MARRIAGE SAVERS
A Symbol of God’s Sacred Union in Marriage

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” | Ecclesiastes 4:12

Skyline Marriage Savers, under the direction of Dr. Don Welch, Ph.D., LMFT, welcomes you to an exciting ministry here at Skyline and invites you to share our vision for covenantal marriage and to make your marriage even stronger.

There are proven ways to give you “marriage insurance” by proper preparation before the wedding, learning skills that can strengthen existing marriages, and reconstructing even severely troubled ones.

Marriages in the United States continue to be under attack. America has the highest divorce rate in the civilized world. In 2014, there were 2,183,000 marriages and 1,156,000 divorces. That’s a 52.9% divorce rate. Many younger Americans choose to live together before marriage; many of these couples never marry, and 75% of those who do marry will end in divorce. 

Divorce and non-marriage not only affect the couple but also is devastating for the children involved. One quarter of all adults, 18-35, have grown up in divorced families. There is hope. It is estimated that 80% of marriages in crisis, or having severe difficulties, can be restored. 

Since the inception of this marriage ministry we have recognized the power and essential nature of prayer, for both those ministering to and for our couples receiving prayer. Kirk and Carolyn Lewis are our Marriage Savers prayer partners.

Here at Skyline we want to change these statistics by standing together to build more successful marriages. In Marriage Savers, we seek God’s help together, and strive to accomplish this task in the following areas.  

For more information contact:  

Bob & Nancy Bush
#: 619.644.3057 @: shrubs88@sbcglobal.net

 

 

 

COUPLES PREMARITAL PREPARATION

Are you engaged to be married or just seriously dating and want to evaluate your relationship? The Prepare Enrich program has been used by millions of couples to give them the necessary tools every couple needs to navigate the numerous challenges of their relationship. Some of these tools include celebrating your differences, communication skills, and conflict resolution.

 

With our Individual Couple Mentoring program, you will be matched with a mentor couple who has been trained in the Prepare Enrich program. You will meet with them for seven sessions in a private setting. The first step is to complete the Wedding Interview Information form. Once complete, your information will be passed to Dave and Deanne Hypes who will contact you. They will pair you with a trained and experienced couple who will walk you through an informative, non-threatening 7-12 session program.

 

Please note: If you plan on being married by a Skyline pastor or at Skyline Church, the Prepare Enrich program is required in addition to meeting with a pastor. If you are interested in our Premarital Couple Mentoring program, please call the Skyline Church Office at 619.660.5000 x5451. Be sure to call the Administrative Assistant well in advance of the desired date so you have time to complete your Premarital Couple Mentoring and secure your very special date.

 

For more information Contact:

Dave & Deanne Hypes | Individual Premarital Couple Mentoring
dehypes@gmail.com or

Marriage Savers Administrative Assistant
#: 619.660.5000 x5451

ENRICHMENT

This ministry seeks to strengthen and enrich existing marriages, and does so through four primary ways:

Periodic Marriage Conferences at Skyline Church

My Therapist Sez, an ongoing series, is an interactive panel of trained therapists responding to your questions about important life topics. Dr. Don Welch, Skyline’s counseling pastor, moderates this event the first Tuesday of each month in the main auditorium from 6:45-8:00pm. We publicize marriage strengthening conferences, weekends, and events in our communities, such as FamilyLife marriage conferences and Marriage Encounter, and staffing teachers for classes for married couples.

For more information contact:

John & Donna Train
@: DMTrain1@cox.net

SUNDAY CLASS: 2 BECOME ONE
A 1 year intensive – enriching your marriage

 Class on going Now! At 10:30am in Skyline GYM 

Cost: $10 per person

 Do you need more out of your marriage? Does your marriage feel like a “business partnership” where the once loving feelings have dissipated?

 Pastor Don Welch is offering a “2 Become One” church Connect class in a practically-based and slow-paced format. You’ll have opportunity to apply useful relational skills, discuss important questions pertaining to your relationship, and potentially overcome roadblocks leading to a vibrant marriage. 

• Skills for resolving problems to solutions
• Insights into fair fighting
• Resources to slaying the Goliaths in your life
• Applications for setting healthy relationship boundaries
• Truths defining healthy marriages and families
• Tools for parenting the difficult moments
• Integrations of integrity-building skills

 For more information contact: 

Sylvia Flores, Administrative Assistant

@: sflores@skylinechurch.org

STEPFAMILIES

The stepfamily ministry-headed by professional therapist Donna Dennis McBeth and her husband, Allen, seeks to assist those couples who will be forming a stepfamily in their coming marriage; or who are already in a stepfamily marriage relationship.

Skyline recognizes that stepfamily marriages fail at about the 70% rate, but that appropriate intervention with such couples can save 80% of them.

For more information contact:

Allen & Donna McBeth, Community Counseling Services 
#: 619.460.8500 @: themcbeths@cox.net

Sylvia Flores, Administrative Assistant
@: sflores@skylinechurch.org

 

RENEWAL AND RESTORATION

This ministry recognizes that even the most troubled marriages can be restored or reconciled to full health through timely and effective mentor couple interventions and Counseling.

Counseling:
We are fortunate to be blessed by the presence of Skyline’s Counseling Pastor, Dr. Don Welch. Dr. Welch will see Skyline couples for a nominal fee of $5 per session for five professional counseling sessions for those who may require such help (donations encouraged to further this vital ministry). Statistics show that 80% of troubled marriages can be restored. There is hope!

Please contact:
Sylvia Flores, Administrative Assistant
@ sflores@skylinechurch.org

Marrieds Mentoring:
Do you want to strengthen and grow your marriage? This is a couple to couple mentoring ministry using the Enrich portion of the Prepare/Enrich program. These materials have been used by millions of couples to develop and share tools every couple needs to navigate the numerous challenges of their relationship. Some of these tools include communication skills and conflict resolution.
If this is what you are seeking call the Skyline Church Office at 619.660.5000, extension 5451. The Administrative Assistant will send your confidential information to Bob and Nancy Bush. They will contact you and pair you with a trained and experienced couple who will walk you through an informative, nonthreatening 9-12 session program.

For more information Contact:
Bob & Nancy Bush, Renewal & Restoration Couple Mentoring
#: 619.644.3057 @ shrubs88@sbcglobal.net or
Sylvia Flores, Marriage Savers Administrative Assistant
#: 619.660.5000 x5451

 

DIVORCE CARE

Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before.  Don’t go through it alone.  DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) is held twice a year. Are your children angry, hurt, and confused about your separation or divorce? A DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) group is a safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal. DC4K groups blend, games, music, stories, videos and discussion to help kids process the divorce and move forward. Groups meet weekly on Thursday evenings and are designed for children ages 5-12.

For more info contact:

Sher & Barbara Takahashi
#: 619.985.5035 @: Flynzero77@sbcglobal.net

MARRIAGE MINISTRY PRAYER TEAM

Since the inception of this marriage ministry we have recognized the power and essential nature of prayer, for both those ministering to and for our couples receiving prayer.

While many Skyliners write regular prayer requests via the worship services Communication Card, including for marriage relationships, the Marriage Ministry Prayer Team focuses on praying for those in this ministry and those receiving help specifically. This prayer team is headed by Kirk and Carolyn Lewis.

For more information contact:

Kirk & Carolyn Lewis
#: 619.368.9334 @: krlewis619@gmail.com

Sylvia Flores, Administrative Assistant
@: sflores@skylinechurch.org