As church leaders, we can often rush to the rescue of couples in crisis—and we should. But what if we could get to married couples before they hit crisis? What if we could keep them from ever getting into crisis in the first place?
I believe now more than ever, that we can. We simply have to help them with small things for their marriage—because small things that can make a huge difference.
Small Things Make a Big Difference
But wait, marriage is complicated, right? Marriages often have big problems, don’t they need a big solution? Yes—sometimes.
But after working with married couples for 17 years, I think most couples (those who would rank their marriage a 3-10 on a scale of 1-10) can often keep their marriage in the right direction. That is why the MarriedPeople team always wants to help you, the church leader, to help as many couples as quickly as you can.
That is why we encourage church leaders to give couples less content more often.When you give couples small, practical things that they use to shape their habits and daily lives, it changes the game for the better. It’s a game changer.
Every year, we come up with an overall theme for the annual resources we create. And this year, we’re proud to announce that our theme is GAME CHANGERS. Through all of our content, we’ll explore this idea that small things make a big difference.
For our four large group experiences, we’ve partnered with some great church leaders to bring incredible messages to your church:
- Lee and Martica Jenkins on the topic of money and marriage
- Andy Stanley on what happy couples know
- Carlos Whittaker on taking care of the deeper issues
- My wife, Nancie, and I on the topic of what couples are really fighting about
For small group resources, we partnered with Shaunti Feldhaun to create a small group study of the most important part of every marriage—kindness. While kindness may seem like niceness, it’s not. It’s bigger than that. To use Shaunti’s words, kindness is a superpower!
Help Couples Change the Game
This year’s content is sure to be a game changer for the couples in your church in community. Why? Because it’s full of small adjustments that make a huge difference.
Nancie and I have personally benefited greatly by what is included in this year’s content. We know you and the couples of your church will be as well. Promise.
We’d love for you to partner with us to bring this concept to the couples at your church.
Ted Lowe is a speaker and the director of MarriedPeople, the marriage division at Orange. Ted is the author of two books—one for marriage ministry leaders (Married People: How Your Church Can Build Marriages That Last) and one for married couples (Your Best US: Marriage Is Easier Than You Think). He served for almost 10 years as the director of MarriedLife at North Point Community Church. He lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with his four favorite people: his wife, Nancie, and their three children.
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