Willow Creek Church planted in rocky soil?

Seems like big, big news on the evangelical megachurch scene:

Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Church in Illinois, claims (Hybels’ words in italics; article author’s commentary follows):

We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.

[. . .] the error of the seeker sensitive movement is monumental in its scope. The foundation of thousands of American churches is now discovered to be mere sand. The one individual who has had perhaps the greatest influence on the American church in our generation has now admitted his philosophy of ministry, in large part, was a “mistake.” The extent of this error defies measurement.

But hey, look at the bright side: errors can be corrected. That’s what God gave us reason for.

More at TownHall.com.


2 Responses to “Willow Creek Church planted in rocky soil?”

  1. Jon Says:

    You didn’t quote the most important part of the article:

    “Unless there is a return to simple biblical (and relevant) principles, a new faulty scheme will replace the existing one and another generation will follow along as the latest piper plays.

    What we should find encouraging, at least, in this “confession” coming from the highest ranks of the Willow Creek Association is that they are coming to realize that their existing “model” does not help people grow into mature followers of Jesus Christ. Given the massive influence this organization has on the American church today, let us pray that God would be pleased to put structures in place at Willow Creek that foster not mere numeric growth, but growth in grace.”

    That’s something we should be praying for all Catholic and protestant churches.

  2. Curly Says:

    And don’t forget the Eastern churches!

    Sometimes I try to get people to read the full article for themselves by deliberately quoting a provocative section, or something that cries out for further commentary. Usually no one cares . . . but I’m glad you took the time! Only now folks will read your comment and not bother with the article . . . 🙂

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