GLS 2018 at Willow Creek—Join the Live Event—9-10 August

Take a week out to rest, refresh and replenish

Gain fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content from a world-class faculty live at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago.


Two Days of World-Class Leadership Training
  • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply
  • Learn from Bill Hybels and the diverse 2018 faculty
  • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community
  • Join a community of like-minded Christians from 128 countries and 60 languages who attend the Summit around the world
Reasons to Attend

For more than 20 years, the Summit has proven to produce compelling outcomes* for attendees, including:

Teamwork 83%
83% of attendees demonstrate improved teamwork, job satisfaction and productivity

Effectiveness 61%
61% of attendees say their organisation is more effective because of clearer vision

Significance 87%
87% feel a greater sense of significance and satisfaction in their personal and professional lives

Better Leaders 81%
81% cite concrete ways their supervisor has become a better leader because of the Summit

*Independent research conducted by Excellence in Giving based on repeat Summit attendee data.

World-Class Faculty

The diverse Summit faculty delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply.

Bill Hybels


Founder & Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 people across eight Chicago-area congregations. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, now impacting 400,000+ leaders in 130+ countries. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including his August 2018 release, Everyone Wins When a Leader Gets Better.

Denzel Washington


Actor, Director, Producer; Multiple Academy Award Winner
Denzel Washington is an actor, director and producer who searches for challenges through his numerous and varied film and stage roles. The son of a minister, he was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He directed as well as starred in the films: Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters and Fences. For his work in his latest critically-acclaimed film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor.

Angela Ahrendts


Senior Vice President of Retail, Apple
Angela Ahrendts is responsible for strategy, real estate & development and operations of Apple’s physical stores, online store and contact centres. Since joining Apple in 2014, she has integrated Apple’s physical and digital retail businesses to create a seamless experience for more than a billion visitors per year with the goal of educating, inspiring, entertaining and enriching communities. Prior to Apple, Ahrendts served as CEO of Burberry, leading the company through a period of outstanding global growth.


Rasmus Ankersen


Best-selling Author; Entrepreneur
Rasmus Ankersen is an expert on performance development and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world. He is the chairman of FC Midtjylland in Denmark and a director of Brentford FC in England, two of the world’s most innovative football (soccer) clubs recognised for their use of big data to drive decision-making. Ankersen’s most recent book, Hunger in Paradise, details how organisations can remain successful by eliminating complacency.

Lisa Bodell


Founder & CEO, futurethink; Best-selling Author
Lisa Bodell is a recognised global leader on innovation foresight and change management. As CEO of futurethink, she works with Fortune 500 companies providing radical thinking and on-the-spot business solutions. A best-selling author, Bodell’s latest book, Why Simple Wins, unpacks tools and takeaways on how organisations and individuals can eradicate complexity and allow simplicity to be their new operating system.

Erwin McManus


Author, Futurist, Filmmaker and Pastor
Erwin McManus is senior pastor of MOSAIC, a church in Los Angeles known for its innovation, creativity, diversity and social entrepreneurism. A thought-provoking communicator, McManus has spoken to more than a million people in 50 countries on leadership, creativity and culture. A recent cancer survivor, his latest book, The Last Arrow, is about leaving nothing undone and living with relentless ambition and no regrets.


Simon Sinek


New York Times Best-selling Author; Optimist
Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Best known for popularising the concept “Start With Why,” his talk on this topic is the third most watched TED talk of all time. A New York Times best-selling author, Sinek’s next book, The Infinite Game, is due out October 2018.

Danny Meyer


Restaurateur; Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’
Danny Meyer is CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Highly acclaimed for some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, and more, in 2015 he was named one of TIME Magaazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People.’ Meyer’s New York Times bestselling book, Setting the Table, examines the power of hospitality, business and life.

Nthabiseng Legoete


Founder & CEO, Quali Health; Social Entrepreneur
Dr Nthabiseng Legoete is a medical practitioner who is passionate about improving access to primary healthcare. Motivated by her faith and own family story, her vision is to make quality primary healthcare affordable for all global citizens in emerging markets. Legoete founded Quali Health in Johannesburg, South Africa. Currently serving more than 600 patients a day at four facilities, in 2018 they are expected to grow to 30 facilities.


AR Bernard


Founder & Senior Pastor, Christian Cultural Center
A.R. Bernard enjoyed a successful career in finance before founding the Christian Cultural Center—now New York’s largest church with 40,000 members and a vision that is transforming its community. He is a visionary who illuminates the minds and hearts of everyone he engages with biblical insights applicable to daily life. A counsel to top figures in business and politics, Bernard was named by New York magazine as one of the most influential people in religion.

