Over 180 Gather at Fuller for Leadership Conference
The Willow Creek Leadership Summit, a major conference sponsored by Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, took place Thursday-Friday, August 7-8. The annual conference is held via satellite at several locations across the U.S., and Fuller’s Pasadena campus was one of those locations. Now in its 13th year, the Leadership Summit annually draws a worldwide audience in the tens of thousands.
Over 180 participants were on the Fuller campus from more than 30 churches and organizations. "We were thrilled to have so many church leaders and laypeople on campus for this important and exciting conference," said David Moore, Fuller's coordinator of continuing education. "I was challenged to incorporate new methods in my leadership style, and I pray that those who attended were challenged as well." "Each year, 15-20 staff members from our church attend this conference," added Jim Stochl, teaching pastor and business administrator at Arcadia Presbyterian Church. "We are inspired by these wonderful leaders, and pray that we can apply the principles learned at the conference in our ministry and in our personal life."
This year’s featured speakers included Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv; Brad Andersen, vice chairman and CEO of Best Buy; Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach for America; John Burke, lead pastor of Gateway Community Church; Bill George, professor at Harvard Business School; Charles Colson, chairman and founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries; Gary Haugen, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission; Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Church; and many more special guests.
The Willow Creek Association (WCA), host of the annual Leadership Summit, is a growing multidenominational worldwide network of more than 12,000 churches from 90 denominations and 35 countries. The WCA equips churches and church leaders with strategic vision, training, and resources.
Fuller Seminary, one of satellite hosts of the leadership summit, is one of the largest multidenominational seminaries in the world, with more than 4,000 students from 70 countries and more than 100 denominations. Fuller provides professional and graduate-level education in its schools of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies.