Creative Ways to Use The Art of Marriage
Your use of The Art of Marriage is only limited by your imagination! This rich material can be combined in a variety of ways to provide effective training for a retreat or small group setting. Take a look at some that have been perfected.
Six hours of powerful video material that you can use in a weekend seminar/retreat. Here are the steps you need to follow.
There are many creative ways to lead couples through The Art of Marriage. The formal tools include the small group study kit and the full weekend event set. However, we enjoy leading couples through a once a week study--a session per week for six weeks--using the full Art of Marriage video set and manuals.
The advantage of hosting The Art of Marriage weekly is that we develop a relationship with the participants, pray with them, pray for them and otherwise support them as needed. Besides developing deeper relationships of community, the couples are not threatened by the weekly format and the time commitment is limited to a couple of hours per week. We find Sunday evenings especially fruitful for these sessions. The weekly format allows couples time to complete the homework provided in their workbook.
Here are a couple of details that we would like to recommend.
• Do not treat these weekly sessions as "church- fellowship” with food and drinks and typical "chit-chat". These detract from the time a couple is together. Instead, focus on them as a couple; keep all conversation focused on marriage and specifically what the couples are doing together.
• Encourage couples to do the exercises and reading together and to have a date night to discuss what they have learned after reflecting on it. We further encourage date-nights by having a weekly drawing for those who had dates the previous week.
Hesitant? Keep things simple and just give this a try. You might eventually find other techniques that fit your leadership style and the character of your small group. But our advice is to pray about the group of couple you should invite and take a step out in faith. We know you will be richly rewarded by the results of investing in others over six weeks!
Tom & Dawn Welch
A one-day workshop at the unit or chapel level. Discuss the Biblical Principles of Marriage in the context of Reintegration and use small group interaction, questions and answers and couple projects to enable a successful transition/reintegration after deployment. The Art Of Marriage Video Series provides the basis for this workshop.
Receive a FREE Art of Marriage Event Kit!
You can receive a free Art of Marriage event kit by simply scheduling and hosting a military-focused Art of Marriage event or small group. This offer applies to the full Art of Marriage kit and includes free shipping of the manuals when you order from FamilyLife using the order code, "AOM OPS". Free coaching is also available to help make your event a success. Go to TheArtOfMarriageOPS.org for full details and to register for your kit today.