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Rediscovering Church [Paperback]

By Bill Hybels (Author) & Lynne Hybels (Author)
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This candid account of Willow Creek's dramatic growth shows what church is all about, and provides a model for church outreach, growth, and vitality.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.375 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 1997
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310219272  
ISBN13  9780310219279  
UPC  025986219277  

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More About Bill Hybels & Lynne Hybels

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lynne Hybels joined her husband, Bill, in starting Willow Creek Community Church in 1975. She has edited many books and is coauthor of Rediscovering Church and Fit to Be Tied. She has been involved in Willow Creek's ministry partnerships in Latin America and currently serves as an advocate for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Spanish Language Biography: Lynne Hybels junto a su esposo Bill inicio Willow Creek Community Church en 1975. Ha editado varios libros y es coautora de Rediscovering Church y Fit to Be Tied. Ha colaborado con asociaciones del ministerio de Willow Creek en Latinoamerica y actualmente trabaja como defensora de los afectados por el HIV/SIDA en Africa. Lynne y Bill residen en los suburbios de Chicago y tienen dos hijos adultos.

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The Vision, Heart, Passion, and Philosophy of Willow Creek  May 20, 2005
"Rediscovering Church" is an insider's look at the American church phenomenon called Willow Creek. The 213-pages are divided into two sections. Part one is the story of Willow told from the candid viewpoint of Lynne Hybels. It depicts a journey from the pre-Willow (Son City) days continuing through the mega-church mid-1990's, to the movement known as the Willow Creek Association. It tells the story of people fervently pursuing their vision of God's dream for the church.

The second half of the book, written by Senior Pastor Bill Hybels, uncovers the mission, philosophy and methods employed by the church. I absolutely loved this book! You will see the vision, heart, and passion that launched an international movement.
Honest Informative Confession of their Congregation  Mar 19, 2003
This work is good reading for all interested in current American Christian church scene, for Willow Creek is major player.

Segmented into two sections, first written by wife who chronicles the history and development of Willow Creek followed by Bill's second part which describes his philosophy, theology and leadership principles.

This is honest, humbly written, with passion for reaching the lost. Would it be that equally balancing this was a passion for the unabated, unaided truth of God's Word.

Hybels even admits about a period of WC: "In spite of the fact that every message I gave was absolutely biblical, certain themes were stressed to the near exclusion of others. In that era, I inadvertently emphasized grace but not holiness, and as a result, we adopted a kind of careless Christianity."

He admits putting all of his theological eggs into the basket of relational evangelism. While there is nothing wrong with relational evangelism, it is not the primary egg. The power of God to save anyone is the faithful, pure preaching of the gospel, Christ crucified (Romans 1:16-17).

Hybels even said during ABC News Special that he doesn't feel Christianity can be refined down to just one symbol: the cross. Here is where many in the church, including this reviewer, see Hybels and his followers for going off the track. Those who he wishes to engage with the living God will not tolerate the scandal of particularity of the crucified, so he seeks to attract and retain them by other means till they might be drawn into faith.

Classic bait and switch. Switching not working, as Barna and others have documented. This and other Church Growth techniques have not built up Christ's church, only took away sheep and moved them. Further, frustrated members of other sheep pens who compare their numbers with WC and demand similar results.

The ignoring of Biblical apostasy is striking! Cultural relevance to the exclusion of Biblical faithfulness smacks of 2 Timothy 4 predicitions.

You decide-- is WC God pleasing or not? See Galatians 1:6-12.

The story of WIllow Creek- warts & all-Lynne can write, too!  Dec 7, 2002
This is the exhilirating, confusing, honest, hindsight-influenced story of one of the largest churches in America. It is also not a "how to" book, but a "how we did it- don't copy us" book. The Hybels, like Rick Warren, open up and show their warts (maybe a little more so than Warren), but also share the excitement, tragedy and wonder of God's work in suburban Chicago. A must for anyone wanting to grow a church- new, old or ancient!
Moto Subtheme  Oct 16, 2001
One of his correspnding strengths, which can be seen in this book (co-authored by his wife, which apparently keeps him down to Earth), is to reveal an occasional weakness,or failure.

The failure he reveals in this book relates to his experience with motocross, which he used to do on the Willow Creek church property in Barrington, Illinois. He says in one part of the book that he once came down off a jump and had to be hospitalized due to bruising some internal organs.

We don't know if the bike was a real motocrosser, or what kind of equipment he may have been wearing. But it's a refreshing story which contrasts with the gleaming, hyper-expensive sport of Great Lakes sailboat racing with his irascible crew who must obey a code of silence during competition.

The book also chronicles the building of Willow Creek church. But since Willow Creek can be interpreted as an extension of a successful youth group, pay attention to the young guy crashing his dirt bike coming off a jump. There could be a little of us all in that.

A New Church Model? No...  Jan 8, 2000
I have read the reviews, and understand that some people do not agree with the book's principles. That leaves plenty of room for those who do. I have been a part of large, dry churches that people seemed to flock to, only to find out that few people indeed were flocking. Why? The preaching wasn't connecting with "Unchurched Harry and Mary".

If you want to see how a church impacts the local population, and beyond, read this book at least twice.


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