Christian counseling for dating couples
"I have read and understand the foregoing document which sets forth the NATURE OF COUNSELING, COUNSELING PLAN, CONDITIONS OF COUNSELING, AND CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY of James River Church.
I Understand that this counseling session and further counseling sessions are being videotaped, but are not audio recorded.
It will be wise to work through those passages of Scripture in Section 3, Recommended Preparation Prior to Counseling. A Christian marriage is a lifelong building project that begins on the foundation of God’s Word.
In this first meeting you will cover chapters one and two of “Preparing for Your Marriage.” If the couple has already set a wedding date, this meeting should take place approximately five months before the wedding day. The couple must express a desire to be in God’s Word on a regular basis and to worship and fellowship with other believers. Although not necessarily a biblical requirement for marriage, it can be inferred and is very important. Granting approval without parental consent should be an extreme exception. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have parental approval, proceed with much prayer and caution. If possible meet with the parents and have them articulate their concern.
Our purpose in these sessions is that your faith in the healing power of God would grow and strengthen you in your situation.Encourage the couple to complete the assignments separately. The church’s Pre-Marriage Counseling and/or Wedding Process, states that after the first meeting you and the Wedding Officiant are to decide if the couple qualifies to continue.Using this book as a resource helps facilitate an orderly approach to gleaning from God’s Word topics related to marriage. How and why did you decide that you should get married? Since you are postponing this requirement to the next meeting, this won’t be completed. Pre-Marriage counseling is a process, and it’s better to get to the heart of the matter rather than to complete a checklist. Is it your desire to have a Christian ceremony and Christian wedding? If the couple knows ahead of time they will be asked about their faith, they will have time to “prepare” an answer. It was mentioned earlier that it would be preferable for the couple to come unprepared for this meeting.