The Global Leadership Summit, which will broadcast in eight South African cities later this year, is an event designed to unite, inspire, and challenge Christian leaders to transform local churches. Founded by world-renowned pastor and best-selling author Bill Hybels, the summit attracts a world-class faculty of speakers who deliver thought-provoking and interesting teachings on a wide range of leadership topics.
Unapologetically Christian, the event follows an orthodox, historical view of biblical Christianity, which requires individuals to step faithfully into their leadership roles. Believing the development of leaders is critical to achieving positive change, the program tackles social, justice, and diversity issues. It aims to stretch attendees beyond their comfort zones and equip them with the information and skills necessary to become better leaders.
In 2011, the Global Leadership Summit was broadcast via satellite to 65 000 leaders in 185 churches around the United States. It then reached a further 80 000 leaders in 75 countries via videocast. The impact and success of the summit has been phenomenal since its inception in 1995, with more than 900 000 leaders having been trained and equipped to raise transformation-minded churches.
On 9-10 August 2012, the summit achieved record-breaking registration numbers and was broadcast via satellite to 77 500 delegates across North America. Starting in early October this year and running through to December 2012, the summit is expected to reach an additional 90 countries worldwide, with the eventís sessions being translated into 45 languages.
In addition to assisting with skill development, the Global Leadership Summitís keynote speakers intend to shift the mindsets of pioneering leaders to help drive economic development and mitigate injustice and poverty. The event also aims to keep pastors on top of their game, strengthen the Christian walk of business leaders, and contribute towards united churches, denominations, and communities.
The eventís speakers include prominent figures such as Condoleezza Rice, Jim Collins, Sheryl Wudunn, John Ortberg, Pranitha Timothy, and several others. Overall, the two-day Global Leadership Summit will record an unprecedented gathering of 160 000 leaders in 450 cities before the end of 2012.