Preparing for Marriage Leader's Guide

Preparing for Marriage Leader's Guide

by Dennis Rainey (Editor)

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Overview

Point Them in the Right Direction Before They Walk Down the Aisle

Married couples begin their lives together with a vow of lifelong love and devotion . . . but many walk down the aisle unaware of all that promise entails. Now you can help engaged couples make their vows with open eyes and hearts, fully prepared for the hard and rewarding work of building a strong and lasting Christian marriage.

Created by FamilyLife, one of America's leading marriage and family ministries, Preparing for Marriage is a dynamic, comprehensive premarital education program designed to lay the foundation for biblical, fulfilling marriage. As a supplement to Preparing for Marriage, the Preparing for Marriage Leader's Guide is an invaluable tool for pastors, premarital counselors, mentor couples, and small group leaders. Inside is everything you need to help engaged couples establish a lasting relationship built on an unshakable foundation: Jesus Christ.

The Preparing for Marriage Leader's Guide will help you:
· Counsel an engaged couple or lead a small-group study for couples
· Share God's unique blueprints for marriage and the home
· Help couples discern God's will for their relationship
· Provide practical guidance on finances, responsibilities, and intimacy
· Evaluate a couple's readiness for marriage after counseling
· Create a mentoring couples program and develop mentoring relationships
· Build healthy, Christ-centered marriages in the Church


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764215490
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/17/2010
Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 441,810
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dennis Rainey is president and CEO of FamilyLife, a division of Cru. Dennis and his wife, Barbara, have spoken at Weekend to Remember conferences around the world. Dennis serves as the daily host of the radio program FamilyLife Today. He and Barbara have authored more than two dozen books, including the bestselling Moments Together for Intimacy and Moments Together for Couples. The Raineys have six children and nineteen grandchildren.

Table of Contents

About This Course 5

A Message to Mentors from Dennis Rainey 7

Chapter 1 Overview of Preparing for Marriage 15

Chapter 2 Ministering to Premarried Couples 27

Chapter 3 Using Mentors 35

Chapter 4 Conducting the Opening Interview 41

Chapter 5 Notes on the Couple's Workbook 61

Worksheet 1 Understanding Your Personal History 62

Worksheet 2 Great Expectations 65

Session 1 Why Marriage? 68

Session 2 God's Equation for Marriage: When One Plus One Equals One 72

Session 3 Evaluating Your Relationship 77

Session 4 A Decision-Making Guide 83

Session 5 Authentic Communication 86

Session 6 Roles and Responsibilities 89

Session 7 Money, Money, Money 92

Session 8 Intimacy: Sexual Communication in Marriage 96

Appendix Premarital Couple Evaluation 99

About the Writers 103

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