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Some rural churches are struggling, but many still have a lot left to give. Most Christians in the United States probably wouldn’t think to …

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Board apologizes by name to Nancy Ortberg, Nancy Beach, Vonda Dyer, and other women. Larson asks people not to give up on Willow. In …

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Teaching pastor Steve Carter resigns after New York Times article; GLS had already lost 111 host sites. Steve Carter, teaching pastor at Willow Creek …

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Don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. I used to …

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How to disciple in an era of male floundering. The mid-1990s were a pretty great time to be a Christian man. The televangelist scandals …

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A scholar’s journey through the region reveals much more than Baptists and church barbecues. In the spring of 2008, my wife and I loaded …

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“We are sorry,” elder board says as more women claim misconduct. Last night, Willow Creek Community Church made a promise to its members following …

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Megachurch pastor “accelerates” October retirement weeks after former colleagues went public with misconduct allegations. Bill Hybels has stepped down as senior pastor of Willow …

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John and Nancy Ortberg, others confront megachurch with its own #MeToo moment. “The charges against me are false,” says Hybels of former friends’ “collusion.” …

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A Los Angeles church seeks the good of its neighborhood by confronting crime and environmental distress. One of the first things that Richard Parks …