David Livermore PhD


President, Cultural Intelligence Center; Best-selling Author
David Livermore is a social scientist in global leadership and cultural intelligence—the capability to relate effectively across culturally diverse situations which transcend ethnic, organisational, generational, gender and other contexts. As president and partner at the Cultural Intelligence Center, he has provided training and consulting in 100 countries. Livermore has authored several books, including Leading with Cultural Intelligence and Driven by Difference: How Global Companies Fuel Innovation through Diversity.

Rory Vaden


Best-selling Author; Co-Founder, Southwestern Consulting
Rory Vaden is the world’s leading expert on self-discipline and enhancing productivity. The co-founder of Southwestern Consulting, he helps clients in more than 35 countries grow their business and provide a better customer experience. A New York Times best-selling author, Vaden’s latest book, Procrastinate on Purpose, radically changes the way you think about time so you can overcome stalled productivity and reclaim time in your everyday life.


Strive Masiyiwa


Founder & Chairman, Econet Group; Philanthropist
Strive Masiyiwa is chairman of Econet, a global telecommunications group with operations, investments and offices in more than 20 countries. A Zimbabwean businessman based in London, in 2014 and 2017 he was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Considered one of Africa’s most generous humanitarians, Masiyiwa and his wife are members of the Giving Pledge and have supported the education of more than 250,000 African orphans in the last 20 years.

Craig Groeschel


Co-Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church
Craig Groeschel is senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative church meeting in multiple U.S. locations and globally online. Known for its missional approach utilising the latest technology, Life.Church is the creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded in every country. Groeschel speaks frequently around the world and hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. A New York Times best-selling author, his new book, Hope in the Dark, will pre-release at the Summit.

Feedback from GLS Chicago events
GLS Blue Mountain

“Having just returned from the GLS at Willow Creek, I can confidently affirm that year on year I find the whole experience of this opportunity both challenging and affirming.  This year’s conference was no exception.  A faculty of great speakers, all at the top of their game, offered some rich material for my team to work on now we are back home.  I unhesitatingly and strongly urge you to take your team to one of the GLS conferences in the UK.  You will not regret it!”

Bishop Mike Hill, Diocese of Bristol
GLS Blue Mountain

“GLS 2016 was incredible. Every year the GLS get stronger and better. I personally recommend the GLS to everyone that wants to be a better leader. GLS is a vehicle of great and positive transformation.”

Pastor Tunde Adebayo-Oke, Jesus Centre, Dublin
GLS Blue Mountain

“As always, the GLS 2016 delivered high quality content. Patrick Lencioni was on great form on team members, Erin Meyer was fascinating on cross-cultural communication while Chris McChesney and Alan Mullaly brought great practical wisdom from the business world. A great two days with plenty of food for thought!”

The Rev Canon David Richards, St Paul’s and St George’s Church, Edinburgh
GLS Blue Mountain

“The GLS was fab this year, in our opinion the best yet. The talks were clear, varied and most of all inspiring, enabling us to work at being better leaders in our churches, homes and work places.”

Richard and Carole James, Christ Church, Cockfosters


The GLS at Willow Creek runs 9-10 August 2018.

Each year Willow Creek UK & Ireland has a limited seat allocation at the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. We recommend that you book well in advance to guarantee your seats.


Super Early Bird: £249

Fees for UK/Ireland delegates are based around the current US Main Auditorium rate.

A cancellation fee of £50 applies to each person should you need to cancel your booking.

How to Pay
  • Online by following the BOOK HERE link below and adding the product to your basket
  • BACS payment to Barclays Bank PLC – Account name: Willow Creek Association UK; Sort code: 20-78-58; A/C 70480185; quote ref ‘GLS Chicago [surname]’ on the payment

Please note:

While families are very important to us, Willow Creek Association conferences are adult training events, so children and infants, including nursing infants, are not permitted in any of the sessions. Childcare is not available and we cannot guarantee a separate room for parents to stay with their children.

For promotional purposes, videos and photographs are taken at all conferences. Your registration constitutes permission for the WCA to use your likeness in promotional materials.


ALL bookings for US events are undertaken by WCA UK & Ireland.

Conference info

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We recommend that you book your accommodation early. There are a number of hotels in the area to choose from.

Global Hospitality with a Willow family is available at an additional £20 per person and is available from Saturday 4 August to Sunday 12 August (8 nights). Due to the hundreds of international guests attending the Summit, Global Hospitality availability is limited and cannot be guaranteed, so it is important that you reserve a hotel room as a back-up. You need to BOOK EARLY if you wish to register for Global Hospitality – the deadline is 30 April however we recommend you book before this.  Please select:


You will need to hire a car as there is no public transport to or from the church. You may be able to book car hire when you book your flights.  Area Map for WCCC.


Please ensure that you have a valid electronic passport and a valid ESTA. This is the only requirement for UK & Irish delegates under the Visa Waiver Program. However, we recommend you check US Embassy  for up-to-date information.