Hope of the World – Leading for Mission Conference 2018

‘There’s nothing like the local church when the local church is working right – it’s the hope of the world.’ Bill Hybels

—1-Day Tickets Now Available—

LIVE EVENT, KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough, 2-3 February 2018

Two of the most important flywheels for ministry are leadership and evangelism. Leadership allows others to thrive in their gifts and evangelism invites them into a better story. Yet the experience for many church leaders is that vision leaks and evangelism evaporates! How then can a church reach its full redemptive potential?

Church leaders and their ministry teams are invited to join Bill Hybels and guests as they address this question and what it takes to shape a church for evangelism.


Founder & Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 people across eight Chicago-area congregations. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, now impacting 350,000+ leaders in 129+ countries. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including his video curriculum, Leading from Here to There: 5 Essential Skills.

Dave Smith


Founder & Senior Leader, KingsGate Community Church
Dave Smith is Senior Leader of KingsGate Community Church which was started in 1988. KingsGate’s vision is “Transforming lives from our neighbourhoods to the nations by the power of God’s love” and is now a large, multi-cultural, inter-generational church with centres in three cities: Peterborough, Cambridge and Leicester. There are also LifeGroups in London.

Jeff Lockyer


Lead Pastor, Southridge Community Church
Jeff Lockyer is the Lead Pastor of Southridge Community Church, a multi-site movement where each location serves a specific community need in their part of the Niagara Region. He is passionate about leadership development, serving as the Chair the Board of the Willow Creek Association Canada and co-hosting the Global Leadership Summit’s “GLS Podcast”.



Kate Coleman


Founding Director, Next Leadership
Rev Dr Kate Coleman is founding director of Leadership Next. Kate recently completed a term as Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council (2012-2014), is a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (2006-2007), and a Baptist Minister. She is a strategic advisor who mentors, coaches and supports leaders and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

James Emery White


Founder & Senior Pastor, Mecklenburg Community Church
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and author of more than twenty books. Dr. White is the founder and President of Serious Times and ChurchAndCulture.org, which features a wide range of resources to serve the church in its effort to evangelise and transform culture.

Sarah Richards


Co-Founder & Executive Leader, Cornerstone Church
Sarah Richards is a senior leader of Cornerstone Church, having pioneered the church with Julian with 7 people in 1991. Sarah serves on the Board of WCA UK & Ireland, is part of the Pioneer Leadership Team and on the leadership of New Wine Wales. Bringing years of experience of community outreach in Swansea, Sarah helped to plan and implement the 2017 evangelistic mission to Wales through the New Wine Wales network of churches.



Jeff Manion


Senior Pastor, Ada Bible Church
Jeff Manion is the senior pastor of multi-campus Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for over thirty years. He is the author of The Land Between, Satisfied, and his most recent book, Dream Big, Think Small. His great joy is digging deeply into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way.

Danielle Strickland


Senior Officer, Salvation Army
Danielle Strickland currently serves as The Salvation Army’s Western Territory Social Justice Secretary, leading initiatives to serve the marginalised in the Western United States. In addition, she co-founded The Salvation Army War College, infinitumlife.com, has planted several churches and helps lead the team behind Stop the Traffik. She is the author of several books.

A New Opportunity
  • This conference is an opportunity to take time out with your leaders to develop increased evangelistic effectiveness, with take home principles to apply.
  • Become better equipped to face evangelism ‘evaporators’ such as mission drift, communication issues and lack of engagement.
  • Your team will come away with renewed passion and purpose to shape your church for evangelism.

The speakers will bring a blend of insight, inspiration and fresh ideas to help move your mission forward.  Some of the topics to be covered will include:

  • Communicating the gospel
  • Reaching the ‘near and far’
  • Mission alignment
  • Leadership challenges and mindset
  • Generation Z
  • Metrics for mission
  • Evangelism and discipleship

DAY 1 | Friday 2 February

9.00am Registration, Resources, Refreshments
10.30am–4.30pm Sessions
Bill Hybels
Dave Smith
Kate Coleman
Jeff Lockyer

DAY 2 | Saturday 3 February

9.00am–3.30pm Sessions
James Emery White
Sarah Richards
Jeff Manion
Danielle Strickland
Bill Hybels

Date & Venue

2-3 February 2018
KingsGate Conference Centre, 2 Staplee Way, Parnwell, Peterborough PE1 4YT

Price Schedule Early Bird Regular
Standard Ticket £140.00 £150.00
GLS 2017 Rewards Ticket * £125.00 £135.00
1-Day Ticket £75.00 £80.00


* for Delegates who attended the GLS 2017.
Early Bird Deadline: 19 January 2018

Group Offer

As a SPECIAL OFFER we are providing 1 FREE TICKET with every booking of 5 or more places (e.g. book 5 get 6th place free). Just select 5 or more paid tickets and then add a ‘Free Ticket with 5+ bookings’ to your order as well. Only applies to 2-day tickets.

Special Rate

A limited number of special rate tickets are available for individuals and churches that need a further discount – email info@globalleadershipnetwork.org.uk or call 023 8071 0295 for more details.

Food/Refreshments Included

Conference fee includes refreshments and a packed lunch on both days.

Extra Food/Refreshments

KingsGate has an on-site Barista Coffee Shop serving a full range of speciality coffees and teas, as well as hot and cold snacks, cakes and pastries throughout the day. More details.

Date | Venue

2-3 February 2018 | KingsGate Conference Centre, 2 Staplee Way, Parnwell, Peterborough PE1 4YT | Directions

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Booking FAQs
Can I transfer my booking?

You may transfer your registration to another person or venue, notifying our office prior to the event.

What if I need to cancel my booking?

We cannot provide a refund. You may transfer your booking to another person, notifying our office prior to the event.

What if I want to come but can’t afford it?

Please give us a call on +44 (0)23 8071 0295 and we will see what we can work out.

Can I bring my children?

While families are important to us, we are not able to accommodate infants or children at this conference.

Can I attend if I have a disability?

Please email us prior to the event if you have a disability or any other special needs and we will do our utmost to accommodate you at the conference.

Can I book to attend just one day of the conference?

The conference is designed around a 2-day programme however we have now made 1-day tickets available.


WCA UK & Ireland takes care in the development of its programmes. However, we reserve the right to make changes deemed necessary without notice.

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You are not permitted to video or upload conference content to any website either during or after the Event. You are not permitted to use flash photography at the event or perform any audio recording.

Still have questions?

Feel free to call us on 023 8071 0295 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
or email info@globalleadershipnetwork.org.uk

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