Grace Marriage FAQ

Grace Marriage is an exciting ministry designed to enrich, protect, and grow your marriage. Using Biblical, grace-based materials, you will have time to talk with your spouse and explore ways to enrich your relationship. Grace Marriage is an intentional commitment to grow in your relationship with each other and the Lord.

Four times a year husbands and wives meet with other couples in various stages of life to explore different aspects of marriage in marriage coaching sessions. Marriage coaching is an intentional and proactive approach to re-focus on positives in your relationship. Marriage coaching is not a lecture. It is not marriage counseling or group therapy. It is not a seminar or conference. It is not a place where you will be forced to share your deepest secrets. Quite simply, it is a Biblically-based marriage maintenance model that can revolutionize your relationship. Couples in their 20s to couples in their 80s are involved in Grace Marriage and have been greatly blessed by participating!

Who can attend?
Any married male and female couple may attend. A couple does not have to be a member of our church to participate.

When are the sessions held?
2019 session dates are January 26, April 27, August 24, and November 16. Sessions will be held at Hillsboro in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch is included. Participation requires making a commitment to attend all four sessions. Have questions because one of the dates does not work for you and your spouse? Please contact John Conger to discuss alternative solutions.

Who will we be in our group?
You will be in a group with your spouse as well as other couples who want their marriage to grow. Ten couples, plus a trained facilitator couple, will walk through the day’s material together. Spouses will have personal time together throughout the day to privately discuss the topics addressed. Groups will have mixed ages. Newly marrieds as well as couples who have been married for decades will be involved. Remember, Grace Marriage is about spending time with your spouse, not about being with close friends. Although you will get to know others in your group better, the purpose is to spend time with your husband/wife and focus on your marriage.

What about childcare?
Coaching days last 6 ½ hours. That is a long time for children to be at the church building, even if they have activities. We believe that most children will be happier in their own home or with family/friends they know. We also want to give couples freedom to focus on each other without feeling the need to check on the kids if they are just down the hallway. For these reasons, childcare will not be offered at the building. Consider the coaching days as an extended date – time for just the two of you. If you have questions about childcare costs and local babysitting resources for your family, please contact John Conger to discuss options that are available.

What does it cost?
What does a normal date night cost if you go to dinner and see a movie, or if you go to a ballgame or concert? $75? $100? More? The cost for four days of marriage coaching, including all materials, snacks, and dinner is just $349 per couple for the year. We encourage you to consider your participation fee as an investment in your marriage. What a great Christmas, birthday, or anniversary gift! If you have more questions about cost, payment plans, or other financial resources, please contact John Conger to discuss options that are available.

How do we sign up?
You register online.

How do we pay?
You may pay on the church website when you register or by check given to John Conger or the Hillsboro Office.

A non-refundable fee of $200 is due upon signing, and the balance is due by the first session (January 26, 2019). An “early bird” discounted rate of $299 is offered if paid in full by December 24. Please contact John Conger if you need to spread the fee beyond more than two payments.

Is there a deadline?
Yes. Participants must be registered by January 18, 2019. We are expecting our first year’s class to be full. Don’t hesitate and sign up today!

Please contact John Conger for more information or with any questions.