The Journey Church has a very high view of marriage, and we want to honor the biblical prescription for it. We expect that all couples seeking to be married at the Journey Church sign a marriage covenant before one of our ministers will agree to marry the candidates. The terms listed on the covenant are:
- Both candidates must be Christians. We believe that marriage is a God-ordained institution between a man and a woman who have trusted in God with their salvation.
- At least one of the candidates must be a partner of the Journey Church.
- The couple must agree to three premarital counseling sessions with the officiating minister.
- We forbid the couple from living in blatant sin, such as sexual promiscuity or activity that will cause the couple to struggle with sexual promiscuity (i.e. living together before marriage).
- For more information, please download our Marriage Covenant.
We see the minister’s responsibilities as:
- Helping to prepare the couple for marriage with three premarital counseling sessions. If, during these counseling sessions, the minister sees that the couple exhibits unhealthy relationship patterns, is not ready for marriage, or observes that one of the agreed upon standards listed in the Marriage Covenant is broken, he reserves the right not to officiate the wedding.
- Officiating the wedding service (also the wedding rehearsal). He reserves the right to eliminate anything from the service that does not honor God (i.e. pranks, etc.)
- Bringing the couple before God and asking God to bless the marriage during the wedding service.
We suggest a $300 honorarium for the minister’s time away from his family.