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Women's Ministry Leadership Team

At Willow Creek, we're gradually building a women's ministry leadership team to help oversee the strengthening of our ministry to women of all ages, as well as to serve alongside our elders and deacons in caring for our church family. This team will help us offer great studies, times of fellowship, better integration with existing ministries (for instance, MOPS - Mothers o...

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Officer Nomination and Election Process

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On Sunday, February 7th, Willow Creek Church will elect its newest class of officers - specifically, elders and deacons. You might be wondering how a church like Willow Creek equips and entrusts its ordained leadership. Here is a brief outline of the process. Nomination Every year, Willow Creek will accept nominations for new elder and deacon candidates. All nominees wil...

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Willow Creek 201 | Discover Spiritual Growth

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We're building four introductory Sunday morning seminars for those new and newer to Willow Creek Church, maybe even to the Christian faith. The first of these is called Willow Creek 101: Discover Willow Creek. We used to call this gathering "Fusion." It serves as a sort of guest orientation, while also equipping those who attend to make an informed decision concerning chu...

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Christ Hold Fast Conference coming to Willow Creek!

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Next month, Willow Creek Church will host the Christ Hold Fast Conference. This excellent gathering will feature our friends Steve Brown, Elyse Fitpatrick, Jessica Thompson, David Zahl, and many more - all devoted to the glorious and scandalous news of God’s grace to prodigals. It’s going to be a great time! I’d love to see as many Willow Creek members a...

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Making Willow Creek Your Church Home

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One of my hopes when coming to Willow Creek Church three years ago was to help build what I called a “clearly lit pathway” to connection at Willow Creek. My desire was to have our guests arrive on Sunday morning and always know the “next step” en route to membership and then consistent, grace-fueled and grace-multiplying connection. We still have wo...

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PK Recommends: "Saving Grace: Daily Devotions from Jack Miller"

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I had a meeting yesterday with two friends. Over coffee, we talked about the gospel and how desperately our exhausted world needs the good news of God's inexhaustible grace. More specifically, we spoke about how easily we can forget the newsness of life that is now ours in Christ by grace. We default to living in fear, out of our former identity - rather than resting in ou...

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"Live Connect" This Sunday!

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Connecting with others in a small group is one of the very best ways to experience the love and joy of being part of your church family. We encourage all members and friends of Willow Creek to join a Connect Group. This Sunday, January 17th, Pastor Curt and his team will offer a “Live Connect” event in our gymnasium. It will meet from 9:30-10:45AM. Anyone int...

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Michael Horton on Observing Lent

The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in Christianity Today entitled, Lent: Why Bother? (February 2010). It is by theologian Michael Horton. He provides a helpful explanation of the practice and possible benefit of Lenten observance within the Church, even a Presbyterian and Reformed congregation like Willow Creek.   While Israel's neighbors...

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Free to Be Real

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Several years ago, I crashed a wedding reception with two friends of mine. One was invited. Two of us weren’t. We decided that it would be fun to road trip to the wedding together, and then even more adventurous to crash the reception following. It was a grand affair at a country club of some sort. Lots of food. Lots of beverage. Lots of dancing. I dare say, we had ...

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Sermon Scribbles - January 10, 2016

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Every Sunday, we provide Sermon Scribbles for elementary-aged school children to use during worship. These provide a basic guide to the sermon, as well as a sheet where they can draw and write down notes from the morning message.  You can access this Sunday's copy here. ...

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Sermon Preview for Sunday, January 10th

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This Sunday, we'll be looking at one of the most familiar and often-quoted passages of Scripture. It's found in John 8:1-11, and features a woman caught in adultery.  The prevailing religious leaders have all made up their mind concerning Jesus. They’ve openly wondered if he’s possessed by a demon. They consider him a false teacher. They’re scheming...

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What is Epiphany?

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Today, January 6th, marks Epiphany on the Christian liturgical calendar. Our Roman Catholic and Orthodox friends are familiar with this day of celebration, but we Reformed Protestants are usually less so. The following is a brief description of the day from Joan Huyser-Honig at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: In Christian tradition, Epiphany marks the miraculou...

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PK Recommends: "Do More Better" by Tim Challies

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A while ago, Tim Challies wrote an excellent resource on the theology and practice of personal organization. I recommend it. You can grab a copy here for your Kindle for $5.99. Keep in mind that you can also download a free Kindle reader for your computer or mobile device. Although this time of the year occasions the launch and reinvigoration of many self-salvation projec...

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