Global Leadership Summit

October | November 2017

Fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content from a world-class faculty at a convenient location near you.

You have influence. Join 400,000 of your peers to learn how to maximize it with

World-Class Leadership Training

  • Gain exclusive access to a videocast of the Summit at one of the eight locations in New Zealand
  • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply
  • Learn from Bill Hybels and the diverse 2017 faculty
  • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community
  • Join with people from 128 countries and 60 languages who attend the Summit around the world
  • Speakers are presented via DVD on a large screen

For a limited time save on individual and group tickets!

Regular $110 Early Bird $90

Note: Early Bird rates are valid until a month prior to event

Bring your team and save! Group rate for six or more from the same organisation (at individual rate): 10% off

Student* / Superannuitant Rate: $60


* The ‘Student’ rate is designed to assist unemployed, full-time students attend the GLS. Mostly school students. It does not apply, for example, to adults who are employed and studying extramurally.

Find out what past attendees say are

Reasons to Attend

For more than 20 years, the Summit has proven to produce compelling outcomes* for attendees, including:

Teamwork 83%

83% of attendees demonstrate improved teamwork, job satisfaction and productivity

Effectiveness 61%

61% of attendees say their organisation is more effective because of clearer vision

Significance 87%

87% feel a greater sense of significance and satisfaction in their personal and professional lives

Better Leaders 81%

81% cite concrete ways their supervisor has become a better leader because of the Summit

*Independent research conducted by Excellence in Giving based on repeat Summit attendee data.


Night/Day Programme | One-Day Programme

Dates & Venues

Two-day events run from 7pm – 9pm, then continue at 9am the following day finishing approx. 4.30/5pm. One-day events run from 9am – 9pm.

Friday/Saturday 6-7 October 2017: Knox Church Waitara, 17 Grey Street, Waitara 4320

Thursday/Friday 12-13 October 2017: Hope Presbyterian Church, 27 Amyes Road, Hornby, Christchurch 8042

North Shore
Thursday/Friday 26-27 October 2017: Gracegate Church, 42 Parkway Drive, Sunnynook, Auckland 0632

Friday 27 October 2017: Eastgate Christian Centre, 5 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga Heights, Auckland 2010

Friday 27 October 2017: Bethlehem Baptist Church, 90 Bethlehem Road, Bethlehem, Tauranga 3110

Palmerston North
Friday/Saturday 10-11 November 2017: Lifechurch, 590 Featherston St, Roslyn, Palmerston North 4414

Thursday/Friday 16-17 November 2017: Northgate Community Church, 97C Borman Road, Huntington, Hamilton 3281

Porirua, Wellington
Thursday/Friday 16-17 November 2017: Elim Christian Centre, 11 Heriott Drive, Porirua 5022

In addition, we have several Private Views running throughout New Zealand. To read more about these, click here.

See what others are saying


“We hosted GLS this year at Hope Presbyterian in Christchurch. The content was outstanding with world class speakers. As a leader in a demanding role, the messages were timely and relevant. I was personally very encouraged and equipped by GLS this year. I am certainly a fan and highly recommend this event for leaders and leadership teams.”

- Hamish Galloway, Senior Pastor, Hope Presbyterian

“Speakers challenged us in different ways from touching us with personal insights to prompting new thoughts that have the power to impact on leadership opportunities in every part of our lives. We all know that one step, one interaction, can have a lifetime of impact…”

- Selena Fox, CEO, NZTC

“Every year I take about 15 people that have leadership roles in Equip to the Summit here in Auckland. Most of the team would share a Christian faith, however, those that do not still love coming to the Summit and find the material really applicable to them. We also use the GLS materials during the year at our senior staff retreats to grow and develop our leadership skills and cohesion as a team.”

- Naomi Cowan, CEO, Equip

“The GLS was excellent and as a Church leader/pastor, it is great to be able to take your top leaders to it knowing there is as much for them personally in their business/workplace, as there is for the Church. A thoroughly professional training day.”

- Stewart Patrick, Leader, Mangapapa Church

“Willow Creek does such amazing work. I am looking forward to the Leadership Summit in Christchurch in October. I am a student—my first Leadership Summit was one of the best days of my adult life.”

- Alicia Hall, Dunedin

“Excellent is one word I can think of regarding the GLS Conference! Thanks again too for all the work you do.”

- R Tevita, Porirua


Frequently Asked Questions

Location & Dates

+ What are the dates for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit?

The GLS in NZ runs through October and November and a number of different venues. Locations and dates are here.

+ Is the programming the same at all locations?

Two-day events run from 7pm – 9pm, then continue at 9am the following day finishing approx. 4.30/5pm. One-day events run from 9am – 9pm. Although the order may vary depending on whether it runs over one day or two, the content will be the same.

Agenda & Sessions

+ When will the full schedule be available?

Speakers are chosen and published on this website around late August.

Schedules with speaker order: Night/Day Programme | One-Day Programme


+ How much does it cost to attend?

Regular Individual Rate is $110. Early Bird rate of $90 is available until a month prior to each event (note: venues and dates differ). Bring a team of six or more from the same organisation and save 10% off this individual rate. Full Time Student and Superannuitant rate is $60.

+ What does the conference price include?

Registration for the event includes all conference materials as well as break refreshments. Meals are NOT included in the price of registration.

+ Who qualifies for the Student rate?

The Student rate is designed to assist unemployed, full-time students attend the GLS. Mostly school students. It does not apply, for example, to adults who are employed and studying extramurally.


+ How do I register for The Global Leadership Summit?

You can register online. Click here and select the venue and event you wish to attend. If you are having problems, you can contact Karyn on: or 021 437 803 during office hours.

+ Can I share a registration with someone if I can't attend the entire event?

We do not provide the option to share registrations between multiple individuals. The event has been designed as a holistic experience and is best if attended in its entirety.

+ Do I need to have all the names of our group when I register?

We allow groups to reserve "empty registrations" and then submit names and email addresses of those who will be attending at a later date. We encourage you to enter those details by mid-September; however, a registrant's name can still be changed without charge by contacting us up to a week prior to the event. Email:

Please note that attendees should each register their own email address as this is used to gain access to the conference app.


+ What is your cancellation and transfer policy?

Should you need to cancel your registrations, please notify us which you prefer:

1) Refund of fees (less $10 cancellation fee if before one week prior to the event – less $20 cancellation fee if during last week prior to the event);

2) Transfer to another person’s name (free if before one week prior to the event – $5 admin fee during last week prior to event).

3) Transfer to a future event within one year (free if before one week prior to the event – $10 fee during last week prior to event).

There will be no reimbursements for cancellations made on or after the day of the event.

A full copy of our Terms and Conditions is available here.

+ Can I bring my children to the conference?

While families are very important to us, WCA conferences are adult training events, so children and infants, including nursing infants, are not permitted in any of the sessions. Childcare is not available and we cannot guarantee a separate room for parents to stay with their children.

+ Does Willow Creek take photographs for promotional use during the conference?

For promotional purposes, videos and photographs may be taken at any conference. Your registration constitutes permission for the Willow Creek Association to use your likeness in promotional materials. Please contact if you cannot be used in promotional photographs.

+ Will I be added to your database?

All people who register for an event are entered into our database so that we can keep them informed of upcoming activities that may be of interest to them. Unsubscribing is a simple process if people to do not wish to receive our emails. As per our Privacy Policy, email addresses are not shared with any outside person or organisation.

+ Still have questions?

Call us at 07 282 0092 during office hours (9am-1pm Mon-Thur) or email:

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