Sioux Empire Marriage Savers

Sioux Empire Community Marriage Policy

(May 9, 1997)

Representing various faith communities, we share a common concern regarding marriage.   We believe:

Therefore we agree and covenant to:

  1. Encourage teenagers and single adults to practice sexual abstinence and support programs which encourage sexual abstinence.
  2. 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.
  3. Provide engaged couples the best marriage insurance we know by:
    1. requiring four to six months of marriage preparation;
    2. 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;
    3. encourage attendance at retreats designed to help improve communication skills and establish their marriage with God at the center.
  1. Offer two post-marital counseling sessions with clergy or mentors, six months and a year after the wedding.
  2. Train mature married couples to server as mentors to work with seriously dating couples, engaged couples, and newlyweds on a couple-to-couple basis.
  3. Encourage all married couples to attend retreats, classes and other activities designed to enrich their marriage.
  4. Develop or support ministries for separated and divorced couples which provide a foundation on which their relationship can be restored.
  5. Take this policy back to be ratified by our congregation and/or the appropriate boards.
  6. Encourage other clergy to support this policy.
  7. Cooperate with other congregations and organizations to share resources and to create a positive climate for marriage ministry.


Signed: ____________________        Date: _______________________

Representing: ____________________________         City: ___________________________-

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