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. 

The Marriage Course | This 7-week Midweek workshop begins at the end of September 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! Begins September 27. Register here.

Building Stronger Marriages | Attend this monthly marriage-enrichment gathering and explore God's Design for Marriage. In this session, we look at how our personal brokenness gets in the way of the intimacy and power God designed for our marriage. Research indicates that those couples who know each other at a deep level are best able to navigate the stresses of marriage. We take a look back at how our past experiences have impacted our marriages for better and for worse and how we learn and grow through it. Next meeting: October 13. Register hereChildcare (infants–grade 5) available. Register for childcare here.

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, including an online couple assessment as pre-work, and a conversation with a pre-marriage mentor who will listen to your journey. (See below if not an attender of Willow Creek.)

Group Class | Getting Ready for Marriage: From Engaged to Making the Ultimate Commitment (On-line Couple Assessment)
Once you register for the class, you will receive a couple assessment link in the class confirmation email. This assessment will be your pre-work for this one day class. Topics taught and couple discussion will help you better understand your relationship's strengths and growth areas as well as values you share as a couple. At the conclusion of this class you will be able to set up your conversation with a pre-marriage mentor. Learn more here.
Conversation with a Pre-marriage Mentor
This is the final step before you will meet with your officiate and one of our wedding coordinators. This conversation reviewing your journey will be your opportunity to share the story you desire for your future marriage to tell to family and friends.  

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

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

Not an attender of Willow Creek? You are welcome to attend Defining our Relationship workshop and Getting Ready for Marriage one day class. Couples who consider Willow Creek their home church will have the opportunity to complete our pre-marriage preparation.

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

  • Getting Ready for Marriage: From Engaged to Making the Ultimate Commitment

    September 23 @ 9:00 AM

  • Once Upon A Wedding: A Chapel Open House

    September 23 @ 3:30 PM

  • The Marriage Course - Fall 2017

    September 27 @ 7:00 PM

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