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We are about changed lives. As one couple finds a love that lasts, their relationship is transformed and they start to invest in other couples.  Before you know it, what started off as a single couple with a heart to help others has turned into a movement that touches lives throughout a community.

 

We want to see communities changed throughout Australia one home at a time.

 

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We can't do it ourselves though!  We need your help!  Volunteers who want to see marriages grow and lives changed are the vital link that enlarges our reach to strengthen and encourage couples. Our team has a passion for Jesus and the family, for bringing biblical principles home and for making family life a place where learning, fun and teamwork are just as important as the results. They are people like you ... providing hope to other couples who see them as a 'living example' of a strong marriage and family.

 

So, can an average couple be used by God to have a significant effect on families? Yes! God calls all of us who are His disciples to make a real difference in others’ lives. Yet many in the church are held back by a lack of vision and a failure to develop ministry skills. Believe us, the world will be a better place if you allow God to share His blueprints for marriage through you. You can make a real difference in the lives of today’s families.

 

Will you step up and fill the gap in your community? We're here to help you along the way! To connect with one of our experienced coaches and learn about volunteer opportunities, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Starting a Marriage Movement

Our ‘Working with You’ Plan

In the 21st century, families come in all sizes, shapes and colours. They are blended, broken, Dad only, Mum only, foster, step, same-sex and traditional. Connecting successfully to such families demands that we take into account their diversity and poses a daunting assortment of new challenges. Marriage and family is arguably the largest unmet need for outreach in this country; over 1 million couples living together unmarried and almost half of Australia’s children being born outside the context of marriage.

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No pastor or church congregation alone can offer all that the present family crisis demands. Here at Power to Change, we believe in the potential of the local church; recognising the church as a critical change agent, Power to Change desires to work with you to help you rebuild the family. The job requires co-operation and pooling of ministry resources.

In our surveys of pastors and church leaders….we observed that many leaders are uncertain about what family ministry should be and should attempt to accomplish. There is no single best way for the church to do family ministry…God accomplishes his objectives in infinitely creative ways.” However, you can do plenty by “intelligent tweaking” of existing initiatives, so church complements family instead of competing with it.

But churches will need ‘Working with you plans’, not quick fixes. We must make the shift from the crisis paradigm to the prevention paradigm. Our observation has been that many leaders in church make the assumption that “no news is good news.” But this just isn’t the case, so many couples' relationships are floundering and are timid to discuss this out in the open. We can’t expect to rescue the family quickly. What took decades to decline, may take the same to restore.

As a leader in marriage ministry in Australia for over a decade with thousands of marriages being strengthened and thousands of houses becoming Godly homes, what excites us even more, is seeing our events become spring boards for church leaders to develop ongoing marriage & family ministry in their church & communities. We have many resources, tools and ideas that can help propel your church into your own distinctive, vibrant marriage and family ministry that can impact not only the local church but its surrounding suburbs as well.

 

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  • BIG IDEA 1 MINISTER TO THE FIRST FAMILY FIRST
    Do I? As you lead and love at home, so will others follow.
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  • BIG IDEA 2 RECLAIM THE COVENANT OF MARRIAGE
    Do I? Preach and promote God’s great plan that works.
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  • BIG IDEA 3 REMARKET THE DESIGNER’S DREAM
    Do I? Teach men and women the Bible’s answer to the relational issues we face in everyday life.
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  • BIG IDEA 4 MAKE YOUR CHURCH A MARRIAGE AND FAMILY EQUIPPING CENTRE
    Do I? Take the lead in understanding and meeting practical family needs.
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  • BIG IDEA 5 CREATE A CHURCH WIDE WEB
    Do I? Refer and respond to needs via internet.
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  • BIG IDEA 6 MAXIMISE MENTORS
    Do I? Recruit and match mentor couples to younger couples.
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  • BIG IDEA 7 EMPOWER PARENTS AS FAITH TRAINERS
    Do I? Believe the home is the best place for faith formation and that the church’s role is to equip parents, not replace them?
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  • BIG IDEA 8 IMPACT MY COMMUNITY
    Do I? Think through how I can connect with unchurched friends in my social circles in order to help meet needs while showing our friends the practical difference that Christianity can make in their life.
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  • BIG IDEA 9 BUILD A COMMUNITY MOVEMENT
    Do I? Dream big and think through how the church can have a positive impact in helping transfrom lives in the local community.  Involve those in the community (churched and unchurched) in HomeBuilders small groups as a way to help couples grow in their marriage and spiritual lives.
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Any church – large or small – can design its family ministry using the navigational aids provided by the Power to Change model. Our goal is to help you succeed. We'd love to chat more and brainstorm some ideas with you that could impact your church and the surrounding suburbs.

