What can we learn from this mess? Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.
Anyone who has been an adult a few years or has read news for more than , oh a few weeks, knows there is massive ugliness in the world.
Anyone who has been in leadership of a church or ministry for more than a few months knows the ugliness we see in the world is also present in the community of believers.
Why read about and then study messiness?
There are several disasters in the Christian community at the moment which leaders should pay attention to.
So we can learn. By observing we can be better prepared for dealing with horrible things if (or rather when) they appear in our area of responsibility.
In my professional role as auditor over the last few decades I have observed moral failure of leaders, embezzlement, fraudulent financial misstatements, tax fraud, and sundry other unpleasantness. (Okay, okay, sin is the correct description of those things.)
Because of confidentiality requirements, I cannot discuss anything about any of those issues.
Current, public issues are a different story. Having no connection to those incidents frees me to discuss them.
Willow Creek Community Church
A major scandal has been in the news at Willow Creek for over a year. Here is a tour of some articles which can fill you in.
What can you learn as a leader from this fiasco?
3/22/18 – Christianity Today – Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek Leaders. Article summarizes a range of allegations that had surfaced over the previous five years, including stories of decades old misbehaviors.
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