Marriage and Family



Welcome to Family Life

Through our Family Life Ministry, we seek to equip families with the tools necessary to develop healthy relationships with Jesus as both the model and basis for life in the home.  Our goal is to be about:

"Seeing Marriages and Families Thrive with

Jesus in the Center ."


Equipping Marriages  ... In rotation with parenting and other classes of interest to the family, we hold 2 or more marriage class sessions annually during our 9:30AM Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study. Topics vary and our content is new each year. Samples would be: the Uncommon Marriage study by Tony and Lauren Dungy, a study on finances, Making Happy by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, and From this Day Forward by Craig and Amy Groeschel. We also have a series of five marriage-related Bible Studies that we wrote in-house to address: putting God in the middle, priorities, communication, connecting despite differences, and sticking with it for the long haul.

In addition to marriage classes before the service during the schoolyear, we also hold 2-4 marriage events during the year as well. These also vary in scope and content: we may meet for dinner and dancing, hold a comedy event with an honest but refreshingly funny and encouraging look at Christian marriage, or host an event to bolster couples from our church and community, all with Jesus in the center.
We are available on a regular basis for couples or individuals who want to come in and talk to about any range of ideas or concerns having to do with marriage. We want good marriages to get even better, and difficult marriages to find resources that help each couple manage issues and trouble-shoot effectively. To this end, we make multiple resources available to address any and all relational concerns and also to tap the power and growth of ministering together - in small, medium, and large ways. 
We also maintain a partnership with Agape Counseling so that we can broaden even further the range of service available to couples.

Marriage Resources

Equipping Parents ... rotation with the Marriage and other Family-Interest classes, we hold 2 or more sessions of parenting classes on Sunday mornings at 9:30.  Examples of these classes are Parental Guidance Required from Andy Stanley and Reggie Joiner and The Family Project from Focus on the Family.  We also hold informational meetings and sessions based on current parental concerns within our congregation or community.  In some of these sessions, we have parents and their adult children join us to meet with younger families who want to ask, especially given our current culture, both parents and adult children what they did that helped those children stick with the decision to be Christians as adults.  As with our marriage resources, we make as many up-to-date and applicable parenting resources available for our parents of young children as possible.  We are available for counseling for parents and children, and we also have our connection with Agape Counseling for more in-depth coverage as needed.

Equipping Children ...

Learn what is happening in our Children's Church, Preschool, VBS and Teen Programs.  We strongly believe that what a child learns at home is more important than what a child learns at church.  Our programs are designed to encourage, equip and supplement what parents teach their kids spiritually at home.  We want to be right there beside parents, from the infancy of their children to adulthood, supporting all they are doing to raise kids with a strong and meaningful faith.  God is all about discovery, wonder and passion - and we want your kids (and you!) to experience it, first-hand!

 Families ...

Because we love kids, Risen Christ has many fun activities designed for families happening throughout the year.  Some of our annual events include  September School Year Kick Off,  a Fall Event, Breakfast With Santa,  Super Bowl Pre-game Party, Family Fun Activities, and  Egg Hunt/Journey to the Cross.  You may also catch us filling shoeboxes for children around the world, creating projects or filling lunch bags to deliver to others, holding a game day or hosting a carnival, or attending local events of interest together.  Come join us, and tell us the things you'd like to do!