marriage ministry

Hello and welcome to the Montwood Church of Christ (MCOC) Marriage Ministry page. We are so glad you have taken the time to visit our page and we pray that you find the information to be helpful and enlightening. Based on recent statistics, marriages are suffering at an alarming rate. The rate of divorce in the United States is nearly 50%.

God certainly did not intend for marriage to be a temporary thing, but a permanent covenant between husband, wife and God our Father.

Malachi 2:14, Proverbs 2:17, Matthew 19:6, Romans 7:2-3

Our marriage ministry and this webpage are intended to provide information and activities that will help grow, prosper, and sustain marriages through the tough times and above all, please God. The Bible teaches us that marriage is a reflection of the relationship Christ has with his bride, the church (Ephesians 5:23-32). MCOC wants all marriages to reflect the love that Christ has for his bride and it is our belief that the Bible provides all of the information required to attain such a level of love. The MCOC marriage ministry believes:

•God is the source of marriage.

•The Holy Bible is the resource to determine the standard for true marriage and true fulfillment in marriage.

•A true marriage is more than just two people being married, but, is characterized and governed by a sincere desire and practice of growing closer to God and one another, with the Bible as the basis for doing so.

Therefore; this webpage will reference the Bible, first and foremost, to provide information on how to have a successful marriage. There will also be other literature referenced (see recommended reading) that can also be utilized to help us with specific subjects associated with marriage. Marriage is a sacred institution ordained by God and we pray that this webpage is helpful to any and all married couples or those thinking of marriage. Again, we thank you for visiting our site and pray that this information helps you become a better Christian with a better marriage. God Bless.

The Marriage Ministry

The love and marriage experience

The Love & Marriage Experience is a marriage seminar hosted by the church of Christ at Montwood. This event is absolutely FREE. We have sessions in English and Spanish, and open to everyone (single or married). Our main session speakers for this event will be Rufus L. Barfield (English) and Salvador Estrada (Spanish), two dynamic speakers and ministers of the word. Topics will include:


     ◦Making the Most of What You Say

     ◦How to Be Single

•Knowing How to Budget

•Getting Familiar with Coupons

•Q & A Sessions

•And More…!!!

Please plan to attend this event, as we would be so blessed and honored to have you. The dates for this enriching seminar will be March 18-20, 2016. Friday night is a fun bowling night just to relax and get to know each other. Saturday sessions run from 9am to 11:00am (see the complete schedule for more information). Lunch and childcare (under 10 years of age) are provided, in order to make the event as convenient as possible. Did I mention that this event is absolutely FREE? We are prayerful that you will attend and that God will use this seminar to build stronger marriages in El Paso. May God bless you and keep you.

Marriage Ministry Coordinators

Register for the 2017 Love & Marriage Experience

The Married Couples' Book Club

The Married Couples' Book Club is a structured fellowship of married couples utilizing a book focused on improving marriages / relationships to foster discussion. Discussion will be facilitated by married couples attending Montwood Church of Christ; with biblical principles in the forefront of all meetings. The purpose of the married couples book club is to foster and promote great marriages through:

1. Increased fellowship in the Church

2. Providing a support structure for Christian marriages

3. A stronger Christian relationship with God and your spouse

The book club has read/reviewed and recommends the following books/movies:

• His Needs, Her Needs - Willard F. Harley Jr.

• The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman

• Fireproof - Movie

• How to Talk so Your Mate will Listen and Listen so your Mate will Talk - Nancy Van Pelt • Sacred Marriage - Gary Thomas - In Progress

Attendees do not have to be members of the church

Newcomers are always encouraged to attend

See the Montwood Calendar for the time and location of the next book club event

We would love to see you at the next book club meeting, if you have questions please call 915.855.9896 for additional details.

May God Bless You and Keep You!

Recommended Reading

These are several books our Married Couples Book Club have found to be very helpful. Additional books and websites will be added periodically. Happy reading and God Bless.

His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley Jr

How To Talk So Your Mate Will Listen and Listen So Your Mate Will Talk by Nancy L. Van Pelt

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman