WillowNZ was founded in 1994 and works to link like-minded action-oriented churches with each other and with strategic vision, training and resources. We are driven by a calling to serve Christ-following leaders as they build biblically functioning churches – authentic, Acts 2 communities of faith that reach increasing numbers of lost people and grow them into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
WillowNZ is an affiliate of Willow Creek Association (USA). Founded in 1992, Willow Creek Association (WCA) serves pioneering pastors and leaders through world-class leadership experiences and resources. WCA is committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches that redeem their communities for Christ.
For over 20 years, WCA has developed a respected history of excellence and innovation in serving local churches and their leaders. In that time, WCA has inspired and trained more than one million church leaders and has created and distributed millions of church resources into tens of thousands of churches representing more than 90 denominations. The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is a two-day, world class leadership event experienced annually by more than 190,000 leaders around the world, representing more than 15,000 churches. It’s telecast live from Willow’s campus (near Chicago) every August. Over the next few months, GLS events take place in an additional 350+ cities, 105 countries – translated into 50 languages. In New Zealand, GLS is a one-day event.
To serve Christian leaders in New Zealand by providing opportunity for life-changing experiences, access to tools, resources, and innovative thinking.