Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Willow Creek

A Shocking “Confession” from Willow Creek Community Church

Willow Creek has been at the forefront of the "seeker friendly" movement in the Evangelical Christian world. Offer lots of social services, upbeat music, stay away from the fire and brimstone, and you'll pack 'em in. Apparently they decided to do an internal study and found that while the church was growing, the people weren't.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing this article.
Very interesting.

I'm grateful that this study has helped open the eyes of the leadership in that influential local body. I pray as Paul did for Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:7; that God would give them insight as they reflect on what Paul was saying in that passage. As I was reading this blog entry I kept thinking about those first 7 verses in 2 Timothy 2. Here's what it says in the NIV:

1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

I've always seen this scripture as one of those passages that shows us how to be involved in God's work in building His kingdom (verses marketing techniques).