GLS 2012 Takes Shape!

As in the previous years, BIG Impact, in partnership with Willow Creek Association, organizes the Global Leadership Summit in Romania, one of the biggest leadership events in the world, offered this year in hundreds of locations, with the goal of assisting Christian leaders, both Church leaders and those involved in NGO, management or business, to become better leaders and have a vital contribution to winning the World for Christ. Following, Cristi Voaides, the coordinator of GLS Romania, shares a few details about the events about to take place in the Fall.

Some time ago I invested a few hours in preparing a seminar on developing Christian camping. I assessed the things I have done all these years in this field, both in the good times, and during the crises we went through. I realized that the biggest stumbling block in developing the organization is myself. Leading an organization requires the existence of some systems that are effective and efficient.

The various shortcomings that come in the life of each organization require leaders that are capable of finding solutions, be it finances, staff, changes that need to be implemented or anything else. Lately I realized, more than ever the need I have to develop as a leader, especially in the context of developing trust relationships with leaders who are more gifted or experienced than me.

In this context I am very excited about the opportunity to learn, this year, from 12 world class leaders, speakers at the GLS. Even though I can’t say I have a direct relationship with these people, I can learn from them and, together with other leaders I know, challenge each other, dream dreams together and pray for one another.

This year we will have all 12 sessions available on DVD, with 6-8 of them translated and presented in five locations in Romania. The speakers at the US Summit, available on DVD in Romania are:

Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State, Professor of Political Sciences, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Jim Collins, Nationally Acclaimed Business Thinker and Author

Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Best Selling Author, Business Executive, Triple Edge

Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

Craig Groeschel, Founder and Senior Pastor,

John Ortberg, Senior Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Marc Kielburger, Co-Founder, Free The Children and Me to We

Mario Vega, Senior Pastor, Misión Cristiana Elim din El Salvador

Pranitha Timothy, Director of Aftercare – International Justice Mission, Chennai, India

William L.Ury, Co-Founder, Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation

Patrick Lencioni, Founder and President, The Table Group; Best Selling Author

The locations and dates for the Romanian Summit are:

Cluj-Napoca: November 2-3

Bucuresti: November 9-10

Craiova: November 16-17

Hunedoara: November 23-24

Timisoara: December 7-8

To encourage group subscriptions, the organizers decided to offer an extra option, that of a reduced fee for groups of 5 or more.

We pray that God will use these events to speak to us and bring us closer to his heart and closer to fulfilling the mission he has entrusted each of us.

The link for more info about the speakers, about the event and about the registration details can be accessed at

We invite you together with your leadership team, so that we could learn together from these top class leaders!

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