Small Group Ministry at Willow Creek Church
"A small group at Willow Creek Church is a voluntary, intentional gathering, of a limited in size group, that meets regularly, with the shared goal of Christian edification, fellowship, and service."
We believe small groups are a significant part of the "DNA" of the Willow Creek Church family. Why, you might ask? Well... small groups are the markers of a healthy church family.
The early church, discussed in Acts chapter 2, was seen devoting themselves to teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers... And they were together and had all things in common... And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need... And day by day, attending church together... praising God...
At WCC, we gather together regularly, and intentionally. The purpose of intentional gathering, is setting our schedules, our hearts, and our minds on the importance of being together in community. Jesus says in Matthew 6, For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. This does not only mean finacial treasures, but also the treasure of time. By resolving to meet regularly as small groups, we are making the value of community a sacred treasure to cling to.
At WCC, we meet with the shared goal of Christian edification, fellowship, and service. At our regular gatherings, we pray for one another, we encourag each other, and we look to the Bible or Bible focused book studies, to grow in our personal Christian walk. And we do these things together! Peter gives us this encouragement in 1 Peter 4:8-11, Above all, keep loving one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strenth that God supplies...
In addition to growing in Christian edification and fellowshipping together, we also serve each other and serve our community. We serve each other at big functions like weddings, or babies, or moves, or funerals... We serve our community by seeing the needs of the community and being involved. Jesus says in John 13:34-35, I give you a new command, love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this (love) all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
We have 15 wonderful small groups and small group leaders at Willow Creek Church, and we're strategically adding more! We thank God for faithfully growing our small group community a little bit at a time, for His glory, and our good.