Willow Creek Myth


Utterly amazing! An article on Willow Creek Community Church ["Community Is Their Middle Name," Nov. 13], certainly the center of considerable controversy over the course of its 25-year history, and you enlist a member of the church to write it.

I was amazed that you failed to mention the most thorough and honest critique of the church, Willow Creek Seeker Services: Evaluating a New Way of Doing Church, by G. A. Pritchard (Baker, 1996). This important work has been cited by all serious researchers of Willow Creek. Did you consider interviewing Dr. Pritchard?

Some Christian leaders, myself included, believe Willow Creek is one of the most divisive and sectarian megachurches in the nation. Your feature never addressed our concerns.

Sadly, you actually added to the growing "myth" of Willow Creek by taking a pass on a host of significant theological, social, and ethical issues. I had hoped for better, especially from a publication I generally respect, but I was greatly disappointed.
John H. Armstrong
President
Reformation & Revival Ministries Inc.
Carol Stream, Illinois

Your affirmation of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in the article, "Willow Creek's Place in History" [Nov. 13], is appreciated.

Your affirmation, however, was a little too enthusiastic. The actual number of churches in North America is around 2,000, not 27,000.

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