Intimate Marriage Leader's Guide
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Intimate Marriage Leader's Guide

Intimate Marriage Series

by Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III

Intimate Marriage Leader's Guide
paperback
  • Length: 101 pages
  • Dimensions: 7 × 10 in
  • Published: June 2005
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2129-7
  • Item Code: 2129
  • Case Quantity: 60

The church should be the place where marriage is the strongest, but again and again both statistics and personal experience reveal that Christian marriages have all of the same problems faced by the rest of the world. How can churches redeem marriages and remake them so that they transform individual souls and reflect the glory of God?

This leader's guide is for church leaders--small group leaders, pastors and worship leaders--who want to have an impact on the marriages in their church. Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III will show you, step by step, how to put together the materials in the Intimate Marriage Series to create a powerful marriage emphasis experience for your whole church--even singles.

If you are leading a small group of married couples, using this guide will extend your confidence and help you avoid pitfalls that are unique to a couples group. Allender and Longman identify key principles for helping individuals grow, actions and attitudes for effective leadership, how to set goals in a group, how to stay productive, and how to deal with the unexpected with grace and wisdom. They also recommend other Bible study resources to take you deeper into the topic of each group session.

If you are a pastor, you will find resources to guide you through a churchwide marriage emphasis. You'll find a vision for planting small groups of laypeople who can support and encourage each other in their marriages. And you'll find extra research assistance, like notes on the Bible texts used in the series and sample sermons to give you ideas on how to preach through a series on marriage (with sensitivity to singles).

If you are a worship or drama leader, you will find a drama that you can freely reproduce and perform in your church to further illustrate the key themes of this marriage series.

The church is about relationship. As your church works through the Intimate Marriage Series, men and women will receive the resources they need to grow the kind of marriages that last, that challenge them to personal transformation, and that draw those around them into deeper relationship with Christ.

CONTENTS

How to Use This Book
1. A Marriage Movement
2. Counting the Cost of Leadership
3. Starting the Journey
4. Embracing Chaos, Conflict and Change
5. Bible Study Theme Overview
6. A Marriage Sermon Series
Appendix: Marriage Drama

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Dan B. Allender (PhD, counseling psychology, Michigan State University) is professor of counseling at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He taught previously at Grace Theological Seminary and Colorado Christian University. A speaker and writer, his books include The Healing Path, To Be Told, How Children Raise Parents, The Wounded Heart, and Leading with a Limp. With Tremper Longman, he wrote Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary.

Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, Old Testament Essentials, and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery, and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.

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