That to me, is a corruption of the role. And to do that, we must avoid falling into the trap of our Christian beliefs being pitted against culture in the public sphere of debate. Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to help our journalists continue to report the truth and restore the church? It is not a program is not a set of services. And its designed to be acretive, right that they gain strength over time. There was another documented case where he had oral sex with his assistant back in the 90s at WC. Again, thanks so much for joining me today. So Mitch has a very unique perspective. Later Telling the Truth began airing in several countries in southeast Asia and across 10 countries in southern Africa. But before we begin, I just want to take a minute to thank the sponsors of this podcast, Judson University, and Marquardt of Barrington. Briscoe stepped down as senior pastor at the end of 2000 but remained involved in the church and active in overseas missions. Jesus said, I call you My friend. I totally agree with you Julie on how I viewed the Clergy and Church growing up. Character always has to come first in hiring, then competence, and then chemistry. I just, Im amazed that they were in such geographic proximity to one another dealing with almost the exact same problem. Yeah, totally agree. Jill and Stuart came to the States from England. I think its incredibly dangerous. And I realized that as we were discussing this, that there might be some people who have heard about what happened at Willow Creek, but somewhat superficially, through the headlines and dont really know beneath the surface. We were talking a little bit about the elder board. Whats our theology? WebIt is with heavy hearts that the Elders of Bent Tree announce that Pete Briscoe has submitted his resignation as Senior Pastor. Do you understand what Im saying? The radio program began to attract listeners and supporters, enabling the ministry to expand its broadcasting to a growing number of stations throughout the United States and abroad. But I have to say that in the middle of dealing with a lot of tall weeds and bugs, God has also given me some flowers and fruit trees to enjoy. By the way, the best thing that was said in the recording is that if character isnt there, none of the regulations will matter, and if character is there, one doesnt need the regulations. I think the larger the platform, the more rigorous the accountability needs to be. Today were talking with Pete Briscoe, who served as the senior pastor for nearly three decades at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas, and now consults with and coaches pastors. In the early 2000s, as Stuart and Jill transitioned into minister-at-large roles and spent more time traveling to serve the global church, an additional voice was added in order to bless the supporters ofTelling the Truth. With distinctly different teaching styles, you'll be moved by the emotional appeal of Jill and the compelling logic of Stuart, as they boldly proclaim God's sovereignty, grace, and love. And you made the statement that if you have the character to lead, you dont need a manual. Briscoe stepped down as senior pastor at the end of 2000 but remained involved in the church and active in overseas missions. Yeah, they eventually did. And thats what, thats what you end up protecting right? The small tape recording process drew the attention of many people who were eager for a copy of the teaching they heard at church to share with friends and neighbors. And some of it also involved a culture that was willing to cover for wrongdoing. And you you actually refer to it as multi-level marketing. And yet here we see a church thats ostensibly about serving God, and its about proclaiming the gospel and yet this is happening within the church. They didnt have the ability to respond to new issues as they arose. Heres my belief, Julie, I think the church at large, the big leaders in evangelicalism, we can name names if we want to, and Im sure that people have names on their mind when theyre hearing this, Why were they silent? When you think about the economic reach of an organization that was that size within evangelicalism, my goodness, even Christianity Today was scared to run articles about it. So, thanks for taking the time and you know, anybody whos willing to take a few minutes out of their vacation for a podcast, I just really appreciate it. That nonprofit corporation and its bank accounts, thats not what the biblical church is. So you caught them before that anything actually happened? John and Nancy Ortberg had been at Willow Creek as pastors. And I think that Bill Hybels created an advocacy structure around him by having that many lawyers on the board. You can read about them at their website Teaching the Truth. And I think Christian leaders need to start stepping up. Heres my belief, Julie, I think the church at large, the big leaders in evangelicalism, we can name names if we want to, and Im sure that people have names on their mind when theyre hearing this, Why were they silent? I think that they were scared of what Ill call the Christian Industrial Complex that had risen up around Bill, the economic consequences of speaking out on a topic of high consequence. So a young person in our high school ministry. Pete reminds us that our goal is not to win arguments, but to win people. This is simply a place where I share the message of Gods unadulterated grace through my preaching sermons and bible teaching. WebPete Briscoe, Stuart and Jills youngest son, was a key contributor to the ministrys teaching team from 2003 to 2021. And we need to start on the work of reconciliation and repentance now. And you have two or three board members who go, I dont think so, they did nothing. WebLearn More About Pete Today - Pete Briscoe God loves you to distraction, There is nothing you can do to make Him love them more or less, And, that Life with this Lover God is rich beyond description, regardless of your performance. This is a person who is pushing a boundary because they want to do something bad. I came out of Wheaton College, as I know a lot of kids do when youre in a Christian environment and maybe see some disillusioning things and I just, it was really a hard spiritual time for me. and Im going to butcher the title. I was blown away. So there were more than 10 women that came forward and said that there was sexual misconduct by Bill Hybels. They were almost sacred and benevolent and unable to do wrong. Continue Reading The Upper Room: John 15 Posted by Nate Murray I think ultimately, we are still kind of under the inertia of a culture that was fomented by Pete Briscoe, which was a culture of goodness, a culture of grace and its still carrying forward under that momentum. Amen. Then, I did what all good Christian college students did at that time I acquired a boot-leg copy of the drama and listened to it several times on my own. But it was after a period of I dont know the details, and I dont know how much youre at liberty to say them, but its my understanding he went away for a period of time to kind of reflect and assess how he was doing and how he was handling things. Hes also the chairman of the elder board and his own church, Bent Tree Fellowship. My personal belief, not speaking on behalf of anyone else, my personal belief is that that structure is designed to fail, because elders cant elder in that structure. Growing up in a ministry family, Pete watched and learned from his parents and witnessed the reach and power of Telling the Truth 's media outreach. And yet youre still in a megachurch, multi-site church. The woman had come forwarded, but then later recanted her story. So Im guessing youre not against lawyers being on board. And that was how Bill deformed his accountability structure. For the next 90 minutes, Pete Briscoe enraptured us with his presentation of The Bema.. Absolutely horrible. You know, I think, Julie, the other thing that was really whacked out about Willows elder board, and I didnt find this out until very late in the representation was they operated by design out of unanimity. Petes leadership at Bent Tree casts a long shadow with a legacy that will endure. I encourage leaders to research their selection criteria carefully before they recruit for their next vacancies. It is a collection of people. So your pastor, he chose himself to step down, correct? Can you imagine how many books that sold her? WebLearn More About Pete Today - Pete Briscoe God loves you to distraction, There is nothing you can do to make Him love them more or less, And, that Life with this Lover God is rich beyond description, regardless of your performance. Briscoe There was another case that also occurred where he committed oral sex with his assistant. Great question. For the next 90 minutes, Pete Briscoe enraptured us with his presentation of The Bema.. Pete Briscoe @petebriscoe 12 Dec 2021. At one point, the elder board at Willow became what people call a policy governance board. The Elder Board has accepted Petes decision, and his resignation is effective March 31, 2019. This is simply a place where I share the message of Gods unadulterated grace through my preaching sermons and bible teaching. Well, and that is one aspect of the story that I wanted to explore together because I know that what happened at Willow from my understanding of speaking with Vonda and several victims is that it was far worse, the abuse there and far more pervasive than most people know, and thats one of the frustrations I know of a lot of the victims is that Willow hasnt publicly acknowledged that or publicly said how bad it was. Likewise. Id like to share a few things as we navigate this loss together. Like so many of you, I love Pete. What is it that causes so many people who know better, to look the other way and allow evil to prosper? However, whenever he would do that quavering voice, etc., I would wonder how he could do that for all three identical services? So appreciate. But heres what happened when Scot criticized them publicly. As a lawyer whos represented some of Bill Hybels victims Mitch Little has seen a side of Willow Creek that few others have. WebBriscoe says that he wants Bent Tree to be a place where people can agree to disagree over this issue. Heres my belief, Julie, I think the church at large, the big leaders in evangelicalism, we can name names if we want to, and Im sure that people have names on their mind when theyre hearing this, Why were they silent? Stuart Briscoe died on August 3 "of natural causes unexpectedly" according to a tweet from his son, Pete Briscoe. The news of Petes resignation landed heavy on my heart. Continue Reading The Upper Room: John 15 Posted by Nate Murray May you and your family be richly bleSSed!!! I mean, I Timothy 5:20 says that we should publicly expose elders who are sinning so that others may take warning. But it just has not really looked like true repentance in so many ways. We needed to go to the hills and fight as guerillas, you know, what is guerrilla warfare? Jill and Stuart came to the States from England. It grows over time. This was an excellent interview and elders need to read this interview. He said, Pete, you should have one lawyer on your board but not more than one. And I believe that there is some really sound wisdom in that. You can choose from more than 60 majors and learn in a Christian environment known for its spiritual values, leadership opportunities, and strong financial aid. Bent Tree family and friends of Bent Tree, we invite you to post here (or on social media) your comments of encouragement, gratitude, blessing, remembrance, and tribute to the many long years our brother Pete and sister Libby have poured out their lives for the building up of Christs church. So grateful for those who did and Scot McKnight who came out with a just a powerful, I remember when his blog hit and he said, Every elder has to resign. And within what, wasnt it a week, all of them resigned. Pete Briscoe, Stuart and Jills youngest son, was a key contributor to the ministrysteaching team from 2003 to 2021. Well, one thing I did want to cover, and our time is getting to an end, but I know that you have dealt with having a sexual predator within your church. Its not okay. I want to thank Pete too for advocating for women participating fully in leadership and for Libby modeling what it means to be a true helper (ezer kenegdo). And to do that, we must avoid falling into the trap of our Christian beliefs being pitted against culture in the public sphere of debate. Mike is a dear friend and Im sad this day has come. Lets say you have you have six or eight members who are saying, Guys, we need to fire this person. He currently leads a multi-faceted media ministry called Telling the Truth which he shares with his parents Stuart and Jill Briscoe. Yet, Scripture and to how to teach it became new and deep and exciting every week as I listened to Pete in the short three years I have been at Bent Tree. Its scripturally rooted. I agree, Pastor Bob. So as we part ways, let us make the departure sweet. Leave them alone. I can see the elders (more than half of which were women), and people in general saying, It was only a hug. And another womans situation, theyre in an elder board meeting, and Bill Hybels, you know, has his hand on a womans leg, and no one else can see. WebPete Briscoe is a podcaster and evangelical pastor. I am thrilled to be here. They wont produce any vanilla beans. Why is it that nobody outside a very small group of women who had no power, really no position, why didnt others come to their rescue? (See page 54 and following) These are people that may be in the cubicle next to you at work, who have an acuity for blending in to normal life. Its biblical. The vanilla bean is incredibly hard to harvest. I appreciate your feedback. It is simply to feed ourselves. Then, I did what all good Christian college students did at that time I acquired a boot-leg copy of the drama and listened to it several times on my own. Pete Briscoe, our pastor at our church came out in support of the Dyers, which was bold, and it was brave. that keeps the honest person honest. WebHi friend, I'm Pete Briscoe. But we dont have time on this podcast. If anything has a whiff of impropriety, we would jump on it immediately. But you lose the guarding mechanism, which I think in todays in todays cultural moment, its probably the most important aspect of eldering. David Jankowski. And theres an element to which a church like Willow Creek was a global church, right? A man who "dedicated his life to sharing Gods Word with the world" has died at the age of 91. And youre in the process right now of looking for a senior pastor. WebPete Briscoe is a podcaster and evangelical pastor. Pete Briscoe was Senior Pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, TX for nearly 30 years. I encourage you to start praying again and trust God to open doors for you in godly and meaningful fellowship. 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