Marriage and Parenting
“Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”- Ephesians 4:2-3

The purpose of this ministry is to provide engaged couples with the relational discipleship necessary to help them get their marriage started on a strong foundation in Christ. Also, we counsel married couple who are facing marital challenges.

The Bible teaches that marriage is a beautiful gift given from God to a man and a woman for the purpose of bringing Him glory and making us holy. Godly marriage is a parable (earthly story with a heavenly meaning) that mirrors Christ’s relationship with the church (Ephesians 5:31-33). Knowing this, VPA takes very seriously its responsibility to shepherd couples who are moving towards marriage. To that end we offer the following premarital, post-marital and marital counselling services to members of the church. The pre-wedding and a full year of post-wedding mentoring done by a Godly couple who are mature in their faith in Christ and in their marriage .The biblical mandate Titus 2:1-15, I Peter 3:1-7, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts.2: 42-47

The Pre-Wedding Counselling is geared to help you as an engaged couple with the application of the information you will gather during the Premarital Counselling Course. Here is what you can expect from the Premarital Counselling course: you will be counselled by couples who are mature in their faith in Christ and in their marriage.You will meet regularly with your counsellors to go over and apply the information gained from the course, guiding you to your wedding day. The counsellors will focus on your spiritual life as a couple as well as the practical “how to’s” of marriage.

This class is offered every Sunday for three months. Based on the workbook Preparing For Marriage, this class is a 2 hour course that is spread out over 3 months. Couples will cover all areas of marriage including the purpose for marriage, communication, conflict resolution, finances, the roles of the husband and wife, and sexual intimacy. During this class you will get solid Biblical counselling as well as interactive role. Please contact the church office for current dates and times.

Post-Wedding Mentoring – after the marriage, we meet the newly-wed couple to determine whether it is necessary to continue with counselling. During this session, we touch base on the areas of Biblical manhood and womanhood to make sure that the couple is growing stronger as a husband and wife.

Your marriage counsellor will touch base with you once a month for prayer, and encouragement for your new marriage. He will be your accountability in the areas of Biblical manhood and womanhood to make sure you are “getting it” as a newly-wed couple and growing strong.

Marital counselling – while marriage is a holy covenant between three parties – a man, woman and God – we understand that men and women have a sin nature and that can cause lots of problems in a marriage when both are not abiding and growing in their walk with Christ. These marriage issues can become very painful and lead to anger, depression, loneliness, bitterness, isolation and brokenness. VPA Marriage Counselling Team is prepared to help couples get back on track, find hope, healing and restoration for their marriage.

“Without counsel plans fail but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22

What can you expect from your mentor couple?

A maturity in Christ evidenced by Godly living and counsel; a couple happily married at least 7 years who demonstrate a Christ honoring marriage; ongoing training and practical experience as a mentor.