Adult Faith Formation

GCC’s Adult Faith Formation programs explore a wide range of topics from practical spirituality, to historical theology, to contemporary events within a faith perspective. Adult education at GCC is designed to engage the members of the church and the wider community in spiritual growth and constructive change.


Spiritual Life Center

The Spiritual Life Team Ministry is based on a comprehensive interfaith research study on the nature of Spiritual Life in faith communities, designed and conducted by Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D.  A licensed psychologist, Rev. McKay is Pastoral Associate for Spiritual Life at GCC.

Designed by Rev. McKay, the Spiritual Life Team Ministry provides a safe space for people to share their spiritual lives and grow in their ability and comfort with prayer.  The Spiritual Life Team Ministry is a unique and powerful opportunity to learn to identify and share God moments and prayers with others in an entirely safe environment.   Teams meet for one hour each month.  The teams concentrate on developing an understanding of spiritual life both as individuals and as members of a Spiritual Life Team. To date, teams have been all-female, all-male, and couples. More mixed men and women’s teams are being planned, as well as a “praying in sign language” Spiritual Life Team. For more information, contact Rev. Bobbie McKay.


gcc speakers’ forum

Our newly-resurrected GCC Speaker’s Forum offers informative, thoughtful and inspiring presentations by experts in their fields. Presented once a month, many programs will be preceded by a community inter-generational dinner and also include an opportunity to engage in hands-on mission outreach. Please note that during these COVID times, there is no dinner or hands-on mission outreach component and all presentations are made via Zoom. Current program information and Zoom sign ups can be found on the Ministries/News & Upcoming page:

    • January 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM – “Anti-Racism for White Folks,” presented by Rev. Smash of the Lighthouse Foundation in Chicago. Missed it? Here is your opportunity to see it!
    • February 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM – “Planting the Seeds: Developing Resilience in Middle Schoolers,” presented by Jess Levine, LCSW, and August Hupp, Pride Youth Program Coordinator with Glenview/Northbrook Youth Services
    • March 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM – “Confucius: A Key to Overcoming Cultural Misunderstanding,” presented by Yvonne Wolf from the Chinese Intercultural LLC
      • April 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM – “Mental Health in Illinois: Creating Access and Hope,” presented by 9th District State Senator Laura Fine
      • May 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM – “Our Northern Neighbors: What Canadians Think of America and Americans,” presented by Professor Ian Hurd

    For questions about events or to offer topic ideas, please contact Tom Aldrich.