Why Valentine’s Day is a Big Deal in Marriage Ministry

Why Valentine’s Day is a Big Deal in Marriage Ministry

The Super Bowl is a big deal. From half-time performances by music royalty to the most expensive advertising space on television, this football game has turned into a worldwide spectacle, and often the only sporting event some people watch all year. The economic power of just one event is life changing for the city lucky enough to host it. The 2018 Super Bowl brought in over $370 million to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Not to mention that it’s an unofficial national holiday in the US as... Read More
11 Steps to Start a Marriage Ministry the Right Way

11 Steps to Start a Marriage Ministry the Right Way

When I started marriage ministry in the local church in 2001, I felt alone. As I looked across the country, I saw very few churches that had a holistic approach to marriage, or any approach for that matter. I am encouraged with the number of churches leaders who are going after it. Some have a plan. Others ask: “How do I get started?” For the latter group, this post is for you. 1. Get Buy-In From Senior Leadership Let’s start with the obvious. You need to recognize where the power for... Read More
Setting Goals For Your Marriage Ministry in the New Year

Setting Goals For Your Marriage Ministry in the New Year

I absolutely admire Aaron. He’s a Hispanic guy who used to be the janitor at his church. Aaron and his wife asked the church leadership if they could start a Bible study for young married couples to help build strong marriages in their congregation. Today, Aaron is a full-time marriage and family ministry pastor—serving that same church with literally hundreds of couples being reached by his ministry. That’s all because he saw a need for a marriage ministry at his church and was bold... Read More
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