Christian Marriage Counseling & Intensive Retreats
If your marriage is struggling and you feel like all hope is gone, you've come to the right place. The pain of divorce impacts a family deeply. The good news is there is HELP, there is HOPE and there is HEALING.
Upcoming Marriage Intensives
A New Beginning, Marriage Intensive Retreat
Since 1994, thousands of couples have come from all across the U.S and Canada. Regardless of how serious your marital crisis may be, or how hopeless you may feel, this Marriage Intensive Weekend Retreat can put you on the path to A New Beginning, restore your marriage, and Make It Loving Again. Our caring, professional team of Christian Marriage Counselors are here to guide and support you...[Read More...]
Why Traditional “Hour-a-Week” Counseling is not Effective for Marriages in Crisis
If you had a serious medical condition and needed major surgery, would your doctor do the surgery "an hour-a-week" - for 23 weeks until it was done? Of course not - and that's why Cornerstone's one-of-a-kind, intensive Christian Marriage Counseling Retreat is so effective. It allows for couples needing urgent care to heal their relationship over a three-day, 23-hour marriage intensive weekend. Once this "major surgery" has been accomplished, couples are able to achieve a thorough and speedier … [Read More...]
What is a Marriage Intensive Renewal Retreat?
Cornerstone's nationally acclaimed non-traditional Christian marriage counseling retreat consists of a 3-day/2- with 23 hours of intensive marriage work, in a private, safe, supportive environment where a Biblical process for healing hurts, resolving conflicts and restoring trust is facilitated. Our accelerated process for restoring and enriching marital relationships begins beforehand with a Confidential Marital Assessment which allows couples the opportunity to express their needs, identify … [Read More...]
What A New Beginning Marriage Renewal Retreat is NOT
It is NOT a "cookie-cutter" DVD production that you watch at home alone, nor a mere lecture-type seminar where you sit with a big crowd of people, take a lot of notes and then go home and try to do the work of repairing your relationship all on your own. Perhaps you've tried these, and still not found answers? Don't give up hope... We can assure you; here at Cornerstone through our process you'll find caring, distinctively Christian marriage counseling help that's practical, biblical, proven … [Read More...]
Christian Marriage Counseling
There is a world of difference between Christian Marriage Counseling and secular services offered by other counselors. While much of the secular variety of counseling can help to improve marriages, distinctively Christian Marriage Counseling provides a deeper understanding of the core issues. It is from the Christian Marriage Counseling perspective that couples are able to identify the underlying causes of their marital issues, heal hurts, then identify changes that need to be made independently to reap the benefits as a couple.
Christian Marriage Counseling differentiates itself from humanistic counseling in many ways. The primary difference with Christian Marriage Counseling is that it uses timeless biblical principles as the final authority in matters pertaining to all of the most pressing issues that married couples face.
Cornerstone Marriage & Family Ministries is a premier Christian Marriage Counseling service with the mission of seeing marriages restored and then preserved for the lifetime of the married couple.
Christian Marriage Counseling - Problems and Issues
Christian marriage counseling seeks to address marital relationship problems and issues from a Biblical standpoint. If problems are not dealt with Biblically, and in a timely manner, they can fester and bring devastation to a marriage. While problems are common to every marriage, Christians have the means to resolve them before they become significant enough to threaten the health of the marital relationship. Think of it as deflecting a virus before it takes hold of our bodies. An appropriate response may not prevent the virus, but it can help us weather the storm and rebound stronger as a result.
In order to prevent minor problems from developing into major challenges, it is important to recognize and acknowledge problems early. Marriage counseling brings attention to these problems and helps couples identify and resolve them. Prevalent problems that can easily spiral out of control include poor communication, unresolved conflicts, personality and gender differences, a lack of closeness or intimacy, unmet emotional needs, angry outbursts, stress, and financial differences. These problems if not recognized and dealt with early, can easily create marital dissatisfaction that often end up becoming the roots that result in major marital issues such as infidelity, , .
At the root of many of these problems is pride. We often believe we can solve our own problems. This can be aggravating in a marriage, especially when one spouse recognizes a need for help and the other refuses. The Bible tells us to examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5). This principle would also include marriages, so if there are issues that need resolution, Christian Biblical counseling is a godly choice.
Problems may also be relational, a result of not knowing how to interact, whether emotionally, intellectually, or physically. Other serious problems that could develop might be lying, adultery, pornography, emotional wounds, mental conditions, etc. When these problems are not dealt with, they represent a potentially crushing threat to the marriage.
Christian Marriage Counseling Is Effective Crisis Prevention
Christian marriage counseling helps us refocus on our priorities. It's easy for us to get distracted and lose sight of what and who is important. In addition to helping us find solutions to problems and issues, Christian counseling can provide marital and relationship-building techniques. By offering precepts from God's Word, good Christian marriage counseling can help quench the "viruses" that affect and harm our relationships.
Our approach to marriage counseling is founded on Biblical principles related to Christ’s Commandment to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself,” (Matthew 22:37). Our approach to marriage counseling is based on the belief that in marriage, the inability one or both spouses have healthy relationships with God is what leads to the causation of each spouses’ individual and the relationship problems with each other.
Our approach is grounded also upon a similar belief that the greatest human need is love. God designed us for love. He designed marriage so that each spouse could be both a recipient of love and a channel of love through which that love could flow to the other. We can best love our spouse by first experiencing God’s love through an ongoing personal, intimate connection with Jesus Christ.
As we experience the love of our Creator God and His truth, we can then be empowered to work through the relational blockages in our lives wherein growth and lasting change can occur. It is a biblical, therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that God’s Spirit can minister in and through a caring, relational experience between spouse’s that results in an in-depth, accelerated healing experience.
Our model operates under the biblical understanding that individuals, couples, and families can experience healing within themselves and in their relationship to each other. Then they can become empowered to engage in the process of building and sustaining a happy, healthy marriage. Over the past 25 years, we have been blessed to be used of God to apply these Christian, biblical principles in our work to enable thousands of couples to experience and sustain caring, intimate and fulfilling relationships, while helping them grow in in an experience of wholeness within themselves.
We believe that Christian marriage counseling can help us deal with the problems that threaten to tear apart our lives. Effective counseling reassures us that God cares and that He desires to be a central part in our marriage. We can learn principles from God's Word that will remind us in days to come of God's ideals for husbands and wives (Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Peter 3:1-11). Christian marriage counselors share and encourage these precepts.
For more information about how to find a qualified Christian Marriage Counselor in your area see our special article titled, "Find Christian Marriage Counseling" If you need further assistance give us a call today.