Sacrifice for Leadership Training in Zambia






The GLS provides accessible and affordable leadership development tools to leaders in Zambia who face immense challenges and complexities. Churches are growing in Zambia, but leaders carry the responsibility not only of fostering spiritual growth within the church, but also face the challenges of providing resources to combat the reality of poverty and HIV/ AIDS. When we see the intense sacrifices these leaders make to at­tend the GLS and receive training and encouragement, we feel the deep need for lead­ership. Some leaders even traveled long distances from Malawi and Angola to attend. One of the leaders who traveled from Angola hopes to bring the GLS to his country some day.

“We thank God for the opportunity to host the 2014 GLS. I was touched by four young people who traveled 314km to come to the Summit, that is why we ended up paying for their accommodations due to the sacrifice they made. Another leader took leadership initiative, and worked hard to raise the funds for his participation.” – George, GLS Leader, Zambia

The GLS in Ndola Zambia encouraged and trained 370 leaders in attendance. The ses­sions provoked passionate discussions, that inspired “grander visions” for leaders’ communities.

“Church leaders need to do more to challenge our faith community [so] that they learn to feel the pain and get angry enough to do something about corruption, and gender based violence.” – Leornado, GLS attendee, Zambia

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2014 Session Notes and Application

Review and apply learnings to your leadership from The Global Leadership Summit 2014 session notes and application questions.

GLS 14 Session 1 | Bill Hybels

Application Question:

1) Have you given thought to what your legacy will be? How will you overcome the inevitable barriers that you will encounter while pursuing your legacy?

GLS 14 Session 2 | Carly Fiorina

Application Question:

1) In the end, our actions speak louder than our words. Are you always congruent in what you say and what you do? If not, why not? What can you do to better align your words with your actions?

GLS 14 Session 2 | Jeffrey Immelt

Application Question:

We have never seen a time when leadership has been valued more. In what ways are you putting increased focus on your leadership development to answer the call?

GLS 14 Session 3 | Susan Cain

Application Question:

We need to rethink the way we define a “natural leader” so that is does not exclude introverts. What specifically can you do to ensure that you are identifying and grooming unlikely leaders in your organization?

GLS 14 Session 3 | Bryan Loritts

Application Question:

“God loves us but never leaves us as is.” This is a powerful statement that speaks to the way God works in us to help us learn and grow throughout our lives. In what ways are you embracing change in your leadership?

GLS 14 Session 4 | Patrick Lencioni

Application Question:

Consider your reasons for becoming a leader. Are you more interested in leading so that you can be known for having an impact os so that you can make an impact?

GLS 14 Session 5 | Joseph Grenny

Application Question:

According to Joseph Grenny, “Any time you find your self stuck there are crucial conversations you are not holding or not holding well.” In what areas of your life are you stuck? What conversations do you need to be holding that you are not?

GLS 14 Session 5 | Erica Ariel Fox

Application Question:

As a leader you need to negotiate with yourself. What elements of your life have you failed to negotiate properly? What sill you do differently going forward?

GLS 14 Session 6 | Don Flow, Allen Catherine Kagina, Wilfredo De Jesus

GLS 14 Session 7 | Ivan Satyavrata

Application Question:

Great leaders create an environment of safety for their followers to achieve greatness. What are you doing to ensure that your team members have a safe environment in which to take risks and learn?

GLS 14 Session 7 | Tyler Perry

Application Question:

As a leader, what can you do to clear the noise for your team in order to inspire creativity?

GLS 14 Session 8 | Louie Giglio


17 Quotes on Leadership and Power from Ivan Satyavrata


Ivan Satyavrata challenged us to rethink the paradox between power and leadership  at the 2014 Global Leadership Summit. Ivan is the pastor of Assembly of God Church in Kolkata, India which reaches 4,000 attendees in eight language sections each week and runs an outreach that provides education and basic nutrition to thousands of children in the city slums.

Here are 17 quotes from his talk about the paradox of leadership that challenged us:

There is no institution as a planet as vitally connected like the church.

The whisper of God will grow into a crescendo so everyone in the world can hear God’s voice.

Power is the potential or ability to move reality.

There is no such thing as leadership without power.

A leader must be able to wield power in order to lead effectively.

The knowledge of Christ is the ultimate power.

Those who know Christ’s power are obligated to share it with others.

Absolute power must sit along side absolute vulnerability.

How am I stewarding my knowledge power as a leader?

A leader’s power is in their ability to influence others.

For Jesus, love was a costly commitment for the good and well-being of the others.

Great leaders create a safe place from which followers can rise to great heights of achievement and fulfillment.

