Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Christianity | Practical Theology
Seager, Colin, "A Biblical Foundation Counseling Strategy to Direct Couples to Become One Flesh in Marriage" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 929.
This project will outline steps in counseling newly married couples to develop biblical, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual unity within marriage. A review of currently available marital and pre-marital counseling suggests the focus centers on intimacy, communication issues, and being happy together versus truly becoming one flesh. This ministry tool will enable pastors to counsel and prepare couples effectively for marriage with the richness God designed for marriage and to fortify them against marital temptation and marital fatigue. Based on a review of available resources and data collected from a control group comprised of sixty individuals, an implementable discipleship program will be developed to aid pastors in counseling new couples towards absolute oneness. Biblical oneness is most effectively forged within marriage when couples understand and are committed to God's vision for the union and are together growing in the knowledge and grace of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through prioritizing the ministry of prayer and the Word in their lives.