Marriage is analogized to the relationship between Christ and the Church and should be life-giving and full of grace. The Bible begins with a wedding and ends with a wedding. Our most important horizontal relationship should be prioritized and invested in. It’s that important. People should watch believers be married and be drawn to Jesus and marriage.
Right now, there are marriages in your churches that are suffering from stagnancy, complacency, and crisis. If they do not start bringing life and intentionality into their marriages, they will end another painful statistic. Leadership time and resources are poured into crisis intervention, but we must get ahead of the crisis to thwart it. Unless many married couples are engaged with an effective structure immediately, they will not be married a year from now.
Churches have pre-marital counseling and crisis/divorce care. Outside of occasional sermons or conferences, there’s a large gap in between. Fill the gap in your marriage ministry with a proactive, intentional structure for all marriages.
There are decades of consequences when a divorce occurs. The emotional and financial impact on families has negative long-term effects. By saving one marriage in your church, you potentially change generations.