A second pastor of Willow Creek Community Church has resigned from his position, citing a conflict in values.
Marcus Bieschke, lead pastor of Willow Creek’s Crystal Lake campus, announced Sunday during a Core meeting that he is stepping down from his role at the church, stating that his “heart and values are not in full alignment” with the direction the church is taking. He will leave on Dec. 1.
In a Sunday letter to the megachurch, Bieschke acknowledged that his move has likely come as a surprise but that the leadership accepted his decision to leave.
“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. I cannot pastor and lead to the best of my ability without being fully aligned in these fundamental areas,” he wrote.
“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.”
Dave Smith, with whom Bieschke has worked closely, will serve as the interim lead pastor, his letter noted.
The outgoing pastor will share during upcoming Sunday services what he announced Sunday.
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Source: Christian Post