Adult Faith Formation

GCC’s Adult Faith Formation programs explore a wide range of topics from practical spirituality, to historical theology, to contemporary events from 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 popular 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. The spring schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 21  at 7:00 pm: GCC Speakers’ Forum welcomes GCC member Don Clark as he presents his true crime memoir, Summary Judgment, the true story of Don’s representation of a convicted murderer and death row inmate. Don is a former litigator, General Counsel of the UCC, and Acting President of Chicago Theological Seminary. He produced the award-winning feature film, Guest Artist, written by and starring Jeff Daniels, along with producing Broadway plays and Chicago regional theater productions. Don is co-owner of the popular Chicago Magic Lounge.
  • Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00 pm: Planned Giving: Good for You; Good for GCC.  Lindsey Holton, Partner, William Blair Private Wealth Management, and Jason Ornduff, Partner, Harrison, Held Attorneys.  In what promises to be both an interesting and enlightening presentation, Lindsey and Jason will introduce strategies for negotiating the pitfalls of today’s economic challenges while preserving wealth, minimizing taxes, and contributing to qualified charitable organizations, including the church. 

Current program information can be found on the Connect/News & Upcoming Events page.