Willow Creek: No longer a seeker-sensitive church

17 Apr

I’ve known about this for a while now, but now it is public information…Willow Creek will no longer be the king of the seeker-sensitive churches. I would love to hear your thoughts about this. It is my prayer that Willow Creek would continue to be used by God to reach people with the message of Christ.

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5 Responses to “Willow Creek: No longer a seeker-sensitive church”

  1. Ray Deck III April 17, 2008 at 9:01 am #

    That’s really interesting. I wonder how more discipleship, scripture and challenging preaching could but good.

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    http://www.minisryLIVE.org

  2. Christine Gofron April 17, 2008 at 12:36 pm #

    I say aye. While we certainly are capable of speaking over the heads of those not in the faith, I think we can underestimate their comprehension of in depth teaching. And while church is certainly a place for the seeker, it is also a training ground and if God is calling a church to a deeper in-depth approach – then jump in head first. It means you’re not only ready for it – but it shows the leadership’s willingness to follow God’s direction and not their own.

    Willowcreek was hearing God for a planned season, but God’s direction for that church is changing to take those seekers and truly equip them as victorious and outreaching warriors for Christ.

  3. dbarrick April 17, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    Wow, having been a “creeker” for a little over 3 years this kind of surprised me. I have to admit, the fact that Bill Hybels is going to be back really excites me, as he was the first person to ever “reach” me and inspired me to take my spirituality seriously. I just love his style and remember feeling a loss as he began to travel more and more and eventually virtually phased out from speaking live at Willow. Looking forward to grabbing the podcasts when he returns!

  4. aTruthProjectGuy April 21, 2008 at 11:17 pm #

    This is a great thing, for the shepherds to decisively say, “we plan to train our flock with deeper and more challenging instruction”. Too many congregations are fed a once a week cup of “espresso God”, enjoy the fellowship and head out to “have a great week, we’ll see you next time”. If evangelism and spiritual growth are on the docket, we should all be applauding IMO. =)

  5. Neil April 22, 2008 at 7:32 am #

    Nate,

    I always appreciate how you cut to the heart of the matter! I think that overall it could be a very good thing, but I hope that it is done in a God-honoring way (the way that changes are implemented).

    Hybels has always been on the cutting edge, so I expect Willow to do good things 🙂

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