StoneBridge Church Community

Building Bridges of Grace

AN UPDATE ON THE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

We are concerned and heartbroken at the most recent allegations against Bill Hybels and the recent developments at Willow Creek Community Church. In light of these events—and after much thought, prayer, and discussion—we have decided that StoneBridge Church Community will not serve as a host site for this week’s Global Leadership Summit.

As we have been exhorted by the GLS, everyone has influence. Those who possess that influence can use or misuse it, and in Christ’s church, the misuse of power can lead to the worst forms of spiritual abuse. Instead, the church is called to defend the vulnerable and stand on the side of those who are marginalized. This includes standing against the exploitation of women by spiritual leaders. Those in church leadership should not use their leadership to coerce—or to silence—those they are called to shepherd. Women who have suffered these things should see God’s people standing alongside them.

We are extremely grateful for the 200+ leaders who had chosen to participate in the Summit at our Charlotte location, and encourage those who still wish to attend to contact the alternate location listed below. Even though we as a church feel conscience-bound to remove ourselves from sponsoring this event, we believe that the faculty that the GLS has assembled for this year’s event has much to offer, and we leave it to each participant to consider their own involvement. The need for training in leadership has never been more apparent.

We deeply regret that the timing of our decision is late. We understand that this creates a major inconvenience, causing attendees to need to change their plans, and for this we truly apologize. Please join us in praying for the victims involved in this tragic situation, for the congregation and leadership of Willow Creek Community Church, and for the Willow Creek Association.


FAQs


Q: I’m already registered and I still want to attend the Summit this year. What do I do?

Willow Creek has already transferred your ticket to the closest host site, at The Pointe Church in Belmont.

6700 Wilkinson Blvd | Belmont, NC 28012

704-825-1709 |
www.thepointe.cc


Q. I am already registered, but no longer wish to attend the Summit. How do I get a refund?

If you've already registered and paid, Willow Creek has agreed to issue a full refund to you if you no longer wish to attend. You may contact them at 800-570-9812.


Q: If I have questions about StoneBridge’s decision, whom can I talk to?

You can direct any questions to
glsquestions@stonebridge.org.