Willow Creek Community Church Starts Search Committee for New Senior Pastor After Bill Hybels Scandal

Willow Creek Community Church announced that they are setting up a search committee for a new senior pastor, with the hope that the position will be filled by the end of the year.

The church’s elder board explained in an update posted last Friday, that following “much prayer and consideration,” they have created a Senior Pastor Search Committee comprised of five elders.

“In addition, the committee is partnering with a pastoral search firm to facilitate the process. Our initial estimate is that the search process will take approximately six months, with a goal to conclude by year-end 2019,” stated the elder board.

“We ask for your continued prayers in the coming months as we discern the next steps for church leadership.”

The elders also commended Pastor Steve Gillen, who previous served as pastor of Willow Creek’s North Shore Campus, for his service as acting senior pastor, noting that he has agreed to remain in the leadership position during the committee’s search.

“We trust God to guide and lead this process, and we recognize that there will be many questions in the coming days and months. We value the input of staff and congregants across all campuses and are already planning ways for you to participate in this process,” added the elders.

In 2018, the Chicago Tribune published an investigative piece documenting allegations of sexual misconduct against Willow Creek Senior Pastor and founder Bill Hybels.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski