Discipleship Toolkit Part 2: Establishing a Disciple-Making Culture

Wednesday, 01 Nov 2017

For many evangelicals, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago was the benchmark for successful ministry in the latter decades of the twentieth century. But in 2007, after a survey of over thirty churches in the Willow Creek network, founding pastor Bill Hybels and Willow Creek leadership publicly admitted the failure of their approach to making disciples. They had assumed that church attendance and participation in ministry events and programs would “produce disciples of Christ.”1 Instead, Greg Hawkins, executive pastor of Willow Creek, acknowledged that “increasing levels of participation in these sets of activities ...

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