At Willow Creek, we believe that people grow better in circles than they do in rows. Small groups are a great way to grow deeper in your faith with those you enjoy being around. Two ways to get involved in Willow groups:
Start a Group—To start a small group, connect with a section leader to learn about Willow groups and to obtain easy-to-use content. Then, gather a group of people—family members, friends from Willow Creek, co-workers, neighbors—and get started! For a list of section leaders, visit the Section Communities page.
Find a Group—To join an existing small group, get connected to a section community. Every section community has a number of small groups that meet regularly. Learn more at the Section Communities page or visit the Groups by Interest page.
- Each of us has an outer world that is made up of what we do, what we accomplish, and our responsibilities for each day. There is something deeper in each of us, your inner world, the thing that most often gets neglected in the chaos: Your soul. Jesus wanted his followers to understand the importance of the soul. He even challenged their perspective by asking, “What good is it to gain the whole world yet forfeit your soul?” He was showing that our outer world could be full of riches and material wealth while the inner world is full of anxiety, stress, distrust, and anger. How would you compare your inner world to your outer world? What really is your soul? How do you protect it? How do you bring it to life? This are the things we will discuss in soul keeping.
- If you are new to the area or new to the church, this can be especially challenging. First of all, the group doesn’t need to be large. Just finding two other people you can gather with for these sessions is enough for an impactful group experience. Attending section gatherings and getting to know people who sit nearby is a great place to start. We also encourage you to brainstorm two people from each of the following areas: friends, family, church, workplace, school, neighborhood, and so on. Whether you have three people or ten or somewhere in between, this will be a meaningful experience of growing in community together.
- A host is the person who coordinates and facilitates your group meetings. In addition to a host, we encourage you to select one or more group members to take turns leading your group discussions. Several other group-leading responsibilities can be rotated, including supplying refreshments, gathering the groups’ prayer requests, or keeping up with those who miss a meeting. Shared ownership in the group helps everyone to grow.
- Soul keeping launches October 12th and will run for six weeks. We encourage your group to consider adding a seventh week as a celebration, but this is optional. Also, in your final week, each group member may decide if he or she desires to continue together with another study.
- You can get materials from your section leader after each service. If you don't have a section, you can gather them from the section you are currently sitting in. The host will be given a DVD to play for the group and a workbook for each group member.
Please connect with your section leader if you are interested in hosting a small group.
Essential Reading List
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