For almost ten years, Ted Lowe worked as the Director of MarriedLife at North Point Community Church. He and his wife Nancie played a huge role in hosting and planning MarriedLife programs. It was during their time at North Point that they decided they not only wanted to help the married people at North Point, but married people at churches all over the world. In partnership with The reThink Group, Ted launched MarriedPeople to HELP CHURCHES HELP MARRIAGES. Ted and Nancie have three children and live in Cumming, Georgia. You can followTed on Twitter and Facebook.
The bad news: The stats for marriage terminations today is breathtaking. About half of all marriages (churched and un-churched families) are ending. Fifty percent of the other half of marriages that do NOT end in divorce are in crisis. We have a problem.
The good news: A little bit of effort goes a long way. That’s right, I said it: A LITTLE bit of effort. Statistically speaking, most of the couples in crisis are currently doing nothing for their marriage, which is how they got in trouble in the first place. It’s not that couples don’t want to help their marriages. Most of them just don’t know how.
That’s where MarriedPeople comes in. If you are not currently using the MarriedPeople strategy at your church, you are missing out because most couples you know have NO strategy to help their marriages at all. No plan = Failure when it comes to marriage.
The MarriedPeople strategy takes away the two biggest obstacles in implementing the critical need to doing something for marriages: Where do I start? and Who has the time?
The MarriedPeople Strategy literally has everything you need to deeply impact marriages in your church in the most amazingly creative, fun, and fearless ways you can imagine. The best part is that everything is done for you—from church-wide promos, vision, step-by-step guidelines, media, quarterly events, small groups, individual date nights, EVERYTHING. And this is the first thing of it’s kind, because it is guy friendly—finally.
What’s amazing is how easy it is to start and maintain in any church setting. You can look your church community in the face and say with great confidence: “We are going to do one thing for our marriages a month and it is going to be remarkable.”
The strategy also has a lot of flexibility built-in. During our events, I usually use the provided outlines to teach, but when I can’t, there is a back up: some of the biggest names in marriage and family ministry share with your group through exceptionally produced videos—all of which are included.
I don’t mean to sound like an infomercial, but implementing the MarriedPeople strategy really has been the best decision I have ever made since I became a family pastor. It has given a better story to so many of our marriages at our church. I can’t sit around while most of the marriages that I know of are miserable and unhealthy without doing something about it. That’s just not God’s plan for families. Now that the MarriedPeople strategy is available, no church has an excuse not to help marriages.
What is your church doing to help marriages?