I spent a very enjoyable two days at Willow Creek Association's Global Leadership Summit, attending the simulcast of it at Pleasant Valley Baptist in Liberty, MO. It was an interesting line-up of speakers again this year. I really wasn't disappointed by any of the speakers, but felt that a few of them really hit home runs. Steven Furtick did a great job of preaching a message about Elisha's audacious faith. The demeanor and spirit of Mama Maggie Gobran as she shared about her work among the least of these in Cairo's slums was riveting. Patrick Lencioni, a last-minute pinch hitter substituting for Starbucks CEO Schultz who withdrew, was absolutely hilarious but powerful at the same time. I also enjoyed Erwin McManus of Mosaic and his emphasis on getting back to telling the truth and communicating the gospel story in its power and simplicity. Hybels as usual was great as he echoed a similar theme of McManus.
If you've never attending a GLS, I'd encourage you to think about doing so next August. It's an outstanding two-day event bringing together Christian leaders as well as prominent business leaders to address the broad question of improving our leadership skills.