Willow Creek Restarts Search for Its Next Bill Hybels

"After months of delays in the process, the church’s interim pastor announces plans to resign." - Christianity Today

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Bert Perry's picture

Apart from the theological differences I've got with Willow Creek--I don't believe women can be pastors or elders, Biblically, for starters--it strikes me that this illustrates one of the big dangers of huge churches.  When one pastor leaves (or implodes like Hybels/MacDonald/Driscoll/Tchividjian/Schaap/Felten/etc..), you have a huge facility that requires a man of extraordinary gifts to keep it filled and the mortgage paid.  You can't just accept a guy with a "mere" MDiv and decades of faithful ministry without risking a big exodus.

Again, granted, with the fallout from Hybels/Bilezikian/etc.., even a man of extraordinary gifts is going to have trouble putting "Humpty Dumpty" back together again, but the sheer size of the church (and its mortgage) is no help here.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Ed Vasicek's picture

Bert,  you points are well taken.  A good summary of the challenge.  Well done.

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