We believe that strong marriages are important. We believe that God can heal broken marriages and strengthen healthy ones. God’s power can transform and redeem relationships in a way that nothing else can. We want to work together to allow God to work on marriages and make them stronger.
To do this, we have broken down our marriage ministry into three parts:
Prepare – Preparing couples for Christ-centered lifelong marriages
Build – Helping couples establish a lifetime of marital oneness
Enrich & Repair – Proactively helping couples enrich and/or restore their marriages
Prepare (Merge Pre-marital Ministry)
Merge is an 8-week class designed to give engaged and seriously dating couples a unique opportunity to learn, seek wisdom, and receive counsel about marriage in a safe, fun, challenging, and authentic environment. Merge exists to prepare couples for marriage by addressing common challenges in marriage from a biblical perspective. The class includes large group teaching time combined with small table discussion. Couples will be placed at a table with one mentor couple and 2-3 other participating couples throughout the class.
Participation in Merge is required for any couple seeking to get married at GFC or have a GFC pastor officiate their wedding.
Build (Foundation group)
Foundation groups are open to couples who have been married 3 years or less. 4-6 couples meet together once a week with a more experienced mentor couple who takes them through a set curriculum and invests in their personal lives. As the couples establish a solid foundation for their marriage, we hope they become more like Jesus, experience healthy community, grow in oneness with their spouse, and learn to live on mission with their life and marriage.
Enrich (re|engage group)
How would you rate your marriage on a scale from 1 to 10? An 8 or a 5? Maybe even a 0? Whether you want to reignite, strengthen, or rebuild your marriage, re|engage is a safe place for couples to reconnect and build deeper relationships with other couples. Re|engage enriches marriages by helping couples move toward oneness through stories of grace, teaching, and small group interaction.