Statement: Former Church Says Tullian Tchividjian Should Not Be in Ministry (UPDATED)

Tchividjian image expastorIn light of recent blog posts alleging pastoral misconduct against Tullian Tchividjian (e.g., this one), Kevin Labby, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Church in Willow Springs provided this statement to me on behalf of the Session of the church.

We are deeply grieved by these latest allegations, and have profound gratitude for the courageous individuals who shared them, as well as those who worked tirelessly to chronicle their stories. I read their accounts multiple times through tears. My prayer is that they will receive the necessary care to move forward, and toward that end we continue to offer earnest prayers and full support.

We would also like to state in the clearest possible terms that we do not believe that Mr. Tchividjian should be in any form of public or vocational ministry. Rather, inasmuch as he is truly repentant and in accordance with his membership vows, we would urge him to immediately return to his church of membership, submit to its leadership, and pursue healing and renewal through repentance in the context of his local church to the glory of God and for the good of the broader Church and her witness to the world.

On behalf of the Session of Willow Creek Church,
Kevin Labby, Senior Pastor
Willow Creek Church – Winter Springs, FL

Tchividjian recently remarried, has a book contract with David C. Cook Publishing, and spoke at Spring Hills Community Church in California.

UPDATE: According to the Christian Post, David C. Cook Publishing still plans to publish Tchividjian’s next book, saying the publisher is still committed to Tchividjian and his family. The publisher did not respond to my inquiry on the same topic.