Terms and Conditions

Marriage Mentors by Strong Marriages®

 Ministry Goals

The purpose of Strong Marriages is to help fellow believers glorify God with their thoughts, words, and actions. This glorification is made possible by the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the instruction of God’s Word. Additionally, Strong Marriages, through its mentors, aims to lead people to an understanding of what it means to be a true follower of Jesus Christ and how following Christ impacts marriage.

 Statement of Faith

I hereby affirm that, based on Holy Scripture and the constant moral teaching of the universal Church:

I believe there is only one God. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit—one in three persons, yet uniquely distinct. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present and eternal. (Matthew 28:19, Isaiah 40:12-26, Isaiah 46:8-11, John 14:9)

I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born of the Virgin Mary, walked among men as a man, yet without sin. Jesus fulfilled His mission by suffering death on a cross as atonement for the sins of all mankind. Jesus was buried in a tomb and then rose from the grave to return to heaven. Jesus will return again to earth in all His glory to receive God’s children and judge the world. (Matthew 1:18-24, John 3:16, Hebrews 4:15, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Ephesians 1:20)

I believe the Holy Spirit dwells in all believers. He convicts men of sin and righteousness. He comforts believers, strengthens them, guides them to understand the Truth, calls all men unto Himself, and by grace through faith in God, He sanctifies every believer. (Ephesians 1:13, Acts 1:8, John 16:8, John 15:26, Romans 8:9)

I believe that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, acting as the source of authority over our morality, our beliefs, our lifestyle and our conduct. (Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

I believe God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. Consequently, I affirm our respective biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with our respective predominant biological sex — including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary “genderqueer” acts or conduct. (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

I believe, through the temptation of Satan, man fell from innocence into sin. Because of sin, all men are separated from God and are in need of a Savior. No person can save himself. It is only by the grace of God, through faith in Him and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, that man can be brought back into the proper relationship with Him. Consequently, I welcome and treat with respect, compassion, and sensitivity all who experience same-sex attractions or confess sexually immoral acts but are committed to resisting sexual temptation, refraining from sexual immorality, and conforming their behavior to our Statement of Faith. (Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 10:9, Romans 10:9-13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:14-16)

I believe God created marriage as part of His original plan for mankind (Genesis 2:18). Marriage is the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. Consequently, I affirm the sexual complementarity of man and woman and resist any and all same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are intrinsically disordered. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:5-9, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2)

I believe the Holy Scriptures grant two life-enhancing options for human sexual behavior: (1) the conjugal “one flesh” marital union of one man and one woman, and (2) celibacy. Either is a gift from God, given as He wills for His glory and the good of those who receive and rejoice in His gift to them. Celibacy and faithful singleness is to be celebrated and affirmed. (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18, 21-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:5-8; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:1-8; Matthew 19:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Romans 12:10; 1 Timothy 5:1-2)

Confidentiality

I acknowledge and agree that confidentiality is a vital aspect of the ministry of Strong Marriages. I agree to guard the information I may be exposed to while I work in my volunteer role to the fullest extent possible. I acknowledge the importance of confidentiality and commit to refrain from disclosing the identity of any person served by the ministry. Additionally, I commit to using the following confidentiality statement when others seek information: “I cannot confirm or deny that Strong Marriages is involved with any couple. If it were you, I would extend the same courtesy to keep your name confidential.”

 Mentor Conditions

Mentor Statement of Commitment

The following outlines the components of the agreement that I am entering into as a mentor couple.

  • I understand that mentors are volunteers using Biblical instruction and life experiences along with training to guide you.
  • I understand that confidentiality must be practiced by mentors, Strong Marriages, and church staff unless there is:
    • Known or suspected child or elder abuse of any kind
    • The intent to take criminal actions or violence against another person
    • Active suicidal thoughts or intentions
    • Other credible intent to harm any person
    • Any disclosures required by applicable law
  • I understand and commit to never suggest separation or divorce as outlined in the Doctrinal Statement on Divorce.
  • I commit to the mentoring process for a minimum of one year, and to meet faithfully with my mentee couple and adhere to the mentoring process, spend time in God’s Word, pray regularly, extend blessings to each other, and undertake fellowship with believers.
  • I agree to complete confidential online session reports after your mentoring sessions.

