RECONNECT, REIGNITE, AND RESURRECT YOUR MARRIAGE
Whether your marriage needs to be reignited, or be completely resurrected, re|engage is a safe place for couples to reconnect. This ministry offers hope to marriages by helping couples move toward oneness through stories of grace, teaching, and small groups. Re|engage is a marriage enrichment program; whether couples are struggling to get along, have broken relationships, or simply want to grow closer together, marriages in any condition can benefit. Re|engage starts this fall on Sunday evenings beginning August 25 through December 15 from 6:15 – 7:45 pm (on the 3rd floor of education building). Cost is $40 per couple. Childcare available.
Large Group | An opportunity for all couples in all phases of the ministry to worship, pray, and learn together. During this time, you will hear couples publicly share their marriage story and leaders teach principles for marriage growth.
Small Group | Couples will then move into a Small Group setting where a Closed Group is formed with 4-5 participating couples to walk through the 16-lesson curriculum together. Once formed, no new couples are added to the Closed Group
Re|engage is for marriages, between one man and one woman, in any and all conditions. Every marriage will benefit, whether couples are struggling to get along, the marriage seems broken, or they simply want to grow closer together as a couple. Attendance without both spouses present is allowed, however, Closed Groups are reserved for couples who are both committed to the process. Previously married couples who are separated or divorced, but might consider reconciling, are also welcome to attend re|engage. Re|engage is not intended for seriously dating, engaged, or cohabitating couples.
The goal of re|engage is not primarily to save couples from divorce, or even to make healthier marriages. The goal of re|engage is to fashion couples into better disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe as our hearts better align with God’s plan and desire for our lives, all relationships (including our marriages) will improve. Through the felt need for better (or more tolerable) marriages, couples will come looking for help. Ultimately, what we offer them is Christ.
In October 2016, researchers from Hope for the Hurting Home published a study about re|engage. From their perspective as an outside party, they investigated re|engage to determine how program results match up with other contemporary research. They used three research methods: quantitative data was gathered via survey from current program participants, audio testimonies from previous program participants were reviewed, and an in-person field study was conducted by the primary researcher.
“Significant improvement in marital ratings was found from before participation in re|engage to after. Further, being unified with one’s spouse, finding support in community, and looking to God for strength were three specific behaviors that showed significant growth over the course of re|engage participation and that were correlated with higher marital quality.”
“The vast majority of participants, 96.9% to be precise, strongly agreed (81.9%) or agreed (15%) that they would recommend re|engage to others.”
“In general the qualitative research of couples who testified to the positive impact they believe re|engage had on their marriage yielded several salient themes tied to marital improvement: selflessness, accepting ownership for one’s share in marital problems, working as a team, growing relationships with God, God’s healing intervention, God’s grace and forgiveness, the importance of staying connected to a supportive community and being known, looking to God for the strength to work on one’s marriage, and the presence of severe marital or personal issues.”
“The vast majority of participants in re|engage claimed their marriage was at least somewhat better at the end of the program than it was when they started, and over half reported their marriage to be greatly improved after participating in re|engage. This self-report of improvement over 16 sessions combined with an average increase of 1.8 points when asked to rate the quality of one’s marriage both before and after participation in re|engage on a 10-point rating scale is strong evidence of a connection between marital improvement and participation in re|engage. Not only were marriages seen to improve, but participants’ happiness in regards to their marriages increased by several points. This increase in happiness regarding one’s marriage is very important as it increases motivation for couples to continue investing in their marital relationship.”
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