Nothing can shake up your church’s potential like divorce. When a marriage enters crisis mode it effects attendance, giving, volunteerism, and the general heath of your church – not to mention the increase in your counseling load. If you’re a church leader, then you know what I’m talking about. But what about the “good” marriages that appear to be OK? Are they really?
Believe it or not, divorce amongst Christian couples married 25 years or more is on the rise. But it’s not just about preventing divorce. The good marriages in your church need to thrive if you’re going to fulfill your mission.
Here’s the good news: The majority of couples in your church want the opportunity to strengthen their marriage, and there’s no better place for that to occur than within their own home church. The church is the Body of Christ and hope of the world. Therefore, if the hope of marriage is going to be restored in America, it will happen in, and through, local churches.
Here’s a few facts you may not know:
- Most engaged and married couples have not participated in a marriage event or program
- The majority of church-goers believe their church should do more for engaged and married couples
- Most couples who have never attended a marriage-strengthening event or program said they would if given the opportunity
- Improving the health of the marriages in your church will improve the overall heath of your entire congregation
- Marriage ministry events and programs are a great way to reach out to the community.
Many churches provide an occasional Sunday school class or small group for married couples, but it’s simply not enough to make a lasting impact. In fact, most of the couples who have attended a marriage conference say they wish there was something more consistent they could be a part of in their own church. The couples in your church deserve more than an occasional event or class. They deserve an on-going, comprehensive ministry that addresses the unique challenges they’re facing in their daily lives.
As a pastor or church leader, you’re plate is already full. You have limited time and resources to keep your current ministry structure moving ahead. That’s where we can help. We can provide the ideas, the plan, and the leadership to make it happen. As marriage ministry consultants, we offer you more than a book or a dvd; we offer you ourselves. We’ll help you diagnose the unique needs among the couples of your church and work with a team of committed couples/individuals to launch a ministry that fits within the existing church mission and strategy.
Connect with us today and you’ll see how we’re taking the lid off of marriage enrichment in the local church. Partnering with churches to strengthen marriages is what we do.