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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

Why I Won’t Be Attending Willow Creek’s Leadership Summit Again This Year

This is one of the more challenging programs we’ve aired on Stand Up For The Truth. As you know, we’ve been adamant about the need for pastors and Christian ministry leaders to become bold leaders, unashamed of the Gospel.  But leaders must also be very clear on where they are leading their followers. the world is getting more confusing, and the heat is starting to come against biblical Christianity. We must have leaders who are bold and stand on the Truth of God’s Word.

So what does all of this have to do with the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit?  If you are going to attend the conference beginning this week, good! All we want to do today is to give you a framework for understanding a different agenda than the one you thought you were getting. So go, be aware and be armed with information you won’t hear from the presenters.*


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*Challenge for you:

One of the Willow Creek Leadership Summit’s speakers is William Ury. Here is his website. How many red flags can you discern? Go!
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3 Responses to “Why I Won’t Be Attending Willow Creek’s Leadership Summit Again This Year”

  1. Mr. Jamie Lee Rake #

    Either consciously or not, I believe Hybels' (and, by extension, his church's) ultimate agenda for his leadership conference is a spiritual syncretism or universalism that allows the positioning Christianity as one of multiple ways to God and heaven. Willow Creek's church bookstore carries books by Catholic/Buddhist syncretist monk Thomas Merton and other contemplative/mystical/new age/emergent authors (see http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/willowcre… ;furthermore, there's not only the issue of Hybels' wife's confused-to be generous-politics regarding Israel and Palestine, but the fact that a Muslim cleric was invited to the church not long after the terrorist attacks of 11 Sept. '01 and said that Islam reveres Jesus more than Christianity, a statement I believe he got away with saying without refutation from Hybels nor other Willow Creek staff. All the above, coupled with Bill and Lynne's association with and advocacy of questionable figures including Jim Wallis, Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, John Ortberg et al lead me to the conclusion that someone would have to have their crap detector set so high as to make a ticket to the leadership conference not worth the potential headache from cognitive dissonance nor the price.

    August 8, 2012 at 5:10 AM Reply
    • Bob #

      Wow… conspiracy much?? ;)

      Seriously, with so many of us 'followers of Jesus', I think that we get side-tracked thinking that God isn't in complete control or if someone says something bad about Jesus/God ("et al") it must mean that it's true because it exists out in the public forum (or from a platform at a conference) or at least someone else will see it as true and God won't be able to change that or work with it; I think we're all smart enough to realize that not crying, "Last word!" after every statement just builds trust and allows us to speak about Hope, Love and Life from a platform that people will listen to – I just hope we fight our nature to be "right" and let people discover Him.

      I believe that God will have his way (whichever that may be) regardless of what we say or do at conferences and when we feel the need to aggressively control our dialogs and make everything "just so", it actually portrays a very small, feeble God, controlling and negative, incapable of managing His own reputation in our world. We know that's not true.

      Consider that God renamed Jacob to Israel after wrestling with him – we're all wrestling with our comprehension of God – that's what faith is. God named His chosen people after someone who wrestled with Him; He rewarded the struggle. Struggle brings comprehension and that comprehension leads to peace, selfless action and ultimately surrender to God's sovereignty.

      I urge you to allow the people in your world the grace to entertain "wrong thoughts" as they search for God (even in public forums); the first Christians didn't understand many aspects of following Jesus but they are no less landmark for their martyrdom and selfless lives. The question to ask is what direction they're intending to head, (toward or away from faith), because "…those who seek WILL find…"

      If someone really believes in God, it's messy. It has to be; if it weren't, it would imply a God smaller than our comprehension, incapable of triumph over our faults and problems.

      Lastly, I'm not sure you've considered the arguments of the christian leaders that you've referenced. On their behalf, I have heard almost every one of those people on your list say that there is only one way to experience life and The Kingdom of Heaven and that is through Jesus. It's the very premise of Rob Bell's book, "Love Wins" and follows the example of Paul, "…I see that you're all polytheistic; (blatant infraction against the first commandment), but rather than picket you or beat you up about that, let me tell you who your statue of this unknown god is because I think you may have stumbled onto part of the truth so I'm going to listen and dialog…" (obviously extreme paraphrase from Acts 17)

      I hope that your continued wrestling with our great God, greater than all of our "theologies", brings you even closer in your desire to know The One Who Gives Life.

      In Christ,
      -b

      February 27, 2013 at 6:35 AM Reply
  2. graham murphy #

    if you look closely at the U.N alliance of civilisations in wikpeadia that Ury's initiative Abrahams path got an award from as exibited on the homepage -the high level group sets out its beliefs :

    The report also recommends combating "exclusivism" and extremism. It defines exclusivism as, “those who feed on exclusion and claim sole ownership of the truth". Thus, religious groups who assert one specific truth to the exclusion of other religious doctrines are considered undesirable by the AoC. Furthermore, the report identifies the primary global groups in this issue as the three monotheistic faiths.

    Scarey to know that the UN is running a group and gives out awards biased towards groups who dont believe they hold the sole truth.- it rewards pluralism

    November 6, 2012 at 1:35 AM Reply

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