Willow Creek’s Crystal Lake Campus Pastor Marcus Bieschke Resigns Over Conflicting Values, Direction of the Church

Another Willow Creek pastor is resigning. Marcus Bieschke, lead pastor of Willow Creek’s Crystal Lake campus, says his “heart and values are not in full alignment” with the church and the direction it’s going.

In an email to the church, Bieschke says he will leave Willow on Dec. 1. He admits the decision may come as a surprise to many, but it was also one that came from months of struggle.

“Over the past 20 months, it has become increasingly clear to me that my heart and values are not in full alignment with Willow’s current direction,” he says.

“I cannot pastor and lead to the best of my ability without being fully aligned in these fundamental areas. I’ve longed for and encouraged Willow to pursue a different path toward healing. But due to a difference of opinion on what that path should be, I believe I must depart. While this is immensely difficult for me, because I love and will miss you all so very much, I do have a peace that my departure is appropriate and necessary.”

Bieschke says Executive Pastor Dave Smith will take his place as interim lead pastor.

“He knows and loves you and has served our church faithfully, with great diligence and uncompromised integrity,” he says.

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SOURCE: Charisma News