Imagine your community of Christian couples modelling healthy, purposeful, fun and God-honouring marriages to the world... the glory of God radiating into dark neighbourhoods from healthy families that look beyond their own needs to the needs of others.

 

Together we can make a difference and change this country.

 

We know that getting outside of the walls of your church can be scary, we're here to help.

E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let's have an impact in your community together.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sometimes relationships are hard work. Whether you are dating, cohabitating, engaged, newlyweds or have been married for many years, we can all use some help!

 

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At Power to Change, we realise that sometimes relationships can be hard work. Often the day-to-day grind starts to wear us out and as problems come up, we don't feel like we have the needed resources to deal with them. At times, we all can feel like we've hit a road block that as a couple, we just can't seem to work through. We've been there and want to help.

The Relationship Check-Up was designed to help couples have a more holistic look at their relationship in a private setting with one of our trained facilitators. We are not about placing blame but looking at how we can help you work as a team to grow together and shape your relationship into what you want it to be. Relationships were never meant to simply be endured - they were meant to bring life and meet important needs that we all have. We want to help restore that vitality to your relationship.

We use an online assessment that takes about 15-20 minutes for each partner to complete individually. This helps give our trained facilitators a snapshot of your relationship as they meet with you individually as a couple. They will then help equip you with some practical relationship tools and share some insights that are proven to work.

We frequently run the Relationship Check-Up with both married and unmarried couples who want to understand and improve their relationship. The questions asked in each assessment are personalised to the couple's relationship: stage of life, situation, challenges, philosophical/spiritual orientation, and personalities. 

 

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We want to help you:

  • Identify strength and growth areas
  • Explore personality traits and how they affect your relationship
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Resolve conflicts and reduce stress
  • Compare family backgrounds
  • Comfortably discuss financial issues
  • Establish personal and couple goals

 

The program is by appointment only (See FAQ for more details)

 

 

Get started today!

 

In Australia, we have found that couples are in need of deep relationships not only with one another, but also with a group of peers. It’s great to relax and have a real, honest discussion about relationships and how we can challenge each other to grow. Homebuilders is a marriage enrichment workshop series that is designed to do just that.

These groups are great for people wherever they are in their spiritual journey because people are hungry for real solutions to their problems. As a result of being involved in Homebuilders, we’ve seen couples resolve significant conflicts, learn to communicate well with each other and fall in love all over again. The best part is that they are easy to facilitate, full of good interactions and laughter plus the only homework is to have a date with your partner!

 

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 HomeBuilders are a series of relationship workshops designed for you and your mates. Each Homebuilder spends 6-7 sessions focusing in on a different relational topic. In each session, you have a real conversation with a few other couples as you talk about and learn some new principles. Between meetings, each couple is encouraged to have a date night where you and your partner walk through some extra material designed to help you dig into the practical details of how the topic applies to your relationship. Whether you’ve been married for years or are newly married, a new parent or seasoned parent, these workshops will help you discover timeless principles that you can apply to strengthen your relationship.

 

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Available Topics:

 

HomeBuilders Teaches Biblical Marriage Principles:

  • Addresses real life marriage issues in a way that will be helpful to your relationship
  • Creates an atmosphere for couples to connect on a deeper level
  • Helpful for people wherever they are on their spiritual journey
  • Helps couples learn to apply basic spiritual principles to their lives in a practical way
  • Teaches the building blocks to construct a stronger, deeper, happier relationship and family

 

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HomeBuilders is versatile and practical to Use:

  • Offers a diverse selection of topics suitable for couples in any stage of marriage
  • Requires a short-term commitment of 6 to 12 weeks and needs no written preparation from group members
  • Requires a “facilitator”, not an expert teacher, and minimal preparation to lead a group
  • Encourages completion of a weekly “HomeBuilders Project”, a one hour fun activity and conversation, for couples outside of the group

 

HomeBuilders Encourages and Strengthens Families:

  • Spurs conversation between partners
  • Provides encouragement and accountability between couples and group participants
  • Increases awareness of and participation in further relationship enrichment opportunities

 

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Get started with a Homebuilders small group today!

 

Most marriages don't need an overhaul, just regular tune-ups.

 

Marriage Mentoring is designed to tackle those things that trip up marriages, especially in the early years. Couples often think their issues are unique and can feel alone in their struggles. Through a series of focused conversations, marriage mentoring normalises those struggles and brings couples into community.  The result is revitalised relationships, both for the couple mentoring and those being mentored.

