GROWING MARRIAGE UPDATE
Travel Restriction Impact on Workshops
Travel restrictions due to the virus outbreak have made it necessary to postpone some of the Growing Marriage workshops and Training of Trainers. However we look forward to resuming as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Uganda - Project Workshops
Following Growing Marriage 1 Facilitator's Training, the participants have been preparing and running their own workshops with couples in their communities as part of their project to qualify for Growing Marriage 2. There has been much excitement, enthusiasm and fun as each group has gathered.
Growing Marriage is a series of 6 courses aimed at growing and strengthening the marriage relationships of leaders.
Strong marriages make strong families which make a stronger church equipped to significantly impact our communities.
The Growing Marriage courses go deep and provide you with a framework for personal growth and growth as a couple providing you with an opportunity to take your relationship to a deeper level of intimacy and connection.
The goal of Growing Marriage is twofold:
- To grow and strengthen your marriage.
- To equip you to help the couples in your community to grow and strengthen their marriages.
The courses are built on an adult-learning model, which is highly interactive and relies on discussion, case studies, individual, group and couple exercises and homework. The workshops are limited to 15 couples per event to facilitate the effectiveness of discussion and the building of community and connection.
The workshop is presented in two different formats:
- Intensive workshops: One or two courses are offered over a period of 2 to 4 days. Couples are invited to return later to complete further courses.
- Weekly workshops: Couples meet for 2 to 3 hours weekly for between 8 and 10 weeks.
Hani and Tertia Morcos are the authors of Growing Marriage. Hani was a senior consultant with DAI facilitating many of DAI’s formal and non-formal courses in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Tertia has worked with DAI as a senior consultant since 2014. Hani is from Egypt and Tertia is from South Africa and they have spent most of their years in ministry in Egypt where they ran marriage seminars for engaged and newly married couples. Hani and Tertia live in California where they practice as Marriage & Family therapists. They have four adult children.
To serve the needs of diaspora and indigenous pastors and leaders we offer a variety of training opportunities.
This course is the foundation for Growing Marriage and participants must complete it in order to continue through the following courses.
For many, marriage brings with it the hope of fulfillment. But, often unspoken, unconscious expectations aren’t met and disappointment sets in. Discover your deepest needs and the guarantee for their fulfillment.
The foundations of marriage are built on key attitudes and behaviours reflected in the Bible. Covering the essentials of the marriage relationship such as covenant, friendship, priority, trust and forgiveness, you have the opportunity to work these into growing a healthy and long-lasting marriage.
Awareness of the attitudes and beliefs that drive communication in your marriage often come from the beliefs, styles and habits learnt from family and culture. Using Biblical principles, identify problematic communication styles and learn skills and attitudes to enhance emotional connection.
Come to understand the importance of both asserting and respecting personal boundaries in your marriage relationship as a means of protecting the relationship. Identifying your personal responsibilities empowers you to bring about change in an atmosphere of freedom and mutual respect.
Deepen your understanding of sex in marriage through a holistic view which involves body, emotions, mind and spirit. Through guided discussion with your spouse, achieve deeper mutual understanding and explore ways to take your sexual relationship to a new level.
The protection of your marriage includes recognizing Satan’s tactics to undermine your relationship. With a focus on the epidemic of infidelity, take proactive steps to identify potential threats and protect your marriage.
There are a growing number of locations where Growing Marriage is offered. If you would like to attend, please contact Tertia Morcos by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact the regional/country representative listed below:
Philippines: Voltaire Pablo, email@example.com
Nigeria: Abraham Gaga, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cameroon (French): Benvictor Dibankap, email@example.com
Uganda: Jairus Mutebe, firstname.lastname@example.org
North America/Southern California: Tertia Morcos, email@example.com
S. California 12-week workshop
A 12-week workshop is being run in S. California with seven Egyptian immigrant couples. This is the second workshop in the series and we are covering the topics of "Communication in Marriage" and "Boundaries in Marriage". The workshop will end on May 7th.
Growing Marriage 2 - Uganda
Courses 3 & 4
"Communication in Marriage" & "Boundaries in Marriage"
Postponed due to travel restrictions but we are hoping to have this event in the second half of this year.
Please contact Jairus Mutebe at jmutebe@DAIntl.org
Growing Marriage 3 - Nigeria - 2020
Coming up in 2020 - Courses 5 & 6.
"Intimacy in Marriage" & "Protecting Your Marriage"
Contact: Abraham Gaga, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Facilitator’s Training: You can be trained to facilitate this workshop in your community. Additional training is offered for this purpose and you will be required to complete two facilitator projects.