Marriage Ministry Service Opportunities
Pastor Jamie and the Elders have challenged the church to serve somewhere in the church for two hours per week in the coming year. Our model for serving is Jesus Himself, the disciples, and countless saints over the years who have not only given, but have received the gifts of grace and mercy from our Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength. … AND you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:30-31 NASB
As you take the challenge from Jamie and the Elders seriously, we have several opportunities for you to join with us to serve marriages. It does not require your own perfect marriage – none of us have that. What is required is that you serve together as a couple and desire to see the passion for Christ grow in your own lives as well as in those we serve.
Marriage Crisis First Responders
You’ll be trained to come alongside a struggling couple and help them normalize the same sort of struggles you have already faced and survived in your marriage. This is not counseling. As a First Responder, you’ll connect with them within 24 hours and simply offer hope – and direct them to marriage resources – helping them to connect with Jesus and others who can continue the process. We ask that you’ll commit to two days a month to be available to retrieve calls from the message center.
You’ll be trained to become safe mentors to a couple and walk with them for a one year period, meeting about once a month to encourage and share God’s love and hope. Commitment includes a half day training, and quarterly get together with other Marriage Investors. Click here for more information.
Table Mentors in our Marriage Preparation classes
This class meets three times a year to help couples prepare for marriage. During this four-week class that meets on two Saturday mornings and four Sundays during the 3rd worship hour, you would be a table host for 2 to 4 couples and lead the discussion on the topics heard from our speaker that day. Commit to at least one 4-week session a year.
Prepare/Enrich Relationship Inventory reviewers
Train to become a couple who will spend 3 to 6 hours with a pre-marriage couple, reviewing with them the assessment they have taken on-line. As a Prepare /Enrich review couple you’ll be given the opportunity to go over this detailed analysis of their relationship in the following key areas and give them insights into their relationship strengths and areas for growth. You’ll be able to share with them the similarities and differences in their family of origin, and the “rose-colored-glasses” effect.
- Conflict Resolution
- Style habits
- Financial Management
- Leisure Activities
- Family and Friends
- Relationship Roles
- Idealistic Distortion
- Personality Similarities and Differences
- Individual Stress Levels
G.Y.M. (Growing Your Marriage) Small Group Leaders
Lead/facilitate a small group DVD study in your home or on campus (See the G.Y.M. webpage for a list of all the studies we offer). We ask for a 10-12 week commitment and that you would sit under one of our current leaders for one class. You will provide hospitality, leadership and fellowship for 4 to 6 couples.
Sunday Marriage Ministry Table Hosts
Provide presence and warmth to those passing the Marriage Ministry Table on Sundays between services. Sign up for as many weeks (and services) as you desire to knowledgeably greet people between services. We’ll keep you abreast of all our activities so that you can help couples find the right ministry venue for their needs.
With your spouse, prayerfully consider where your gifts and passions fall, then call the Marriage Ministry Office at 480.824.7238 to learn more and to take the next step in becoming a partner with us in the Scottsdale Bible Church Marriage Ministry. As a member of the growing Marriage Ministry family you are also invited to our bi-monthly Marriage Council meeting, which is normally held the first Thursday of alternating months at 6:30pm.
Quarterly Date Night Childcare Volunteer
Bless other couples in the church by serving as a childcare volunteer during one of our Quarterly Date Nights. You will be placed in childcare rooms alongside regularly scheduled childcare workers to help provide extra support and care to the children of couples who are taking advantage of a night out to reconnect and build intimacy. All volunteers must go through a background check at least one week prior to the date night. You will be trained the night of the event, and the total commitment would be 4 hours (4:30-8:30pm).