So many of us look for guidance, help, shelter, comfort and advice from our churches. But we sometimes fail to appreciate and recognize that, just like us, churches aren’t perfect.
Churches try to serve as many as they can in their congregation with different programs and ministries. But, after all, they will never fully know the needs of their congregation unless we tell them straight up what WE need. Or unless they ask and we answer honestly and openly.
According a survey by LifeWay Research and Focus on the Family, 75% of Pastors say they are doing enough in their church to help marriages. Yet only 69% of churches have an ongoing ministry. That’s a mighty big disconnect. (In New Hampshire it is more like 95% of churches that don’t have a marriage ministry). Great article here about the challenges Pastors face with marriage ministries.
When we entered the marriage ministry one year ago, we were somewhat critical of churches for not prioritizing and focusing on what we believe to be the overarching issue in the breakdown of our families across America. We believe that is marriage. And we believe that marriage should be the priority of every church. But we are just two people who don’t have a say – which is why we are here writing. Continue reading “It’s Time To Speak Up At Church”