Strengthening leaders goal of Global Leadership Summit

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 24, 2018 6:15 pm

QUINCY -- The Rev. Jim Dennis says the mission of the upcoming Global Leadership Summit simulcast, which will be hosted by the Crossing, is simple.

"If leaders get better, everyone wins," said Dennis, who is the pastor of the Crossing's campus at 48th and Maine, which will serve as the local viewing site for the summit, which is scheduled for Aug. 9 and 10.

The Crossing is one of about 600 churches worldwide taking part in the 24th annual Global Leadership Summit. This is the second year the Crossing has been involved with the event, which is a production of the Willow Creek Association, a worldwide interdenominational network of more than 7,000 churches.

The conference will be telecast live from the 17,000-member Willow Creek Community Church near Barrington, Ill., and feature 13 world-famous speakers and leaders. Simulcast hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The summit annually attracts a wide range of participants, ranging from educators to military personnel to many others in leadership roles.

Topics will include leadership through mentors, eliminating barriers to innovation and productivity, cultural intelligence and strategies for time management.

"This is not just a men's event," Dennis said. "There are women speakers, too. And the speakers all come from totally different backgrounds."

Among those speakers will be Danny Meyer, a restaurateur who is one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People"; New York Times best-selling author Simon Sinek; Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts; and the Rev. T.D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of the Potter's House.

More than 120 countries around the world will be linked to the summit, which will be broadcast in 68 languages and watched by an estimated 400,000 people.

A local turnout of about 300 is expected at the Crossing. Partnering with the Crossing on this year's venture is sister church Madison Park Christian.

"The (expected attendance) numbers are up about 20 percent from a year ago, and since we are still taking reservations, there will probably be about a 25 percent increase from last year," Dennis said.

Among the local leaders scheduled to attend are Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore and a large contingent from John Wood Community College, including President Mike Elbe.

"If those who attend take just one thing from each speaker from a global stage, that could have a major impact on their community, and they can attend something like this in their own backyard -- not having to travel to St. Louis or Chicago," Dennis said. "What could happen to our community if 300 people take away 300 good ideas?"

For information about cost to attend and other details, call the Crossing at 217-224-6374.