|Monarch, in our front yard|
Bill Hybels, founder and pastor of Willow Creek in Chicago, has fallen. He engaged in much adulterous activity over the course of his ministry. The elders of Willow Creek failed to address this in the proper way. A few weeks ago, they all stepped down from leadership. So did their two new pastors.
Willow Creek is imploding.
This is sad for many of us.
When I was a campus pastor in the 1980s I was having coffee with an older pastor who was a mentor to me. We were talking about loving our wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for her. I will never forget the moment he looked me in the eye and issued a warning.
"Never," he said, "meet with a woman in private. If you meet in your office, never do it unless your secretary is nearby in the building."
Then he spoke words that have forever stayed with me. "Do not think you are above this. Much better people than you have fallen into adultery."
Many are now commenting on what is happening with Willow Creek. One is missiologist Mike Black. He gives a different kind of warning. In "Pastoring in a post-Hybels world" Black writes: