CHICAGO (RNS) — The search for a new leader at Willow Creek Community Church is back to the drawing board.

Elders at the suburban Chicago megachurch announced Thursday (Jan. 30) that the two finalists for the role of senior pastor had been released from the search process. The church has been without a permanent senior pastor since pastors Heather Larson and Steve Carter resigned in August 2018 as a result of church’s mishandling of misconduct allegations against founder pastor Bill Hybels. The church’s entire former elder board also resigned at the same time as Larson.

The elders also announced that acting senior pastor Steve Gillen will step down in March.

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Earlier this week, the

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