If you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that for you is evil.

Great leaders hold the scepter of power in one hand and a bowl and towel in the other.

The true secret of any great leader’s power is that when you feel that weakest is when you are the strongest!

The power we possess as leaders resides in jars of clay.

Leaders, is the world becoming a better place because of your power?

Be sure to follow Ivan on Twitter at @IvanSatyavrata for more!

The Key to Unlocking Exponential Growth in India

With more than 20 officially recognized languages in India, GLS leaders took a signifi­cant step forward this week in being able to serve these groups by launching the first 2 non-English speaking GLS sites. This year, close to 1,000 new leaders are expected to experience the GLS in their native language and plans are in place to expand this num­ber exponentially. In addition to having world-class leadership training easily accessible to them in their own language, the highlight for many was being able to discuss in groups how they were going to apply what they learned to transform their organizations and communities.

The GLS vision for India is to grow to 49 cities over the next three years, reaching more than 15,000 Christian leaders. Thank you for your prayers for this grand vision!

Please pray for our friends as they hold their GLS events this week.

· NigeriaPray that the GLS would be used as a tool to encourage, strengthen, and unify the church.

· South Africa—Pray that the GLS would create a platform for unity and peace in the midst of diversi­ty as they seek strategies to address the issues of their country.

· Northern Ireland—Pray that each leader that attends the GLS would be encouraged, inspired, and blessed.

· United Kingdom—Pray that leadership skills in every sector of society would be sharpened in ef­fort to create a future God has imaged  in this region.

· AustraliaPray that leaders would come out of the GLS with a sense of God’s blessing on their work and ministries as they seek to impact their communities.

· New ZealandPray that leaders would leave en­couraged and energized to continue lead the change they wish to see in their communities.

· CameroonPray for unity in the church as they reach their country for Christ and seek to address issues of poverty and corruption.

· Kenya—Pray for each leader attending from differ­ent backgrounds, that they would be able to take what they have learned and see God move mighti­ly in their country.

· NamibiaPray that leaders would be blessed with fresh ideas and perspectives on how to share the true Gospel in their communities while continuing to address the needs of the people.

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20 Leadership Quotes from Louie Giglio


We were honored to have Louie Giglio with us at The 2014 Global Leadership Summit. He challenged us to identify the mountains in front of us and courageously begin the journey that God is calling us to take with our leadership. Here are some of the quotes from his session that inspired us; we know they will inspire you, too.

God will not only give you the strength to make it to the summit, but for you take many other people with you.

You don’t have to know everything about the mountain in front of you to take the next step.

None of us have a guarantee beyond this moment.

Life is short but God is good.

Most people don’t feel a great sense of urgency about the great things of life.

The stakes are too high for us to die with a small vision.

Life is short but God is big.

God is able to do anything.

The biggest idea of my life is that Jesus’ fame is the biggest fame in time and eternity.

Take the next step.

God’s power is sufficient enough to take the next step He is calling us to take.

Embrace the darkness because God is preparing you for a greater role in His unfolding story.

Sometimes you’ve got to take a step into the unknown.

We rest because what we do depends on God, not on us!

Humility is what makes great leaders.

Humility is not a character trait we develop, it’s a byproduct of spending time with Jesus.

It is a luxury to do certain things but it is a calling to do God’s work and making Jesus the focal point of our lives.

The goal isn’t for us to lead great things, it’s to get into the arms of Jesus.

A leader can’t have a Plan B, they have to be committed to the finish line.

Don’t stop walking in the confidence that Christ is enough to fulfill everything He is calling you to do.

Be sure to follow @LouieGiglio for more.

Nigeria Kicks Off and Full Hearts in Myanmar

Nigeria Kicks Off the Summit at the First 5 of 40 Sites!

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The GLS in Nigeria kicked off last week at five of the forty events they plan to hold this season. More than 2,000 leaders were richly blessed by the fresh ideas and train­ing they received. As the GLS continues to grow in Nigeria, encouraged leaders desire to share it with even more people. As a result, people are catching a vision and taking on additional ownership of the event. In their communities, they reflect the belief that when a leader gets better, everyone wins. 

The GLS has changed my leadership journey. Best of all, I became a servant leader through the impact of the GLS. Thanks so much for making the GLS a global move­ment. The Lord’s bless­ings be upon you. – GLS leader, Nigeria

Leaders are encouraged by the high impact of the Summit in my country. The GLS team has given my church and my family a platform to fulfill God’s mandate upon our lives by being part of the leadership mentors in my country. The media and technical department of my church got a lift from the experience that the GLS brought to us. Thanks for being there. May the Lord bless you richly. – GLS leader, Nigeria.

