Marriage and Family
God Has a Purpose for Your Relationships
From the very beginning, God demonstrates His value of marriage and family. We affirm God's honor of marriage and family and desire to help you find God's purpose for your relationship. Because these relationships are a part of God's design, we have tools that will help you navigate your relationships. Whether you are thinking about getting married, building your marriage and family, or walking through a difficult place, there is a plan just for you.
“Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage.”
Hebrews 13:4 NLT
Premarital Counseling and Weddings at Highlands
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Whether you are looking to invest in developing a strong foundation for a lasting marriage through premarital counseling or to reserve a venue for your wedding here at Church of the Highlands, we are excited to celebrate with you on your wedding day.
Common Questions about Premarital Conunseling
How do we begin the premarital process and/or schedule a pastor to officiate our wedding?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-980-5577.
Do we have to be members of Church of the Highlands to go through the premarital process or have a Highlands pastor officiate our wedding?
No. You do not have to be a member of Highlands to go through our premarital process or to have one of our pastors officiate your wedding.
What are the guidelines for a Church of the Highlands pastor to officiate our wedding?
If you are interested in having a Highlands pastor officiate your wedding, premarital counseling is required prior to the wedding. If the premarital counseling is completed outside of Highlands, counseling must be scripture-based, and we will need documentation of completion. This documentation should include the curriculum studied, a minimum of 6 hours completed and who facilitated your process on a form from your premarital counselors directly emailed to email@example.com. In addition, we recommend a minimum of a $300 honorarium for a Highlands pastor who officiates your wedding and should be given on the day of the wedding.
Is there a cost for premarital counseling?
Yes. The cost is $80 per couple. This covers the online assessment and the materials used for premarital counseling.
Weddings at Highlands
We know and understand marital challenges. Our goal is to help you reclaim, heal, and build the marriage God intended for you. Great marriages are possible, and we would like to show you practical ways to restore and heal your marriage.
Who can I speak with if my marriage is in need of help?
Call the ministry line at 205-439-4381 and leave a message. Someone from the ministry team will call you back within 24-48 hours and share your next steps with you.
Does Church of the Highlands provide counseling?
Church of the Highlands does not provide any form of mental health or professional counseling services. Instead, we pastor our church through small groups. Please contact the ministry line to hear about how you can get connected to available resources.
Marriage Small Groups
Marriage is a gift from God and we want you to discover God's great plan for your marriage. We also know there are no quick fixes in parenting. Parenting takes time, attention, and love. In marriage and family (parenting) groups, we will focus on God's design for couples and families, as well as learn with other like-minded couples on this same journey.
Interested in Leading a Marriage Small Group?
If you are a small group leader and interested in more training in dealing with couples, contact the Small Groups Team at your campus for more information on how you can obtain training and grow as a marriage leader. If you are interested in becoming a small group leader for the first time, you must complete the Growth Track and attend Small Group Leadership Training.
Marriage Small Groups Curriculum
If you are interested in using curriculum for your marriage small group, you can check out a copy of our marriage DVD curriculum for a semester. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-980-5577 to request the curriculum. You can also access our current small groups curriculum online.