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'A Natural Fit'

June 23, 2005

Church growth and dynamic leadership go hand in hand, at least as experienced by the phenomenal growth and discipleship at Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago.

This year, Baylor will serve as a satellite site Aug. 11-13 for the Willow Creek Association's Leadership Summit, now in its 10th year. The live satellite broadcast, offered at 100 sites nationwide, will be carried in Waco Hall on a 20-foot-by-24-foot screen, said Paul Carr, promotional strategist for the event and director of marketing communications in Baylor's Office of Public Relations.

"The Leadership Summit is all about growing Christian leaders, and that's what Baylor also is about, so it's a natural fit," Carr said.

Eleven guest speakers at the summit include some of the best-known names in church growth, volunteer and business leadership. They include Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church and author of Courageous Leadership and The Volunteer Revolution; Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the best-selling books The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church; Colleen Barrett, president of Southwest Airlines; Mosa Sono, founder and senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Soweto, South Africa, a congregation of more than 8,000 members; and Curtis Sliwa, founder and president of the Guardian Angels, an all-volunteer organization of 5,000.

According to Carr, the WCA mailed promotional information about the summit to 125 churches in Central Texas.

Baylor faculty, staff and alumni receive a special rate of $75, available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register at that rate, visit www.baylor.edu/summit2005. You also may call the Baylor public relations office at (254) 710-1961 for more information.

Those interested in attending nationally may visit www.willowcreek.com for the satellite location nearest you and for registration information.

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