• The Suffocation Model: “Culturally we are asking much of our marriages, but doing little to make it happen.” — Eli J Finkel, The All-or-Nothing Marriage
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    • Physiological
    • Safety
    • Belonging
    • Esteem
    • Self-Actualization
  • “In marriage, we want it all—but we want it on the cheap.” — Eli J Finkel, The All-or-Nothing Marriage
  • What do we do as the local church?
    • Myth: Worship services and small groups are enough.
    • Myth: Couples will call us if they need us.
    • Myth: It’s never too late.
    • Myth: We will alienate people if we focus on marriage.
  • Bottom line: Marriage is important to everyone.
  • Why is marriage the church’s business?
    • Marriage is an illustration of Christ and the Church.
    • Kids need great models of marriage.
    • We are raising future husbands and wives.
    • Marriage is a spiritual issue.
  • But how? Teach a new, old view.
    • “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21
    • Race to the back of the line!
    • Core 4 Habits
      • Have Serious Fun
      • Love God First
      • Respect and Love
      • Practice Your Promise
    • Less content, more often
  • Larger Group Experiences
    • Worship Services
    • Retreats
    • One-Night Events
  • Larger Group Statistics
    • Special events have significant appeal to those ages 18-45 years old.
    • 49% agree special events make evangelizing easier.
    • 57% of churchless Americans would prefer a different introduction to church vs. Sunday Services.
    • 74% of those who participate in special events feel more connected with their faith community.
    • 70% believe special events allow them to meet others of their faith.
    • 69% agree special event attendance strengthens their faith.
    • 56% affirm these events help them overcome life’s difficulties.
    • 49% agree special events make evangelizing easier.
  • Small Group Experiences
    • “Community isn’t community any more, it is just a collection of homes.” — Sebastian Junger, The Quest for Tribe
    • “The biggest issue in U.S. is that we no longer need each other.”
    • “We now ask our lovers for the emotional connection and sense of belonging that my grandmother could get from a whole village.” — Dr. Sue Johnson
    • “I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.” — Romans 1:12 NCV
  • Small Group Options
    • Start One
    • Change One
  • Individual Couples
    • Cities with major league baseball teams have a 28% lower divorce rate.
    • Date Nights
    • MarriedPeople Monthly
    • MarriedPeople Podcast
    • MarriedPeople Blog

  • Healthy couples have a “love map,” they place in the brain where they store all important information about their spouse’s life. — Dr. John Gottman
  • What if we do marriage ministry right?
    • Marriage makes Christ and the Church look really good.
    • Kids have marriage models that make marriage look really good.
    • There is, perhaps, no greater relationship that God uses to make us more like him than marriage.

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