Your Influence Matters
We will help you to lead yourself, your team and your organisation more effectively. With the GLN framework, you can confidently develop your skills at your own pace through accessible and affordable world-class training.
When you subscribe to GLN Membership, you are investing in a year-round leadership growth journey. It is your ticket to the GLS videocast and ongoing development. More.
By attending the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) videocast, you will gain fresh, actionable and inspiring content to help you grow in your leadership. More.
The GLN framework provides the training you need to meet your daily challenges. From bite-sized to comprehensive learning, you will find the content you need to move forward. More.
The GLN Framework
11 key competencies of personal leadership to help you succeed in every avenue you pursue
11 key competencies to help you develop leadership in others
11 key competencies will help you nurture and lead your own community
|Character||Communication||Church and Faith Based|
|Complex Thinking||Conflict Management||Culture|
|Learning Agility||Leadership Development||Human Resources|
|Relationship with God||Relational Intelligence||Process|
|Replenishment||Servant Leadership||Resource Allocation|
A Movement for Transformation
GLN helps leaders like you all around the world through the Global Leadership Summit and year-round training.
Founded in 1992, Global Leadership Network (GLN) serves pioneering pastors and leaders through world-class leadership experiences and resources. GLN is committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged, and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches passionate about redeeming their communities for Christ.
GLN’s passion is to help leaders worldwide—men and women—realise God’s vision for their lives, churches and communities. It shares ideas and builds partnerships. Through the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), Partners, and GLN Membership it delivers vision and inspiration to resourced regions; and we bring training and opportunity to under-resourced areas.
GLN’s vision is to help Christians grow their leadership to maximise Kingdom impact.
GLN’s mission is to create world-class leadership development to energise Christians and mobilise churches globally.
GLN UK & Ireland
“Thanks again for all you and your team do for all of us.” Tim Smith, St Judes, Plymouth
GLN UK & Ireland exists to serve pastors and Christians in the UK and Ireland through the inspiration, training and resources provided by GLN.
Nowadays the primary way we achieve this is through the annual Global Leadership Summit (GLS) videocast.
We also providing year-round training tools which flow out of the GLS through online learning. In addition, we offer a GLN membership subscription for personal and team development in leadership, and we run events with guest speakers which aim to bring fresh thinking on church ministry in line with our vision and mission.
We have been affiliated to GLN and aligned with its vision and mission since 1995, when we were established as a UK limited company and registered charity.
Support The Cause
Over the years we have enjoyed long-standing relationships with churches across a number of denominations that have been part of the association. We value these relationships and the mutual encouragement they bring.
Here are some suggestions for how you can support our work:
1) Pray. Please join us in praying that we will be able to reach out to tens of thousands of church pastors and Christian leaders in the UK & Ireland and support them through the training that GLN provides. You can use the left sidebars to provide prayer pointers on our vision and mission, our activities and people involved. You can also pray more specifically for the GLS on this page.
2) Make the GLS an annual commitment, bringing your team and determining to grow together in effectiveness and influence
4) Consider how promoting the GLS might help transform your region (see this page).
5) Donate: Your donation to the work is always a great encouragement. You can give here.
Thank-you for your prayers and support.
Derek Chedzey, Archdeacon of Hereford
Derek is a Church of England priest with 27 years minister experience and has been Archdeacon of Hereford since 2018. Prior to that he spent 14 years working for Bristol Diocese where he was responsible for leadership development and training for clergy. During this time the Church of England recognised through the National Experience of Ministry research, that the work he and the team he led delivered around Church Growth training and leadership development was amongst some of the most effective in the Church of England. He has an MA in Missional Leadership. He is committed to the local church being the primary vehicle for mission.
Derek is a trained work consultant and mentor and has a passion to see young adults develop their leadership skills. He is also deeply committed to seeing the flourishing of the whole people of God not just church leaders.
Derek is a C-Me Colour Profiling tool practitioner.
Derek is married to Claire and they live in Herefordshire. In his spare time he enjoys walking the Pembrokeshire Coast, steam railways and Doctor Who!
Derek joined the Board in 2019.
