Marriage and Ministry

01.13.2014

Kinney 1Dave Kinney is our guest blogger today. He is with the CCSM for one year studying with us in the area of College Ministry. 

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word…”

-Ephesians 5:25-26

As husbands we are called to be the spiritual leaders of the home. As ministers, we assume the role of spiritual leaders within the community in which we serve (Hebrews 13:7, Hebrews 13:17). One common struggle among ministers is prioritizing our marital relationship over our vocational calling. Like Paul in Ephesians 5:25-26 says, we should be willing to give ourselves up for our marriage. Often times we are not even willing to give up facets of our ministries for the betterment of our marriage.

As Christ followers we are to pursue excellence in everything that we involve ourselves in (Colossians 3:23), including our marriages; especially our marriages! My wife and I have practiced a few things with hope to see our marriage reach new levels of excellence.

  1. Pray together, stay together- might be cheesy, but it’s true.
  2. Intentionally date your spouse- get to know as much as you can about the woman that God blessed you with.
  3. Value your local church together- serve, love, and invest in your church as a family unit and allow God to use you and your spouse for His glory.

When you allow God to work in and through your marriage you will experience marital growth, practice the pursuit of excellence, and your marriage will become a testimony to others. Let those around you see what marriage can be like when God is at its core.

Ministry is your vocational call; marriage is your covenant with God.

“For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”

-1 Timothy 3:5-

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