Re|Engage is a ministry that links married couples with a mentor couple for the duration of the Spring semester. 2021 is our fifth year of Re|Engage. Re|Engage Mentor Groups will complete 16 weeks of marriage development material and mentoring, ending in mid-May.
2021 COVID Precautions: The following general precautions will be observed this semester: 1) The Room 231 gathering space will require masks until couples are seated 6' apart, 2) refreshments will be individually wrapped, 3) couples with the highest levels of COVID concern will be assigned to groups where masks are mandatory and to rooms allowing for greater social distancing, and 4) the number of Re|Engage participant couples will be limited to 15. Some precautions can be relaxed or tightened according to community responses to changing COVID conditions. Mentor group Zoom options will be available for couples needing to self-isolate during the semester, or for the duration of any community lockdown.
Here's how a typical night of Re|Engage will look in 2021: Each Wednesday at 6 pm, couples will gather in the Room 231 gathering space with a time of refreshment, fellowship, and encouragement from our Families Pastor. At 6:45 pm, couples will dismiss to their assigned Mentor Group room of 4-5 other couples. The weekly session will end in time to pick up kids from their ministry areas by 8 pm.
Sign up for Re|Engage below. After you register for the semester, you will be emailed an orientation video and lesson to help you carefully consider the program expectations for the semester.
For couples unable to participate in Re|Engage this semester: In addition to Re|Engage, we will be addressing the need for real-time marriage building through a new on-demand service called Woo Marriage. This is ideal for any couple to work on their marriage in the time and place the works best for them when they cannot commit to a semester of Re|Engage. Couples are also encouraged to intake a steady stream of gospel-centered wisdom and encouragement through the content found at Fierce Marriage. Access Woo Marriage and Fierce Marriage at no cost to you at the Family Discipleship section of the Families page.
I don’t know what season of marriage you are in. Every marriage is different. Christy and I are in 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