Roger Fairhead, Leadership Specialist
Roger is a leadership specialist delivering leadership for organisational achievement through speaking, training and coaching to business leaders and executives. He is a certified speaker, coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Team, a chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. After graduating with honours in Engineering from Loughborough University he spent his early career managing engineering projects, and this leadership experience led to further study, research and writing on the topic which was subsequently published in his first book PRIZE-Winning Leadership.
Roger has spent the last 7 years involved with life.church in the Church Online Host Team, and is a coach on the leadership team leading around 350 volunteers from 40 countries. He lives in Staffordshire with his wife Sue and has two children. In his spare time music is his passion; whether it’s on stage playing bass guitar or playing violin in the North Staffs Symphony Orchestra.
Roger joined the Board in 2019.
Gary Schwammlein, President Emeritus, Global Leadership Network
Gary joined the Association in 1996 after 28 years in the marketplace. Even though it seemed like a “step down” in the eyes of some (and in many ways it was, i.e. salary, perks, recognition…), it was the best move he ever made: ‘The years that I’ve been with the GLN have been the best years of my life. Seeing churches catch fire for God, reaching out to seekers, and growing believers into fully devoted followers of Christ is better than anything the world can offer. All of us at the GLN are here to serve you, full time staff as well as volunteers in our affiliate countries. We will continue to offer events and resources that have been developed and tested at Willow Creek Community Church and at other churches around the world to envision, equip, and encourage churches everywhere to prevail.’
Steve Smith, Mission Enabler
Steve has served as a Salvation Army Officer for 18 years, during which time he has led three local churches in Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Gloucestershire. In July 2019 Steve, together with his wife, Mel, was appointed as the Divisional Mission Enabler for one of The Salvation Army’s regions spanning 7 counties with responsibility for facilitating, resourcing, and monitoring effective frontline mission. Steve has been a member of the GLN UK for the last 16 years and makes the Leadership Summit an annual commitment for himself and his team.
He is currently finishing an MA in Mission with a focus on Leadership, Mentoring and Pioneering and is passionate about developing leaders and the movements or organisations they lead to their highest potential. ‘I love a challenge, and believe that almost anything can be transformed when good leaders are empowered and deployed’.
Rachael joined the GLN Team in July 2019, having been a passionate supporter and attender for many years. Prior to taking on this role she was the PA to the Bishop of Bristol and the Assistant to the Archdeacon of Malmesbury, in the Diocese of Bristol. For 33 years beforehand she worked for the Ministry of Justice in a variety of roles, but ultimately as a Workplace Support Adviser & Mediator.
Rachael is married to David and they have 3 grown up daughters between them and 1 grand daughter. They have recently ‘escaped to the country’ and live in a converted chapel in Gloucestershire.
Mike Hill, CEO, GLN UK & Ireland
Mike spent time in the world of business before considering a call to ordained ministry, following a short period as a part of the Scargill Community in Yorkshire. Mike trained for ordination at Ridley Hall and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1977 and served as curate of St Mary Magdalene, Addiscombe until 1980. From 1980 – 1983 he was senior curate at St Paul’s Slough & from 1983 to 1992 he was priest in charge, then Rector of St Leonard’s Chesham Bois. In Slough and in Chesham Bois the churches he had responsibility for grew consistently. In 1990 he became Rural Dean of Amersham & was appointed the Archdeacon of Berkshire in 1992. From 1998 to 2003 he was the area Bishop of Buckingham.
From 2003 and since retiring in September 2017, Mike served as the 56th Bishop of Bristol. He has held a number of national responsibilities within the Church of England including as a Governor of the Church Commissioners, Chair of the World Mission and Anglican Communion Panel and Vice-Chair of the Mission and Public Affairs Council. He represented the House of Bishops on the Anglican Communion Panel. In 2009, he became a member of the House of Lords. He is a sought after speaker and teacher in the UK and internationally.
Mike was also the first Chair of the Willow Creek Association UK and a Patron of several charities. He is passionate about evangelism & leadership development, within & beyond the Church.
Mike and his wife, Anthea, have 5 adult children & 13 grandchildren.
Mike joined as CEO of GLN UK & Ireland in February 2019.
Will has been part of the team since January 2003 and currently oversees the communications and operations. He loves to help leaders through his skills in research, problem solving, and training co-ordination, as well as developing resources through his interests in graphic design, photography and creative content.
He lives in the New Forest in Hampshire with his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Molly.
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