For many of us, marriage is complicated. You may be sharing your life with someone and finding it to be a glorious, but challenging, experience. Whether you’re just starting your life together or you’ve been together for years, our desire is to encourage you and your spouse toward God’s ideal image for marriage on a daily basis.
Warehouse 242 offers pre-marriage counseling to those who call Warehouse “home.” Warehouse pastors and counselors use the PREPARE inventory/assessment as a foundation for counseling, then follow-up with three free counseling sessions to equip a couple for a lifetime together. To learn more about pre-marriage counseling, please email us.
Conversations About Marriage
What is a “good” marriage? And, how do I get one? Is romance the most important part of a successful marriage? Does marriage mean “’til death do us part,” or is it merely for as long as my needs are being met? Few of us are ever taught how to be married. Two people with their own sets of beliefs, values, family histories, and opinions agree to live life together, but how does that happen in ways that are beautiful and life-giving? Each year at Warehouse, we host events where we talk about how to live well, how to live fully, and how to live for a lifetime within the context of marriage. Whether you’re married now, will be married soon, or are single and want to begin thinking about what marriage would mean for you, our classes address some of your biggest questions about one of life’s key relationships. To learn more about upcoming events, please email us.
- “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert,” by John Gottman
John Gottman has studied marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years. This book is the culmination of his life’s work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship.
- “The Meaning of Marriage,” by Timothy and Kathy Keller
Since Warehouse’s very beginning, two of our long-distance mentors have been Timothy and Kathy Keller from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Their life and teaching continues to have a big impact on us. The book they co-authored winsomely explores what Christian marriage is all about.
- iMarriage, by Andy Stanley
Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA, is one of our favorite teachers. His iMarriage series is available on YouTube. This series casts a vision for what would happen if you and your spouse focused on fulfilling one another’s dreams rather than piling on expectations.
- “Love and War,” by John and Stasi Eldridge
We have always loved the vision of the with-God life that John Eldridge has cast through his books, seminars, and teaching series. This book and supplementary small group curriculum gives us a candid look at the highs and lows of a lifetime commitment of a husband and wife.
- “Boundaries in Marriage,” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
When doctors Cloud and Townsend released their runaway best-seller, “Boundaries” (When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life), people around the world began asking, “This is revolutionary! Can you help me apply this learning to other areas of my life?” The “Boundaries in Marriage” book (a DVD-based curriculum is also available for small groups) is one result in the Boundaries curriculum. This content serves as an indispensable tool toward sculpting a healthy marriage that flourishes.