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Engaged to be Engaged?

Should I get premarital counseling before getting engaged?

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Premarital Guidance in Seventh-day Adventist Church

In 1977, D. W. Holbrook and Betty Holbrook, directors of the denomination’s new Home and Family Service, organized the Metro Washington Family Life Council, an organization which spanned three conferences–Allegheny East, Chesapeake and Potomac. The Council, with a number of pastors and lay-family professionals as members from the Greater Washington, D.C. area, flourished for several…

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Premarital Couple Dialogue Questions

Questions and Statements to StimulatePremarital Couple Dialogue The following questions and statements can be used in premarital sessions to encourage the couple to communicate with each other about their relationship. Introduce your beloved to me. What will be different about your relationship after the wedding day? What hurdles do you foresee you will have to…

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Resources for Pre-marriage Preparation – Organizations

ACME (Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment – Building Better Marriages), offers retreats, support groups, facilitator training and a regular newsletter to help couples keep marriages healthy. Call 336-724-1526 or 1-800-634-8325, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or visit their website at www.acmesv.org. Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, a clearinghouse for information about…

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Bibliography for Marriage Preparation

Chidwick, Ann. (1994). New beginnings: A remarriage preparation program manual . Milwaukee, WI: Families International, Inc. Chidwick, Ann. (1994). New beginnings: A remarriage preparation workbook . Milwaukee, WI: Families International, Inc. Family Life Committee.(1987). Beginnings . Wahroonga, Australia: South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Flowers, Ron & Watts, Kit. (1985). Preparing for marriage . Department…

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Preparing Couples for Marriage

Marriage is a Process A wedding is one of life’s most significant celebrations. It merits all the careful thought and planning usually invested in its preparation. Of course planning for the ceremony itself is a part of preparation for marriage and you-the pastor-will have your responsibilities to attend to in every cultural setting. However, wedding…

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Premarital Guidance in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Premarital Guidance in Seventh-day Adventist Church A brief history of actions and policies regarding premarital guidance. Preparing Couples for MarriageA summary of the philosophy, process, tools and procedures that contribute to an effective program of premarital guidance. A Program for Premarital GuidanceOutline for an eight-session program of marriage preparation by a pastor or counselor with…

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