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International Communities

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
—Galatians 3:28

Willow Creek is home to an ever-increasing global community where people with different cultural backgrounds, languages, and cultural needs can connect and find community. International community groups, gatherings, serving opportunities, and events help meet a variety of needs. Regardless of where we come from, what language we speak, or our cultural background, faith transcends culture. We can all find purpose and belonging in Christ.

Looking for community?

Sit in Section 303 during the Sunday 9 or 11:15 a.m. services

Meet others from Willow’s international community in Section 303, located in the balcony of the Main Auditorium. People from this section hold regular gatherings to share food, culture, and life. Here you can meet the Section 303 leaders, Steve Carter and Paul JVR. To learn more about Willow’s international community, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What international groups meet at Willow?

Chinese Community Group

This group has a passion to reach people within the Chinese community through English- and Chinese-speaking groups. For information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Filipino Community Group

The Filipino community at Willow can help you get connected with others who share the Filipino culture. This group gathers in the Atrium following each 11:15 a.m. Sunday service to share food and discuss how God's word applies to their lives. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Korean Community Group

Willow Creek is home to many Korean Americans. If you are looking for a Korean community or wish to serve at Willow with other Koreans, stop by the Korean community meeting for food and fellowship in the Atrium, following each 11:15 a.m. Sunday service.

Willow tour in Korean: If you are interested in a tour of Willow’s South Barrington campus conducted in Korean, contact Sue (see below).

Membership class in Korean: Are you interested in becoming a member of Willow Creek Community Church? Attend a membership class—in Korean.

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for any questions about the Korean community.

How can I help?

Language Interpretation Ministry (LIM): Willow’s Language Interpretation team is looking for volunteers with language skills and administration gifts. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more.

Volunteer in Section 303 of the Main Auditorium: If you are interested in helping with event set-up, prayer, greeting, or hosting in Section 303, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Does Willow offer a Spanish-language service?

Yes. Willow's Casa de Luz ("House of Light") offers an entire service in Spanish every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Auditorium. The Casa de Luz staff and ministries are dedicated to serving our Spanish-speaking community. Learn more

Does Willow offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes?

Willow's English as a Second Language (ESL) Group helps internationals learn the English language, understand American culture, learn about Christianity, and get a taste of Christian community as they develop relationships with Americans and other internationals. English is taught in a relaxed, informal group setting.

Please register prior to attending an ESL class.

  • Korean speaking: Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Chinese speaking: Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • For other languages: Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (224) 512-6616.

ESL Gatherings

Join the ESL community from 9:30–11:30 a.m. in Room B109 each Friday.
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ESL Café

People with all levels of English fluency connect from 8:40-9:40 p.m. on Wednesdays (following midweek classes) to practice English language skills in a casual and comfortable environment. Discussion topics include family, holidays, work, and other subjects of interest to the group members.

ESL Teachers and Tutors Needed

Willow's ESL ministry welcomes volunteers interested in building relationships with internationals and utilizing their spiritual gifts as teachers or tutors to help internationals learn English, understand American culture, and explore spiritual issues. Teachers/tutors are welcome, with or without knowledge of a foreign language.

For more information about ESL or the International Community, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contacts

Sections Staff
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