March 21-22, 2013 ministry teams and their leaders will convene in Chicago to connect with some of the nation’s most influential Christian thinkers and work alongside them in developing action plans to implement within their own organizations.

Co-Lab, integrates biblical scripture and the fundamentals of business management with a hands-on, action-based approach to executive-level management education. Team members and their leaders will not only receive the inspiration they need to recharge, but also learn the tangible skills needed to excel. 

Each participant’s interests, needs and profession are individually assessed by trained professionals for the purpose of placing them in specific training modules uniquely suited to their needs. Participants should also expect an elite peer group of trusted allies, applicable curriculum, hands-on learning, critical thinking and faculty expertise.

Co-Lab 2012 gathered a group of world-class ministry and business leaders for engaging dialogue and thought-provoking presentations. I highly recommend this conference for leaders who want to live and lead with excellence.
— Peter Greer, President & CEO, Hope International


David Blanchard
President and Co-Founder, Praxis

Andy Crouch
Founder and Author, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling

Dale Gifford
Retired CEO and Chairman, Hewitt Associates

David Kinnaman
President, Barna Group; You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving the Faith

Josh Kwan
Co-Founder and Chairman, Praxis


Nancy Ortberg
Former Teaching Pastor, Willow Creek Church

Paul Park
Executive Director, First Fruit Foundation

Sam Wolgemuth
Former Chairman of the Board, World Relief

Carver Yu
President and Professor, China Graduate School of Theology

For a complete list of faculty, visit www.colabchicago.com


The posture of Western church leaders who convened for the Global: Church Forum (GCF) was one of listening and collaboration.

With 60% of today’s 2 billion Christians residing in the global south, representatives from 98 Christian, nonprofit organizations had a chance to hear from speakers from more than 23 countries—and the messages weren’t  focused on the “west teaching the rest.”

The hands-on, practical approach of the forum sought to uncover points of collaboration that lead to strategic partnerships that are powerful, scalable and sustainable and address the world's the greatest needs. 

This unprecedented look at how ministries conduct themselves in different cultures and economies will be further examined in 2013, when the Global: Church Forum is hosted by Kasr El Dobara Church in Egypt.

GCF partners included Compassion International, Crossway Publishers, The Global Executive Leadership Forum, CreatePossible, re:source global and Christianity Today, which hosted a livestream of forum sessions.

For more information about future GCF events, contact Tommy Lee at tommy@createpossible.com.

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Global: Church Forum 2012, Speakers

Paco Amador: Pastor, New Life Community Church
Ralph Borde: Founder, As Our Own
Bob Doll: Former Chief Investment Officer of Global Equities, BlackRock Advisors
Ajith Fernando: Teaching Director, Youth for Christ Sri Lanka
Tom Lin: Director of Missions, InterVarsity USA
Rev. Joseph Garang Atem Zorial: Bishop of Renk Diocese, Episcopal Church of Sudan
Oscar Muriu: Senior Pastor, Nairobi Chapel
William J. Pollard: Former Chief Executive Officer, ServiceMaster
Michael Ramsden: Director, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics
Dave Gibbons: Founding Pastor, New Song Church

Sara Groves: Singer, Producer and Author
Bethany Hoang: Director, IJM Institute
Fayez Ishak: Director of Missions, Kasr El Dobara
Skye Jethani: Managing Editor, Leadership Journal
Dr. Julius Wong Loi Sing: Urban Studies Professor, Moody Bible Institute
Harold Smith: President and CEO, Christianity Today—a global media ministry
Tanya Walker: Apologist, RZIM Europe
Menchit Wong: Director of Child Advocacy, Compassion International
Dr. Zhao Xiao: Chinese economist


Global: Church Forum 2012, Attending Organizations

As Our Own

Baker Publishing Group

Bangui Evangelical School of Theology

Billy Graham Evangelical Association

Biola University

Brand/Be Collective

Care of Creation

China Graduate School of Theology

Chosen People Ministries

Christ Church of Oak Brook

Christianity Today—a global media ministry

College Church

Compassion International

Cornerstone Trust

Covenant Theological Seminary


Cypress Leadership Institute


Excellence in Giving

Fairwyn Investments

Far East Broadcasting Corporation

Foreign Missions Foundation

Fuller Theological Seminary

Global Executive Leadership ForumGood World Partnership


Grace Chapel

Grain of Wheat International

Harvest Bible Chapel

Heart for the City

Highland Park Presbyterian Church

Hope Chest

Huston Foundation

International Justice Mission

International Sports Coalition

International Teams

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

JAM International

Kasr El Dobara Church

Leadership Journal

Luis Palau Association

Maclellan Foundation

Mariners Church

Mars Hill Church

Masterworks Foundation

Max De Pree Center for Leadership

Mergon Foundation

Moody Bible Institute

Moody Church

Nairobi Chapel

National Christian Foundation

New Life Community Church

Newsong Church

New York Leadership Center

Open Doors USA

Overseas International

Park Community Church

Partners Worldwide

re:source global


Saddleback Community Church

ScholarLeaders International


Sovereign’s Capital



Tandon Institute

The Seed Company

Third Post

Transformed Men

Tyndale Foundation

Urbana 12

Wheaton College

Willow Creek Association

World Relief

World Vision

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Youth for Christ