John Ortberg just posted Observations on the Chicago Tribune article re: Willow Creek Leadership. I have to go out for a couple of hours and wanted to give our readers a heads up on the matter. I will post the first couple of paragraphs but urge you to read the entire post.
After hearing from some folks this weekend, I continue to believe the victims in this matter.
Also, I call attention to the phrase *grave risks.*
It takes great courage for women to tell their stories.
Even in ordinary settings, it is often risky for women to report misconduct. The high visibility of Willow Creek Community Church makes it even more daunting than an ordinary setting.
When anyone who believes they have been the object of sexual misconduct finds the courage to step up, a robust process needs to be in place to safeguard their testimony and their reputation, as well as to safeguard the church’s ministry and congregation. Most of us will never know the price a woman pays in such a situation. It is rare that there is only one story of misconduct, and if a supportive process is not in place, others who have important information to share may well be discouraged from coming forward.
I was approached over four years ago with disturbing information that I did not seek out. Along with others who received this information, I directed it to the elders of Willow Creek. The process that followed was, in my view, poorly designed and likely to expose any woman who came forward to grave risks.