Published February 14, 2019

Welcome to the Global Leadership Network


North America

I am delighted to announce that effective February 15, 2019, our ministry’s name is changing to the Global Leadership Network! For almost two years our board of directors and executive team have been prayerfully discerning this change, and we believe this decision propels us into the exciting future God has prepared for us!

Since Willow Creek Association’s founding in 1992, we’ve held a deep-seated belief that the Church is God’s plan to redeem and restore our world—and this is not changing! However, our initial focus on sharing ministry innovations from Willow Creek Community Church with pioneering church leaders has evolved to the point where for 5+ years we have exclusively focused on leadership development. Now, we exist not just to serve church leaders, but Christians in all sectors of society to impact the world.

You may be wondering what’s staying the same and what’s changing.

1. Our commitment to expanding the reach and impact of The Global Leadership Summit remains steadfast, not just in the U.S., but in the 135+ countries we currently serve.

2. Our commitment to serving you with leadership development opportunities beyond the Summit, including the launch of is unwavering. We are actively developing new resources to equip you in leading yourself, leading others and leading your organization.

3. While some may infer we are distancing ourselves from the church, our relationship with Willow Creek Community Church is strong. Our offices remain on this campus and we will continue to partner with their incredible staff and volunteers to host and produce a world-class Summit.

4. Legally we remain Willow Creek Association, but all of our branding, web domains, email addresses and social media accounts will change to reflect the Global Leadership Network. Our website has already changed to and future emails from us will be from All Willow Creek Association websites and emails will forward to the new domain as we make this transition.

Your churches and organizations are the reason the Global Leadership Network exists.

We see a world where communities are transformed, businesses are working for good and churches are thriving! This starts with us, together, learning from each other, becoming better leaders and using our influence to accomplish God’s purposes on earth.

We are incredibly grateful for the 27 years we’ve existed as Willow Creek Association. We never imagined how God would use us in so many ways to train and equip more than 2 million people!

Now, we are humbly asking God to pour out His favor on us in new ways as we boldly move forward in pursuit of our collective goal to one day impact more than 1 million Christian influencers annually.

Together in the cause,

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Tom De Vries
President, Global Leadership Network

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

Tom De Vries


Global Leadership Network

Tom De Vries, President of Global Leadership Network, has been a church planter, multi-site pastor, and global movement leader. He is a 20-year attender of The Global Leadership Summit, and believes in the mission of the local church as expressed in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, as well as an ever-increasing need for greater leadership skills for all who influence others.

  1. Pjenz1
    Feb 27 2019 7PM
    I’m excited that the Global Leadership Network is looking forward to a bright and fruitful future!
  2. Mark Ratfelders
    Feb 27 2019 9PM
    How do I learn more about your organization?
    • Global Leadership Network
      Mar 1 2019 10PM
      Thank you for your interest in this ministry. Please continue to visit to learn more about our ministry and how we can serve you through The Global Leadership Summit or one of the 2,200+ free and on-demand leadership resources.

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THURSDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 6-7, 2020Register for the 2020 Global Leadership Summit


Pricing is as low as $149 per attendee for purchases of 2+ tickets and $169 per individual attendee by June 30, 2020. Regular pricing is $189 per individual ticket and $169 for purchases of 2+ tickets. All ticket prices are per-person, in USD, for registration to attend at a U.S. site or online. Each guest in a group must have their own individual registration to attend and access interactive elements as well as the 7 days of post-event video-on-demand. Guests from other countries please contact your GLN or GLS office. Additional discounts are available for full-time students, faculty and members of the military. Additionally, teachers, nurses and other qualified guests may be eligible for continuing education credit. Please call 800-570-9812 to learn more about CE credit.

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