The ‘Marriage Encounter’ covers similar topics as is used in the seminars.
Married couples are invited usually for two days to come away from their homes to a guest house, hotel or other facility.
Here they will be away from the toils and worries of everyday life and can concentrate on the marriage and their partner, and what God is saying.
The format of the ‘Encounter’ is for the couples to hear a seminar before going away together to a private place where they can talk together.
To help with this talking they are given questions to answer individually before discussing them with their partner.
Couples will also be given instruction on how to communicate clearly and how we use our words, tone of voice and our body language.
“Marriage is very challenging and exciting. Communication is really the key to every solution of any challenge that crops up. It’s not been easy but we are trying to learn how to resolve conflicts and reconcile for our good and peaceful co-existence.”
A typical programme for the Marriage Encounter is as follows:
- Who the teachers are
- Testimonies of changed marriages
- Format of ‘Marriage Encounter’ explained
- Lectures and working together using dialogue
- A need for honesty, gently expressed without harshness
- Commitment to God and to our marriage
- Write down why you came and what you want from the ‘encounter’
- The history of a relationship
- Dialogue: Statement of intent
- Identity and self image
- Gender gap
- Feedback from Day 1
- Marriage is for life
- Being Committed
- Sexual relationship
- Prayer of commitment and communion
- Feedback and questions
- Has the ‘Encounter’ met your expectations
- Disclaimer and continuance