Mariner’s invites leaders to attend Global Leadership Summit


Community leaders are being invited to a two-day conference in August at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, which aims to provide opportunities to develop future leaders as a host site for the Global Leadership Summit.

According to its website, the Global Leadership Summit is “a world-class experience designed to help you get better and embrace your grander vision — the reason God called you to lead.”

The conference is being broadcast live from Willow Creek Community Church, just outside Chicago, to more than 375 host sites in North America, to an expected 260,000 audience members.

“There will be 14 presentations over the two days, of various facets of leadership,” said David Humphrey, Mariner’s senior pastor. “We’re expecting something between 100 and 200 people at Mariner’s.”

Presenters will include Sallie Krawcheck, chair of Ellevate Network, a network of more than 34,000 professional women around the world; Bill Hybels, the senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, who founded the Global Leadership Summit; and Adam Grant, a professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and best-selling author of “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.”

“It’s all day Thursday and Friday,” said Humphrey. “This is the second year we’ve done it, and it was received very well.”

While Humphrey said the goal in hosting the summit is to reach the church’s own leaders, he hopes other leaders in the community will be able to attend as well.

“We primarily use it as a leadership training experience for our own servant leaders — people who volunteer their time and effort here for what we’re doing at Mariner’s. But we wanted to make sure we opened it up to the community as well, because the various things the speakers talk about are relevant to any leader and can be easily transferred to the business world, government, education, or just normal relationships and family life.”

Humphrey said the summit is for those who are high school-aged and older. Those who wish to register may do so online.

“The goal is really three things — vision, inspiration and practical skills,” he said. “The interesting thing about the leadership summit is it is intellectually rigorous and it is, however, practical at the same time. It’s for what we might consider normal people in everyday circumstances, who have some influence on people, which we all do — in some ways we’re all leaders.”

Hosting the summit is one of many things Mariner’s offers to try to better the community it serves.

“We have made it our goal that there would be no unaddressed human need within 12 miles of our church and beyond,” said Humphrey. “That’s sort of a daunting task, if you think about it. We want to do the best we can with God’s help. We need help, and we want to help each other to be as sharp and effective as we can in responding to the needs of those around us.”

Humphrey said the church hopes many people attend the summit and are empowered to lead through God.

“We hope that persons who come feel equipped to start something or do something that they didn’t think was possible before — some kind of godly dream would be unleashed or sparked by coming to this.”

To learn more about the Global Leadership Summit or to register, visit www.willowcreek.com/summit. Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church is located at 81 Central Avenue in Ocean View. For more information, call (302) 539-9510.