Recently a question arose as to how many LCMS congregations belong to the Willow Creek Association. It turns out that it is an alarming number. Click here to view the chart. Willow Creek is church in the northwest Chicago suburbs that has set the standard for using church growth principles to grow the church. They use psychological and sociological principles to change the church so that it is more appealing to the culture. It is not a confessional church. They reject the efficacy of the sacraments to forgive sins and reject the power of the word to create faith. It is unacceptable that so many parishes of the LCMS are taking advice from this sort of congregation. This is more proof that we need a change in leadership in the LCMS.