Global Leadership 2017 doubles down on carnality

On Aug. 10-11, 2017, hundreds of church host sites in North America along with telecast centers in over 100 nations world-wide will tune in to the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, hosted by founder Bill Hybels of Willow Creek church in greater Chicago.  That means a wide swath of pastoral and church leadership will hear how to lead their churches through following Christ and biblical principles worldly, non-Christian leadership authors, social justice organizations, and corporate gurus from Facebook and Google. When we call these leaders non-Christian, let’s be honest and call them “enemies of the Gospel,” which God’s Word says they are. (Luke 11:23 and James 4:4)

Hybels claims to have trained millions of leaders worldwide. Hybels even says in his Willow Creek Association (WCA) video that the Summit is “unapologetically Christ-centered.” But is it really? When the Gospel is never presented to these worldly leaders?

For pastors by pastors? Not anymore.

Interestingly, the Summit started out two decades ago featuring a full lineup of pastoral leaders, with a few corporate leaders sprinkled in. But over the years we’ve seen that ratio flip on its head. A true shift. Besides Bill Hybels, there is only two this year in the speaker’s lineup influencing other pastors and church leaders: The first is prosperity preacher in Nigeria named Sam Adeyemi:

The Lord spoke to me clearly one morning that He was going to take me to the next level of ministry to teach Biblical success principles. He said I would not be able to do the things He wanted me to do in my former pastorate, because He was asking me to teach success on radio, television, tapes, publications and seminars. In addition, I was to establish a church that would help people discover and release their potentials. I got the vision for Success Power International and Daystar Christian Centre on the same day.  Source

The second is Andy Stanley, who has show deeply concerning signs of his departure from biblical Christianity in the past several years. Read more about Andy Stanley here.  (Last year’s two pastoral guest speakers included Bishop T.D. Jakes, known for being a “ONENESS” or Modalist, which denies the Trinity; for teaching a name-it-and-claim-it prosperity gospel called Word of Faith; for coming out in favor of LGBTQ-supporting churches, and for coaching Hybels’ friend Oprah Winfrey to present a false Christian brand to her followers.)

What’s the real objective?

The Summit audience has always been primarily made up of Christian pastors, elders, mega-volunteers and church staffers, all learning year after year what it will take this time to finally be a better, more functional team.

That’s a very different objective from how the Summit began, as an extension of its Willow Creek Association’s leadership offerings. (Click to see if your church is a member, but note that your church may sponsor the Summit without paying the WCA membership fees, so ask your leaders.)

In 1992, the Willow Creek Association was created as a way to link together churches for the purpose of “Reaching increasing numbers of lost people.” The WCA develops training and leadership conferences – with the Global leadership Summit as its premiere – for its member churches.

Today’s mission takes the focus off of Christ and on our own vision for a better life and a better world:

Additionally, Bill Hybels has repeatedly stated that the well-led (WCA-influenced) “local church is the Hope of the World,” as opposed to the real Hope of the world who is Christ crucified – our Risen Savior.

Click Here or on the image to see the full speaker lineup:

For additional reading, please peruse “Here’s your Willow Creek/Global Leadership Summit Research”, along with these past articles:


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17 Responses to Global Leadership 2017 doubles down on carnality

  1. Manny1962 July 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    This is nothing less than ecumenism, the marriage of the world and Churchianity, there’s nothing Christian in this. I’m surprised the pope didn’t show up on the roster. Where’s Rick Warren?

    • Ben July 13, 2017 at 7:49 am #

      Hello, Manny
      Ricky is Involved “behind the scenes” at times in the mentoring and funding of his change agent, church planting pastors

      Rick and Bill Hybels are two peas in a pod

      • Manny1962 July 13, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

        Hi Ben,

        Surreptitiously undermining Christianity! Warren and company…….birds of a feather!

  2. Linda Slager July 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. Matthew 23:13

  3. Manny1962 July 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    Yes Linda you’re correct, the lack of knowledge and discernment has led far too many to follow the Hybels of this world! Apostates like Hybels were foretold to prosper and lead many astray in these last days.

    • Linda Slager July 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      I am starting to feel there is just a remnant of churches who try to obey the Scriptures as they are written and not twisting them. Our small church of 40 people, had to pay a ransom (thousands) so we could get out of the Presbyterian Governing body because they decided to welcome homosexual clergy and marriage into the church.
      Our Bible says it’s an abomination…they said we had to accept and love them. After all they LOVE each other, its just another kind of love…. And God is love after all… What Bible are they reading!?
      “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34.

      • Manny1962 July 12, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

        Amen! The rallying cry of these apostates is………..”don’t judge.” They’re open to everything the world has to offer, truly the Bible says the attacks against scripture will come from within, here we are……those that call themselves Christians are attacking He who bought them!

