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Congratulations on your engagement!

What an exciting time in your life! We look forward to coming alongside you as you anticipate and prepare for marriage. To start the process, we encourage you to follow the steps outlined below, to consider what we believe about marriage, and to review our recommendations.

What are the steps to having a Fellowship pastor officiate your wedding?

  1. Complete the Wedding Questionnaire. The pastor that you indicate in your response will get back to you to set up a time to meet to talk about your wedding plans if he/she has availability.
  2. Register to attend the Fellowship PreMarital Class.

What does Fellowship believe about marriage?

People come from many different backgrounds and traditions that shape their understanding of marriage. At Fellowship, we recognize the value of that diversity while holding strongly to what we believe is the essential ingredient for entering a covenant of Christian marriage based on teaching of God’s Word.

From God’s Word, we understand that a Christian marriage is a unique and exclusive covenant made by a man and woman to share their lives together in a bond of love that reflects the love of Jesus Christ. That requires much more than a ceremony or a blessing from the church. It requires that the bride and groom both put their faith in Jesus and commit their lives to following Him.

This is why we take marriage so seriously at Fellowship. We don’t choose to simply perform wedding ceremonies. Rather, we want to help build marriages that will thrive and go the distance. To that end, we have identified a list of recommendations if you have plans to be married by one of our pastors.

What are the recommendations to engaged couples?

  1. Make individual commitments to follow Jesus the top priority in your marriage. We highly recommend that both man and woman are committed to following Jesus before they are married. To not share the same faith leads to very challenging circumstances in marriage. If you or your fiancé have not put your faith in Jesus Christ and you want to learn more about what that means, we would love to walk with you through that. Anyone on the Fellowship pastoral staff would be happy to talk with you about how to have a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. Seek formal counseling prior to being married. We require that anyone married by one of our pastors participate in both our Premarital Class and several sessions of counseling with a counselor/therapist. Your marriage will have a greater chance to thrive if you enter it knowing your areas of strength and weakness and gain tools for how best to navigate them as a couple.
  3. Find a local church that you can trust and support, and get involved. All remarkable marriages face challenges and every bride and groom who strive to keep Jesus at the center of their marriage needs a community of friends who are committed to doing a Christ-centered life with them. At Fellowship, the primary way we build this kind of community is through joining a LifeGroup.
  4. Reach out to the pastor you want to officiate your wedding at least six months before your wedding day. This will give maximum opportunity for connecting with you and to get your date on the pastor’s calendar.

If you have any questions about our wedding ministry, please contact us at marriage@madeforfellowship.com.