I am forever grateful to God for the ministry of Willow Creek and the gift that Bill Hybels has been not only to me but to the Body of Christ. Unbeknownst to Bill he has been a mentor to me for the past 20 odd years through his books, his leadership and his obedience to the Spirit’s prompting to extend all that Willow is to the global church.
One of the blessings of being a member of the WCA is the monthly CD and DVD pack. These could be leadership insights with Bill and guests or sermon series. Each new set go straight into my car and get played over and over. Jesus said we learn line upon line, precept upon precept and so no matter the distance I’m driving I can have the privilege of being fed by His Word.
These resources are tips on leadership, practical church admin or management issues that confront us all. What a privilege to be able to glean wisdom from leaders such as Bill and guests.
Over the years the WCA has brought many great leaders to South Africa to help equip the local church. To name just a few that we have benefitted enormously from, were the Building Prevailing Church conference with Bill, Promiseland conferences, Building Small Groups and then dear Dr B’s visit which challenged some ideas.
It is hard to express in words the blessing and influence that the WCA has had in our lives as well as the life of our church congregation.
We were rather skeptical as to whether the GLS would work in South Africa. Other ministries had tried gathering leaders together to watch a DVD format seminar but without success. However true to the Willow ethic the GLS was presented with such excellence that it has been an unparalleled success.
Many times we, in Africa, feel sorry for ourselves because we cannot afford to host international respected Christian leaders in our churches. Well the good news is you can! Through attending the GLS. Each year the lineup of speakers consists of the highest calibre of Leaders in the Church, Business and Social Sectors. Our staff, pastors and elders have been enormously impacted by attending the GLS each year.
I know that our business leaders use the GLS material in their companies, coaching their staff and in dealing with clients, as well as in the sporting arena. We have been encouraged and motivated in our pursuit of various social outreach activities particularly in the area of social injustice. People such as Gary Haugen and Pravitha Timothy of IJM, Wes Stafford of Compassion and Mamma Maggie, Joseph Grenny, Richard Stearn of World Vision.
I could go on and on about the benefits that the WCA and what The Global Leadership Summit has brought me and our church but time does not allow that. However the demonstration or proof that we absolutely believe in the ministry of Willow we count it a privilege to work with them by being one of the GLS host churches, as well as hosting any events that we can for the WCA.
The best gift any leader could give themselves and their coworkers is to be a member of the WCA and then engage and participate in all that it offers.