Willow Creek Elders Release Statement Supporting the ‘Women’; Yet One Woman Says Hybels’ Sins Were ‘Far Worse’ Than Anyone’s Said Publicly

Dyer said she hopes the elders will provide more detail on Tuesday night about what led them to their conclusions. “I believe that detail, rather than causing unnecessary obscurity and harm, would help illuminate truth and give needed closure to … Continue reading 

Willow Creek Investigation: Allegations Against Bill Hybels Are Credible

Independent Advisory Group releases report backing claims of pastor’s “sexually inappropriate words and actions.” (Kate Shellnutt – Christianity Today)  An independent investigation has concluded that the sexual harassment allegations that led to Bill Hybels’s resignation last year are credible, based … Continue reading 

Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Have ‘Undone 40 Years of Trust:’ Scot McKnight on Sexual Misconduct

“Willow Creek’s leadership chose what I said immediately was an egregiously unwise decision: it chose to narrate the allegations as lies, the women as liars, and the witnesses to the women as colluders.”  (Stoyan Zaimov – Christian Post)  New Testament … Continue reading 

Willow Creek Hires Independent Firm to Help Reconcile With Bill Hybels’ Accusers; Women Say They Want Truth First

(Leonardo Blair – Christian Post)  Two weeks after Willow Creek Community Church’s elder board apologized for initially brushing off several women’s sexual misconduct accusations against founder Bill Hybels as lies, some of the pastor’s most vocal accusers have rejected an independent conciliation effort … Continue reading 

Two publishers suspend publication of books by megachurch pastor Hybels in wake of misconduct allegations

(Manya Brachear Pashman – Chicago Tribune) Two Christian book publishers have suspended publication of books by Bill Hybels, the megachurch pastor and best-selling author who stepped down from the helm of Willow Creek Community Church amid allegations of improper conduct with women. … Continue reading 

Megachurch Pastor John Ortberg Calls Bill Hybels’ Misconduct Investigation ‘Poorly Designed’

The piece over at Christian Post is a follow up to an investigative report conducted by the Chicago Tribune entitled “After Years of Inquiries, Willow Creek Pastor Denies Misconduct Allegations.”  CP reporter Leonardo Blair has the latest: Megachurch pastor John … Continue reading 

‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ Author Says He’s No Longer a Christian: Get Ready for a Flood of Christian Defections

“Josh Harris is not the first of his generation to walk away from Christianity — and he won’t be the last. In the last few years we’ve watched as celebrity pastors and Christian leaders have denied central teachings of scripture … Continue reading 

Willow Creek’s Reconciliation Service Brings Closure to Some, But Alleged Victim Says ‘Hope Evaporated’

“Nancy Beach, a former teaching pastor and one of more than 10 women to speak out against Hybels, said in a blog post this morning that she was “stunned and devastated” by last night’s meeting. Beach said that in the … Continue reading