I dream of a day when there are as many Marriage Pastors as their currently are Youth Pastors. Youth pastors are important, don’t get me wrong, but I dream of the day when the church pays as much attention to the ministry of marriage as they do the other parts of the family.
We all believe that marriage is important, but most churches have forgotten that we need to invest in marriage. Too many church’s marriage ministry consists of wedding planning and Divorce Care. This needs to stop! We need to raise up and demand that the Church becomes the university and the hospital for relationships.
I want to see the day that when a couple struggling in their marriage (which we all do) say to each other, “Well maybe we need to check out to that church down the road, I hear they help people grow in their marriage.” The Christian church should be known as a place where marriages grow! We have the instruction manual, why is it we don’t talk about it? (for more on this check out, my post The Marriage Pastor)
Marriage Ministry 101
Marriage ministry isn’t a program or a class, it needs to be a revolution in the church that says, “marriages matter”. Most churches don’t know where to begin so they try a class and give up when it runs it course. We need a new approach, a new way of doing marriage ministry.
Helping the Church Help Marriages
April 21 – 23, 2015 the Marriage Ministry Conference offers a unique gathering of marriage ministry leaders who are passionate about marriage ministry in the local church.
If you want to take next steps in your marriage ministry and actually learn how to better prepare, establish, enrich and restore all marriages then you need to check out this conference.
You will have an opportunity to see and hear what is working in other congregations around the nation, and walk away with some plans on how you can implement a marriage revolution in your own church!
- Andy Savage, Teaching Pastor at Highpoint Church, author of The Hero Handbook
- Francis Chan, church planter and author of You and Me Forever
- Gary Thomas, teacher and author of Sacred Marriage
- John McGee, Director of Marriage Ministry at Watermark Community Church
- Ron Deal, President of Smart Stepfamilies, Director of Family Life Blended
- And more…
Kate and I will be there, and we are excited to meet others who are working to prepare, enrich & restore marriages in their local churches! I hope you will check out the Marriage Ministry Conference and consider joining us this April!
Are you going? Let us know in the comments, we would love to meet up with you!