GLDI 2023 Application (coming soon)


Warren Bennis, one of the world’s foremost experts on leadership, declares that there is a deepening leadership crisis in most of our institutions today and that this leadership crisis is the most urgent and dangerous of the threats we face in the 21st century.

The Global Leadership Development Institute (GLDI) seeks to train Spirit-filled, competent, powerful, and transforming ambassadors who will change the nation and the world for Christ.

GLDI is where the brightest minds of this generation can: 

  • Experience personal transformation

  • Learn principles to make the most out of life

  • Gain a Biblical worldview

  • Understand God's calling for their lives

  • Embody Christ-like servant leadership with a global perspective

  • Discover how to transform their communities and the world for Christ 

Since 2007, GLDI’s intensive program has been training young men and women to start on the road to becoming the leaders God is calling them to be.


GLDI is a place where you can be trained to be powerful, competent, spirit-filled, Christ-ambassadors transforming the nation and nations of the world.


Experience personal transformation & visioneering
Grasp Biblical truth & worldview
Become a Christ-like servant leader
Prepare for leadership armed with a global perspective
Make the most out of life (relationships, money, time, etc.)
Understand God’s calling for your life (ministry, career, etc.)
Transform your community & the world
Os Guinness, Ph.D.

Social Critic / Author / GLDI Faculty


In the forty days, you get the most deep and comprehensive understanding of what it is to be a follower of Jesus in today's world. And you have teaching that goes from the foundation of scripture, to what discipleship means, to what calling means, right up to how we engage and analyze this crazy, fascinating, modern world in which we are living. And I think people who have been through this course have a vision of following Jesus which will set them up for the whole of life. - Os Guinness

Joseph Kim

GLDI '12 / Oracle / Yale University


The most significant thing I learned were lessons of character. Lessons that are knowledge-based can be incredibly valuable in and of themselves but can be easily learned. Lessons of character are hard to come by and can’t be learned simply by knowing what to do. Character is usually learned by experiences, especially difficult and trying ones... but I consider them extremely valuable. - Joseph Kim

Melody Fan

GLDI '16 / College of William and Mary

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GLDI is a safe community where God revealed to me my deepest sins and needs through brothers and sisters, speakers, and staff… I learned about the need for integrity and competency, which will allow me to be more equipped and ready for God’s Kingdom work. Most of all, GLDI helped me truly experience the fact that I cannot live without faith in Jesus Christ, and only in Him. - Melody Fan

Jefferey J. Ventrella, Esq.

Alliance Defending Freedom


GLDI is one of the most strategic training events in its existence. It prepares leaders for every area of society and has a Kingdom perspective to serve the Kingdom of God. GLDI is producing what we need most in our cultures, and that's leadership—faithful leadership—to be able to apply the Kingdom to the ends of the earth in these strategic, public ways. - Jeff Ventrella

Benjamin C. Shin, D.Min.

Co-founder of GLDI
Talbot Theological Seminary


I think it's essential and imperative that a person be able to be a part of something like this if they are going to make an impact for the Kingdom of God. And I don't know of any program that is available for people of this age where they get the quality and the quantity of time teaching and training GLDI offers. It's an incredible program and that's why I've been a part of this program for over a decade. - Ben Shin

I would describe GLDI as the most intentional time I’ve spent with God… GLDI was not only a place where I had the opportunity to seek Him, but also a place where I was encouraged by a community of believers to go farther and deeper in my walk with Christ. GLDI is a place of safety where everyone can come together, be vulnerable, and let God use that vulnerability and honesty to develop you. - David Kim

David Kim

GLDI '16 / Virginia Tech


Learn at the feet of some of the greatest teachers, leaders, thinkers, and pastors of our time.  Our past speakers have included Dr. Os Guinness, Dr. John C. Kim, Dr. Richard Blackaby, Dr. JP Moreland, Dr. Scott Rae, Dr. Rick Langer, Rev. Benjamin C. Shin, Dr. Loren Cunningham, Dr. Ray Hammond, Rev. Erwin McManus, Rev. Daniel Seungwook Kim, Rev. Stephen Chong, Rev. Jae Park, Dr. James Byun & many more.


Get up-close and personal with prominent pastors, Christian faculty members, and influential Christian professional role models who will be personally engaged in mentoring individual participants’ career/life mapping during the entire period of training. Connect with wise and mature people of faith who can guide and give insight as you plan your future.


Make life-long friends with the brightest minds of this generation, friends who will journey with you in changing this world for Christ.


Stretch your physical limits by participating in team-building activities in the outdoors. Learn to discipline your body every morning.


Envision God-sized solutions for issues affecting people today. Team up with others to find answers on how to improve communities across the nation and the world.


This is a once-in-a-lifetime, unique experience. Don’t let it pass you by. Come and experience yourself!

1. Born-again, baptized Christian in good standing at a local church
2. Age limited to between twenty and twenty-nine 
3. Demonstrate leadership potential
4. Have an outstanding academic record from a university/college
*Some exceptions to these criteria can be made if the candidate has other qualifications
1. Completed online application (including personal essays)
2. Pastor’s recommendation  
3. College/university transcript(s)
4. Zoom video interview 
- All applicants will go through a screening process before being selected
- We may ask for a TOEFL score from international students
22392 FM 16 W., Lindale, TX 75771
(903) 804-4016​