Looking for ways to strengthen your own marriage, or the marriages in your churches? Here are some resources recommended by the Department of Christian Faith Formation:
The Art of Marriage
Video Series, by Family Life (a Cru Ministry)
The Art of Marriage® weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design. Over 40 ministry leaders provide biblically-centered teaching while couples who have struggled in marriage openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness, and grace. You can make use of the Art of Marriage either in a video format for an event, a small group study, or in single topic series for a small group. Learn more.
Weekend to Remember
Marriage Weekend Away, By Family Life
The two-and-a-half day romantic weekend getaway is a time to be together as a couple to invest in and strengthen the foundation of your marriage, no matter how firm or fragile it is. By getting away from the distractions of life, you can fortify your most important relationship and work toward building wonderful memories together, for decades to come.Marriage is a lifelong adventure of growing together through every age and stage of life. The happiest couples are those who commit to learning skills that help them weather difficult seasons and deal confidently with relationship challenges. Find out what over 1.5 million couples worldwide have experienced at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember®. It’s your turn to make a great marriage happen. Learn more.
The Meaning of Marriage
Book, DVD & Study Guide, by Tim Keller with Kathy Keller
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean ’til death do us part, but merely for as long as my needs are being met; and that when serious differences arise, divorce is the best solution.
According to the bible, all of these modern-day assumptions miss what marriage is all about. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, along with Kathy, his wife of thirty-six years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful. This book is for anyone from singles, to couples considering marriage, to those who have been married recently or for a long time. Learn more.