Marriage Preparation

The Marriage Preparation Program at Shadow Mountain Community Church is designed to help you lay the foundation for a strong, biblical marriage.  It is our greatest desire to help you...

“Build a Christ-Centered Marriage That Lasts a Lifetime.”

Your Decision to Marry Is a Commitment

We welcome the opportunity to invest in this commitment as you prepare for your upcoming marriage or decide to become engaged. Our marriage preparation program is offered to members and regular attenders of Shadow Mountain Community Church who are marrying for the first time.  (Due to the unique dynamics of second marriages we recommend couples in this situation meet with a Christian counselor. Names are available upon request through our office, 619-590-1747.)

If you would like to be married at Shadow Mountain Community Church or desire a Shadow Mountain pastor to officiate your wedding ceremony, successful completion of a marriage preparation program is required and will be verified by the pastor.

Our program fills up quickly! Please register at least 4 months prior to your wedding we often have a waiting list and cannot guarantee mentor availability.

To Register: Please complete a Pre-Marriage Questionnaire for each of you (one for the bride and one for the groom). After we receive your questionnaires we will contact you to schedule an interview. 

Pre-Marriage Questionnaire.

Frequently Asked Questions

*Note: For information about scheduling a wedding at Shadow Mountain please call 619-590-1708.  Due to the scope of Shadow Mountain ministries, weddings will be limited to Shadow Mountain Community Church members and regular attenders. 

Our Marriage Preparation Program

Our unique program consists of 8 to 10 sessions with a marriage mentor, each lasting about 90 minutes.  Sessions will be held at times and locations that work best for you and your marriage mentors.  Your mentors are a married couple, specially trained, and specifically matched to work with your individual needs.  The same marriage mentors will meet with you for each of the sessions. They will provide personalized guidance as you go through the materials together.
Please be sure to allow enough time before your wedding for the Marriage Preparation Program, we have a limited number of mentors and they are subject to availability. If no one is available in the time frame you have available we can provide you with referrals to fee based counselors in the area.

Program Details

Each couple will go through the book, Preparing for Marriage, with their mentors. They will take the Life Innovations Prepare inventory and the Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis. They will also go through the materials included in the Family Ministries Marriage Preparation Notebook with their mentors.

Goals of this course:
  • To be exposed to important building blocks of a healthy Christian marriage.
  • To know what a Christian marriage looks like.
  • To develop the skills to lay a good foundation from the beginning.
  • To know how to evaluate whether God would have you marry each other and whether this is the right time to marry.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

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