 

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"If churches would become marriage mentor centres, it would create a revolution in our society"

-- John Ortberg

 

Marriage Mentoring is the tool that equips seasoned couples to strengthen and support newer couples and proactively fills the gap between pre-marital education and crisis counselling.

 

Get started today!

 

Marriage Events

Take some time to get away from the distractions of daily life to slow down and rediscover each other. Whether you're married, living together or dating our conferences, 'Love that Lasts' and 'A Day Together' are put together to help you reconnect in your relationships. We also have dinners, small group events and fun nights to enrich your marriage and help you reconnect with each other again

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Looking for Help?

Every marriage needs help.  Perhaps yours, after a few months or years of marriage, needs help now. We're here to help!

Power to Change wants to help by providing hope for your relationship as well as some practical tools to help you grow.

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Running a Small Group Marriage Workshop

Whether you've been married five months, five years, or five decades, small groups will help you focus on a real-life marriage issue and challenge you with practical application that will make your marriage healthy and strong.

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Hosting an Event

Do you know someone close to you in marital or relational crisis and asked yourself the question: “What can I do to help their marriage or other marriages in my community?”

Now, you can bring a Power to Change marriage conference to your community today.

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Get Involved

Families come in all sizes, shapes and colours. They are blended, broken, single parent, foster, step, same-sex and traditional. Successfully connecting with such families demands that we take into account their diversity and the new challenges they bring. We believe in the potential of the local church as a critical change agent. Let's work together to help rebuild Australian families.

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Podcasts

Finding help for your marriage and family can be found every day right at your fingertips.  We have a number of audio programs that bring you biblical insights and practical tips to improve your marriage and help you raise godly children.

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  • 10 Ideas: Connecting With Your Kids

    In today’s activity-packed society, it’s more important than ever to intentionally connect with your kids. By Mary May Larmoyeux Children are a heritage from the Lord.—Psalm 127:3 In today’s activity-packed society, it’s more important than ever to intentionally connect with your kids. Here are 10 ideas that can help you get to know your children better and pass on a legacy of faith and fun.

  • 10 Ideas: Reflecting the Fruit of the Spirit

    How long since you’ve had a checkup to assess your spiritual health? By Scott Williams  Not long ago, a seasoned marathoner had just crossed the finish line with an impressive time when he suffered a heart attack and died. From the outside, he looked to be the picture of health, but a fatal condition was hiding on the inside. Every one of us needs an occasional visit to the doctor for a checkup to make sure everything is working alright and that we don’t have an unknown serious internal condition.

  • 31 Questions to Help You Be a Better Parent

    Answer these questions with honesty, humility, and dependence on God’s power. By Janel Breitenstein Feeling passionate about parenting? If you’d genuinely like a shot in the arm for your parenting, perhaps these questions can get you started. But remember: Their effectiveness is proportionate to your level of honesty, humility, and most of all, dependence on God’s power to make His presence a reality in your children’s lives.

  • 4 Ideas to Improve Your Lovemaking

    By Tricia Goyer I like using the term lovemaking when talking about sex in marriage. Any two consenting adults can have sex, but it takes committed-for-life marriage partners to make love. Lovemaking comforts because it releases tension. A backrub is good for tense bodies, a sexual release even better. God was ingenious in His creation. Through lovemaking we can create life, experience one-flesh intimacy and deep knowledge, enjoy deep pleasure, and even comfort each other in times of stress or sorrow.

  • 7 Things to Remember About Sex

    What it’s Important to Remember about Sex By Bob Lepine  It’s no surprise that many husbands and wives think differently about sex. And these differences can easily become a source of conflict in marriage.  With that in mind, I want to suggest seven things men need to remember about sex and seven things wives need to keep in mind as well:

  • Are You Ready to Be a Mentor?

    Teaching younger couples to have a great marriage may not be as hard as you think By Sabrina Beasley McDonald You’ve heard about the importance of mentoring younger couples, and you’re even willing to give it a try, but you’re scared. Perhaps you’ve had problems in your own marriage that need to be solved. You’ve messed up in the past, and you’re not sure if you’re worthy to teach others how to do things “the right way.” It’s true that mentoring is not for everyone—there are some couples who have serious problems that need to be worked out. But if you are in a growing, working marriage, you may be the perfect candidate to mentor younger couples in your church…especially if you’ve messed up in the past. Mentoring isn’t about having a perfect marriage. No one’s marriage is perfect because none of us is perfect.

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