Couple to Couple
If you and your spouse are struggling in your marriage, Riverview's Couple to Couple ministry is available to help. We do this by initiating mentoring relationships between couples with spiritually-centered and healthy marriages (most days) and couples who are struggling.
According to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri, roughly 50% of first marriages, 67% of second marriages and 74% of third marriages end in divorce. In addition, George Barna reports that in the area of divorce, the statistics are about the same for both church attenders and non-church attenders. Consider the following quote from the Barna research group: “The ultimate responsibility for a marriage belongs to the husband and wife, but the divorce rate within the Christian community challenges the idea that churches provide truly practical and life-changing support for marriages.”
We feel that couples who have stood the test of time in their own marriage have a lot to offer others who are experiencing marital difficulties. Typically couples in crisis have few places to turn. We hope to offer support by bringing together two couples. One couple will serve by opening up their home, their schedule, and their own personal and spiritual lives to another couple who will commit to being open, working through the tough stuff, and having a willingness to change and grow for the betterment of their marriage, honoring God in the process.
Marriage mentors are not pastors, counselors, or therapists. They are couples who have been married for some time and would describe their marriage as spiritually centered and healthy (most days). They will pray with you, listen to you, share with you, and challenge you. However, ultimately the progress you make rests on you and your spouse. You must be willing to do the work and to make changes that will bring renewed life to your marriage.
If you are interested in receiving marriage help from Couple to Couple, please click here to fill out a brief form.
Or click here to download the form.
You can email Dale.Rozeboom@RivChurch.com or Cheryl.Rozeboom@RivChurch.com with any questions.
The Dynamic Marriage Program
Want to feel the passion and excitement of a newlywed again? In eight weeks, this program will give you a Dynamic Marriage.
Dynamic Marriage is a powerful, marriage enrichment course that creates real and lasting change. Its distinctive format encourages couples to break through barriers to intimacy, not just talk about them. Over eight weeks, couples meet to discuss new concepts, develop new skills, and delve into the unique dynamics of their own marriage.
In Dynamic Marriage You Learn How To:
- Truly commit to your spouse and your marriage
- Experience love at a deeper level of intimacy
- Love one another in the way you each want and need to be loved
- Talk to your spouse in a way they’ll really listen and hear you
- Negotiate rather than argue
- Manage your anger and work through conflicts together
- Share in and support each others' dreams
The Dynamic Marriage course integrates four building blocks to transform your marriage:
- Guided Resources
Resources used in the course include: His Needs, Her Needs Book, Love Busters Book, and Dynamic Marriage workbooks and CDs. Utilizing these resources, you and your spouse examine behaviors and patterns of interaction while you learn new concepts about relationships and marriage.
- Guided Activities
Each week you and your spouse complete a series of assignments that reinforce the lesson learned the week before and introduce new concepts for the week ahead.
- Guided Questions
Each week your small group discusses and applies the skills taught in that week’s lesson. Throughout the course, the group helps reinforce new behaviors and support the emotional growth of all the couples.
- Guided Group Dynamics
Through interacting with other couples who are learning and challenging themselves, as you are, a unique support and accountability system occurs. The varying personalities and life experiences of the group, creates stimulating discussions and an encouraging environment for change.