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Pre-Marriage

Marriage askYou're in love! Sometimes it feels like a fairy tale and sometimes you have to face the cold, hard facts. Wherever you are in the process, a romantic relationship can certainly bring a lot of rewards and a few challenges along the way!

But how can you figure out if this is the real thing and your partner is "the one" or if you are really very different incompatible people? How do you prepare yourself for a relationship that lasts a lifetime rather than just walking with your head in the clouds and hoping for the best? What premarital counselling do you need before entering marriage? Whether your dating or engaged, we want to help.

We believe that the best time to start building a strong and healthy relationship is at the very beginning. We want to help you lay the foundation for a lifetime of love and romance without the years of painful trial and error.

 

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While our conferences focus on marriage, we have designed each of them with unmarried couples in mind. We have included additional projects and concepts for you to consider.  Give it a go and learn some of the foundations that will help your relationship flourish.

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Get Pre-Marital Counselling

Looking for some direction in your relationship? Get in touch now to take an individualised online relationship assessment and then meet 3-4 times with one of our trained coaches to talk through your relationship. Whether it be premarital counselling or just an assessment of how you work as a couple and if you should move forward, we are there to help.

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Preparing for Marriage

A personal study containing six fun, romantic sessions and five special projects that will prepare you for the important, lifelong task of building a Christian marriage. Go through with a mentor or on your own as a couple to learn about God's unique blueprints for your marriage. Topics include:

  • How to handle finances and plan for the future
  • Evaluating roles and responsibilities in marriage
  • Establishing a positive, loving sexual relationship
  • Dealing with issues, expectations and family histories
  • Evaluate as a couple your readiness for marriage
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Meet with a Mentor

One of the most helpful things a young couple can do is to find an older couple they admire and ask that couple to help mentor them. Meeting up every couple of months to talk about how your relationship is going and learning a few tricks from someone a bit further down the road can be invaluable. Find a couple you look up to and start today!

Porn Resources

Pornography is the silent invader threatening to destroy our homes. We want to change that. Here you will find a large collection of helpful articles, websites, tools and books to help protect you and your loved ones against the harmful effects of pornography.

 

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Helping Families

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Protect Young Minds
Empowering families to protect young children against the dangers of pornography and promote healing from sexual exploitation.

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Enough is Enough
A leader in making the internet safer for children. Excellent resource for articles, videos and helpful tools to equip parents on how to protect children from internet dangers.

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Protect Young Eyes
Defending children from online dangers by equipping and educating parents on the latest apps, devices and the risks involved. Focuses on pornography, cyberbullying, sexual predators and damaged reputations.

 

Help for Marriages

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Marriage Recovery

Helpful posts for marriages recovering from pornography use. Including: viewing porn, rewiring your brain, and a healthy marriage after.

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The Gospel Coalition

Covering the harmful aspects of pornography from a Christian perspective. How the gospel can overcome addiction.

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Pure Intimacy

Provides helpful resources for couples healing from pornography, addiction or infidelity. Many articles and thoughts on recovery and dealing with addictive behaviour.

 

Helpful Tools

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Covenant Eyes

Internet accountability software that monitors the websites visited, the search terms used and your YouTube videos watched and lists them in a report that will start a conversation about healthy online habits. Tools such as web content filtering and the ability to block the internet at certain times of the day are also available.

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Fortify

A web based program that uses the brain science behind pornography addiction to help you find your path to freedom. Videos help you learn about addiction and break the cycle and look at strategies to help you get to the root of the problem. This is a paid program for adults which helps make it free for those 20 and under.

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XXX Church

Free pornography addiction help to those who need it through online blogs, videos and other resources. The focus is on awareness, prevention and recovery. 

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Offers online balance for the family by managing content, applying filters and setting time permissions across all devices on your wi-fi network.

 

Science, Psychology & Research

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Fight the New Drug

Facts and Research on how pornography affects the brain, relationships and society.

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Porn Harms Research

Directed by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, this website offers research-based articles on the effects of pornography.

Find a Counsellor

Girl DepressedWhat do you do when you don’t think you can do anymore and things seem to be getting worse? Sometimes in our marriages, we all need some extra help along the way. This might be a time to consider counselling.

No-one finds it easy to admit when they might need a little help from outside, and sometimes Christians find it especially difficult as they have the idea that they shouldn’t need to ask for help. However, we don’t have the same idea if we need medical help or legal help, and the help of a counsellor could be seen in the same way.

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As with many issues or problems in life, the sooner you seek help, the easier it is to put right and counselling is no different. The earlier help is sought for a problem between couples or within families, the more likely the issues can be addressed and resolved quickly. Those who leave seeking help until years of bitterness and resentment have added layer upon layer to a problem often have a longer and more difficult time finding a way through to a positive resolution.

 

If you feel like, you'd like to try counselling, here are some things you should think about:

  • What training, qaulifications and experience does the counsellor have? (Are these relevant to the issues you need help with?)
  • How much do they charge per session and what are their cancellation procedures?
  • Approximately how long will the counsellor expect you to be in counselling and how will it end?
  • Will there be regular review points to evaluate progress and direction?
  • Is this someone that you feel comfortable with and is helping you make progress?

 

If you're looking for a counsellor near you, we would encourage you to check out the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia.

Check out some of our relevant articles and blogs about relationships and parenting written especially to hep you grow in your most important relationships.

 

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Great marriages don't just happen; they take hard work!

 

Whether you are dating, cohabitating, engaged, it can be tempting for couples to focus on planning for the wedding day rather than prepare for the lifetime commitment that starts after the cake is cut.

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At Power to Change, we have been helping marriages grow since 1995. What hopefully starts off as a sun-soaked euphoric wedding day will get more challenging. Over time, 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. Wouldn't it be great to be prepared for these issues and have the tools to walk through them from the start!?

We have designed a Premarital Counselling Course to help equip you for those harder moments while enjoying the good times. Our goal is 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 you learn how to keep that vitality in your relationship for years to come.

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 our Premarital Counselling Course with those 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!

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