Marriage Ministry

You don’t have to be great at marriage, you just have to be great at YOUR marriage.

On broken marriages and the role of the church…

Something has been happening this year. I’ve served in ministry in churches for 26 years (at Pulpit Rock for 19 of those years), and in all my time being involved in leadership in communities of faith, I have never experienced a year of marriage struggles within the community like we have this year. Something has been happening.

Becoming One

A 10-week class offered throughout the year.

Jim and Mary Williams standing together in front of a pond.

Facilitators: Jim and Mary Williams are retired public educators. They have attended training seminars sponsored by Great Commandment Ministries and taught marriage classes and mentored couples over the last 22 years. They have been married 32 years and have two children.

What is Becoming One?
This class will include exposure to and application of biblical principles relating to marriage intimacy. We will cover key concepts found in the book, Intimate Encounters, such as identifying and meeting needs, as well as healing unresolved hurts. Couples will enhance communication skills and develop a plan to encourage lifelong intimacy in marriage and family.

Who should attend?
Those who want to work on improving their marriage relationship; those who are hurting in their marriage and need tools to bring healing or those who would like to interact with the material in order to consider using it in future ministry opportunities.

Dates: Next session beginning September 11th
Cost: $24 (covers books and materials)

Marriage Coaching

Ongoing. Coaching couples available now.

What is Marriage Coaching?
A two-on-two relationship between a "more seasoned" married couple at Pulpit Rock and a couple interested in learning from their experience and wisdom. Our team of eight married couples (coaches) is fully trained and under the pastoral oversight of Jonathan Cleveland. Each couple comes alongside a premarital or married couples to guide them towards a marriage fully centered on Christ. The couples meet regularly for relationship and helpful conversation about marriage. We have former military coaching couples to guide you in this unique challenge to marriage, as well as offering pre premarital and premarital coaching as well for those thinking about marriage.

Why do I need a Marriage Coach?
We share this life together in the context of transparent, life-giving relationships. We are created, known, wounded, and healed in the context of our relationships, and we believe that the marriage relationship is one where we can grow in courageous vulnerability, where the life of God can mature and be expressed. We also believe that we are messy, that life is messy, and that sometimes a couple can benefit from connection and conversation with others on the same journey.

Is Marriage Coaching for You?
Everyone on Pulpit Rock’s Marriage Coaching team is passionate about marriage, both their own and others and are committed to the time, effort and prayer that goes into the work of coaching. Our coaches ask you for openness, transparency, and commitment to investing in and strengthening your marriage.