Willow Creek Association / Global Leadership Network

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The Willow Creek Association ("WCA"), the legal name for Global Leadership Network, is an international network of churches that turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Currently, there are more than 8000 member churches and Christian organizations, representing over 90 different denominations from all 50 US states and more than 20 countries. WCA serves in three primary areas: 1) Conferences, 2) Connecting like-minded churches together through membership services and benefits, and 3) Publishing resources, curriculum, audio and video cassettes, drama materials, and music.

Contact information

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

Website: globalleadership.org

Phone: (800) 570-9812

Email: heretoserve@globalleadership.org

Organization details

EIN: 363799040

CEO/President: Tom De Vries


Board size: 0

Founder: Mr. Bill Hybels

Year founded: 1993

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1994


Since 1992, the Willow Creek Association ("WCA") has been linking like-minded, action-oriented churches with each other and with strategic vision, training, and resources. The WCA works to equip Member Churches and others with the tools needed to build prevailing churches everywhere in the world.

WCA's primary desire is to inspire, equip, and encourage Christian leaders to build biblically functioning churches that reach increasing numbers of unchurched people -- not just with innovations from the Willow Creek Association or Willow Creek Community Church, but with God-given breakthroughs with widespread potential from any church in the world. And a key component of this God-honoring movement is to provide strategic vision and practical training.

More than 7,200 churches around the world are a part of the Willow Creek Association. And last year alone, more than 65,000 local church leaders, staff, and volunteers -- from Member Churches and others -- attended one of their conferences or training events.

Membership in the Willow Creek Association as well as attendance at WCA conferences is for churches, ministries, and leaders who hold to a historic, orthodox understanding of biblical Christianity.

The annual membership fee is $249 and provides ministries with discounts on all conferences and Willow Creek Resources, contacts with other outreach-oriented churches, a bimonthly newsletter, and more.

Mission statement

Our mission statement is to inspire and equip world-class leadership that ignites transformation.

Statement of faith

Willow Creek Association uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

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: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating811 of 94042 of 46
Fund acquisition rating760 of 94237 of 46
Resource allocation rating894 of 94245 of 46
Asset utilization rating405 of 94018 of 46

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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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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/30/2020. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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