Skip to comments.Willow Creek Elders and Pastor Heather Larson Resign over Bill Hybels
Posted on 08/09/2018 1:38:31 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
In the summer of 2008, Bill Hybels stood in front of thousands of pastors and other church leaders gathered at Willow Creek Community Church and admitted his megachurch had failed.
We made a mistake, he told the crowd gathered for the 2008 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). A detailed Willow study had found that the church had helped many people find new faith in Jesus, but had failed to teach them how to practice the spiritual disciplines needed to grow their faith.
He vowed the megachurch would do be better in the future.
Ten years later, Willow Creeks leaders confessed even more mistakes. On the eve of the 2018 GLS, they admitted in a special congregational meeting that church leaders had failed to appropriately handle recent allegations of sexual misconduct against their founding pastor
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I don’t get it. If you’re tempted by the flesh, squeeze one off in private. But, I really don’t get those can get into affairs.
And yet, the same people who screamed and laughed at VP Pence for obeying the “Graham” rule will scream that this shows that Christians are all hypocrites.
But nobody in Sierra Leone ever questions me about following the “Graham” rule, because they know that sin exists and we must flee from it.
Wow, back in the early 1990s, I told this to my friends (one of whom was attending Willow Creek) this was a big issue with mega churches.
It's nothing they explain it's like a diesel train-- you better not be there when it rolls over And when that train rolls in you don't know where it's been You gotta try and see a little further
We’ve seen this over and over with these “Emerging Christianity” megachurches.
Spiritual pride is perhaps the most dangerous vice to be tempted to. And pastors of mega churches are subject to that temptation I reckon.
Lead pastor Heather Larson announced that she was resigning immediately. The churchs elder board announced that its members would also step down in an orderly fashion by the end of 2018.
Steve Carter, the churchs lead teaching pastor, had already resigned on Sunday, saying he could no longer continue at the church in good conscience.
At tonights Willow family meeting, elder Missy Rasmussen said she and other church leaders had been blinded by their faith in their founding pastor and had failed to hold Hybels accountable.
We trusted Bill, and this clouded our judgment, she said.
I knew their teaching pastor had just resigned. Now the CEO-ish "pastor for running the place" resigns, and the elder board promises to also go away.
Much to say, no time right now.
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I was raised in a Dutch Reformed church that joined the UCC. At the time I was in Sunday School, the mainline churches all had confessions or creeds that defined them. 50 short years later - all gone. Dust in the wind. Even the Episcopalians, who thought apostolic governance was security - finished.
The collapse of the seeker movement is upon us. Rick Warren and Bill Hybels were not fruitful. Leaders, but not fathers. Mars Hill was a flash in the pan.
You Catholics beware. Your model is the strongest but it will not survive an antipope with Facebook. The old antipopes has short lives and limited reach.
Jesus, as they say, calls us oer the tumult.
It’s clear that churches were never meant to get this big.
They just don’t work as they lose the personal interconnections between people. They become institutions, not a body.
To be replaced by what?
TRUTH!!! I have been saying this for years. Thank you for saying this and God bless.
I agree, but my point was that, if you do give in to the flesh, you can make the choice to give in at the least harmful point instead of the most harmful point.
More sexual abuse occurs in non-Catholic churches than in the Catholic Church.
It seem the truth is starting to leak out.
Hasnt Willow Creek gotten into social justice. I know this will come off sexist but I dont believe in women having authority over men in the church. Anyone know for sure if they compromised on other issues?
Got stats for that?
First off, prove it. Otherwise, your accusations are not fact but opinion.
Does that make it OK then because you think your church isn't as bad as others?
Do you think God grades on a comparison basis?
You're pretty quick to condemn it in others. When are you going to condemn it in the Catholic church, your own church?
You’re comparing apples to oranges.
This case is about adultery between a grown man and a grown woman. and the church is taking the correct action.
The Catholic priests are involved in homosexual abuse of minors. All the Catholic church does is move the priests around and cover up for them, instead of defrocking them, pulling their priestly credentials, and turning them over to civil authorities to pay for their crime.
WORLD of difference there.
The issues are different to the infiltrators of the 21st Century to those of the prior century, but the ends are the same, to destroy active, witnessing and Biblically based churches from within. The "seeker sensitive" movement, the prosperity gospel, post-modernism, etc., are the wedge issues used by the modern equivalents of Rauschenbusch, Niebuhr, and Fosdick, to infiltrate, neutralize, and destroy evangelical churches.
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