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The Challenge


The Rev Cornell 'Corkie' Haan
The Rev Cornell 'Corkie' Haan

President, Kingdom Connections,

National Facilitator,
The Mission America Coalition

What we are asking you to do

To my fellow pastors:

Marriage is at the core of the Bible. Genesis 2:24 is the culmination of Godís creation in Genesis 1 and 2 when a man and woman come together in marriage. Genesis 1:27-28 notes that God created man and woman in his image and blessed them. He told them to be fruitful and increase in number and rule as Godís regents on earth. Marriage is the ultimate metaphor for Godís relationship with us. God is our husband as we are told in Jeremiah 31.32.

Yet I find that many churches simply do not focus on marriage as a sermon topic. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do those who are married in the church really know how much about Godís plan for our marriages or how we are to love with self-sacrifice for the benefit of our spouse?
     
  • Does your church provide a robust program of 1) marriage preparation, 2)marriage enrichment once married, 3) marriage saving and 4) re-marriage when a spouse dies or a marriage falls irreparably apart?

This web site is dedicated to providing clergy with sermon resources, articles on marriage, community marriage initiatives and policies, and marriage training resources so that churches can support marriage.

I would like to challenge you take the following steps:

Step The Challenge
1
  • Preach a short homily on marriage at all weddings.
  • Preach four sermons on marriage during the year.

See Sermons, Articles, and Music

2
  • Implement a comprehensive marriage program in your church
  • Hold a one-day marriage enrichment course
  • Establish a process for saving marriages
  • Helping those that are remarried when a spouse dies or marriage fails.

See Resources

3
  • Implement a community marriage initiative/policy in your community.

See Marriage Initiatives/Policies

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