Scan the websites of your favorite churches. Look at the list of ministries to which they devote staff, funds, programs, and website space. Most likely marriage ministry will not be one of them.
We believe that has to change. Here are some simple, completely undocumented statistics. Let’s say that 70% of the members of your church are married. We can practically guarantee that 60% of those marriage are struggling. That means that 42% of the people in your church are dealing with marital pain that is impacting them negatively in their spiritual walk.
If 42% of our members were students, a church would have a youth ministry. If 42% of our members were singles, we would have a singles ministry. If 42% of our members were struggling with pornography (and it’s close by the way); we would devote staff, funds, and programs to that fight. But we don’t have marriage ministries in our churches.
A seminar every two years is not a marriage ministry. A class once a year is not a marriage ministry. A small group of married people is not a marriage ministry. Premarital counseling with no follow-up is not a marriage ministry. Occasionally recommending marriage counseling is not a marriage ministry. Those are all good things, but they are not enough to bring about the strength we need in our homes. A church is only as strong as the homes that make it up. A home is only as strong as the marriage upon which it is founded.
Let’s take those difficult topics head on, including how to save a failing marriage, sexuality, marriage enrichment, premarital cohabitation, divorce prevention, and much more.
WGHJ Ministries can partner with your church to host:
Contact us to take the next step, even if it’s the first, to begin a comprehensive marriage ministry in your church.