It is a foregone conclusion that all of us have different standards and convictions about the institution of marriage. Here are some situations that you need to be aware of in order to decide if this ministry suits your pastoral or biblical convictions:
- Many couples who contact you to be married already live together and are sexually active.
- Some individuals have been previously married and have all sorts of reasons for divorce.
- Some couples come from diverse religious backgrounds. In these cases, most are not involved or active or interested in either.
These and other situations make it imperative that you think through what types of circumstances you would feel comfortable with and what types you would not. Remember, these couples came to you for help, not a lecture. When you serve them, you represent Jesus!
Discuss these issues with pastors and spiritual advisors who you respect. Pray about the types of couples who will contact you, and be prepared to serve them in the way you know best... Christ-like.