Willow Creek Association / Global Leadership Network

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The Global Leadership Network (GLN) is a community of curious, growth-minded, change-driven people committed to developing their leadership skills to maximize their influence for the purpose of igniting positive transformation wherever they live and work. For more than 25 years, the GLN has been driven by the belief that leadership changes everything-When you commit to grow your leadership, everyone around you wins-businesses work for good, communities are transformed and churches thrive!

Hosting the world's largest annual leadership event, The Global Leadership Summit, the GLN reaches hundreds of thousands of leaders in more than 123 countries and 60+ languages each year. Through year-round events and a wealth of free leadership resources including articles from leadership experts and one of the most popular leadership podcasts in the world, the GLN combines a unique and diverse blend of leadership education to serve the 2.5 million people who visit GlobalLeadership.org each year.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Global Leadership Network
67 East Algonquin Rd
South Barrington, IL 60010

Website: globalleadership.org

Phone: (800) 570-9812

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 363799040

CEO/President: Tom De Vries

Chairman: Kim Simios

Board size: 9

Founder: Bill Hybels

Ruling year: 1993

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2014


Vision: One million people leading like Jesus globally to impact 100 million more.

Mission statement

To inspire and equip world-class leadership that ignites transformation.

Statement of faith

Membership in the Global Leadership Network is intended to serve churches that hold to a historic, orthodox understanding of biblical Christianity.

The Bible is God's unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.

There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other.

All people are created in God's image and matter deeply to Him. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people, and invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other.

Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.

Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Some day, He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.

The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God's loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.

All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.

The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission -- reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Leadership Training

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating953 of 109719 of 23
Fund acquisition rating763 of 109917 of 23
Resource allocation rating1055 of 109921 of 23
Asset utilization rating623 of 109712 of 23

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,113,916$904,883$827,542$737,894$388,383
Short-term investments$5,958,518$10,537,008$10,519,927$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$14,282,101$16,490,738$21,057,722$13,351,950$8,708,255
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,657,536$2,191,354$2,710,145$2,794,405$2,616,813
Other long-term assets$2,472,777$552,500$1,936,800$0$0
Total long-term assets$4,130,313$2,743,854$4,646,945$2,794,405$2,616,813
Total assets$18,412,414$19,234,592$25,704,667$16,146,355$11,325,068
Payables and accrued expenses$1,761,760$1,924,763$1,625,193$1,310,805$1,125,790
Other current liabilities$3,881,754$3,751,481$4,823,368$2,575,107$2,856,282
Total current liabilities$5,643,514$5,676,244$6,448,561$3,885,912$3,982,072
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$48,477
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$48,477
Total liabilities$5,643,514$5,676,244$6,448,561$3,885,912$4,030,549
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$10,296,123$13,005,848$14,319,306$12,260,443$7,294,519
With donor restrictions$2,472,777$552,500$4,936,800$0$0
Net assets$12,768,900$13,558,348$19,256,106$12,260,443$7,294,519
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,106,586$5,686,215$13,830,259$8,865,042$7,760,684
Program service revenue$12,981,496$15,416,383$19,150,013$17,473,588$13,411,286
Membership dues$303,101$421,126$582,273$539,757$540,724
Investment income$41,053($182,300)$0$0$0
Other revenue$665,539($332,076)$75,061$38,685$22,974
Total other revenue$13,991,189$15,323,133$19,807,347$18,052,030$13,974,984
Total revenue$23,097,775$21,009,348$33,637,606$26,917,072$21,735,668
Program services$15,813,677$17,914,252$19,505,993$16,660,974$14,681,746
Management and general$6,633,210$7,552,780$5,600,305$4,317,025$3,678,523
Total expenses$23,887,223$26,707,106$26,641,943$21,951,148$19,165,233
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($789,448)($5,697,758)$6,995,663$4,965,924$2,570,435
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($789,448)($5,697,758)$6,995,663$4,965,924$2,570,435


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