Every month, we’re profiling a church leader just like you. This month, we’re featuring Archie Rish. Archie has been the Discipleship Pastor at GracePointe Church in Douglas, GA, for the last four and a half years.
Imagine if you coupled an active faith with an intentional focus on keeping marriages in your church strong. If the numbers go up when people take their faith seriously, imagine how they would skyrocket if they actually turned specific attention to improving their marriage.
Working in ministry can be a lonely endeavor, especially when you work as a field as small as marriage ministry. We try to help cultivate community with things like our webinars and Facebook group. But digital connections only go so far.
At MarriedPeople, we’re all about providing couples less content, more often. Rather than dumping a year’s worth of marriage content on them during an annual retreat or sermon series, we’d prefer to share practical advice for their marriage on a consistent basis.
I thought I’d write a different kind of post. I’d like to sketch out what I think a church with a strong marriage ministry would look like, and then I’d invite you to share your thoughts, in the hope that this could be a resource page or a springboard for discussion for churches that want to be more intentional about supporting the marriages.
I’ve been working in marriage ministry for a few years now. Actually, it’s over fifteen. And I’ve been married for over twenty years. In that time, I’ve learned a few things about how churches can help couples improve their marriage.
I once spent a day with a group of ministry friends and mentors. All of whom have been leading their organizations for a long time. We had a heartfelt conversation about the challenges of leading in the same organization for most of our adult lives. As I processed our day together, I realized there are common denominators between leadership and marriage.
Every month, we’re profiling a church leader just like you. This month, we’re featuring Dave Safstrom. Dave has been on a Groups Team Leader at LCBC in Lancaster, PA, for the last five years.
More and more people get their information from Facebook and Instagram these days. You want to take advantage of this and capture their attention. But you don’t know how to start. Or you don’t have the time to figure it out.
Ask others you work with if they think youre in the right spot. Ask your boss for his or her thoughts on your ministry sweet spot. Ask how you can grow, and when they respond, be teachable, humble and dont be defensive. If you’re married, ask your spouse the same questions you asked your boss.
Every month, we’re profiling a church leader just like you. This month, we’re featuring Rev. Monica Humpal. Monica has been the Associate Pastor of Grow Ministries at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist in Mooresville, NC for the last six years.
Studies show that people think of marriage ministry as preachy, outdated, and overly feminine. We’ve lost our relevance in people’s lives. But there are some shifts happening in some ministries that are changing how they approach marriage ministry.
In case you didn’t already know, we have a podcast exclusively for married couples. Every week, we publish a new post focused on a relevant marriage topic. Our goal is to explore a question that real couples have, expose the truth behind the issue, and give everyone one simple thing to do to improve their marriage.
Through the years, I’ve learned that if you teach people less, they will actually learn more. This principle may seem counter-intuitive. It’s a principle that’s rarely applied, especially within ministry to married couples. When it comes to helping marriages, the church is content heavy and application light.
Every month, we want to profile a church leader just like you. This month, we're featuring Everett & Kim Kvamme. Everett and Kim have been serving together at the Lighthouse Christian Center in Seattle, Wash., for the last 14 years. What's your favorite part of the...