Looking for an interesting night out? Want someone else to watch the kids for a while? Does your marriage need a tune up? Check out the various Marriage Enrichment opportunities available here at BelPres by looking at the list below.
What is marriage mentoring?
Marriage Mentoring is the opportunity for a couple to come alongside another couple in their marriage. The Marriage Mentoring relationship provides a trusting relationship between committed Christian couples who are both seeking God’s best for their marriage. We pair a mentor couple with a couple seeking to be mentored who share similar life journeys. Couples may want to be mentored because they are hoping to gain insight from couples who’ve walked the similar road before them, or because they want to find deeper community with another couple or because they want to make their good marriage even better.
What does a marriage mentoring relationship look like?
Couples can decide what works best for them. Normally, couples meet together for dinner once a month. The topics to discuss are mutually decided. Mentors are volunteers who have gone through certification, but are not trained in counseling. In fact, they are not meant to be counselors, but people who have journeyed similar life experiences and are willing to share their story. Mentoring goes both ways – both couples learn and grow from the experience of being paired together. Marriage mentoring also can be a group in which one mentor couple meets with 3-5 mentee couples.
What would my spouse and I gain from a mentoring relationship?
Plenty! For one thing, it’s an opportunity to have a relationship with a couple who have, most likely, experienced many of the things you are experiencing or still lies ahead for your relationship — things like handling conflict, raising children, balancing work schedules, and maintaining intimacy.
We believe successful marriages happen not in isolation, but within authentic Christian community.
Based on the bestselling book, “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” by Gottman and Silver, this 6-week course provides practical, research-based tools to help couples: improve friendship, enhance intimacy, manage conflict constructively, gain skills to address problems, create shared meaning, and maintain gains for a lifetime. The interactive format includes teaching from Gottman-trained therapists Anna Anderson and Kerry McCarter. Anna and Kerry believe wholly in the transforming work of the Holy Spirit as they seek to offer the best therapy practices.
Fun Fact: Kerry and her husband co-created the popular, “Gottman Couples Retreat Board Game.” This 6-week, Wednesday, evening (6:30 pm – 8 pm, UC-325) workshop is for couples at any stage of a relationship. The cost is $35/couple, please register.