Biblical Basis

I affirm my belief that the Bible has all the instruction necessary for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). In our Biblically-based mentoring, the Scriptures are, in all cases, the final authority (2 Timothy 3:16-17). As a mentor, I do not claim to know all there is about Biblical teaching and its application to life; nevertheless, I strive to guide mentees in the process of seeking and applying Biblical principles. While I believe the Bible speaks to all of life and its challenges, I also believe that careful thought and prayerful wisdom are essential to knowing how to approach any situation. As a mentor, I am trained to help guide mentee couples in applying Biblical wisdom. I am not a counselor and only provide Biblical instruction. I believe mentoring consists of offering and applying scriptural advice. Ultimately, mentee couples are held fully responsible for how the advice is implemented (James 1:23-25).

I agree not to render any medical, mental health or other professional advice or services, or to hold myself out as being a social worker or therapist, a licensed marriage or family therapist, a licensed counsel, licensed psychologist, licensed psychiatrist, state certified therapist, or any other type of professional mental health care provider.

Doctrinal Statement Concerning Divorce

I believe marriage is a covenant made with God. It is His design and intended to last a lifetime; therefore, this lasting relationship between man and woman should never be broken by human action. In Malachi 2:16, the Bible states that God hates divorce. Jesus also stated in Matthew 19:4-6, "Haven't you read that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (NIV)

Though the Bible does not condone divorce, the New Testament explicitly identifies two situations in which divorce is permissible.

In the instance of a Christian’s mate committing adultery, Matthew 5:32 states: "But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery." See also Matthew 19:9: "I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery." (NIV)

In the instance of a believer who is deserted by an unbeliever because of faith in Christ, see 1 Corinthians 7:15: “But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.” (NIV)

“Constructive desertion” is defined as separation due to abuse, brutality, or harassment rendering it impossible and unsafe to live together. Constructive desertion is considered the equivalent of desertion.

As a mentor, I commit to never recommending separation or divorce. Instead, should the decision to divorce be expressed by the mentees, we will refer mentees to pastoral staff.

 Mentee Conditions

Mentee Statement of Commitment

The following outlines the components of the agreement that I am entering into as a mentee couple.

  • I understand that mentors are volunteers using Biblical instruction and life experiences along with training to guide you.
  • I realize that confidentiality is practiced by mentors, Strong Marriages, and church staff unless there is:
    • Known or suspected child or elder abuse of any kind
    • The intent to take criminal actions or violence against another person
    • Active suicidal thoughts or intentions
    • Other credible intent to harm any person
    • Any disclosures required by applicable law
  • I release and waive liability of all parties and persons involved knowing that you are entering into this agreement of your own free will.
  • I commit to the mentoring process for a minimum of one year and to meet faithfully with your mentor couple and complete the assigned lessons, spend time in God’s Word, pray regularly, extend blessings to each other, and undertake fellowship with believers.
  • I understand that if a decision is made to discontinue the mentoring process, it is intended to have a positive long-term impact on your marriage and it does not represent failure by you, your spouse, or your mentors.

Mentee Release of Liability

I am entering into the relationship with my mentors of my own free will, knowingly authorizing Strong Marriages, in association with my mentors’ organization, to render Biblical counseling and to referral services. I declare that I am fully capable of discerning good and bad advice, and release the mentors, their organization, Strong Marriages, their employees, volunteers and any other associated ministry or organization from any liability, claim, or litigation arising from our participation in this voluntary ministry. I affirm that no guarantee or assurance of any kind has been made to me with respect to the expected results of mentoring and that I are not responsible for paying any service fees. I have been informed of the nature and purposes of Biblical mentoring and that my consent can be revoked orally or in writing prior to or during the mentoring process. Furthermore, I understand that the mentor couple to which we are assigned is not licensed or trained, nor required to be licensed or trained, as social workers, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, state certified therapists, mental health professionals, or any other type of health care provider. I understand that I will receive Biblical guidance based on the teachings and authority of God’s Word consistent with the statement of faith set forth below.

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