Congratulations on your decision to be married! In order to hold your ceremony at James River or request a pastor to officiate your wedding, we ask that you complete 6 sessions of pre-marital counseling. The cost is $150 for all 6 sessions.
To begin your pre-marital counseling at James River, please complete the application below.
The Counseling Ministry at James River Church is by its nature pastoral. Since it is our purpose that your faith be in the power of God and not in the wisdom of men, we make it no profession of being professional counselors or therapists. Our counsel would be considered: "admonishing people" according to the principles of Scriptures as we listen to your needs and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We are willing to offer such a biblical guidance counseling for a maximum of one intake session and three one on one sessions so long as it is apparent that you are willingly seeking God and participating in such ministries that are readily available in the church including: *Worship Services,*Prayer Meetings,*Life Groups,*Recovery/Living Free Programs,etc.
Our counseling ministry is primarily offered for those who attend James River Church and as such, you are a part of our pastoral care and will receive counseling at no charge. Those not attending our church may receive one intake session and one further session at no cost and from then on will be asked to pay $50.00 per session up front for up to two more sessions so long as it can be shown that the above ministry conditions are met within their own church's ministry.
Information given in counseling will be considered confidential within the counseling office unless it is clearly perceived that there is active or intended:
"I have read and understand the foregoing document which sets forth the NATURE OF COUNSELING, COUNSELING PLAN, CONDITIONS OF COUNSELING, AND CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY of James River Church. I Understand that this counseling session and further counseling sessions are being videotaped, but are not audio recorded. I understand that I am free to ask any questions about the contents of this document and I either have no questions, or my questions have been answered to my satisfaction. I hereby consent to the contents of the foregoing document, and recognize the confidentiality conditions of my communication with any counselor associated with James River Church under the three exceptional circumstances stated above."
Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”
To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a New Creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
In accordance with the stated policy of the Leadership of James River Church, we agree to the following conditions. A letter from the counseling department will affirm that the requirements have been fulfilled and that you now may have, from the position of the counseling department, our blessing for your marriage.