By SI Filings Jan 31 2020 Willow CreekBill HybelsChurch Growth"After months of delays in the process, the church’s interim pastor announces plans to resign." - Christianity Today 927 reads There are 3 Comments And then this: Jonathan Charles - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:07am And then this: Longtime Willow Creek Member Accuses Bill Hybel’s Mentor, Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian, of Clergy Sexual Abuse https://julieroys.com/bill-hybels-mentor-dr-gilbert-bilezikian-accused-o... Sad Bert Perry - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:08am 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. Bert Ed Vasicek - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 2:01pm Bert, you points are well taken. A good summary of the challenge. Well done. "The Midrash Detective"