Category Archives: What’s Wrong with How We Do Church

What Wrong With How We Do Church?: Problems with Authority

I found this on-line book by Andrew Strom helpful. Strom has spoken with many who’ve left the institutional church and quotes countless emails giving a sense of their discontent. Ultimately, however, Strom finds many who’ve left are so anti-authoritarian that … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With How We Do Church?: A Churchless Faith

Willow Creek is hardly the first to notice the large number of mature Christians leaving the institutional church. A Churchless Faith by Alan Jamieson (2000) is a study of this phenomenon. It’s out of print, but summarized here.The following are … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With How We Do Church?: The Trap We Find Ourselves In

One approach Hybels has suggested to the problem the Reveal study points up is for the church to teach people to be better able to feed themselves. The church should equip its members to study on their own. Now, I … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With How We Do Church?: Willow Creek’s Preliminary Solutions

Willow is just now beginning to release what they consider the solutions to the problems described in the last post.The most prominent idea is Bill Hybels’ plan to provide each member with an individualized spiritual growth plan. Now, just how … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With How We Do Church?: Willow Creek Rethinks How to Do Church

Most of you are familiar with the Willow Creek Church in suburban Chicago (they now refer to themselves as “Willow”). It’s a congregation of over 20,000 members pastored by Bill Hybels. He and his staff have written lots of excellent … Continue reading

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