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 Life-Long Marriages
Enrich – Proactively helping couples improve and enrich their marriages
Repair – Provide couple-to-couple mentoring that repairs and restores troubled marriages
To help you build a strong foundation for your marriage, we offer a six-session premarital counseling program in which engaged couples walk through curriculum and counseling with an older mentor couple. This is REQUIRED for any couples seeking to have a GFC pastor officiate their wedding, or get married at GFC. To learn more and register, please visit our Pre-marital Counseling page.
To help your marriage relationship group in true intimacy, connection, and purpose, each semester we will host a marriage small group that will walk you through an enrichment curriculum that helps you better understand and live out God’s purpose for bringing you and your spouse together, your distinct roles as husband and wife, how to resolve conflict and fight fair, and secrets to putting sizzle in your sex life. This group will meet on-campus at the church starting in the winter.
If your marriage relationship is stuck or stressed, we want to help! We have marriage mentors available who want to walk with you through your difficulty to help and encourage you towards a thriving marriage. Through the experience of healthy yet imperfect relationships, our mentor couples desire to share their experiences with you for your benefit. These couples agree to meet regularly for a defined period of time to go through an appropriate book/curriculum together, and they mutually invest in one another's development and well-being.
The two couples mutually agree upon when and where to meet (generally at the mentor couples’ home). Generally, these couples meet for 3-6 months to go through the materials adequately. During this time we also want to help you grow in faith, so we ask that you commit to praying and focusing on your own relationship with Christ for the duration of the program. If this is something that sounds beneficial to you, please fill out the Request a Mentor Couple form below, and Lawton Jones will contact you shortly to talk with you more about your situation and pair you with a couple. We have a limited number of mentors, so please be patient while we try to find you a couple. If you are interested in becoming a mentor couple, please fill out the Become a Mentor Couple form below, and Lawton Jones will be in contact with you shortly.