Global Leadership Summit coming to Ocean View

The Rev. David Humphrey said his own ministry was affected by the Global Leadership Summit, and now Sussex Countians have the chance to attend the seminar, on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14 and 15.

The GLS is broadcast live from Chicago to more than 300 locations, this year including Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church for the first time.

“The quality of the leadership training is excellent. It really is a world-class event here, [with] experts from different sectors: church, nonprofits, government, academic…” Humphrey said.

More than a dozen presenters will share their experience, from filmmaker Tyler Perry to former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

This isn’t a How-To seminar, with specifics like how to start a Bible school. Instead, “Willow Creek [Association] has asked people, ‘What would you share with us about becoming a better leader?’” Humphrey explained. “We’re just asking others to come to the table.”

“Everybody has influence. Everybody is a leader in some sense,” Humphrey said.

“I really wanted to expose our folks at Mariner’s to that quality training,” although anyone is welcome to attend, he noted. “It was moving. In some ways, it was like drinking from a fire hose: a lot of great, great information.”

“When cultivated in a culture of Christ-centered leadership, your influence can change lives and the organizations in which you lead,” reads one GLS pamphlet.

“There will be plenty of information that’s applicable to people who are not churchgoers, but it is unapologetically Christ-centered,” Humphrey said.

“For me personally, here were three presentations that I have found myself going back to, so I think that’ll be different for other people. There’s so much information.”

He was even inspired to buy sociologist Brené Brown’s book after hearing her lecture.

“She talked about how shame and blame are normal ways that we seek to motivate people, and they’re also generally ineffective. I’ve done a lot of thinking about that in my own ministry.”

Truly a worldwide event, the 20th Global Leadership Summit will be translated and broadcast internationally in autumn, Humphrey said. Mariner’s Bethel is the only Delaware location.

The two-day seminar will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Snacks will be provided, and guests are responsible for their own lunches. Participants can register online at Mariner Bethel’s is host site #331. The cost varies from $249 regularly to $99 for military or $79 for students/faculty.

For more information, call Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church at (302) 539-9510 or email