Welcome to the Road to Peace. This experience was designed for both individuals and groups. To get started, simply download the journal and watch the teaching (the teaching references the journal quite a bit).
Upcoming workshops to go deeper:
THE GIFT OF LISTENING
Author David Augsburger wrote, “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” Many of us have experienced deep love, being heard and known, but most of us have also experienced deep pain from someone not listening well. How can we show love to the people in our lives by listening well and holding their stories? In this workshop, we will learn about the value of listening and be invited to practice listening to God and one another in community. Register here.
Teachers: Kellye Fabian, Sharon Swing, Joan Kellye
Date: 9 a.m., Sunday, November 18 | B205/7
A NIGHT OF WORSHIP AND GRATITUDE
Philippians 4:6–7 reads: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Join the Midweek team for an all-worship night on Thanksgiving Eve as we intentionally express our gratitude to God for who He is and what He’s done!
Date: 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 21 | Lakeside Auditorium
PARENTING KIDS AND TEENS THROUGH CRISIS
Parenting is challenging—and that’s on a good day! Come join us as we explore practical tools and resources to help you and other parents love your kids and teens well in the midst of crisis situations encountered
at home, school, or in society. Whether there’s a difficulty you’re currently navigating or you simply want to strengthen your parenting toolbelt, we’ll be able to encourage and support one another in community as we learn together. Register here.
Teachers: Willow Creek Staff Panel (Learn more about the panel here.)
Date: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 28 | Chapel
AN INTRODUCTION TO DEPRESSION
Talking about depression can be intimidating and shame-filled, but it doesn’t have to be. What is it? How does one recognize it? And what are some ways you or a loved one can begin to take helpful next steps toward health? Join us as we hear from a licensed mental health professional about these introductory topics—and about how to reject shame in approaching mental health. Register here.
Date: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 5 | Chapel
Connecting with God in Nature
Walking in creation is a simple way of connecting with God and can help us slow down and be present with Him.
- Stillman Nature Center. 33 W Penny Rd, South Barrington, IL 60010
- Paul Douglas Forest Preserve. Paul Douglas Forest Preserve, Hoffman Estates, IL 60010
- Willow Creek South Barrington Prayer Trail
- The Prayer of the Examen – The Examen is a wonderful practice to help us review the last day or week and notice where God has been at work. There are multiple guided Examen practices at Pray as you go.
- Spiritual direction – Direction can help us process by asking, “Where is God in this? How does it connect to my story? How might God be forming me in this season?” A list of certified spiritual directors can be found at Network of Evangelical Spiritual Directors.
- Imaginative prayer – Imaginative prayer is a way of using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Multiple imaginative prayers can be found at Pray as you go.
- Making Space to Grieve a recording with a guided practice of grieving from The Practice
- How can I Lament a recording with teaching and a guided practice of lament from The Practice.
Willow Sunday Evenings
- Learn the unforced rhythms of grace at the Practice, Willow’s Sunday night community grounded in worship, spiritual practices, and communion.
- Spiritual Disciplines Handbookby Adele Calhoun – The introduction to this book guides the reader through identifying a desire and then invites the reader to allow that desire to point him/her in the direction of various spiritual practices that might serve him/her well.
- Emotionally Healthy Spiritualityor The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero These books on emotional health can be a good starting place to cultivating emotional health in a church context.
- The Wounded Healerby Henri Nouwen - This book reminds us that we minister to others out of our own broken/wounded places.
- A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis – Classic writings on grief after Lewis’s wife’s death. His wrestling with faith and rediscovering truth joy.
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant – This is the book Sheryl wrote after her husband died suddenly. She talked about this during her 2017 GLS talk.
- To be Told by Dan Allender – This book explores the importance of examining our stories and joining God as a co-author.
- Invitations from God by Adele Calhoun – This book helps us listen to the invitations of God in our everyday life and offers helpful ways we might respond to God’s invitations.
- Practicing His Presence by Frank Laubach and Brother Lawrence – This classic is a short reflection from Brother Lawrence about how we can live in the presence of God in every moment of our lives.
- The Apprentice Series (The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community) by James Bryan Smith – This series is a wonderful invitation into a deeper relationship with Christ grounded in an understanding that Jesus longs for us to be his disciple, his apprentice.
- The Spiritual Formation Workbook by James Bryan Smith – This workbook offers reflections and practices from the six historical traditions in the Christian faith (Evangelical, Holiness, Charismatic, Social Justice, Incarnational, and Contemplative). It is a great resource for individuals, but it is designed to be used in the context of a small group.
Other Books to Explore
*These resources are intended to serve as helpful options for you as you explore different aspects of your relationship with Christ in this season of life. Note that our church does not maintain official partnerships in relationship to any listed spiritual practices or reading resources outside of those connected to The Practice, Willow Creek’s Sunday evening service. Use discernment when evaluating which resources would be appropriate for you in your personal stage of faith.