Lynne Hybels: Dangerous Women Creed

Lynne in blue dress in Congo.

Lynne Hybels, co-founder of the evangelical mega-church Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, has branched beyond Willow Creek to become a leading Christian voice for women around the world. While proofing her regular column for Sojourners, I found this prayer below.

How wonderful if we read this aloud in our churches! (And since some still cling to the notion that “man” should be interpreted universally, then I think we could do the same for “woman” and interpret it universally.)

Dangerous Women Creed
by Lynne Hybels

Dear God, please make us dangerous women.
May we be women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow,
and be radically alive for God.
May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs.
May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot
speak for themselves.
May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor.
May we pray deeply and teach wisely.
May we be strong and gentle leaders.
May we sing songs of joy and talk down fear.
May we never hesitate to let passion push us, conviction compel us,
and righteous anger energize us.
May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.
May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.
May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.
May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus.
And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.
Dear God, please make us dangerous women. Amen.


  1. I am a retired elder in UMC. Active and serving in the UMC for over 40 years but I wish I had been more a dangerous sister in Christ. I heard this poem at a Brass Concert of Scared Music in Pittsburgh PA. I have many more years to come to fill each day with committed thoughts and deeds to promote the life and welfare of others. Peace, Rev. Ellie


    • Dear Rev. Ellie,
      Thank you for all your years of service in the UMC. Those years are the glue that keeps families, communities, bodies and souls together. Your years for prayer and action as a Dangerous Sister in Christ are all ahead of you!


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