Global Leadership Summit Success: A Larger Conference Anticipated Next Year

November 9th, 2010 | Category Vision

Three hundred leaders gathered for the first Global Leadership Summit to be held in Lithuania on Friday and Saturday, October 15-16 at LCC International University. Leaders came from a large variety of churches, service organizations and businesses in Lithuania.

The Global Leadership Summit is prepared by Willow Creek Association in the USA in cooperation with partners around the world, translating the summit into many languages. „City Church“ partnered with LCC in Klaipeda to bring the summit to Lithuania.

Pastor Saulius Karosas had the idea of this kind of conference a few years back. As he talked with the leaders in both the spiritual and business realm he understood the urgent need, as often leaders here have a great sense of loneliness, often the schedules are overwhelming and inspiration is rarely found. Nonetheless the task of the leader at hand is great and it touches the lives of many people.

In Lithuania there aren’t many authorities which people want to follow, that is why this conference is a great tool to fill the gap. During the conference, leaders sat with their teams, made some necessary decisions, talked about changes and planned for the future.

According to Saulius Karosas: „the best fruit is not only to see good lectures or get excellent information, but also to see hearts that are on fire, experiences that change you, and to see repentance. It was amazing to see how the hearts of some of the business people were touched as they started to think about what they can do with the influence they have and  how they can help the those in need“

Speakers for this summit represented three styles of teaching. Some were inspirational, some were focused on social justice themes, and some addressed leadership skills. Participants commented that one of the most powerful speakers, Tim Keller, a Presbyterian pastor from New York, gave them so much to think about that they needed to hear it again. There were some that after listening to this speech and others repented and decided to ask for forgiveness for old arguments.

The live facilitation by Saul Karosas, pastor of City Church and the excellent worship provided by the Pakutavėnai worship team, along with the high quality technology of the DVD format made for a wonderful environment for the participants who sat in small groups around tables in MC. This environment made it easy to discuss what they had just heard in each lecture during the processing time allotted at the end of each session. It also helped to have over 100 volunteers attending to every detail down to refilling the water pitchers on the tables.

The event was facilitated in Lithuanian and due to the DVD format, excellent translation and voice over dubbing gave an unprecedented opportunity to hear world class speakers in Lithuanian. English and Russian speakers also participated through translation. Most of the conference teachings were also available on DVD for purchase at the conference. Almost all the DVD’s that were available were sold.

At the end of the conference pastor Saulius Karosas gladly said: „that the conference went beyond all expectations.“ Willow Creek Association representative for Eastern Region Ulf Osterlund evaluated the conference as a great success and well done. The conference ratings were more than excellent in all areas. The conference was ranked 4 or 5 out of 5 on the participant evaluation form. Many already bought tickets for next years’ conference.

The date for Global Leadership Summit 2011 is set for November 11-12, 2011 at LCC International University. With the overwhelmingly positive response to this year’s event, an even larger group is anticipated for the next year.

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