Marriage & Families
Marriage & Families
There are several components that make up NMC’s comprehensive approach to caring for the hurting, wounded, and discouraged.
Our pastors are available to pray with NMC individuals and their family during any surgeries and/or hospital stays. We have also implemented a lay team for follow-up care after surgeries and/or hospital stays. There is also a weekly sheet for care concerns that can be found in the worship folder and a comprehensive list of care concerns at the Ministry Center.
Our Grief Share program is available in the fall for those who have lost family members and want a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. This program meets on Tuesday nights in the Fireside Room when in session.
Our Divorce Care program comes alongside those individuals who are experiencing the devastation and pain of divorce or separation. This program typically meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm.
Marriage & Family Ministry
Our goal in the area of marriage and family is to provide a variety of options, resources, and tools throughout the course of a year to help educate and motivate individuals, couples, and families.
Christ-centered and relationship-focused premarital counseling is a great way for engaged couples to prepare for marriage. During NMC’s premarital program, couples take an assessment and walk through their results with Marty Graverson, our marriage and family director. Through this assessment, couples have the chance to learn more about their fiancé as well as identify specific areas they should focus on during the rest of the premarital program. In addition to the assessment, couples will be paired with a mentor couple who will meet with them three to four times before the wedding as well as a few times after the wedding. This mentorship provides opportunities for an engaged couple to learn from a seasoned couple’s real-life experiences and build a relationship that can last long after the wedding date. Through this relationship, couples establish connections with those who will support, challenge, and encourage them as they grow in their marriage.
NMC’s premarital program is open to anyone but is a requirement for those being married by an NMC pastor. The cost of $50 covers assessment and materials for the couple. If you would like to register, please click here.
If you have any questions, please contact Marty Graverson in the Church Office at 574.773.7773 or MartyGraverson@nmc.church.
We also offer a variety of crisis counseling options including the NMC pastors and a comprehensive list of Christian counselors and psychologists.
A great resource for marriage and/or parenting enrichment can be found on Wednesday evenings in the adult programming arena. The various options for these can be found at the Ministry Center.
We also offer Dynamic Marriage, an interactive class that focuses on learning about your emotional needs, connecting with your spouse, and growing with other couples. This is a 9 week class that is offered throughout the year. Dynamic Marriage has helped over 145 couples at NMC ranging from engaged to 40+ years of marriage. To learn more about Dynamic Marriage, click here. If you would like to register for this class, please click here.
Other marriage enrichment options can be found throughout the year in the form of workshops, one-day marriage events, and marriage retreats. Marriage mentoring is available on a one-on-one basis. Please contact the Church Office to find out more.