Fox Valley Community
Marriage Preparation Covenant
This project has been funded and supported by the
United Way Fox Valley Partnership Project.
The Community Marriage Preparation Policy is the
culmination of the time and commitment of several
pastors and key individuals in the Fox Valley Area.
We believe in healthy, successful marriages. We
marriages raise the threshold for healthy successful
and communities. We believe that engaged couples who
in pre-marital preparation have a better opportunity for
successful marriages. Because of these beliefs, and because
know that almost 75% of all marriages are performed by clergy,
believe we are in a unique position to affect marriage and family
in our community.
Therefore, we accept the responsibility to raise the
level of commitment
in those we marry and those couples who look to us for spiritual
We believe that this commitment to a better understanding of
marriage involves, will also result in the reduction of failed and
Acting in the name of God and the community, we are
asking every couple who comes to us to be married to participate
A Wedding is a day,
A Marriage is a lifetime.
Therefore, we agree to pursue the following goals:
1. We will normally require a minimum of four months marriage
2. We will require a minimum of four preparation sessions,
Scripture and a premarital inventory.
3. We will utilize trained mature married couples to serve as
to work with engaged couples.
4. We will offer post-nuptial support sessions with clergy or
within the first two years of marriage.
5. We will participate in a network that supports congregation
and clergy in
helping marriages succeed by sharing resources and
6. We will cooperate with other congregations to create a
in the Fox Valley which can help marriages to succeed.
We understand that the content of marriage preparation
will include the following subjects:
conflict management skills
relationships with in-laws
relationship with work and careers
family of origin
We recognize that there is no one way to address marriage
that decisions will have to be made by clergy based on their time,
fiscal resources. As a group dedicated to effective marriage
will commit to learning more about marriage preparation resources
large group programs
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