Sunday, May 13, 2007

Hybels Leaves Congregation Hungry for Truth

A survey conducted among Willow Creek attendants had revealed "mind-blowing" results, as Hybels put it. It asked how satisfied attendants were with how Willow Creek serves them at various stages in their spiritual development. Pre-Christians, or people who are still seeking and exploring Christianity, rated Willow Creek "very high." Ratings dropped slightly among new Christians but were still "fantastic." Adolescent Christians rated the church as good. But fully devoted followers of Christ indicated less satisfaction, saying they are not sure the church is helping them as much at this stage in their life.

"We want more of the deep truths of God," they said, according to Hybels. In Vision 2010, Willow Creek leaders will be altering the way they coach to teach attendants how to be "self-feeding individuals" early on in their spiritual development. Rather than expecting to be spiritually fed each week with a 35-40 minute sermon on Sundays, congregants will start learning how to take responsibility for their own feeding. Everything else – the worship services and the classes at Willow Creek – will just be "whip cream" on top. Click here for full article.

How amazing to see that the most satisfied individuals at Hybels' church are the unbelievers! Shouldn't that tell him that he has failed as a pastor? He has left his sheep hungry. Maybe he should read the gospels again and see what Jesus says about feeding the sheep.

What is so sad about the whole ordeal is that he continues to do the same. It is encouraging that he wants to teach his people how to study the Bible, but he himself has no interest in teaching them the deep truths of God! The professing believers in his church say "give us something to eat" and he says "you will have to learn how to feed yourself, becauase I won't do it!"


Jonathan Moorhead said...

I actually thought they were going to alter the preaching, but no such luck. Your last two paragraphs are gold. It's really infuriating.

Lance M. Roberts said...

How much of the glory of God must be left out for unbelievers to enjoy it more than believers?

Jonathan Moorhead said...

You should post this over at TMS Alumni.