Achieve God’s Purpose for Your Marriage!
ONE LOVE MEANS Sacrifice, Selflessness, & Service to become one Flesh
MARRIAGE WITH PURPOSE
Our marriage ministry is focused on the preservation of the traditional and noble foundations of family as the bedrock of society and the protection of the loving union between husband and wife as the bedrock of the family itself. As the first institution ordained by God to cater and nurture the beautiful Garden of Eden, the impact of marriage as a God established institution is facing neglect in contemporary society as people substitute the joys of marriage for illicit sex, pornography, divorce, and self-worship.
It is the vision of Marriage on Purpose to remind society of the joy and blessings that loving marriages and stable homes built on the foundation of Christ can experience. Healing and defending broken hearts and restoring them to the initial love of God as shown by Jesus releases us to live and love in ways far more liberating and free than current misconceptions of marriage and family would have us believe. It is out of the foundations of this love, that God continues to ordain beauty, and such beauty is worth sharing and spreading.
In all the hustle and bustle of life, taking care of your family, your home, children, jobs, and the many responsibilities that you have, it is very easy for nurturing your marriage to somehow end up at the bottom of your list of priorities. But, one of the greatest investments that you will ever make is your marriage. To have a great marriage and the kind of marriage that God desires you to have, there must be that special time set aside to cultivate your marriage and bless your spouse. At the Marriage Fellowship, we are committed to having an evening set aside for you that will enhance, enrich, and rejuvenate you and your spouse.
We are only asking you to set aside 2 hours one time a month to JOIN US AT THE MARRIAGE FELLOWSHIP. We assure you that this will not be a wasted evening and that you will want to come back month after month! Join other couples for a night of laughter, food, creative games, and a practical message that will help you achieve a healthier and more successful marriage. God designed marriage to be fulfilling and awesome. Experience God’s fulfillment in your marriage!
Each Marriage Fellowship meeting is designed for:
Teaching – Discussion – Prayer – Fellowship Fun special events are also held throughout the year.
The Marriage Fellowship desires for married couples to: – Achieve oneness with their spouses according to God’s ultimate purpose – Typify the relationship that Christ has with His bride, the church – Take time in our monthly meetings to fellowship with other married couples.
Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. Ephesians 5:25 …Take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. Malachi 2:14
WHAT WE OFFER…
Whether you’re planning a wedding, looking for helpful resources to strengthen your marriage or in need of support in a difficult time, IAM Church is here to help. Below is a listing of our current marriage-related offerings and opportunities.
IAM Church offers a pre-marriage mentoring program, in an effort to prepare engaged couples toward God-honoring marriages. This vital ministry is centered on a curriculum focused on Biblical values, and includes nine sessions with the mentors, for four to six months prior to their planned wedding date. To find out more or schedule a wedding consultation with a Campus Pastor fill out form Below.
As a couple considering the amazing covenant-relationship of marriage, we at IAM strongly urge you to seek wise counsel before actually getting married. To that end, our Pre-Marriage Mentoring is a ministry designed to prepare engaged couples for a lifelong marital commitment.
Pre-Marriage Mentoring begins 4 – 6 months prior to the wedding date and involves the following:
- Being committed to a pre-planned schedule of 9 sessions with a IAM mentor couple that has been married at least 7 years
- Traveling to the Church for each of the 90 minute sessions
- Completing assigned reading and homework with preparedness to discuss it prior to each session
The materials we use have been selected and approved by IAM Senior Staff and include the following:
- You must go to the Bookstore and Purchase Book and Workbook
For more information and / or questions about cost, pre-marriage mentors and other wedding-related next steps, please reach out to one of the pastors below:
TEAM LEAD: Pastor Alfred Craig Jr
Contact Number: 602-332-0837
TEAM LEAD Assistant: Pastor Noel Craig
Contact Number: 480-406-1948
IAM Church values healthy marriages. As such, in an effort to encourage and support those considering this amazing, God-honoring covenant, we have a range of ministries available to equip couples to make wise choices as they consider getting married. One of these ministries is pre-engagement counseling with a pastor, or a recommendation to a counselor off of our extensive counselor referral list. To find out more or schedule an appointment.
WEDDINGS AT IAM CHURCH
Engaged couples interested in using one of the IAM Church campus-locations and IAM Church pastors to officiate their wedding, should contact Church Administration Department for details regarding costs, procedures, and availability.
Weddings – Counseling
Your wedding should be a joy-filled occasion! But sometimes planning a wedding can be stressful. Our desire here at IAM Church is to ensure that even when wedding planning gets stressful, we partner with you in ensuring the most God-honoring and encouraging ceremony takes place. This may involve a desire or need for wise counsel. We can partner with you in this via pastoral counseling or a counselor off of our extensive counselor referral list.
IAM Church values your marriage and desires for it to remain as healthy as possible. But marriage is not always easy, and can often endure misunderstanding, communication breakdown, and conflict. Our desire is to encourage you through these tough areas of marital life. We can do this by partnering with you through pastoral counseling or a counselor off of our extensive counselor referral list.
re-Engage Marriage Workshop
Would you rate your marriage as a 2 or a 10? Maybe even a 0? You are not alone. Whether your marriage needs to be reignited, or is in need of a complete resurrection, re-engage is a safe place for couples to reconnect and grow.
We will explore topics like embracing humility, extending grace and forgiveness, communication and conflict, commitment and truth, expectations and understanding and more.
Divorce & Separation Care
Are you considering a divorce? Find the potential of hope, help, and healing for the hurt of separation and the potential of divorce. This workshop is a friendly and caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. It is open to those considering divorce, engaged in the process, and are post-divorce. You do not have to consider or endure this process alone.
Is your communication breaking or broken down? Is your marriage in crisis? These areas of marital distress cause misunderstanding, conflict, and brokenness. Our desire is to partner with you in finding hope, healing, and help for these conflicts within marital life. We can do this by working with you via pastoral counseling at IAM, or a recommendation for a counselor, off of our extensive counselor referral list.
Divorce & Separation Care
You are not alone. Find help and healing for the hurt caused by separation and/or divorce. This workshop and its support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through, and want to help. You’ll find an empathetic community, gain access to valuable resources to help you address the pain of the past, and essential tools in an effort to look forward to rebuilding your life for the future.
Divorce is often a traumatic event in the life of individuals. It can sometimes result in anger, shame, broken communication, and an unwillingness or lack of desire to trust. Our desire is to partner with you in finding hope, healing, and help for these hurts. We do this by working with you in pastoral counseling at IAM Church, or a recommendation for a counselor, off of our extensive counselor referral list.