Most marriage ministries are wise to build up excitement about a marriage event for Valentine’s Day. The foolishness comes when we forget to plan for marriage ministry wins beyond Valentine’s.
The size of Valentine’s Day reveals that people care about their relationships, especially their marriage. They’re willing to spend time and money on it, but they aren’t always sure what the right solutions are. Why can’t we meet couples’ needs through the church?
What do you do when you realize that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but your church hasn’t done anything to prepare? Here’s a few last-minute ideas to help you out!
We believed the most important thing we could do was to align all the marriage opportunities around a joint mission. We knew that our mission statement would define the purpose of the ministry, build unity with all those who served in the ministry, provide clarity, and give us laser focus for all our ministry activities.
Keeping couples married is paramount for a healthy home. And a marriage ministry has the privilege of providing a place for couples to invest in their marriage, so families are less likely to implode.
If I were to ask you if marriage ministry is important, what would you say? Most people who work with and near families quickly answer this question with a resounding, yes! If I were to ask if marriage ministry is urgent, what would you say?
Is your church viewed as a place where people can receive the practical help they need for their marriages and families? Whether you have a thriving marriage ministry or it’s just at the visualizing stage, setting realistic goals for the coming year will help you help others.
We publish a new post for church leaders working with marriages every week—Thursday mornings to be exact. That more than 50 blog posts every year. Here are the top 10 articles we shared in 2018.
A few years ago, my wife Nancie and I hosted a Q & A luncheon at a youth pastor’s conference entitled, “Married and in Ministry.” The room was packed. Not because of us, but because of the topic.
I’m married and I love Jesus. I also love this truth from the book from Ted Lowe and Doug Fields. Its not something I’ve always understood, and its not something I’ve done perfectly in 16 years of marriage. It is, however, something I’ve come to see as completely and fully true.
It’s been said many times by many different people that everything rises or falls on leadership. I don’t think that’s ever truer than in ministry. Charles McKay, a former professor at California Baptist College, used to say, “If you want to know the temperature of your church, put the thermometer in your mouth.” You can’t ever take people further than you are yourself, spiritually or any other way.
This is an encouragement to those who are limping in leadership. I entered ministry after a long career in the business world. I had significant life and leadership experience, but honestly, some of it was learned through tremendously painful experiences. Not only did I not have the pedigree of most pastors, it was actually following a sizable business losswhere we were forced to sell our business and basically start over financiallywhen God called me into ministry.
Most churches have websites—some of them are even good. Plenty of churches also operate a marriage ministry. There is an overlap between those two categories that have web pages dedicated to their marriage ministry. But what does a good marriage ministry web page look like?
Valentine’s Day is a big deal for Marriage Ministry. It’s a big deal because it’s the one time every year that every couple is thinking about romance. It’s your opportunity to help marriages, and create momentum to sustain them through the rest of the year.
Humility is contagious. When we spend time with others who embody humility, it rubs off on us. This makes everything and everyone around us better. What would it be like if you and I practiced a humility that celebrated others over ourselves?