Great marriages don’t just happen! An important part of having a great marriage is preparation. TFH Pre-Marriage Mentoring is designed to help prepare engaged couples for strong, lasting marriages based on biblical principles.
Engaged couples will be paired with a group of other engaged couples and a trained mentor couple in a small group setting for 8 mentoring sessions. A structured curriculum provides excellent preparation in areas key to a successful marriage: communication, conflict resolution, finances, love styles and intimacy. The curriculum we use is Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. The SYMBIS Assessment, an online tool that assesses a couple’s strengths and growth areas, is also used.
Mentors are not licensed counselors. They are Christian couples that have been married five years or more and demonstrate maturity in their relationship with God and wisdom in their marriage.
It is critical to begin mentoring at least six months before your wedding date. This ensures that if areas are discovered during the mentoring sessions that you or your fiancé need further work on, there will be plenty of time to do so apart from the last minute rush of wedding preparations.
If you do not meet these prerequisites, we recommend premarital counseling with one of the professional Christian counselors in our referral network. Each of these counselors specializes in premarital counseling.
The mission of the TFH pre-marriage mentoring ministry is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by building strong marriages based on biblical principles. Because the role of the pre-marriage mentor is full of opportunities for influence in the couples’ lives, we are intentional about selecting spiritually mature, emotionally and relationally healthy couples.