        2 Timothy 3:5-7King James Version (KJV)

        5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

        6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

        7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth

      • Manny1962 July 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

        You’re right, there’s just a remnant! And it will be getting smaller as the Apostasy grows! There will come a day when all of Churchianity will proclaim scripture dead, homosexuality is good and all religions worship “god.” Mark my words, this is not far off.

  4. Robin Steen July 12, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    Amy I have been concerned and keeping track of this for years. I am so thankful that you tell the truth about the content of this Summit. As I have researched past guest speakers such as (Rob Bell, Brian McClaren, and many many more) they are not even preaching the true or whole gospel. There is so much sadness in my heart. I have attended the Summits & have been to the Chicago church. I have heard many speakers there who are teaching heretical things. Bills wife Lynn, daughter Shawna Niequist & son in law Aaron Niequist (worship leader at Willow & formally on staff with Rob Bells former church) are involved in some very dangerous teaching. I have heard them both speak & have read their blogs. I have seen the things that they all support like the Emergent Church Movement, social justice unhinged, affiliation with Soujornors Magazine with Jim Wallace. Bills wife Lynn has written many articles that expose her beliefs. They are disturbing concerning Israel. I don’t have time to list all that is heretical here. Go on n Willow Creeks website and find out about “The Practice” and what Aaron Niequist is leading in that church. The plethora of wrong teaching that is presented is unbelievable. Why are we tolerating this in our churches when this is blatant disregard for a biblical worldview. If you only dug into some “Christian” speakers and writers you would realize the error and run. It takes a lot of time to research but you must consider it. Please don’t be led astray. Why would we want to be taught how to operate, grow & influence our churches with this stuff? Believe me I have put my time in. It’s a dangerous road to go down & most don’t know it or they wouldn’t go there. Prayers for more people like Amy to point out the truth & exposing error so we can understand it all

  5. Sheryl July 12, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

    “Our Cause / A Global Mission for a Global Church” – does that not scream one-world religion?! They don’t even realize what they’re saying!

    These people always want to talk about going to the “next level” and “releasing your potential.” I would inform them that God restrains humans’ potentials, for the Bible says the heart is “desperately wicked.” These people aren’t content with studying scripture and growing in the knowledge of Christ, so they seek the “next level” of experiences. They’re skilled at self-aggrandizing to create their own disciples.

    The church doesn’t exist for everyone’s “community.” It exists for believers to hear the word of God being taught for their spiritual growth and edification. Jesus said He would build His church, and He will bring into it whomever and how many He pleases. They’re just attempting to corral and entertain goats in mass numbers.

    They describe the summit speakers as a “diverse faculty” – a cleaned-up way of saying we’re incorporating the wisdom of the world which we think is superior to the wisdom of scripture because we want to do church our way.

    Paul said, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”(Galatians 1:8) I wholeheartedly agree with Paul.

  6. Hillary July 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

    Matthew 7:22-23

    22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

    23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

  7. John July 14, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    A church I used to attend is a hosting site for this conference. I noticed that they have hosted it for the past 2 years at least. I took this link and sent it to the pastor who is on Sabbatical so I sent it to the person he has asked all correspondence to be sent to. I had my own note attached to it as well. If I get feedback from it I will post it as a reply to my post here. The church is nazarene church. They are a cross between Joel Osteen and Rick Warren but closer to Rick Warren type. My wife and I left after 4 years because it felt more like an self help session then anything about the Gospel. Even the head of the Spanish group left because of the Rick Warren issue and after having lunch with the pastor to talk over it. We found both of them at the current we attend which is ironic. It is Presb PCA church.

  8. Manny1962 July 14, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    Sadly, a greater portion of congregations are tainted. I went to their site, the church I use to attend is there, offering this abomination in two ” campuses.” I left that “church” about four to five years ago, during a Sunday sermon the assistant pastor mentioned he keeps The Purpose Driven Life next to his bible and all Christians should be reading TPDL, that was enough for me, my wife and I left and never looked back, it was sad as Sunday school was taught by an elderly God fearing woman, who taught accurately from scripture to the children, ironically the babes in Christ were getting meat, while the adults were being fed less than milk! More like sugar flavored poison!

    • rascott247 July 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

      You did the right thing Manny!

  9. Manny1962 July 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi RS! Yes it was sad, but we knew we couldn’t compromise in any way. I’m amazed at how many congregations have fallen and are falling! Truly the Great Apostasy rages on!

    • Maggie July 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

      Manny, the last I heard was you had found a church that looked hopeful but, of course, you felt you needed to be watchful. How did that work out for your family?

  10. Manny1962 July 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Hello Maggie, we attended a few times, I found out it had splintered from Calvary, there were some issues and I wasn’t comfortable with the atmosphere, the pastor did go out of his way to make sure everyone understood that he no longer felt the direction of CC was the right one. So in the meantime my home has become my place to worship, read and study scripture. I’m going to wait till end of year and try again as they seemed to be in organizational crisis, having moved from a different location. The few times I attended, the preaching was solid. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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