The goal of pre-marriage counseling is not to produce a perfectly married couple, but rather to help a couple establish a biblical understanding and foundation for their marriage. This is not to be taken lightly and thus the encouragement for you, as the pastor-counselor, is to develop a solid biblical foundation for the ministry of pre-marriage counseling. Pre-marriage counseling can help couples uncover important issues that they may be uncomfortable discussing and provide ways of addressing these issues effectively before they become a problem. The goal is to help couples shift from the engagement stage to being ready to build a successful marriage. The following learning activities are designed to provide insight in the area of pastoral pre-marriage counseling.
- Learning Activity #2: Pre-Marriage Counseling Paper
Research and read on at least four (4) sources from various sources discussed in the introduction of this week. The best target goal of reading would be 75 pages or more related to pre-marriage and grief counseling in order to effectively complete the this and the next learning activity.
Write a 2-3 page paper describing pre-marriage counseling practice and what you learned from the resources that will improve your ministry in this area.
To achieve maximum points for content and analysis, the following elements need thoroughly addressed:
- What is pre-marriage counseling?
- Why is it important?
- What new concepts related to pre-marriage counseling did you learn?
- Provide a minimum of four (4) cited sources.
Post your paper in the drop box entitled Pre-Marriage Counseling Paper.
- Learning Activity #3: Pre-Marriage Counseling Discussion
Based on reading that you have accomplished so far, and after writing the paper on the topic, prepare for an analytical response to the questions below.
¾Why is pre-marriage counseling important?
¾Why new concepts of pre-marriage counseling were learned?
¾How would you apply these concepts to ministry practice?
Post your response in the discussion forum entitled Pre-Marriage Counseling Discussion.