A current example of toxic leadership is explained in this open letter from a Willow Creek supporter who is calling out the leadership of Willow Creek after multiple attempts to challenge them to truthfulness and biblical leadership. This can provide an excellent example of how NOT to lead. We need to, as leaders in the church, go against our self-preservation when moral failure occurs.
An Open Letter to Tom DeVries
Before you read my first ever Blog post, I need to introduce myself. After graduating from seminary I was a college chaplain and then a senior pastor — both on the east coast. I have been a member of Willow Creek for more than 25 years. During my tenure at Willow, I served as an intern. I assisted teaching the spiritual gifts assessment classes. I have served as a marrying pastor, funeral pastor, small group leader, section leader and response pastor. I have attended the GLS numerous times. Over the years, my wife and I have hosted GLS attendees from the U.S., the Netherlands (2x), and Namibia (2x). I have invited co-workers and family members to attend the GLS and attended with them.
I am jealous for Willow Creek Church!
I do not personally have a dog in this race.
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