274 – Bill Hybels: Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

speaker_bill_hybels_470x705Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 that celebrated its 40th year in 2015.

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., with a weekend attendance of twenty thousand. He is also chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association, a not-for-profit fellowship of over twelve thousand like-minded churches located in forty-five countries.

Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books and his new video curriculum, Leading From Here to There: 5 Essential Skills is releasing in August 2016.

Willow Creek Community Church began in 1975 when a ragtag team of young people gathered in a rented movie theater with a vision of turning irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Today, it is one of the most attended churches in North America. Drawing on well-honed wisdom acquired over the past thirty-two years, Hybels speaks and consults internationally, bringing to bear passionate style, relevant teaching, and cutting edge leadership.

He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, now impacting leaders in 125 countries.

Held every August, The Leadership Summit attracts more than eighty thousand ministry and marketplace leaders in North America, and another twenty thousand to Global Leadership Summit each fall, which is broadcast in more than twenty countries such as Brazil, Germany, Ukraine, and South Africa.

Hybels received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Ill. He and his wife, Lynne, have two children and one grandson.

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The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. You are invited to join an expected 305,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2016. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.


You are presented with a lot of opportunities to sharpen your skills and develop the people you lead. The Summit is a proven tool that produces compelling outcomes for leaders who attend.

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