Goals of Marriage Ministry
The Marriage Ministry seeks to help young and matured marriages grow and stay strong, and be what God intends for them to be. The Ministry looks to provide for the holistic needs of couples throughout their marriage via 3 prongs, namely, the Pre-Marital Course, Marriage Mentoring Programme and Marriage Enrichment Seminars.
In addition, qualified and trained counsellors are available to couples who need to seek help for marital issues at no charge. This is a specialised offering available at all times for couples.
1) Pre- marital classes for couples intending to marry
The pre-marital course (PMC) aims to help pre-marital couples build a strong foundation for their life journey together. Couples will be equipped with practical skills and biblical knowledge for a healthy and enriching marriage.
In addition to interactive teaching sessions, couples will get to understand their different personality types and relationship dynamics, and learn effective relationship skills by reviewing a personalised couple inventory report with a trained facilitator. The inventory, PrepareEnrich, is to be taken by the couple at a personal cost, before the start of the course.
The course ends with a pre-marital counselling, intended to help couples deal with potential areas of conflicts in marriages.
Pre-Marital Course 2021
Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10.
Aug 14, 21, 28, Sept 4, 11, 18, 25
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2) Pre-marital counselling for couples intending to marry
A minimum of one session after a couple has attended the pre-marital course but not confined to just one and can be more depending on needs.
3) Prayer of cleansing from pre-marital activities and cutting of soul ties
Couples will be led through a prayer of cleansing for past involvement in pre-marital activities e.g. Pornography, visits to prostitutes, pre-marital sex etc. For those who have past relationships apart from the partner they are marrying, there will also be a prayer to cut soul ties with past partners.
4) Provide solemnisers for day of wedding
Currently there are 3 solemnisers in BBTC to meet the needs of marrying couples.
5) Marriage Mentoring
Marriage mentoring is a couple-to-couple relationship in which a mentor couple provides support to a mentee couple to develop a lasting and fulfilling marriage.
Marriage mentors will be trained on the use of a mentoring workbook, Chicken & Fish Agreements: Marriage Mentoring. The workbook provides a platform for couples to discuss certain topics pivotal to growing and strengthening their marital relationship. Through the mentoring process, couples will learn to leverage on their individual strengths to work as a team, strengthen their communication skills, stay emotionally connected to each other and resolve conflicts effectively.
Pre-requisites for marriage mentors:
• Married for at least 10 years
• Able to commit as a couple for a minimum of 3 years
• Members of a cell group
Newly-wed couples will be assigned mentor couples to befriend and journey with them the first 3 years of their married life.
6) Marriage Enrichment Seminars
Maintaining a strong and healthy marriage requires a couple to intentionally work on their relationship without presuming that a good marriage happens naturally. A research study found that couples who attended marriage enrichment programmes showed improved marital satisfaction, intellectual intimacy, and sexual intimacy.
Marriage enrichment seminars are run bi-yearly to enhance marital satisfaction and strengthen the relationship by teaching married couples specific skills, including communication, conflict resolution, financial management, and interpersonal skills such as managing in-laws relationships.
7) Provide counselling for couples to work on issues in their marriages
Qualified and trained counsellors are available to couples who need to seek help for marital issues at no charge.