Couples & Marriage
Willow Chicago is dedicated to reflecting God’s grace and truth by encouraging Christ-centered relationships and marriages, and by embracing those who are relationally broken.
Pastoral Care at Willow Chicago:
- Jeremy Chia, Community Care Pastor (773) 357-4019
- Glenn Gilliam, Community Life Pastor (773) 357-4038
God's Design for Marriage
The engagement period can be an exciting time for a couple, but it can also be one of the most stressful times. Preparing for marriage is essential to its success, as great marriages don’t just happen. God’s design for marriage based on biblical principles, and a relationship with Jesus, increases the odds for relational success. Willow Chicago desires to help couples build a relationship that will last a lifetime.
Getting Married at Willow Chicago
Pre-marriage Mentoring and Willow Wedding Officiants are available to those who call Willow Chicago their home church, and have been part of the community for at least 6 months. In preparation for marriage, we encourage all couples to take the pre-marriage workshops (Please allow six months to a year for the marriage process).
Wedding ceremonies at Willow Chicago are for those who regularly attend the church or are participating volunteers. However, if you are not a part of a local church community, we would like to invite you to attend our Sunday Service (10a at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 W. Congress Pkwy, Chicago). After attending for several weeks, if you decide to be a part of the Willow Chicago community, we invite you to follow the pre-marriage process.
Defining the Relationship is the foundational workshop for taking relationships to the next step by teaching couples relationship tools that will enable them to go the distance in their marriage, flourish in that relationship, and their relationship with God.
Preparing for a Successful Marriage is designed for couples who are engaged or in their first year of marriage, using the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment. This replaced the "pre-marriage mentoring" program at Willow Chicago.
Marriage Matters meets monthly to help you and your partner equip yourselves with powerful, effective techniques that will help you build and sustain a Godly marriage.
The Marriage Course is a fun, engaging, seven week course for married couples who are seeking to strengthen their relationship. Each week you will be seated at your own table for two to enjoy dessert, hear a practical talk and have time for private discussion.
Next StepsPre-marriage meetings can take place once a couple has completed both the Defining the Relationship and Preparing for a Successful Marriage workshops. Once you've been affirmed, you will receive a list of available Willow Chicago wedding officiants. You can choose from this list.
The wedding officiant fee is $350.