marriage

The Marriage You've Always Wanted Conference

with Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages

September 16th 2017 at Grace Church

Event time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost: $40 per person, includes Chick-fil-A lunch

Whether you’ve been married six months or sixty years, every marriage can use a boost.

In this popular conference led by Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages®, you and your spouse will focus on the basics of every marriage:

• Communication • Expressing love • Making changes • Sex and intimacy • Dealing with criticism

Join us for what’s sure to be a highlight of your marriage and the beginning of many positive changes!

Please note: Childcare is not available at this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marriage & Family...

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God created marriage to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman. He didn't intend it to be  easy - unfortunately, "easy" doesn't usually bring out the best in us. Instead, He designed marriage to be like a workshop. The inherent challenges of this intimate r

elationship become the very tools that refine and develop our potential.

Our ministry goal is to journey alongside you, for we are all in process - none of us has "arrived." We want to offer you encouragement and essential tools for building a strong marriage that will weather the storms of life. We have classes that prepare couples fo marriage and that strengthen existing marriages.

FOR THOUGHT:

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  • Couples who regularly attend church,  read their bibles and spiritual materials regularly;  pray privately and together; and take their faith seriously, are 35 percent less likely to divorce compared to secular Americans.(1) 
  • Those that rarely attend church and and do not make God the center of their marriage are 20 percent more likely to divorce, compared to secular Americans. [1] 
  • 71 percent of once-married women (and 81 percent of men) are still married to their first spouse. [2]                                 
  • Only 50% to 60% of cohabitors marry the persons with whom they cohabit at a given time. 76% report plans to marry their partner but only about half do. [3]                           
  • Marriages that are preceded by living together have a 75 percent risk of divorce. [3] 

"Couples taking pre-marriage preparation have a 30% higher rate of marital success than those couples who did not participate in pre-marriage preparation."

[1] Bradford Wilcox and Elizabeth Williamson, “The Cultural Contradictions of Mainline Family Ideology and Practice,” in American Religions and the Family, edited by Don S. Browning and David A. Clairmont (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007) p. 50.

[2] Statistics from the 2009 US census Bureau, this statistic includes widows.

[3] Brown, Susan L.; Alan Booth. "Cohabitation Versus Marriage: A Comparison of Relationship Quality." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 58 (1996) 668-678.

[4] Carroll, J. & Doherty, W. (2003). Evaluating the effectiveness of pre-marital prevention programs: A Meta-analytic review of outcome research. Family Relations, 52.

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