Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL
Executive Director of Section Communities
Willow Creek Community Church is a non-denominational, multi-generational, diverse church community with six locations throughout the Chicagoland area. It was founded by current Senior Pastor Bill Hybels in 1975. God has taken Willow on quite a ride throughout the past 35-plus years. Bill, the Elders, and leaders of Willow Creek have never lost sight of that original vision of becoming an Acts 2 church. While much has changed over the years, key themes—taken straight from the Acts 2 passage that gripped Bill’s heart in the early years—have transcended individual leaders, ministries, and eras. The church’s mission, to turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, remains its singular passion.
Today, more than 25,000 people worship at Willow Creek’s six regional campuses each weekend. Churches from around the world watch what God is up to at Willow, and find encouragement and equipping for their own ministries. Willow Creek remains, above all else, a local church of Christ followers—a place where people matter to God, where together they seek to live out God’s vision of being an Acts 2 church. Willow Creek is intentional with balancing missional and attractional expressions of ministry – helping believers grow deeper in their faith walk and providing a welcoming environment for those simply exploring faith.
Eighteen months ago, WCCC South Barrington launched an aggressive model of community focused on helping a big church feel small. The strategy was to take the large 7000-seat auditorium of the South Barrington campus and scale it down into mid-size groups called Section Communities. Within these Section Communities, Willow attenders would have the opportunity to build relationships with each other that would eventually result in four key outcomes: fill, connect, disciple, and mobilize.
The primary purpose of the position is to lead the section community strategy at Willow Creek. The position is responsible for building the infrastructure that supports the efforts to fill, connect, disciple, and mobilize the congregation. This includes establishing the direction of the section community strategy, recruiting, training, and coaching all section leaders, and collaborating with other ministries.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leadership, organizational development, and effective communication. They must have strong people skills and a driving passion to reach people who are far from God. The candidate must embrace the ability to work within a community and promote innovation through collaboration. In addition, the individual will show an ability to connect across generations. Supervisory experience in a multi-staff setting is required.
Willow Creek Community Church has campuses throughout Chicagoland (Chicago metropolitan area), which has a population of more than 9.8 million people. The Chicagoland area is dynamic and diverse—and readily celebrates the varied cultural backgrounds of the people. A great Chicagoland transit system makes it possible to hop on a train in the suburbs and travel to the heart of the city of Chicago any day of the week. The city is home to major league sports teams, museums, great restaurants, and beautiful Lake Michigan.