Re | Engage
I don’t know what season of marriage you are in. Every marriage is different. Christy and I are a year into our third decade as a married couple. Things have changed along the way. We have had challenges—big and small. Through trial and error (lots of error), and a white-knuckle grip on our hope in God’s power to change us, we have seen God renovate our marriage into something we’re happy with and thankful for.
But if we could rewind the clocks, and get a re-do, we would jump at an opportunity like Re|Engage. It would have helped us get on the same page in the early years of our marriage, walked us through painful and difficult challenges, and given us tools to navigate new seasons in our family life. Most importantly, it would have anchored us to the Author of real hope and change—not in fuzzy, obscure terms—but with real, tangible help. God made us to need Him, His Word, and His people. Each of those is important and essential.
So don’t be embarrassed that you want to re-ignite the spark in your marriage, re-connect with your spouse, or resurrect a marriage that feels dead. Marriage never drifts in the right direction—everyone needs to intentionally invest in and protect their marriage. God made you to need the help and encouragement of others. Christy and I still need it to keep moving forward. Re|Engage is a safe place to explore with God’s people the hope for every marriage Christ Himself offers.
David Booth | Families Pastor
We are into our third year of Re|Engage. We will continue offering it every Spring semester, when there are 16 weeks available to complete the full semester. During Fall semesters, we will be offering marriage development in simulcast and/or weekend workshop formats, for couples unable to complete the marathon semester every Spring.
Here’s how a typical night of Re|Engage looks: Doors open each Wednesday at 6:00pm. Couples enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshments after a long day at work. At 6:15 Re|Engage begins with a time of large-group encouragement followed by a weekly small-group experience with a handful of other couples. Re|Engage ends by 8:00pm every week.
Every Spring begins with January “test drive” weeks, giving couples an opportunity to carefully consider the program expectations before committing to the semester. We will only place ready, committed couples into “Closed Groups” with a mentor — it’s only fair to the other couples who are ready to make the commitment. So these test-drive weeks are critical for preparing and determining who is ready to be placed into a Re|Engage Closed Group. Re|Engage will take couples in Closed Groups through 16 weeks of marriage development and mentoring, ending in mid-May.
We describe Re|Engage as a 2 + 2 weekly investment — up to 2 hours at home and 2 hours on Wednesday nights focused on marriage growth. The monetary investment for Re|Engage is $50/couple. This covers the cost of books, refreshments, overnight retreat and expenses related to mentor development and resources. [Couples committed to Re|Engage can request financial assistance by contacting our Families Pastor, David Booth. Don’t hesitate to ask for any help you may need. We love you!]
You do not have to be a member of First Baptist Bryan to be a part of Re|Engage. Because Re|Engage follows the FBC church calendar, there is quality programming for preschoolers, children and youth every night Re|Engage is offered.
Stay tuned for the next opportunity to participate in a semester of Re|Engage.