Grace Marriage is a ministry designed to enrich, protect, and grow your marriage. Using Biblical, grace-based materials you will have time to talk with your spouse and explore ways to enrich your relationship. Grace Marriage is an intentional commitment to grow in your relationship with each other and the Lord.
Quite simply, Grace Marriage is a Biblically-based marriage maintenance model that will encourage and equip you to know and follow Jesus together.
It takes hard work and consistent investment to build a marriage that is filled with the joy and effective in its mission to display the gospel of Jesus. Our culture is becoming increasingly indifferent—and, at times, outright hostile—towards marriage. We want to create a culture of healthy marriages within our church by taking proactive steps together.
Let’s be honest: a marriage doesn’t have to be “bad” to be lacking in joy and ineffective for the Kingdom. Too often, we settle for mediocrity and fail to provide our relationships with the regular maintenance they need. Grace Marriage is desgined to fill that void.
Four times a year husbands and wives meet with other couples in various stages of life to explore different aspects of marriage. The sessions are called marriage coaching. Marriage coaching is an intentional and proactive approach to re-focus on positives in your relationship. Marriage coaching is not a lecture. It is not marriage counseling or group therapy. It is not a seminar or conference. It is not a place where you will be forced to share your deepest secrets.
You will be in a group with your spouse as well as other couples who want their marriage to grow. Eight to ten couples, plus a trained facilitator couple, will walk through the day’s material together. Spouses will have personal time together throughout the day to privately discuss the topics addressed. Groups will have mixed ages. Newly marrieds as well as couples who have been married for decades will be involved. Remember, Grace Marriage is about spending time with your spouse, not about being with close friends. Although you will get to know others in your group better, the purpose is to spend time with your husband/wife and focus on your marriage.
What does a normal date night cost if you go out to eat and see a movie, or if you go to a ballgame or concert? $75? $100? More? The cost for four days of marriage coaching, including all materials, snacks, and lunch is $299 per couple for the year. That is less than $1 a day for a year. We encourage you to consider your participation fee as an investment in your marriage. What a great Christmas, birthday, or anniversary gift.
No, childcare is not provided. Coaching days last 6 ½ hours. That is a long time for children to be at the church building, even if they have activities. We believe that most children would be happier in their own home or with family/friends they know. We want to give couples freedom to focus on each other without feeling the need to check on the kids if they are just down the hallway. For these reasons childcare will not be offered. Consider the coaching days as an extended date – time for just the two of you.
Any married male and female couple may attend. A couple does not have to be a member of our church to participate.