Ways to Belong

Three Ways to Belong

Welcome! We’re thrilled you’re exploring what it means to be part of the 2:42 Community at Willow Creek Community Church. Below, you’ll see the three primary ways people can choose to belong here. Joining the 2:42 Community is a significant step toward integrating into the life of the church. Explore the information in this complete 2:42 Guidebook to help you get to know Willow Creek as your potential church home.




All people are welcome to attend Willow Creek and be part of our church and ministries—including weekend, midweek, and holiday services; classes; workshops; and special events. Willow Creek is a safe, loving place where everyone can explore a relationship with God, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. 




If Willow Creek is your home church and you can declare the following, then 2:42 Community is for you.


    1. I am a follower of Jesus.


    2. I have been baptized since becoming a Christian.


    3. I have read and accept what Willow Creek believes (Statement of Faith, Five Gs, and Elders’ Position Papers). 


    4. I agree not to be divisive.


    5. I want to help build this church by using my gifts and resources for God.


Click here to learn more about the responsibilities and privileges of belonging to the 2:42 Community.




While many of Willow Creek’s volunteer roles are open to anyone in the church, specific roles in each ministry require being part of the Leadership Community because volunteers who serve in these areas represent the church or provide spiritual guidance for others. 


Those who are part of this community have read and signed the Willow Creek Leadership Covenant, completed a leadership interview, and declared the following: 


    1. I am part of the 2:42 Community.


    2. I commit to leading a spiritually surrendered life.


    3. I commit to displaying a Christlike attitude in every interaction.


    4. I model a whole-life commitment to the church’s beliefs, values, and strategies.


    5. I commit to pursuing a life above reproach.


    6. I commit to giving God my best as I serve and lead in my current role(s).


Please connect with your pastor or ministry leader in your area to discuss next steps.