Rock legend and poverty campaigner Bono has confirmed his participation by videocast at The Global Leadership Summit 2009 in Newcastle in November.
Some 54 countries worldwide will be hosting a videocast replay of the Leadership Summit, organised by Willow Creek Church in Chicago. Worldwide attendance is anticipated to top 50,000 delegates as The Leadership Summit's renown for top-class training for church leaders continues to grow.
Bono, the leader singer of the Irish rock band U2, will talk in an exclusive video about the Church's inspiring response and about his continuing life journey as a "single issue protagonist".
Commenting on his involvement at the Summit, he said: "The Church has done incredible things ... There is no doubt in my mind that had the Church not woken up on the issue of AIDS, we would not have two million Africans on anti-retroviral drugs."
Alongside Bono will be innovative leaders and pastors including Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church; David Gergen, Political Analyst for CNN and former White House adviser to four presidents; Dr Wess Stafford, President and CEO of Compassion International and Carly Fiorina, former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard.
The event is held simultaneously nationally and globally, creating a sense of local, national and international connection, as church leaders and their teams are envisioned, equipped and encouraged. More than 3,500 UK delegates attended in 2008.
The conference will take place at The Castle Gate Conference Venue, the home of City Church in Newcastle, on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November 2009.