Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Marriage Matters

We just introduced a new event at NCC- Marriage Matters. It is similar in form and purpose to Northpoint Community Church's Married Life Live. Northpoint has a fantastic site for pastors who are interested in starting Married Life Live in their churches.

Our Marriage Matters will be held 4 times a year, and the events are strategically tied to the launch of our 3 semesters or the beginning of May Term.

Our purposes are as follows:
  • Provide opportunities for couples in our church to connect
  • Provide on-going opportunities for couples to intentionally wok on their marriage
  • Encourage couples to plug into small groups
The theme of our first Marriage Matters was Vive La Difference: Celebrating Our Differences. The basement of Ebenezers was decked out like a French bistro, and the food had a distinctive French flair. My husband, Ryan, and I served as the emcees, guided the 60 attendees through table talk, games, and creative elements. Pastor Paul shared a short message on navigating and celebrating differences in marriage.

We have identified 5 core Biblical values that are vital for a healthy marriage. At each Marriage Matters, we will choose one of those values as the "big idea" for the night. Each event will have its own unique theme (Summer BBQ, Italian, Luau, etc) and a new set of emcees and creative elements.


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