The church that helped spawn the “seeker sensitive” church movement is changing the way it does church. Willow Creek, with senior pastor Bill Hybels, first pironeered the seeker sensitive structure on a large scale. Hybels leads a newwork of 10,500 churches and trains more than 100,000 pastors a year. He has also been named one of TIME magazine’s 25 Most Influential Evangelicals.
In the fall of last year, Willow Creek came out with some results of a new study that shows big elaborate programs do not increase the amount of Christ-following disciples. Hybels said:
“We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between service, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.”
Evidentally, people are not nearly as concerned with anonymity and low-pressure services as once thought. Here are three things revealed by a survey:
- People want help understanding the Bible at a greater depth.
- People want help developing a closer personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- People want to be challenged to grow and take the next step in their faith.
So here’s a question I hope will stimulate some conversation in the “COMMENTS” section…
HOW CAN WE AS A CHURCH PRACTICALLY TRACK OUR EFFECTIVENESS AT MEETING THESE THREE NEEDS?
Let’s hear your comments! You can read the new strategy for Willow Creek in THIS ARTICLE.