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:
- 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. The wedding officiant fee is $350. If you are not a part of a local church community, we would like to invite you to attend our Sunday Service (9 or 11 a.m. in our Worship Center, 1347 S State St). 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.
Next Steps: The Pre-Marriage Process
- The couple attends the Getting Ready for Marriage: From Getting Engaged to Making the Ultimate Commitment class or workshop.
- The couple is given the Prepare and Enrich materials and the Couple Check-Up.
- The couple is assigned a Mentor Couple and complete 2-4 sessions.
- The Mentor Couple submits a report to Willow Creek South Barrington
- An officiant is assigned to the couple and the wedding date and location are selected.
Getting Ready for Marriage: From Getting Engaged to Making the Ultimate Commitment is a group class offered at the main Willow Creek campus in South Barrington as a mid-week class or a Saturday workshop. Topics taught and couple discussion will help you better understand God’s design for marriage as well as the values you share as a couple. Learn more about the Midweek class here. Learn more about the Saturday class here. In cases where the couple is unable to attend the class in South Barrington, select staff at Willow Chicago will go through the book with them.
FOR MARRIED COUPLES
Marriage Workshops cover a number of marriage-enriching principles to encourage you in any stage of marriage using the Prepare/Enrich curriculum. The purpose of these workshops is to equip you with powerful, effective tools and techniques that will help you build and sustain a healthy and Godly marriage. Each month, we will engage in group discussions at our tables to review the previous month's assignment, walk through the curriculum exercises, and discuss the topic of the day.
Open for refreshments at 9:30 a.m., the class runs from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Parking will be available in our North lot. RSVP required for childcare provision. Go to willowchicago.org/events to stay up to date on when the next session is starting!
The Marriage Course is a 7-week midweek workshop that begins in April and is for any married couple, whether you’ve been together for one year or sixty-one years, whether you have a good relationship or are struggling. It is a must for couples looking for practical support 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. The course is $25 per person and runs on Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 9pm in the fellowship space at the new building. Please note that childcare will not be provided for this course. See when the next course starts at willowchicago.org/classes.