| You may be asking why we have been providing our classes and counseling free of charge (for 36 years now) in a day where you just don’t get anything for nothing free. The answer is simple. We work for God-He is our employer and He pays well! God Himself blesses and provides for us through our businesses apart from our ministry so we can continue His work.
Every person on Earth has a mission mandated from God, our creator. Ours is helping married couples become one-flesh. The making of two into one isn’t easy and we know that people need help to be successful. You don’t just get married and expect hearts, flowers and butterflies every day for the remainder of your life!
Our own marriage isn’t perfect either. We still fuss with each other but the recovery time grows shorter every year. Bob and I need these classes just like you do. As we teach, we learn and apply the principles. We have been learning how to be married for 36 years now and we aren’t through yet!
We STILL learn new things about each other every year. Tastes, ideas, opinions, beliefs, standards, desires, rules and interests change every year, so we must adjust. Conflicts can arise when we are so consumed with our careers and other outside influences and issues that we do not take the time to be together and communicate these changes. The lack of communication builds up and we are no longer in sync.
Over the years, people have expressed their surprise when they learn that you don’t just go through premarital classes and that’s it. Marriage really does take work-every day you must work at it to make it better. Marriage classes are not to be taken once or just when your marriage is in trouble; it’s an ongoing process, so if you want an excellent marriage, take the classes! It’s much better to do regular maintenance on your relationship than to have to try and repair a broken one.
You are not the same person mentally, physically or spiritually than you were last year, are you? Well, your marriage isn’t either-it grows and changes into a new and different kind of marriage every month-every year! Doesn’t it make sense that you need to readjust your communication methods on a regular basis to stay in sync? That’s why everyone, regardless of the state of their relationship, should always be attending marriage classes if they want to get and stay closer to each other.
This is the reason we are developing new curriculum every year-to keep it fresh! We do not repeat a series of classes until 3 years have passed- we offer a different series each time based on a poll we take of counseling topics we are faced with so that we keep current. We teach 2-3 sessions of 9 weeks each, every year. You need all of them.
Resolve today to continue your marriage education- it’s free and it’s necessary. There is nothing more important than this for you to have a successful and happy life. We hope you join us!
God bless your one- flesh!
Bob & Starr