Alice Drive Baptist Church to preview leadership summit Tuesday

1 person at luncheon will win free registration to August simulcast


A local church will be holding a preview luncheon Tuesday for a renowned, world-class leadership training event that it will be hosting again this summer as a satellite location.

Mandy Easton, creative pastor with Alice Drive Baptist Church, spoke Wednesday on next week's Leadership Lunch and Learn the church will be offering for up to 50 attendees at Central Carolina Technical College's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center on Broad Street.

At the luncheon, Clay Smith, lead pastor at Alice Drive, will detail The Global Leadership Summit, which the church is a local host site for and is a two-day simulcast event scheduled for Aug. 8-9. The actual summit will be held on the campus at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago. This year is the fourth consecutive year that Alice Drive has served as a host site.

The summit's website describes the training offered through the two-day event as a catalyst for change that inspires and equips leaders to ignite organization and community transformation.

A summit theme is "everyone has influence," and Easton said she hopes leaders from area business and industry and various walks of life will attend the luncheon.

She said the church is taking steps to make this year's two-day simulcast event in August more community and Sumter-focused, as well.

Smith will host the free lunch Tuesday, according to Easton, and is also co-director of Leadership Sumter, a leadership development program sponsored by the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce.

"Clay will also be providing some leadership nuggets that day at the lunch," Easton said. "So, people will go home with thoughts and ideas on how to become a better leader."

She said only 50 seats are available for the luncheon and encourages people interested to contact her by email,, or phone, (803) 546-6488, to reserve a seat.

At Tuesday's luncheon, one person will win a free registration to the summit, Easton added.