Congratulations on your engagement! As a church we are committed to assisting you and preparing you for your marriage. Premarital counseling at South Bay Church is usually done by qualified and trained couples or individuals called “marriage mentors.” These marriage mentors are pastors or key leaders at South Bay. We are so glad you are interested in being matched with a marriage mentor couple who will commit to walking along side you during your engagement.
To get started, please fill out the “Request for Marriage Mentoring” form so that we can make the best match possible for you.
Below are the basic steps in the counseling process. The process usually starts 4 months before the wedding ceremony, but we can start as soon as you would like.
Is there a cost? Premarital counseling at South Bay Church is free of charge, but the Prepare & Enrich Assessment costs $35 per couple. You can pay for it online when the link is sent to you. When a pastor performs a wedding ceremony, it is customary to give them a minimum honorarium of $250 as a way of honoring their time and presence in your wedding.
Frequency of meetings: Premarital counseling meetings should start at a minimum of 3 months before the wedding ceremony. They will typically be scheduled weekly or biweekly.
South Bay Church does not have any trained counseling professionals, but our pastors are available to meet with you if needed.
If you would like to meet with one of our pastors, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For longer care and professional counseling, we suggest the San Jose Christian Counseling Center.
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