Our mission is to strengthen Christian marriages by providing love, support, mentorship, and education and to encourage a Biblically-based model for marriage, as outlined in Ephesians 5:21-33.
Purpose of Couples Night Out
To provide a safe, life-giving environment where real people connect to challenge and encourage each other to recognize and receive marriage as the gift God intended it to be.
All newly-engaged and married couples are invited to join us for fellowship and have the opportunity to go out, as a couple, for a date. (If you spouse is not able to attend due to a deployment or travel please know you are welcome to join as well) At each meeting we will have a new discussion topic pertaining to marriage or family. Childcare is available to those who need it, for $5 per family for dinner for the children.
This is a great opportunity to meet other couples in the church and have some devoted time with your spouse to work on your marriage!
Mentor couples are matched with mentored couples. The purpose of the relationship is to provide encouragement and words of experience to couples beginning their marriage or who may be needing support. Couples can also participate in a Marriage Enrichment Fellowship Group. This is a group of 4-6 couples that meets to encourage one another in marriage and share fellowship. The marriage ministry can also facilitate a mentoring relationship while a spouse is deployed; a mentor of the same gender who has been through deployment(s) can provide support to the spouse who is still at home throughout the deployment.
Education and Enrichment
The Marriage Ministry offers a class on Wednesday evenings, each semester, for married or engaged couples of any age. Each semester will have a new topic that deals with marriage and/or family. The Marriage Ministry organizes and promotes participation in marriage retreats/conferences.
Did You Know…?
In a five-year follow-up study, the researchers found that couples who attended pre-marital education had a divorce rate 50% lower than control couples who did not. These findings have been replicated in other studies, both here and abroad, and give cause for optimism about slowing down the divorce rate.
28% of California adults have “participated in a relationship or marriage education program.” Of those who attended a program, 94% found the information they received helpful.
Marriage education benefits a whole congregation – healthy marriages produce healthy families, healthy families raise healthy Christians, and healthy Christians contribute more to the mission of the Church.
If you would like to be involved with the Marriage Ministry, or would like more information, please e-mail Bruce Herrmann at: [email protected] or call the church office at 910.484.3191.