For engaged couples who desire to be married at City Church, we generally like at least six months for marriage preparation. This involves filling out some information below in the Resources section so we can get to know you, meet with you, and also connect you with a mentoring couple. There are many benefits from this that helps you both get personal guidance and learn from others' marriage experiences.
We tell couples if they are not making consistent, proactive investments in their marriages, they are losing ground. Just like our cars that need constant maintenance to run well, our marriages need constant maintenance for them to function the way God designed. For this reason, City Church offers a variety of marriage enrichment opportunities including classes, seminars and partnering with other organizations to offer marriage strengthening resources and events.
When marriages reach a point of crisis because of something like unfaithfulness, abuse or addictions; we strongly recommend professional help. We recommend The Center of Christian Counseling
. Other Christian counseling centers include the Samaritan Center
and Living Well Counseling Center
If professional services are not a good fit, here are some things we offer:
- PRAYER Any of the pastors you have a relationship with would be happy to pray for you and offer pastoral counsel from the Word of God.
- MENTORING We can assign to you a mentoring couple who will help you work through personal issues.
- RESOURCES Pastor Joel has developed a curriculum, called “Hope Restored,” to work with struggling couples. The emphasis of the material is on developing good communication and problem solving skills.