Building Strong Marriages at Willow South Barrington

Marriage is full of diverse seasons. No matter which season you’re in, Willow offers workshops and resources to help your relationship thrive. We welcome you to explore offerings at all Willow campuses. Click on your preferred location below.

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Enrich your marriage at South Barrington


No matter the season, grow! 

Marriage is the most intimate of human relationships, and building a thriving marital relationship takes intentionality. Whether you've been married for a week or several decades, Willow offers classes, workshops, and resources that can help you grown in your marriage, building a relationship that will be a legacy for the generations that follow.  

Building Stronger Marriages: A monthly marriage enrichment course
View dates and topics below—then register for the session you'd like to attend! Learn more here. 

March 16: The Impact Of Money On Marriage
We will give you the opportunity to discuss and explore how you communicate with your spouse about money. Our evening won’t focus on the details of financial planning, but on our differences in how we look at money. For example, is money about love, power, security or freedom? You will have a chance to work on the challenges you have around money or celebrate your positive connections around money. REGISTER: Building Strong Marriages: March 16


April 13: How Addictions Impact your Marriage Relationship
We will focus on how addictions impact your marriage relationship, an area of struggle common in marriage. Addictions are idols we put before God and we use them to escape or medicate pain. You will have an opportunity to explore your addictions with your spouse. You will have an opportunity to connect and be heard and understood. REGISTER: Building Strong Marriages: April 13

May 18: 
How Forgiveness Heals Our Marriage Relationship
For the past three months we have explored areas of conflict that are common in marriage (Sexual Intimacy, Money and Addictions). This month we will focus on how forgiveness heals our marriage relationship. Our ability to forgive our spouse is necessary for our marriage to survive and thrive. Forgiveness heals our marriage. REGISTER: Building Strong Marriages: May 18


Join a section community for couples

Gathering with other couples from the same season of life is a great way to make friends, get connected at Willow, and grow closer to your spouse in the process. Learn more about section communities with a marriage focus here.

Nagging issues that won't go away? Restore!

Every marriage faces difficulties and road bumps. Through Willow's RESTORE workshop, couples can reconnect, outsmart unhelpful relational patterns, and gain practical tools to help them gain the critical insight necessary to build a better future. Learn more.

Click here to download the Keep Us Thriving worksheet.

Getting married at Willow

We are excited to walk a pre-marriage journey with you! Research indicates that premarital preparation has a positive impact toward having a thriving marriage. For couples who call Willow their home church and desire to be married in the Willow chapel or by a Willow officiate should participate in our pre-marital process. The pre-marital process consists of a group class, an online couple assessment, and pre-marriage mentoring. (See below if not an attender of Willow Creek.)

Group Class | Getting Ready for Marriage: From Engaged to Making the Ultimate Commitment (Offered 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.

On Line Couple Assessment and Personal Profiles
The next step in the process would be for you and your fiancé to take the Prepare and Enrich on-line couple assessment and complete a personal profile form. Once you have taken the assessment and completed the forms the results will be forwarded to the Marriage Ministry and they will connect you with a mentor.

Conversation(s) with a Pre-marriage Mentor
This is the final step before you will meet with your officiate and/or one of our wedding coordinators. Depending on the next best steps for you as a couple this conversation may be a one-time meeting or perhaps more than one. During your conversation(s), your mentor will review with you, your assessments, discuss with you, the premarital journey you are on and your pre-marriage values so that you may have a marriage that holds God at the center.

Optional Group Mentoring available for those in the pre-marriage journey.
To learn more about the pre-marital process and planning a wedding in Willow's South Barrington Chapel, contact Nancy Wendt at 224-512-1163 or [email protected].

Our Chapel is generally available on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings, and Saturday afternoons. Chapel wedding fee: $300. Wedding officiate fees: $350

If you are not a part of a local church community, we invite you to explore Willow Creek by attending weekend services or midweek classes.

Upcoming Events

  • Building Stronger Marriages. Winter/Spring 2018

    April 13 @ 6:30 PM

  • Getting Ready for Marriage: From Engaged to making the Ultimate Committment

    May 16 @ 7:00 PM

  • Building Stronger Marriages. Winter/Spring 2018

    May 18 @ 6:30 PM

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