Kingsport church to simulcast Global Leadership Summit

Holly Viers • Aug 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A local church is giving you the opportunity to attend an international leadership conference without leaving the Tri-Cities.

First Broad Street United Methodist Church will host a simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit, which has inspired thousands of leaders to grow their skills and make a bigger impact on their communities.

Nathan Flora, executive director of First Broad Street, said this is the second year the church has hosted a simulcast, although church staff members have attended additional times in other venues.

“We think it’s of great benefit, and it’s geared not simply for Christians; it’s geared for people in leadership (roles) in all walks of life,” Flora said. “Community leadership is something very important to this church. Many of our members are intricately involved in our community leading in different ways, so we want to be a host site church for activities like this.”

About the summit

Presented by Willow Creek Association, the Global Leadership Summit “drives transformation with fresh, actionable insight from a diverse faculty who challenge leaders to maximize their influence,” according to a press release.

The two-day summit will be simulcast live on Aug. 9 and 10 to more than 600 sites in North America, including First Broad Street. The church is partnering with its fellow Church Circle churches this year to encourage more people to attend.


The summit will feature speakers with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Each one was selected for his or her expertise and success in nonprofit, government, education and faith sectors.

Fifteen speakers will take the stage at the event, including those listed below:

• Craig Groeschel, co-founder and senior pastor of Life.Church

• Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail for Apple

• Simon Sinek, best-selling author and founder of Start With Why

• T.D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House

• Danny Meyer, restaurateur and one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”

• Carla Harris, vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor for Morgan Stanley

How to watch

To view cost information or to register, visit fbsumc.org/special-events. The simulcast will last from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, and snacks and drinks will be provided.

“It’s a time that is refreshing and motivating to you,” Flora said, “and so I think it helps reignite your passions and your desire to do well in whatever you’re doing.”

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