Crossroads to host Global Leadership Summit

Ann Cousineau

Leaders from all walks of life will gather at Crossroads Community Church on Aug. 8-9 for a two-day Global Leadership Summit originating on video feed from its home base near Chicago. The event is now in more 90 countries.

The summit, held at the Willow Creek Community Church campus in South Barrington, Ill., will be broadcast to 220-plus cities across North America. Crossroads, one of 24 host sites in the state, is hosting the event for the fourth year.

“We are offering a discounted registration for the summit that includes conference materials, lunch and snacks, with child care available during the two days. We expect that at least 100 local leaders and people interested in learning more about leadership will join us,” said Bill Corley, Crossroads’ senior pastor.

“This summit speaks to every avenue of leadership. People don’t have to fit a certain mold to gain from this event,” said Dionne Salmonds, CCC discipleship pastor. “I’ve found attending this a great way to refill after spending so much time pouring out. I come away motivated and inspired. The opportunities for personal growth are phenomenal.”

The summit is not just for church leaders, and this year’s speakers will address needs of today’s marketplace including, spiritual, academia, business and political leaders. The crossovers to churches and all fields of organizational leadership will be obvious, Corley added.

The opening speaker will be Bill Hybels, summit founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Committed to developing and mentoring leaders worldwide, including those in some of the most difficult, overlooked and under-resourced countries, Hybels is also a best-selling author of more than 20 books including “Courageous Leadership” and “Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs.”

“Bill Hybels is funny and insightful,” said Corley. “He and all this year’s speakers will be reminding leaders to be leaders. The principles to be shared at the summit apply across the board to each community and organization.

“This summit is part of our annual leadership training. We use this as a kick-off event for our new ministry year, reminding us what we do, and why we do what we do at CCC. Normally, each year a couple of the summit talks will become a part of our DNA; phrases and terms will be woven into context of our leadership.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell is one of the well-known names on the 13-member “faculty” list for this year’s summit. Author of the recently-released book “It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership,” he served as a senior level advisor to four U.S. presidents, as well as serving in the U.S. Army for 35 years and rising to the rank of four-star general. Powell is founder of the nonprofit organization America’s Promise Alliance and the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service.

Another speaker joining the summit team is Andy Stanley, founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries. Consistently named as one of the most influential pastors in America, he feels a unique call to equip and envision next generation leaders. Stanley’s books include recently released “Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend.”

Yet another speaker, Mark Burnett, is a four-time Emmy Award winner and executive producer of “Survivor,” “The Voice,” and “The Bible.” Burnett was also named one of “The World’s Most Influential People,” by Time magazine.

Other summit speakers include Dr. Brene Brown, Vijay Govindarajan, Patrick Lencioni, Liz Wiseman, Oscar Muriu, Dr. Henry Cloud, Chris Brown, Joseph Grenny and Bob Goff.

Biographies on all speakers and more information about this year’s summit can be found at

Many of the books written by summit authors speaking will be made available by Ridgecrest’s Bread of Life bookstore.

To register for discount pricing for the Global Leadership Summit, call 760-384-3333 or stop by the Crossroads Community Church office at 235 N. China Lake Blvd.

Story First Published: 2013-07-17