Sioux Empire Marriage Savers
Sioux Empire Community Marriage Policy
(May 9, 1997)
Representing various faith communities, we share a common concern regarding marriage.
- God established the sanctity and companionship of marriage
- God intends the bond of husband and wife to last a lifetime
- Religious leaders have a responsibility to participate in and to promote premarital
preparation in an effort to improve the understanding and mutual commitment of couples who
wish to be married.
- Religious leaders have a responsibility to participate in and to support activities
designed to strengthen and nourish existing marriages.
- Religious leaders have a responsibility to participate in and support activities
designed to restore troubled marriages.
Therefore we agree and covenant to:
- Encourage teenagers and single adults to practice sexual abstinence and support programs
which encourage sexual abstinence.
- Offer relationship instruction to seriously dating couples teaching them how to
establish their relationship on a firm foundation and helping them to avoid common
mistakes such as pre-marital sex and cohabitation.
- Provide engaged couples the best marriage insurance we know
- requiring four to six months of marriage preparation;
- requiring six counseling sessions, with two devoted to the use of a premarital inventory
and others utilizing a scriptural approach to substantive issues such as finance, sex,
communication, and conflict resolution;
- encourage attendance at retreats designed to help improve communication skills and
establish their marriage with God at the center.
- Offer two post-marital counseling sessions with clergy or mentors, six months and a year
after the wedding.
- Train mature married couples to server as mentors to work with seriously dating couples,
engaged couples, and newlyweds on a couple-to-couple basis.
- Encourage all married couples to attend retreats, classes and other activities designed
to enrich their marriage.
- Develop or support ministries for separated and divorced couples which provide a
foundation on which their relationship can be restored.
- Take this policy back to be ratified by our congregation and/or the appropriate boards.
- Encourage other clergy to support this policy.
- Cooperate with other congregations and organizations to share resources and to create a
positive climate for marriage ministry.
Signed: ____________________ Date:
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