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Preparing for Christian Marriage

$18.95


An Inclusive Handbook for Straight and LGBTQ Couples Seeking a Joyful Marriage with Discussion Guide for Clergy

Author: Reverend Steve Wigall

ISBN: 978-1-61920-057-9

LOC #: 2016952188

Publication Date: 12-15-2016

Subject Codes:

FAM030000                Family & Relationships/Marriage and Long Term Relationships

REL012050                 Religion: Christian Life – Love & Marriage

SOC026010                Social Science: Sociology – Marriage and Family

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Description

In Preparing for Christian Marriage, the Reverend Steve Wigall offers an inclusive handbook for straight and LGBTQ couples seeking a joyful marriage, which includes a discussion guide to assist the clergy who are working with them. Through his years of Presbyterian ministry experience in the nurture and support of Christian couples, Steve has put together practical approaches towards preparing for and living a fulfilling Christian marriage.

Steve Wigall is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, teacher, writer, and spiritual director, honorably retired from the Presbytery of Northern New England. Steve has devoted a major part of his pastoral ministry to the nurture and training of Christian couples. He also spent over a decade involved in the leadership of the ministry of Presbyterian Marriage Encounter – an organization that focuses on the strengthening and enrichment of Christian Marriage. Those years of experience are reflected in this book.

Author Bio:

Steve Wigall is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, teacher, writer, and spiritual director, honorably retired from the Presbytery of Northern New England. Steve has devoted a major part of his pastoral ministry to the nurture and training of Christian couples. He also spent over a decade involved in the leadership of the ministry of Presbyterian Marriage Encounter – an organization that focuses on the strengthening and enrichment of Christian Marriage. Those years of experience are reflected in this book.

Steve was born in Lindsay, California on April the 15th, 1951 and was married in 1974. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, earning an AB in Religion in 1972, and obtained a State Certificate in Elementary Education & Social Science from California State University-Bakersfield in 1973.  From September 1974 to May 1977 he studied for and earned his master of divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in NJ; then in 1978, he earned a postgraduate master’s in Homiletics and Historical Theology, also from Princeton Theological Seminary.

From August 1985 to May 1987, Steve studied and obtained a Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from the Guild for Spiritual Guidance – Wainwright House, Rye, NY.  The program involved training in group and individual Spiritual Guidance and included the study of the History of Christian Spirituality and Jungian Psychology. From 1989 to 1998, Steve continued studying both Christian Spirituality and Psychology at Boston University School of Theology, earning a dual emphasis Doctorate of Theology.

His pastoral career started at the United Presbyterian Church of Millstone, NJ, where he worked from January 1978 to January 1987, developing his skills in preaching, teaching, counseling, leadership training, administration, and fellowship building.

In 1990, he assumed the position of pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kennebunkport, ME, continuing to use his skills in leadership training to help build this young congregation. His teaching career included working from 1993 to 1997 at the Northern Essex Community College where he developed and taught courses in World Religions, Psychology, Acupressure, and Yoga.

Steve’s wide-ranging religious and spiritual knowledge and training have enabled him over the years to concentrate on offering both individual and small group spiritual direction. In 1995, Steve initiated a Spiritual Direction ministry named Spiritual Compass. At the same time, he began serving as Parish Associate at Eliot Presbyterian Church, Lowell MA. He continued this volunteer work until phasing it out in about 2010.

Steve further brings Jin Shin Do acupressure training to his work, which speaks to his conviction that Spirit / Body interface and interaction are essential to a healthy Christian spiritual life. He strives to help his clients work toward spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical wholeness as individuals, as married couples, as family members, and as active members of their communities.

Steve currently makes his skills available as a resource to the ELCA Lutheran church where he is active as a volunteer in Andover, MA; and to the ministry of the Gay Christian Network (GCN: gaychristian. net) where he volunteers as a General Moderator on their blog site.

Reviews:

In his book, Preparing for Christian Marriage: An Inclusive Handbook for Straight and LGBTQ Couples Seeking a Joyful Marriage with Discussion Guide for Clergy, Steve offers an inclusive handbook for straight and LGBTQ couples seeking a joyful marriage. Included is a discussion guide for clergy who are working with them. Through his years of pastoral ministry experience in the nurture and support of Christian couples, Steve has put together practical approaches to prepare for and live a fulfilling Christian marriage.

Kathy V. Baldock                   Executive Director of Canyonwalker Connections

Author of: Walking the Bridgeless Canyon

kathy@canyonwalkerconnections.com

In his book, Preparing for Christian Marriage: An Inclusive Handbook for Straight and LGBTQ Couples Seeking a Joyful Marriage with Discussion Guide for Clergy, Steve offers an inclusive handbook for straight and LGBTQ couples seeking a joyful marriage. Included is a discussion guide for clergy who are working with them. Through his years of pastoral ministry experience in the nurture and support of Christian couples, Steve has put together practical approaches to prepare for and live a fulfilling Christian marriage.

Preparing for Christian Marriage” is a compact and to-the-point book for couples and clergy preparing for the seriousness and commitment of Christian marriage. What makes this book unique is that it is not limited to opposite-sex couples but is fully inclusive serving the needs of same-sex couples as well.

Marriage is seen and modeled in the Old Testament focused family as a model of procreation. Marriage in the New Testament becomes a model of Christ-like love relationship between two equals becoming a new creation. Clergy is guided through a thoughtful and biblical process which expands the NT definition of marriage to accommodate and include same-sex couples.

Once on equal footing and sharing the same goals of Christian marriage, couples are asked to consider challenging and important questions. Likewise, in the second part of the book, clergy are given thoughtful guidelines to help couples discuss and prepare for the seriousness of Christian marriage.

In total, “Preparing for Christian Marriage” is a good tool for modern couples and clergy to best honor the sacred union of love and life in its many forms.

Kathy V. Baldock

Executive Director of Canyonwalker Connections

Author of: Walking the Bridgeless Canyon

“It was a joy to read and so accessible.  I especially liked the way the book was divided. The first section went through a thoughtful overview of the many facets of Christian marriage. Here and there, the discussion includes issues unique to gay couples, but the real emphasis is on Christian family and how it works. This is how I expect marriage will be approached in another 20 years – taking a sort of “orientation blind” approach. As part of an already-married couple, I looked at how some things discussed in this first section have turned out in my marriage, in my in-law relationships, for example, and in how I’ve tolerated and grown through our mutual differences.

“In the discussion sections, I thought the worksheets were laid out well. There were no rhetorical questions and no bias toward “the right” answer, so it leaves discussion open for different couples to arrive at different understandings. It is clearly something that will work in counseling either one couple or a group.

“I liked the fact that the theological foundation, which is something that still needs to be laid in our time, was in its own space at the end. The theological discussion of the civil marriage for gay citizens and Christian Marriage for gay Christian couples avoids being falsely inclusive by suggesting that “some of my best friends are…” or “we need to include even ….” I found that it also posed some deep questions about Scripture, and offered helpful suggestions for further thinking.”

Marsha Stevens-Pino:

Founder and Director of BALM Ministries

Singer song-writer, “The Mother of Contemporary Christian Music,” according to The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, September 2002

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