Married and in Ministry? If You Have 40 Seconds a Day, This Is for You

Married and in Ministry? If You Have 40 Seconds a Day, This Is for You

My wife, Nancie, and I have been involved in ministry during our entire 23-year marriage. We’ve found that ministry can be a blessing to a marriage, but it can also be a challenge. The blessings of being married and in ministry are indescribable. There are no words to describe seeing, together as a couple, God do what only He can do. But being in ministry also poses unique challenges for married couples. Some of the problems that come from being married and in ministry aren’t hard to see. For... Read More
Maintaining Marriage Sanity During the Busy Holiday Season

Maintaining Marriage Sanity During the Busy Holiday Season

Although Summer is my favorite season, I’ve always loved the events that happen this time of year. I love bundling up in a blanket on cold metal stands watching a football game. I love the smell that permeates the neighborhood that comes from roaring fireplaces. I love the hot beverages that usually accompany this time of year. Most of all, I love the holidays! Holidays have always been a very special time of year for me. As a kid, they meant being able to play with the cousins that I hadn’t... Read More
3 Most Frequent Questions Orange Gets About Marriage Ministry

3 Most Frequent Questions Orange Gets About Marriage Ministry

Call it helping marriages, creating a marriage strategy, or revamping an existing marriage ministry. Church leaders have questions for us about helping marriages. And the questions about marriage ministry are coming from people in every position of the church. In fact, MarriedPeople, the marriage division of Orange, has a running list of the different types of positions who have added helping marriages to their already full ministry plate. These positions include children’s pastors, youth... Read More
Couples in Ministry: A Balancing Act

Couples in Ministry: A Balancing Act

Serving in numerous ministry capacities together, Geoff and Sherry Surratt have valuable lessons and observations to pass along to couples seeking to serve in ministry together. Following is an excerpt from their invaluable book: Together: A Guide for Couples in Ministry. One of the biggest challenges for a family engaged in ministry is learning to balance church activities, marriage, kids, extended family, finances and all the needy people who seem to come along with the job. Leading a... Read More
3 Easy Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Great for Married Couples in Your Church

3 Easy Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Great for Married Couples in Your Church

Last year, Americans spent approximately $18.2 billion on Valentine’s Day. That’s an average of $136 per person. I don’t know about you but that strikes me as completely absurd. (At least it’s better than Christmas, when the average American spent more than $900 on Christmas gifts.) There is, however, something really great about this borderline mandatory celebration of love called Valentine’s Day. I know all the usual arguments about Valentine’s Day: It’s too commercial. Love should be every... Read More