I trust this finds you well. As a fellow Pastor I share in the “good fight of faith” along with you and your ministry team. I think you would agree with me that many marriages are in BIG trouble. Some within our own ministry are heading in the wrong direction as a result of walking away from God’s original design for their life and for their marriage. Their family suffers, but so do the lost that make up their circle of influence. This reality affects us deeply as Pastors. We wrestle with questions that challenge our approach and lead us to investigate what other tools are available to build marriages. We don’t want to redesign our entire ministry, but we do want to find tools and resources to compliment God’s strategy for our church.
· What can we do both differently and creatively to inspire couples to focus their marriage on making an eternal difference?
· What can we do to help couples build thriving marriages that glorify God and serve others?
· How can our church leverage a marriage conference to evangelize our community?
· What can be done to help couples connect and stay connected to our ministry?
· How can we create a variety of environments to protect, direct, and grow marriages?
The Answer: Marriage Catalyst
Marriage Catalyst was founded to help couples build thriving marriages that glorify God and transform lives. We partner with churches in their strategy to reach the lost and build growing marriages. How do we do this? First we encourage churches to cast a vision for reaching the lost within their community and those within their congregation’s circle of influence. Although many of your people may have experienced rejection as a result of inviting their lost friends to a weekend service, extending an invitation to a marriage conference is quite different. The response is overwhelmingly positive.
The conference provides your people with a unique tool to connect their friends and family to the Lord Jesus through your church. Next we ask churches to host a Marriage Catalyst Conference to create an environment where couples can find inspiration and hope for their marriage.
During the conference we challenge couples to continue investing in their marriage by committing to a Marriage Catalyst 12-Session DVD Study hosted by one of your small groups. We highlight the four pillars to building a great marriage within the context of growing healthy relationships with others who are on the same journey:
1. Make loving God and loving others your highest priority
2. Be distinctly faithful in a good church
3. Be distinctly connected in a small group
4. Make key decisions together
OUR GOAL is to reinforce these principles to keep couples connected to your church and on the path to spiritual maturity. Each 20-45 minute session provides practical spiritual and relational applications from God’s Word to implement right away. To increase learning, each session follows a simple fill-in-the-blank outline.
The 12-Week DVD Study can be completed in twelve, six or eight weeks, depending on the time provided for each gathering. The message we deliver throughout the entire study can be summarized by one simple phrase:
A Growing Relationship with God is the
Catalyst for Building a Great Marriage!
The books, Marriage Catalyst and Matrimonio por Diseño serve as practical studies for groups, couples and individuals. They provide an abundance of research and activities for couples to share together. These resources will help your people laugh a little more, increase their knowledge of God’s Word and provide a strong foundation for their marriage to thrive. The books are not required for the small group study. They simply serve as resources to encourage your people to grow.
Life in the Vineyard is a 30-day devotional designed to help believers find their complete satisfaction in the Lord Jesus Christ. Although originally written for new believers, it continues to encourage believers at various stages of their spiritual maturity by reminding them of the simplicity of the Christian life.
As a Pastor I understand the challenges
you face each day in helping your people grow in their love for God and in
their love for one another. If you decide to host a Marriage Catalyst
Conference or purchase our resources to encourage couples within your
ministry, we would count it a high honor and a great privilege to serve you.
Founder, Marriage Catalyst