|Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., founded by senior pastor Bill Hybels in 1975, averages over 20,000 attendees at Sunday services, and is known for its community outreach and worship ministries. |
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As a Christian journalist in the greater Chicago area, I have a wealth of experience reporting on churches around the world. I'm a keen observer of religious media and culture, both inside and out, and believe the following steps are a recipe for success for church congregations everywhere:
Based on these action steps, what are you waiting for? If you're a church leader, call a meeting. If you're an elder or layperson, call a meeting! Talk amongst yourselves, and remember - actions speak louder than words, and talk is cheap. Begin community discussions, both inside and outside the walls of your church - but make sure your vision carries through to execution.