A faith-based marriage preparation program
Our group has over 30 years of marriage preparation and marriage counseling experience. We are Christians who believe that Christian Marriage is a sacred and serious vocation ordained by God and should be prepared for in a serious, prayerful and timely manner. Our program is Christ-Centered but sensitive and respectful to all faiths.
Knowing that there are many demands on your time, energy and resources, we offer a solid program to prepare your engaged couples for marriage and hand them back to you having had a positive, comprehensive and spiritual experience that they will also enjoy.
The evaluations that we receive from engaged couples consistently say that they were pleasantly surprised at how valuable, practical and even fun their experience was. Couples don’t forget the important skills and lessons they learned even if they don’t yet realize how much they will need and use them in their future upcoming marriage.
Our staff are also available to provide follow up counseling to couples who may want or need it.
OUR MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM
Couples will complete 2 different inventories and attend 2 workshops. The first is the pre-marriage inventory called PREPARE. This well-known and respected premarriage assessment has been used successfully nationwide for over 35 years.
The second is the ARNO TEMPERAMENT PROFILE which is an incredibly accurate tool we have used with over 10,000 people in the Twin Cities area. Throughout our program, the importance of prayer and the scriptures will be emphasized and practiced.
First, couples will attend a day-long workshop where they will review the results of their PREPARE INVENTORY together as a couple. Our staff will facilitate couple, small group and large group discussions. The day will also include teachings on all the important topics that couples need to discuss together before entering a life long marriage with one another. These topics include:
• Spiritual life together
• Making Christ the center of your marriage
• Couple prayer together
• Good communication
• Ability to resolve conflict in healthy ways
• Family backgrounds
• Attitudes about finances
• Children & parenting
• Decision making
• Sex & affection
• Relationship roles & expectations
Arno Temperament Profile
Couples will also attend an ARNO TEMPERAMENT workshop where they will learn about God’s gift of their Temperament: how God “hard wires” each of us uniquely. Through a review of and teaching about their own and one anothers' Temperaments, they will be guided in:
• Understanding themselves and their partner
• Accepting themselves and their partner
• Respecting themselves and their partner
This includes their own and their partner’s strengths, weaknesses and unique and non- negotiable needs and how to work with differences respectfully with God’s help. This workshop is about practical and real issues that couples often struggle with and how to eliminate common issues by starting with more understanding of self and partner than most couples learn in lifetime of marriage.
A RESOURCE FOR YOUR CHURCH
What is your role?
Simply refer your couples to our website or hand them our postcard. We will handle the rest and provide you and each couple a Certificate of Completion so that you know your engaged couples are ready for the commitment to Christian Marriage.
If you have a larger group of engaged couples, we may also request the use of space at your church so that we can offer our program in more than one convenient location.
What is the cost?
There is no cost to you or your church. The engaged couples pay for the program. We are aware, as are they, that the cost of our program is probably the least expensive part of most wedding costs today, yet we know that it is the most valuable.
The cost is $750 per couple plus the cost of the scoring of their PREPARE INVENTORY ($35 per couple) and ARNO TEMPERAMENT PROFILE ($45 each). Lunch, snacks, and resources are included.
Our experience has been that when couples have to make a financial investment in their marriage preparation, they take it seriously and appreciate the benefits.