Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Willow Creek Makes Partial Confession

I'm a little late in posting this, as I came across this article several weeks ago. But since I have already written a few posts about Willow Creek, I wanted to be faithful to post another one! The Baptist Press (BP) posted an article earlier in the month about Willow Creek's "confession" of their failures.

The BP quotes Bill Hybels describing the results of Willow Creek's multi-year study on the effectiveness of their ministry as "ground breaking," "earth shaking," and "mind blowing." I just wonder, what was he expecting to find? When you break away from the Scriptures to do your own thing, you end in failure. I don't see what is so mind blowing about that.

The BP article quotes Hybels as saying, "Some of the stuff that we have put millions of dollars into thinking it would really help our people grow and develop spiritually, when the data actually came back it wasn't helping people that much. Other things that we didn't put that much money into and didn't put much staff against is stuff our people are crying out for."

Sad. What if all that money would have went to missions, or to even just print Bibles? It doesn't cost anything to teach people the Bible. It does cost money though to entertain people.

Also quoted in the article Hybels states: "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."

This is like one of my previous posts. You have to be a self-feeder, because they aren't going to feed you. People have to read their Bible "between the services," because they sure aren't going to get it during the services! Wow! They still don't get it! All this money, all this research, all this time, and they still don't get it.

It is my prayer that they will start to exposit the Scriptures for people during the services and feed their hungry souls!