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International Church Pre-Marriage counseling

 

Why do I have to have Pre-Marriage Counseling?
Pre-marriage Counseling program enables you and your partner to gain greater insights into a satisfying, Christ-centered marriage. We are convinced that the presence of Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and dedicated work to apply the Bible to your relationship will bring stability and mutual satisfaction into your marriage. When two people fall in love and decide to get married, they begin one of the most rewarding relationships God designed. You are who you are because of what you have experienced, inherited, been taught, and seen modeled for you throughout your life. Your attitudes, morals, values, beliefs, and priorities are all influenced by your family and are the building blocks for the expectations you bring to your marriage relationship. One of the most significant factors in a marriage is the influence of the family of origin. When we encounter issues that are difficult for us to deal with, we have a tendency to think that love will take care of the problems for us; it will be different after we get married; or I can change him or her. That doesnít usually happen. You have to deal with the tough issues, and it is better to deal with them before you get married rather than to find out after you are married you cannot resolve the problems.

Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)

What are the goals of Pre-Marriage counseling?
The goal of pre-marriage counseling is to help equip couples with information, insights and skills, which will enable them to grow in their relationship towards intimacy and maturity. Itís a time for the couple to make an assessment of their beliefs, values, behaviors and ways of relating to one another. We hope to find ways to help couples to better communicate with one another. We also desire to identify weaknesses and problem areas. We will plan for continued growth in the relationship by anticipating various stages of their marriage. Our final goal is to have each person evaluate his or her commitment to Jesus Christ individually and as a couple.

How long will the pre-marriage counseling take?
Our minimum requirement for premarital counseling is three (3) one and half hour sessions. we begin the session with prayer.

What is the cost of the pre-marriage counseling program?
Fees are based on the amount of time involved and the type of help needed. Generally, appointments are once or twice a week and last about 1 - 1-1/2 hour. We operate on an adjustable fee scale based on income and general ability to pay. It is part of our outreach /mission to turn no one away who is in need of Spiritual guidance because of their inability to pay the counseling fees. The cost of counseling is discussed carefully at some point during the first interview with your pastoral counselor, and a mutual agreement is reached before the actual counseling begins.

What do we talk about at the pre-marriage counseling sessions?
You will discuss many subjects throughout your time together. These subjects include marital roles and responsibilities; Gods plan for marriage; skills for communicating and resolving conflicts; realistic management of finances; Children and parenting; Husband Wife roles; why and how a marriage dies; and much more! Your relationship strengths will be discussed as well as areas that need growth. Although the program is designed to cover certain topics, your counselor will design your time together to fit your individual needs. Details of the three sessions are discussed during your first session. Homework assignments are given to enhance your understanding. Our final goal is to have each person evaluate his or her commitment to Jesus Christ individually and as a couple.

If you would like to make an appointment for pre-marriage counseling: Appointment

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