QUINCY -- Familiarity should breed even more participation, believes the Rev. Jim Dennis.
Dennis, who serves as pastor of the Crossing's 48th and Maine campus, is helping coordinate Quincy's second venture as a host site for the Global Leadership Summit (GLS).
The Crossing will be one of about 600 churches worldwide taking part in the Aug. 9 to 10 summit. This is the 24th year of the GLS and the 14th year it has been an international event.
"People weren't sure what it exactly was last year," Dennis said. "It's not a 'church leadership' conference. It's a community leadership conference put on by a church."
The summit attracts a wide range of participants, ranging from educators to military personnel to many others in leadership roles.
"One of the things we try and do outside the church is to strengthen our community," Dennis said. "When leaders get better, so is our community."
Topics will include leadership through mentors, eliminating barriers to innovation and productivity, cultural intelligence and strategies for time management.
The summit is a production of the Willow Creek Association, a worldwide interdenominational network of more than 7,000 churches. The conference will be telecast live from the 17,000-member Willow Creek Community Church near Barrington, Ill.
More than 120 countries around the world will be linked to the summit. The GLS will be broadcast in 68 languages and watched by an estimated 400,000 people.
A turnout of about 400 is expected at the Crossing. Partnering with the Crossing is Madison Park Christian Church.
The Crossing is Quincy's nondenominational Christian megachurch, which has an average weekly attendance of about 7,500 across its nine campus sites in West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa.
"This isn't about us," Dennis said. "This is about giving back. It is a great way to do something for the community."
For information about cost to attend and other details, contact the Crossing at 217-224-6374.