Marriage is one of the most important commitments a person can make. Aside from your decision to follow Christ, no other decision will have as great an impact on your life. It is my belief as Pastor that the reason so many marriages are failing in our time is because far too many churches have failed to recognize their responsibility to properly equip people to enter in to the marriage relationship. It is my goal then, to attempt to fulfill that obligation to the best of my ability before I commit to performing a marriage ceremony for you. It is also my belief that performing wedding ceremonies is an accommodation by The Shepherd’s House International. It is not something we are obligated to do. This means that if we feel that you and your fiancé are not ready, or should not be married for any reason, we will decline to perform your wedding or continue the pre-marriage counseling. In a Christian marriage, two individuals are making a vow to God to fulfill to the best of their ability, all that God requires for their marriage as outlined in the Bible. Because of the great significance and importance of the marriage vow, all parties should approach marriage prayerfully, patiently, and honestly.