Full Hearts in Myitkyina, Myanmar

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Myitkyina, Myanmar is not a modern city. In fact, it is just the opposite. A battle for inde­pendence has resulted in a civil war with the government, which has left Myitkyina’s economy unstable. While there are no modern amenities, nice restaurants, air condi­tioning, or fancy cars, the Kachin people of Myitkyina are rich in spirit, reflecting God’s presence. Their sense of longing, devotion, gratitude, and faith in God is a powerful witness.

More than 450 leaders attended the GLS in Myitkyina this year. Their hearts are soft and open to learning and understanding new ways to improve their leadership skills. They have no other access to the kind of training offered by the GLS and engaged with the sessions with rapt attention. Keep these leaders in your prayers as they seek to transform their communities.

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Grabbing the Reigns

The following is an excerpt from Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels. The book is now available wherever books are sold. Visit to learn more, download a free chapter, and purchase your copy!

Often when people describe their too-busy lives, they make it sound as if the over-scheduling happened to them unwittingly, like they had no choice in the matter. “It’s not my fault. It’s my boss’s fault. It’s my family’s fault. It’s my teammate’s fault.” They truly believe they are mere victims of the very responsibilities and commitments they said yes to.

News flash: You are the boss of your schedule. It’s your responsibility to keep command of your calendar—and you must, in order to simplify your life.

Many people I know are doing the best they can to control the mayhem. Yet despite their valiant efforts, their lives show little change. No doubt you, too, have tried to simplify your overscheduled life. You bought a new planner. You installed a new calendar app on your phone. You attended a time-management class or listened to an audiobook about being more organized. You even managed to sync your work calendar with your home calendar, trying to corral everything into one system, hoping this would solve the problem. But reshuffling the same deck of cards will faithfully deal you the same too-busy hand.

What if you could grab the reins of your runaway calendar? What if you could turn your schedule into a powerful tool to help you live out your endgame priorities?

A simplified life begins with well-invested hours each day. You can harness the true power of your calendar by filling in each square holistically, creating room for both the outward activities and inner priorities in your life. Your calendar is more than merely an organizer for what needs to get done; it’s the primary tool for helping you become who you want to become.

Summit Host Site Wins “Give Back Challenge”

Summit Host site New Covenant Church in Clyde NC has won the Ty Pennington Give Back Challenge.

Summit Field Team Member Dave Wright, had a chance to visit with Senior Pastor Nick Honerkamp last week and had a tour of the prison they are turning into a half-way house, soup kitchen and shelter for the homeless. Pastor Nick put together a team of folks from the community including the Sherriff and won $50,000 for the renovation project. In a couple of weeks they will have a few hundred volunteers along with the “Give Back Folks” on site for the rebuild.

Congratulations New Covenant Church!! It is amazing to see Summit leaders impacting their communities and leading where they are.

Here is Pastor Nick’s video presentation to Ty Pennington,

7 Leadership Quotes from Truett Cathy

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Earlier this week we lost a leadership great, S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-a.

Armed with a keen business sense, a work ethic forged during the Depression, and a personal and business philosophy based on biblical principles, Truett Cathy took a tiny Atlanta diner, originally called the Dwarf Grill, and transformed it into Chick-fil-A, the nation’s second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain with more than $4.1 billion in sales in 2011 and nearly 1,620 locations. His tremendous business success allowed Truett to pursue other passions – most notably his interest in the development of young people.

We honor his memory and leadership and share these 7 quotes from Truett:

1. “No goal is too high if we climb with care and confidence.”

2. “Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else – our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.”

3. “I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order.”

4. “You have to be very careful about what you say. More importantly, you have to be very careful about what you do. You never know how or when you influence people – especially children.”

5. “It is when we stop doing our best work that our enthusiasm for the job wanes. We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by our example lead others to do their best as well.”

6. “I believe no amount of business school training or work experience can teach what is ultimately a matter of personal character. Businesses are not dishonest or greedy, people are. Thus, a business, successful or not, is merely a reflection of the character of its leadership.”

7. “Loyalty of your people is a key to most any business success.”

Thank You OX Creates

logo-home-1Willow Create Association wants to give a BIG thank you to OXCreates and the amazing work they did for The Global Leadership Summit behind the scenes. OXCreates is a boutique creative agency. They partner with individuals and organizations working to do good.

Some of the videos created by OXCreates include The 2014 Summit Promo, Super Early Bird Message from Bill Hybels, Early Bird Message from Bill Hybels, Who We Are, Summit Opener and the Summit offering video. To refresh your memory on some of their amazing work, you can view some of these videos below!


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