03 Nov 8 Ways to Use The Story of Marriage
So you’re thinking about buying The Story of Marriage curriculum, but you’re a little stuck on what to do with it? Never fear! We’ve compiled a handy list to help you put the study to good use. Here are eight ways you can use The Story of Marriage.
1. As a small group study
There’s a reason this one is a classic. The Story of Marriage was designed with small groups in mind. You can easily run a six-week study by watching one teaching session each week, then discussing the questions found at the end of every book chapter. During the days between your meetings, group members can complete the daily readings and devotions in the book to stay engaged in what they’re learning. (Pastors and group leaders: Don’t miss your special discount on The Story of Marriage and other resources! Learn more here.)
2. As a weekend marriage conference
If you want to take a lot of people through this message in a short amount of time, look no further than Weekend Experience. We’ve developed a full set of resources to help you run The Story of Marriage as a two-day video event, perfect for church conferences, citywide events, and more. Learn more here.
3. As an engagement or wedding gift
For many couples, the holiday season is also engagement season—so get ready for a lot of exciting announcements in your Facebook feed very soon! The next time an invite to a wedding or engagement party arrives in the mail, consider adding something outside the registry. When you celebrate a new union with The Story of Marriage, you make a lasting investment in the future of those you love.
4. As an anniversary gift
There is always more we can learn about loving each other well. Whether you’re celebrating your first anniversary or your fiftieth, going through The Story of Marriage will help you and your spouse refine your goals and renew your love. For a special touch, schedule a series of date nights to study the message together. There’s no reason you can’t learn and enjoy more candlelit dinners!
5. In pre-marital counseling
Pre-marital counseling is all about equipping couples with vision, insights, and tools that will sustain their marriages for decades to come. The Story of Marriage is a great supplement to pre-marital counseling. John and Lisa share both big-picture principles and practical applications that will help a couple start—and stay—strong.
6. In marriage counseling
Every marriage has its hard times, but it is never too late to begin again. In The Story of Marriage, John and Lisa share openly about the brokenness, pain, and challenges they have faced—and how God brought them through. Using this message as a supplement to marriage counseling can help a couple hit reset and begin to build the marriage of their dreams.
7. For a young adults/college-aged ministry class
Messages about marriage are not only for those who are married or engaged. The earlier we get a godly perspective on marriage, the better! By taking young adults through a marriage study now, you can position their marriages to flourish long before they even start. After all, don’t we want more I dos to end in happily ever after?
8. As a course for a Bible school or ministry internship
If your church is developing leaders of any kind, we encourage you to include a course on marriage in your curriculum. Learning about God’s original plan for marriage will help leaders (and future leaders) two ways. First, they’ll be equipped to establish strong, lasting, loving marriages of their own. And second, they’ll be able to help build the marriages of those they lead.
Do you have another idea for how to use The Story of Marriage? Share it in the comments below!