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
A Leader’s Top Priority This Busy Holiday Season

A Leader’s Top Priority This Busy Holiday Season

A few days ago while driving home, I could feel my blood pressure rise and my heart beat quicken when I heard the radio DJ announce that there was 30 days until Christmas. My mind started rattling off all the things my wife and I still need to do/start to do: gifts, decorations, Christmas cards, travel, parties, teacher gifts, and so much more. We’re so busy right now. How can I even think of adding more onto an already very full plate? For those of us in ministry leadership roles, it’s... Read More
How Well Is Your Marriage Surviving The Pressure?

How Well Is Your Marriage Surviving The Pressure?

by Carey Nieuwhof How’s your marriage? Really? I’ve been fortunate to be married to my wife Toni for over 22 years. And we’re experiencing more joy and satisfaction in our marriage than we’ve ever had. But we almost didn’t make it. There’s a lot of pressure on marriages and families today. We’ve felt it. Intensely. Life and leadership put a lot of strain on a marriage. Add kids and jobs into the mix and the pressure sometimes can get ultra intense. I wish I could say I have an ideal marriage,... Read More