Controversy
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Hybels retires early from Willow Creek Church

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/11/18, 12:18 pm

Pastor Bill Hybels announced Tuesday night his early retirement from Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago following accusations of sexual misconduct made by women several times during his years in ministry. Hybels was scheduled to retire as senior pastor in October after more than 40 years of leading the megachurch but said at a Tuesday night meeting with church members he would step down immediately because the controversy was a distraction to the church’s ministry.

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‘We don’t talk about that stuff’

Churches | Dismissing or minimizing accusations of abuse in the church can tear families and communities apart
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/05/18, 03:03 pm

I remember when I was a 9-year-old pastor/missionary’s kid growing up in Singapore, there was a man who always loitered around our church after Sunday service. My father’s church shared the same building with another church, and that man was a regular attender of that church’s morning service.

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Hybels denies reports of inappropriate behavior

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/23/18, 01:42 pm

The Chicago Tribune, in a lengthy report published Thursday night, accused former megachurch Pastor Bill Hybels of inappropriate behavior toward women. The report states the leadership of Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago investigated the accusations and found them unsubstantiated. Hybels told the Tribune the reports were false and possibly made up to discredit him.

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