Inside the Jan/Feb 2016 Issue
No other ministry investment pays such rich dividends in the life of the leader, nor releases such transformative hope in the life of the church before a watching community and skeptical culture, than this: the integrity of our marriage.
What we say has impact; faithful proclamation is not optional. But what we do validates our faith and values at the deepest level. Or calls all we say into question.
So we wondered, in the ministry of marriage, not just what are we saying, but what are we doing? What are we teaching? What are we modeling? How are we preparing people for the redemptive relationship of marriage that is intended to reflect God’s relentless love for people?
And what are we preaching through the way we live it? In this issue of Outreach we profile five marriage ministry solutions from five churches; we offer a round-up of marriage ministry resources; and we sit down for a substantive conversation with Les and Leslie Parrott, co-authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts and the SYMBIS premarriage assessment resources.
In this issue we also welcome several new voices to the magazine. Hugh Halter, the U.S. director for Forge America and author of the recently released Brimstone: The Art and Act of Holy Nonjudgment, launches his column, “Fleshed Out,” with the reminder that “apathy, fear and comfort are the three killers of our calling.” Indeed.
You will also find some new additions to the “Ideas” department. We are grateful to be partnering with the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism to help us explore concerns related to the church’s mandate to be a community of Good News-sharing people. Kevin Harney, senior pastor of Shoreline Community Church and a longtime partner and friend of the magazine, gets practical with “Organic Outreach,” in this issue inviting us to consider “The Inner Sanctum of the Home.” And William Vanderbloemen of The Vanderbloemen Search Group brings his collected wisdom to this issue as he launches his column, “Staffing and Teams.”
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Real Ministries for Real Marriages
Establishing the Foundation; Prioritizing Marriage; Re-Engaging Couples in Christ; Building a Better Marriage Culture; Support After a Marriage Ends
The Mingling of Souls
Honest reflections from Matt Chandler of The Villiage Church on the meaning and measure of love
Marriage Ministry Resources
Books, apps, retreats and other resources for strengthening family life in your church.
The Outreach Interview: Les and Leslie Parrott
“For every percentage point that the divorce rate drops the lives of more than a million children are positively impacted.”.
ALSO: Ed Stetzer on Marriage and Ministry; Five Critical Lessons in Church Multiplication; Bobby Gruenewald on Redeeming Technology in Your Marriage; Hugh Halter on How Our Kids Lead Us; and Much More.
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