“It is clear that the early church was racially diverse. Racial harmony within the churches was one of the things that astounded the Roman world and caused the rapid acceptance of the church (see Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity). Recently, Bill Hybels said that if he had Willow Creek to do over-again, he would have built his church on diversity. I even asked him, point blank, if he would do it even if it meant reaching half as many people. Without hesitating he said, “Absolutely. The larger, corporate witness of the church is more important than a temporary numbers surge for one congregation.”
I would love the challenge of leading something large like Willow, but it is cool to hear Hybels point of view.
Thanks JB for sharing that.