Willow Creek Friends Church is part of Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting. We have provided the Kansas City Area with a Quaker (Friends) heritage of belief for over 100 years.
If you are new to Friends or Quakers you are probably thinking we are all about oats. Don’t worry that is what everyone thinks. You might also have been taught that Friends have become extinct, again I assure you we are alive and well. Traditionally Friends are known for their unique Meetings for Worship where those in attendance will meet in silence. They will remain silent unless they are moved to speak. Willow Creek is what some within the wider Quaker traditions would call a Programmed Meeting. Meaning that we have music, a minister will present a prepared message. We do also devote time for the traditional Quaker silent meeting within our Meetings for Worship.
Currently our most exciting aspect of ministry is with a Congolese community that has moved to Kansas City. We enjoy what they have contributed to our Meetings for Worship (Click Here to listen to them Sing!) and we hope to assist many with English skills as well as adjusting to our society.
I am Jared Warner, and I have been a pastor at this Meeting (church) since 2010.
We all know that life is busy and we cannot always make it to a Meeting for Worship. I greatly encourage you to still try because we all need encouragement from those around us. But if you cannot attend we have both sermon transcripts and YouTube videos for you to view. And our Meetings for Worship are streamed live every Sunday morning at 11 am (CT). We hope you can join us!
Click the buttons below to go to my sermons or the YouTube videos:
I am glad that you have visited this site. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
If you would like to assist our Meeting with our ministries and with our encouragement to the Congolese community in Kansas City we would appreciate your donations. Click Here to Donate!
Personally I am a bi-vocational minister, which means I also have a job outside the Meeting. I am a husband, a father of two boys, and soon to be a grandfather. Bi-vocational Ministry comes with the difficulties of finding time and finances to encourage people within their community. In this current age of the church, most ministers are bi-vocational and most of these ministers feel overwhelmed because they struggle the balance of ministry, secular jobs, and family. I have been a bi-vocational pastor since I began ministry in 2003, and have found that most of the ministry work I do is outside the Meetinghouse. I understand that some people do not want to contribute to a a religious organization they are not connected to personally, but if you have enjoyed my sermons online and want to assist me in encouraging others you can donate directly to my ministry. (Click Here to offer a cup of coffee and conversation to someone in Kansas City).
I hope you have a great day, and look forward to hearing from you.