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Willow Creek church needs a fresh start, according to its Lead Pastor, Heather Larson and board of elders.

In a statement the board of elders and Larson explained that they were stepping down to give the Chicagoland Mega Church a fresh start after sexual misconduct allegations against founder Bill Hybels weren’t handled properly.

In recent days and weeks, it has become clear to me that this church needs a fresh start. The staff, this staff that I dearly love, they also need a clean running lane to heal, to build, to dream, wrote Pastor Larson.

Willow Creek ChurchThis news comes days after Teaching Pastor, Steve Carter turned in his resignation over his disappointment in how the church handled the allegations against Hybels, and a former assistant revealed in the NY Times Sunday  that she was also sexually assaulted by Hybels.

Bill Hybels resigned back in April after numerous reports of sexual misconduct with female parishoners.  Hybels denied the reports, but according to the statement from the board, they believe the women, and have even issued an apology for the way they handled the situation.



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