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Church Partnership

Believing that the local church is God’s primary institution for affecting individual marriages and families, Home Improvement Ministries partners with local churches in New England who share this vision.

Program Description

Twice monthly for nine months, two couples from several churches gather with H.I.M. for dinner and Biblical instruction on the centrality of marriage and family in scripture. They are taught a curriculum for Marriage and Parenting that can then be presented in their local churches. Using Family Ministry as an outreach to the unchurched has been shown to be a very effective model for church growth. During the course of the program, the resource couple also suggests ways to make their churches more “family friendly.” Activities that promote intergenerational support and learning are explained and encouraged by the course leaders, Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen.

Program Details

By participating in the program, each church receives:

• 16 mentoring sessions with other couples and Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen
• Dinner for two couples provided each evening at a Weston home
• An 8-session marriage curriculum taught by Paul and Virginia Friesen
• An 8-session parenting curriculum taught by Paul and Virginia Friesen
• Complete DVD set of both the marriage and parenting sessions
• Discussion guides for both the marriage and parenting sessions
• Complete set of participant outlines for all sessions
• Church discounts and priority registration for all H.I.M. events
• Priority for booking H.I.M. resource speakers for your church
• The guarantee of a whole lot of fun

What Others Have to Say about the Program

“I wish we had known this 30 years ago . . . It’s prepared us to be better teachers in parenting and marriage in our church . . . Churches really need to invest in marriages and parenting . . .  Marriages need all the help they can get; we’re hoping this will improve marriages and help parents raise their children better.”

—2006/2007 Participant

“Our initial motivation was to be more involved with family ministry at church but the additional benefit was so phenomenal  . . . (the class) personally had a tremendous effect . . . We can't recommend it (the class) highly enough.”

—2006/2007 Participant

“We recommend it for all churches; it is well architected; it starts from the beginning; it is biblically based; the references and experiences that H.I.M.  bring to this illustrate all these biblical principles . . . It’s been a wonderful blessing for us as a couple and our marriage; it’s helped us grow.”

—2006/2007 Participant

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