise
- Support local efforts to create safe Summit locations world-wide
- Equip, encourage and inspire leaders globally
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