Seven-Week Premarital Sessions Begin January 31, 2018
Our desire is to come alongside you as you learn more about what it takes to build a successful marriage before you say, “I do.” We believe in these sessions so much that we’ve made them a prerequisite for couples planning on getting married at Calvary Chapel or having one of our ministers or pastors officiate at your wedding.
Our premarital sessions are designed to challenge, strengthen, and prepare you for a strong, Christ-like relationship with your future spouse. We believe that marriage is the second most important decision you will ever make—second only to your decision to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior—therefore, we want to help you be prepared biblically.
The premarital sessions, which includes video teachings, group discussions, and meetings with each couple, are taken very seriously. As a church, not only are we accountable to God, but we also care deeply for you.
In light of this, we’ve established guidelines based on biblical principles that we’re asking you to follow in order for Calvary Chapel to endorse your marriage.
In order to honor your future spouse, we ask that you devote yourself to sexual obedience before the Lord and that you not live together. If you are currently living with your future spouse, we still encourage you to participate in the sessions anyway, because we believe you can learn a great deal from the lessons and walk with a greater understanding of the commitment you are about to make.
Finally, please understand that if you have already set your wedding date prior to signing up for our premarital sessions, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate you for that date. For this reason, we ask that you start this process at least 120 days before your wedding date. It is our heart’s desire to come alongside and serve you as we teach you about love and marriage as God created it to be; however, each couple must successfully complete the seven-week sessions and be approved by their counselor in order for us to post a date on our wedding calendar.
Q: What do we need to do to take the 7-week Premarital Sessions?
A: Simply complete the steps below!
Register & Pay Online by the Sunday prior to the start date. (Register Here)
*BOTH INDIVIDUALS must register and pay for the sessions.
Submit Premarital Questionnaire Form by the Sunday prior to the start date. (Click Here)
*BOTH INDIVIDUALS must submit the Premarital Questionnaire Form.
Step #3 (Optional)
Submit Budget Worksheet Form by the Sunday prior to the start date. (Submit A, B, & C)
A. For Her: (Click Here)
B. For Him: (Click Here)
C. Couple’s: (Click Here)
*Since couple’s expenses (e.g. housing) will change after marriage, please complete the couple’s budget form together based on what your expenses will be after you are married.
Q: Why should I come to the Premarital Sessions?
A: Proverbs 4:5-8 Get wisdom and understanding. Don’t forget or ignore my words. Hold on to wisdom, and it will take care of you. Love it, and it will keep you safe. Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom. If it costs everything you have, get understanding.Treasure wisdom, and it will make you great; hold onto it, and it will bring you honor.
Do you ever stop and consider from whom you get advice? Our premarital sessions will provide you with practical applications from God’s word that you can immediately put into practice, regardless of your past or what stage of life you are in. We understand that it is common for a lot of dating couples to seek advice from other single peers and other dating couples. We try to connect you with experienced married couples that will share with you the blessings they have experienced when they have made wise choices based on God’s Word. They will also share with you the consequences that followed when they didn’t. We believe that it is never too late for anyone to start honoring God and that all of us can grow more in our relationship with Jesus and each other.
Q: Isn’t spending time together the best way to get to know each other?
A: The truth is, time spent together doesn’t necessarily equate to time well spent. If you’re like most people you prepare and plan for many things in life: education, career, retirement and holidays. In fact, most couples spend up to 250 hours planning their wedding but very little time, if any, planning for married life. Make sure you are placing a higher priority on building a lifelong marriage by investing in your relationship before your wedding day. Spending just a few hours a week learning the spiritual principles that guide good marriages will reap rewards for many years to come.
Q. When and where are the sessions held?
A. Premarital Sessions will be held at Calvary Chapel Chattanooga on Wednesday evenings (January 31-March 14) at 6:30pm.
Q: I can’t make this series of Premarital Sessions, how often are these sessions held?
A: Sessions are held three times a year. (January, July, and September 2018)
If you have any questions please contact Nikki Williams @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, woman, and Himself, Calvary Chapel Chattanooga will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Furthermore, the pastors, ministers, and staff of Calvary Chapel Chattanooga shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of Calvary Chapel Chattanooga shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.