Volunteering at Willow Crystal Lake

Select a Willow Creek Location

See what God can do in and through you 

We believe that God has given each person a unique set of gifts, talents, and abilities that can make an impact in the church, community, and world. Volunteering gives us the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others, to build relationships, and to draw closer to God. 

Meet with a Next Step Coach
Get personalized help in finding your ideal role

Not sure where to start? Can’t find what you’re looking for? Connect with a Next Step Coach who can help you identify your gifts and interests, and walk alongside you until you find a serving role you love. To begin a conversation about making a difference email Dawn to schedule a meeting with a Next Step Coach.

 

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Gain clarity on your spiritual gifts in a one-night class

Learn what Scripture teaches about spiritual gifts, grow in your understanding of spiritual gifts, and take a simple assessment to help you discern the gifts God has given you in this one-night, interactive class taught by Willow’s Connection & Serving team. Email Dawn for information about the next workshop. 

Top Serving Opportunities at Willow Crystal Lake

Alpha Hospitality Team

Cook meals for the Alpha dinner gathering on Tuesday evenings

Email Nancy for more information

Café Team | Sundays before and after services

Welcome guests, food and drink prep

Email Dawn for details

Celebrate Recovery Café Team | Tuesday evenings

Café set-up; food and drink prep

Email Lisa for how you can help

Celebration Place | Tuesday evenings

Help make a difference in a kid’s life by sharing Jesus’ love through the Biblical principles of Celebrate Recovery. Training and materials are provided!

Email Lisa for more information

Elevate Hospitality

Be a friendly presence to welcome Elevate (junior high) students to their gatherings on Sunday mornings/ 

Email Hannah for more details

Elevate Small Group Leaders | Sundays during the 9 a.m. service

Build relationships with middle school students, facilitate small group discussions and activities
(all materials and curriculum provided)

Email Hannah for more details

Embrace Grace 

Share God’s love and unconditional grace with young single women facing an unplanned pregnancy We’ll be helping to equip them with resources and connect them with relationships they’ll need in this upcoming season of life. Volunteers are needed to distribute flyers, manage logistics, source shower donations and much more!

Email Laurie to learn more

Food Pantry Team | Weekday shifts available

Email Kristin for more information

Foster Care/Adoption Group | Saturdays

Host home + childcare team for monthly meetings

Email Rachele to learn more

Grief Support Co-Leaders

Co-facilitate table group discussions.

Email Donnalynn for more information

Habitat for Humanity

McHenry home building project.

Email Julie to for details about upcoming projects

Her Hope 

Walk alongside women affected by exploitation. 

Email Donna to learn about how you can make a difference.

Homeless Day Shelter – Beginning October 7 | 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Shifts available

Prepare and serve meals. Build relationships and provide skill development.

Email Julie to for more information

Homeless Overnight Shelter – Beginning 10.1 | 6:30 p.m. – 7 a.m. | Shifts available

Prepare and serve meals. Build relationships and provide skill development.

Email Julie to for more information

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.   Romans 12:4–5

Top Serving Opportunities at Willow Crystal Lake

Info Bar Team | Before, during, and after services

Welcome, provide direction, and answer guests questions.

Email Emily about the team

Impact Small Group Leaders | Sundays during the 11 a.m. service

Build relationships with high school students, facilitate small group discussions and activities (all materials and curriculum provided).

Email Hannah for more details

Kids Hope USA – Invest your lunch hour 1 day a week

Make a lasting difference in the life of an at-risk child.

Contact Laura to serve with the Willow Team

Promiseland K–5 Small Group Leaders | Sundays during the 9 and 11 a.m. service

Build relationships with Promiseland kids, facilitate small group discussions and activities (all materials and curriculum provided)

Email John for more information

Sunday Supper Team | Sunday late afternoon and evenings

Be a part of the newest opportunity for our church community to experience deeper discipleship and fellowship! The Sunday Supper Team needs greeters, help setting up and tearing down, and table hosts.

Email Pam to learn more

Traffic Team | Before and after Sunday services

Welcome guest and direct parking

 Email Emily for details

Willow Pioneers – 10.3 |11.7 | 12.5

In partnership with the Pioneer Center and many other area group homes, Willow Crystal Lake welcomes adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities into a meaningful gathering - including a light dinner, Bible study, worship and a craft. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month from 5–7 p.m. 

For more information email Rosi

Worship Team | Sunday during the 9 and 11 a.m. service

Participate in the band or vocal team–Electric guitar player, pianist, male vocalists.

Contact Joe for more details