The Common Good

Willow Creek Church's Lynne Hybels Says Immigration Reform Is Personal

Date: May 31, 2013

The co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church, Lynne Hybels, wants American Christians to ensure that politicians hear their voices in the immigration reform debate this summer because the legislation stands to impact the lives of many of their brothers and sisters living in America without documentation.

"At our church in Illinois we have seen the power of scripture to transform people's thinking on this issue but we've also seen the power of relationships, building community and through ministry," said Hybels during a press call hosted by the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) on Thursday.

The Willow Creek co-founder made the issue a personal one for the church as the EIT announced a $250,000 national advertising campaign to bring more attention to the cause.

"About a decade ago we realized that we as a church were in the same community that we've been in for 30 years. But the demographics of that community had changed drastically in those 30 years and so there was a sizeable population in our community right around our church that wasn't being served by any church and that was the Spanish-speaking community," said Hybels.