Today there is no greater contribution to society than to have strong marriages and healthy families walking out of the church on Sunday and into the culture on Monday. Yet, this is no small task. Some now view marriage as one of the riskiest ventures taken in one’s life. After all, married couples are usually made up of two individuals that are very different from one another–that are now making a decision to attempt to live harmoniously together in a new permanent relationship for life. Frankly, it’s a ridiculous notion without God’s help!
When reality does not match the idealistic aspirations often held about marriage, we want to assist couples to dig in, experience the hard transformational work of becoming more selfless, and then prayerfully experience the fullness of this special relationship designed by God. Then, the further good news is that society benefits many times over from each successful marriage. That’s why the Marriage Ministry at MDPC is committed to encouraging, training and equipping those inside and outside the church to strengthen their own marriages.
Married Life Prep
Most of us enter marriage with great expectations of how perfect a married relationship will be. While no marriage is even close to perfect, a marriage centered on and empowered by God can be the most satisfying of human relationships. Research has shown that certain types of marriage preparation programs are particularly effective at preventing divorce, lowering the risk by as much as 50% when couples practice specific relationship skills.
Married Life Prep combines Biblical teaching with the best current marriage research. The course, taught at MDPC by Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement, is based on The Couple Checkup, a research-based online relationship inventory developed by Dr. David Olson and Dr. Peter Larson of Life Innovations, Inc. It also features the New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John M. Gottman, internationally known marriage authority. Time magazine acknowledged Dr. Gottman as a pioneer in his field. Dr. Gottman’s studies are also cited by many prominent Christian marriage experts in America. His research focuses on creating and sustaining happy marriages. With additional sessions related to finances and sex, our classes will teach you how to build your marriage upon a firm foundation.
Please note that there is only one registration per couple.
“Happily ever after.” That’s what the world tells us the goal is, isn’t it? When we make a covenant with our spouse, we sign up for all of life’s unknowns, joys and sorrows. Whether the two of you are experiencing the high or the low about joining your life with one another, we’re here to support you.