One suburban-based Christian book publisher has suspended its scheduled publication of a new book by retired Willow Creek Community Church founder Bill Hybels while another has decided not to reprint an existing title in the wake of allegations of misconduct with women that Hybels has denied.
The expected publication of "Everyone Wins When a Leader Gets Better" has been put on indefinite hold by Tyndale House Publishers of Carol Stream, while Westmont-based InterVarsity Press has canceled future reprints of "Who You Are When No One's Looking," originally published in 1987.
In a written statement, Tyndale House Publishers said its decision was made after the allegations against Hybels were brought to light last month and his decision this week to step down from his leadership positions with the church and the board of the Willow Creek Association.
"We will make a final decision regarding potential publication after we absorb the facts and implications related to these allegations," the statement reads. "We take allegations of misconduct seriously, and we are deeply concerned for all involved, both those who have brought forth these allegations as well as the Hybels family."
According to a written statement by InterVarsity Press Publisher Jeff Crosby, his company's decision was made in consultation with Hybels.
"InterVarsity Press (IVP) and Bill Hybels have mutually agreed that IVP will not be reprinting Hybels's 30-year-old-book 'Who You Are When No One's Looking' and the companion study guide," Crosby wrote.