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
How Every Married Person Can Take The Summer Off

How Every Married Person Can Take The Summer Off

For as many years as I can remember, my daughter, who is now 11, has always been appalled that I have to work in the summer. She says, “Oh Daddy, it’s just not fair.” I say to her: “Yeah, what’s that all about? Down with the establishment that’s trying to keep me down.” She has no idea what I’m talking about, neither do I, but she is pleased I agree. I wish I could take the summer off, but I can’t. And I bet you can’t either. While we can’t take the summer off we can take a vacation from our... 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
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
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