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List of articles from allegations to resignation of Bill Hybels from Willow Creek Community Church

In order to help people who missed this story, here are what I thought were the key articles that came out from the allegations against Bill Hybels on March 22nd to his resignation from Willow Creek Community Church on April 10, 2018 and the immediate aftermath through May 17, 2018.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-willow-creek-pastor-20171220-story,amp.html Initial allegations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojmS_uEhQRo Video of initial response of Heather Larson, Pam Orr, Steve Carter, and Bill Hybels at Willow Creek to allegations on March 23.   

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/time-reckon-celebrity-power/ Andy Crouch commentary about broad climate of celebrity pastors.

https://religionnews.com/2015/10/16/are-abuse-survivors-best-served-when-institutions-investigate-themselves/ Boz Tchividjian article from 2015 that is relevant to independent vs. internal investigations.

https://www.willowcreek.org/en/willow-creek-announcement  Both March 26 point-by-point defense by Bill Hybels and April 10 Bill Hybels resignation videos are available here and at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTYLKkCwlGvqODnuKvc-1g By my count, the five allegations explained by Hybels on March 26 include: Nancy Beach (described in Chicago Tribune article above); and Vonda Dyer (described most fully in her statement below); and three anonymous: woman who recanted (oral sex, overnights, 1150 emails, 14 years, suicidal, counseling) described in many of the resources; woman who swam naked with code word moon; recent case of woman who pressed him to bring wine to his room and he has this time email evidence that he rebuffed her. 

http://www.johnortberg.com/observations-on-the-chicago-tribune-article-re-willow-creek-leadership/ John Ortberg statement

https://jodiwalle.com/ Jodi Walle says culture of Willow was jokey 

https://vondadyer.weebly.com/blog Vonda Dyer accusation of Bill Hybels

https://veritasbetold.wixsite.com/website Betty Schmidt, former elder statement

https://www.willowcreek.org/en/willow-creek-announcement  Both March 26 defense and April 10 resignation videos are available here

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/april/bill-hybels-resigns-willow-creek-misconduct-allegations.html Summary article by Bob Smietana of resignation

http://www.nancylbeach.com/blog/2018/4/11/why-we-cant-move-on Nancy Beach comment

https://www.nancylortberg.com/ Nancy Ortberg allegation (the sixth allegation by my count). 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-willow-creek-hybels-publishers-20180413-story.html Some publishers stop printing some of Bill Hybels’s books

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/april/bill-hybels-willow-creek-promises-investigation-allegations.html "Christianity Today talked with six women who have made allegations against Hybels and reviewed emails and documents about the allegations." Bob Smietana (April 21). Three new allegations here: Maureen “Moe” Girkins, Julia Williams, feet rub anonymous woman.

http://www.juliawilliams.net/blog (April 23) .

There has been a total of 9 women (according to my count) mentioned so far above. Six have talked with Christianity Today.

You can follow the timeline more exactly by going to my Twitter account: https://twitter.com/AndyRowell and looking at the tweets between March 22 and April 21. 

Hybels resignation


Willow Creek elders apologize for casting doubt on women's allegations against founder Hybels
Manya Brachear Pashman
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2018



An update from the Elders on May 9, 2018




Vonda Dyer statement May 10, 2018





Nancy Beach MY RESPONSE TO THE “APOLOGY” May 11, 2018


WCA statement about the Global Leadership Summit. May 17, 2018.  https://twitter.com/wcagls/status/997231537232982016


I would welcome people listing additional articles that are relevant in the comments. 

I should say that I, along with everyone I know, is sad about all of this. I am however a ministry leadership professor. This blog is called Church Leadership Conversations. My fellow seminary professors, seminary students, and pastor friends are all keenly interested in this story because of how much we have learned from Willow Creek Community Church and Bill Hybels.