Thursday, October 18, 2007

Willow Repents: Bill Hybels a Picture of Humility

Willow Creek has recently come out and admitted that the way they have approached "doing church" over the last 30 has been wrong and has not fostered deep spiritual growth for its people. They now realize that spiritual growth doesn’t happen best by becoming dependent on elaborate church programs but through the age old spiritual practices of prayer, bible reading, and relationships. Now, I know the small clientele who read my blog may be thinking, "Ha! I could've told them that a long time ago." But before we get too puffed up with arrogance and the "I told you so's", we must realize a few things.
1) It grieves God that we would even think like that about another local expression of Jesus's bride who are really believers with good intentions.
2) We should be saddened that it got this big and went this long before Willow realized this truth.
3) We should rejoice at the change of direction at Willow.
4) We should truly commend the leadership at Willow for their humility and surrender to Christ. Their humility, honesty, and willingness to deal with this straight on is a breath of fresh air in the evangelical world.
5) We should pray for them as they move forward.

To read the whole article click here. I would also suggest watching the videos linked in the article. And if you are in ministry full-time I would really encourage to watch the Greg Hawkins video.


Jeff Johnson said...

Interesting. Read the post you linked to. And the comments below it. Interesting. Starting to watch the videos and read a bit on that website. Hesitant to judge or react without reading the book. But interesting for sure.

Anonymous said...

How does one scientifically measure discipleship?

Trevor Holloway said...

I think one measures discipleship by a few things to start with. 1) A growing hunger for God's Word 2)Victory over sin in one's life 3) Greater desire to be in prayer 4) Greater efforts in proclaiming the gospel. Those are just a few that I think are very measurable