Congratulations!

If you are looking at information on premarital counseling, it means that you have made one of the most important decisions of your life; you have chosen the person that you will walk through life with!  There is much to celebrate!

We also want to congratulate you for beginning to do the work and the planning not just for the wedding, but also for what your life together will look like. 

We once met with a couple for premarital counseling who put it like this:  "We are getting married in just a few weeks and we are so excited!  We have every last detail planned.  We know exactly what will be happening at the ceremony and the reception to follow; but we realize that we have no idea what to except for our life together once we walk out of the doors of that church."

This couple is not alone.  In fact, most couples spend over 300 hours planning the wedding, but less than 3 hours in premarital counseling.

Marriage is the joining together to two people to become one.  But most couples do not understand all that this process entails: Two different people, with two different personalities, who are two different genders, coming from two different families, with many different ways of dealing with everyday situations--now coming together as one. Is it any wonder that, as much as couples love each other, they are often not prepared for what lies ahead in dealing with these differences?

Marriage is a gift from God, and He set it apart in Gen 2:21-2 as the most important human relationship. So, the first step is in finding the one, and then the next step is in learning how to really care for their heart, and the heart of our marriage even through our differences.

Our desire in meeting with couples in premarital counseling is to help equip them with the tools to do just that, and to develop a firm foundation on which to build a marriage that will last a lifetime.

What to Expect: 

1.  We will ask each of you to complete two different things prior to our first meeting.  One is an inventory called PREPARE.  This is not a test, with right or wrong answers, it is an inventory that will help us to quickly see your couples strengths, as well as growth areas.  We will also ask you to complete a family history, which will give us insight into some of the similarities and differences of your families of origin.

2. In our time together, we will cover several topics that are vital to a good marriage. Topics covered will include:

*Communication

*Personality Differences

*Dealing with Conflict

*Finances

*Sexual Intimacy

*Boundaries:  Protecting Your Marriage

3.  We meet with couples weekly for one hour sessions.  The number of sessions will vary, depending on the needs of each couple, but typically last anywhere from eight to twelve weeks.

We would be honored to walk beside you on this path to making your marriage all that God intends for it to be!  For more information, or to make an appointment to get started, go to the "contact us" bar on the home page, or email  mikequalls@ffministries.org.