“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” ― C.S. Lewis,
Hybels has just resigned from Willow Creek. More later.
This is going to be a quick post to get the information out. I had a minor medical procedure this morning and I have been sleeping most of the day.
Betty Schmidt, elder for 30 years at Willow Creek, says the current elders mishandled her testimony in their report to the congregation.
Today, Betty Schmidt released her concerns on a website known as Veritas Be Told. Please read the entire account.
- I continue to believe the victims.
- I believe that Bill Hybels has serious boundary issues.
- I believe that Bill Hybels, and those leaders who covered up information about Hybels, should resign.
I may be about to get at least part of my wish. Here are a few quotes from Schmidt’s website. She, along with Vonda Dyer, are brave women and I have mad respect for them. I also pray for those who are suffering in silence as well.
- I am posting the inaccuracies of how my account regarding the recent testimony
of Vonda Dyer has been mishandled by the Willow Creek Elders in two “Family
Meetings” held on March 23, and April 2nd, 2018. My post states the truth of my
knowledge of Vonda’s personal account. It has been very disturbing to hear my
words from the meeting with the WC elders become twisted, added to and
extrapolated from. By speaking truth of what I acutally said, I hope to make the
record clear. The current Willow Creek elders have misquoted and misrepresented me.
- My name is Betty Schmidt. I served as an elder at Willow Creek for over 30
years. I was a part of the meeting in August of 2016 that is referenced in point 13
(thirteen) of the FAQ document entitled, Willow Creek Response to Local
Media. There are several untruths in that point of the FAQ alone, and they need
to be corrected. It is a matter of concern – particularly to the congregation of
Willow Creek – because it appears to involve an effort to discredit myself and
Vonda Dyer, and more importantly to cast doubt on serious misconduct that
could in turn leave others at risk. Five other witnesses to this exchange can
confirm that the statements in the Willow Creek FAQ do not accurately portray
what was said.
- I did not say I never had an inkling about whether allegations of
misconduct had ever been brought against Bill. It’s precisely because I
had such concerns (which went beyond an ‘inkling’) that I wanted to meet
with the elders in the first place.
- I didn’t ‘suddenly’ remember Vonda’s story; that story was a primary reason
I asked to talk with the elders. I didn’t say that I couldn’t recall the woman’s name.
I knew it was Vonda Dyer. It is not credible to think I could have forgotten.
- I did not say that the woman (Vonda) “claimed to have kissed Bill.” Vonda did
not initiate the kiss. Bill did. This is what Vonda told me. This is what I told the
Please read the entire statement. I did not post it here since I have not been in touch with Betty Schmidt and I always ask permission to reprint entire statements.
Is Bill Hybels going to resign tonight?
I have heard from a number of sources that there is an unplanned and mandatory staff meeting late this afternoon.
I have also been told that there is an unplanned Willow Creek family meeting planned for tonight at 7PM with live streaming available.
If he resigns, listen for a statement something like this.
“I am resigning to protect the church from embarrassment that might affect the ministry of the church.” In other words, he will not admit to any charges and will claim he is throwing himself on the sword for the sake of Christ’s church. I hope I am wrong and that he offers a heartfelt statement of confession and repentance.
Word of Advice to Willow Creek Members/Leaders: Do Not Do a Standing Ovation!
This is a serious situation. Act like adults. This is not a rock concert. If you are upset, send him your support in a card, dinner, whatever. Do it quietly. There are many people sitting in your church today that have been victims of abuse. Do not give a standing ovation to anyone who has been accused of such actions.
We at TWW are so sorry that this happened. If we can be of assistance to the victims, please contact us.