Big, Small, & Serve
Q. I'm new to Willow Creek Church, and want to become an active member. Where should I begin?
A. First, thank you for making Willow Creek Church home! We want to be a warm, welcoming family of faith. It's great to have you as an important part of it.
Whenever someone joins Willow Creek, whether as an official member or as a committed friend, I encourage them to first pursue three kinds of involvement. My shorthand for these is: "Big, Small, & Serve." No, these terms aren't particularly creative. However, they are hopefully clear!
Gather consistently for worship on Sunday mornings!
Worship is at the center of what it means to belong to a church family. We exist to glorify God and enjoy him forever, both individually and collectively, in whatever we think, say, and do. This is our spiritual act of worship (cf. Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 10:31).
At Willow Creek, worship follows an order that emphasizes our communion and conversation with God. During our time together, we experience and enjoy the means of God's grace, together. For this reason, the writer of Hebrews tells us:
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Heb. 10:25-26).
We worship at both 9:00AM (Chapel Service) and 10:45AM (Center Service). Before and after worship, we offer fellowship in our two cafe areas: the Overflow (located in the Chapel) and Crossroads (located in the Worship Center). Come early, stay late! Enjoy weekly time with your whole church family!
Gather consistently in a small group!
Sunday mornings are wonderful times of worship and large group fellowship. However, we also want all of our members and friends to enjoy smaller, even more personal times of fellowship. These can happen in a variety of settings.
Most notably, we encourage our members to join our growing list of small groups. Meeting routinely in member homes, these close-knit gatherings provide a safe place to grow spiritually and serve others.
In addition to small groups, we also encourage our members to connect with our many Bible studies and ministry teams. If you need help connecting with a small group, Bible study, or ministry team reach out to Drew Taylor, our Pastor of Families and Connections. He'll help you connect with a group just right for you.
Serve in the church and community!
One of the very best ways to enjoy a meaningful connection with your church family is through service. At Willow Creek, we have boundless opportunities for service, both in the church and in the community. You can read about some of them here.
My hope is that every member and friend of Willow Creek comes to enjoy these three forms of involvement. Our church would grow stronger, and our people would be blessed!