Small Groups at Willow Chicago


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Groups Kick Off: February 7

Nothing is better than community, especially during increased times of isolation when safe spaces to process, grow, and learn are hard to come by! We believe the intentional relationships you find in a small group are the ideal place to truly belong, celebrate the joys of life, weather the storms together, and become who God made you to be.

Our winter groups kick off February 7. Here's how to get started!

Lead a Group

Do you want to create a space for people to connect and grow? Consider leading a small group for a season! We'll provide all the tips, training, and support you need.

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New Small-Group Leader Training

Welcome! We’re so glad that you’re interested in becoming a Small Group Leader! Groups exist to foster Christ-centered communities, where every person of Willow Creek can belong to a small group and be supported as a follower of Jesus. The Groups team is committed to helping your small group thrive as you live out what we call “The 4 C’s”. We believe a healthy, Christ-centered Small Group thrives when it displays a combination of these 4 components:



Once you’ve filled out the Small Group Leader Interest Form and heard back from your Groups Pastor, you can watch these 5 short videos which will equip you to lead a Small Group.

Want to hear more?

You may also listen to this Group Life Podcast called “An Introduction to the 4 C’s of Small Group Leadership” Click here to dig in.

Community Groups

Find your circle in the city!

In this season of social distancing, many are experiencing separation and isolation!  We were not created to do life alone – especially during a pandemic!  We believe it is vitally important that we all  experience authentic community with others!  We want our community groups to be an answer - irresistible environments where you can belong (find your people) and become (understand your purpose)!  Check in to a group today – we would love to have you join us! 

To learn more about Community Life at Willow Chicago email Rick Wood or email the group leader directly.


"Culture Care" Book Study | Mondays 7 p.m.

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Leader: Melissa Mullins (


Racism and the Church Book Study | Saturdays 9:30 a.m.

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Leader: Kimberly Frey (


"The Art of Neighboring" Men's Ministry Book Study | Saturdays 9 a.m.

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Leader: Stephen Kelly (


Women's Weekend Teaching Pop-Up Group |Wednesdays 7 p.m.

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Leader: Amy Gowans (


Co-ed Weekend Teaching Pop-Up Group | Tuesdays 7 p.m.

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Leader: Rick Wood (


Women's Group: Exploring Spiritual Giftings | Thursdays 7 p.m.

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Leader: Vicki Sayre ( Vicki Amick (


River North | Sundays 5 p.m. 

Leader: Donna Bernsee (


South Loop: Next Level Discipleship | 1st & 3rd Thursdays 6 p.m.

Leader: Valarie Rand (


South Loop: Bible Study | Saturdays 10 a.m.

Leader: Shelly Frey (


South Loop | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Ticole Miller (


South Loop | Saturdays 10 a.m.

Leader: Sha Calhoun (


Single Moms | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Marie Sarmiento (, Erin Overly (


Oak Park | Tuesday 7 p.m.

Leader: Gwen Watkins (



South Loop | Wednesdays 7:15 p.m.

Leader: Dave Spiegler (


South Loop: Next Level Discipleship | Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. 

Leader: Jack Spani (



Northside | Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.

Leaders: Rick & Karen Wood (


Loop | Mondays 7:30 p.m.

Leader: Arda Kohlamian (


Global | Sundays 4 p.m.

Leaders: Joey Ford ( / Monica Olivo (



South Loop | Tuesdays 7 p.m. 

Leaders: Mike ( & Kim Gingerich (


South Loop | Tuesdays 7 p.m.

Leaders: Dirk & Sherri McCoy (, Miriam & Phil Clifford (


Streeterville | Wednesdays 7 p.m.

Leaders: Glenn & Cindy Strycker (


Young Families | Sundays 8 p.m.

Leaders: Herman & Tiffanie Waterford (


Young Families | Thursdays 8 p.m.

Leaders: Joe and Katie Ibatuan (


Young Married | Sundays 7 p.m

Leaders: Steven and Tori Kreig (


Lakeview: Women | Wednesdays 7 p.m.

Leader: Jen Himes (


South Loop: Women | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leader: Caitlyn Stone (


West Loop: Co-Ed | Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

Leaders: Daniel Lee, Adriel Fred, Carol Lipari (


South Loop: Co-Ed | Saturdays 10 a.m.

Leader: Devin Gatling (





Faith & Work: Old Town | Tuesdays 7 p.m.

Leaders: Tonya Rice (, Shelly Frey (


African Immigrants Couples Group: Rogers Park | 2nd Saturdays 4 p.m.

Leader: Jean Claude Bahanuzi (


Running Group | Various times
Leader: Kimberly Frey (