Congratulations on your engagement, and welcome to Save Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS), a premarital mentoring ministry of Southview. Great marriages don’t just happen. An important part of having a great marriage is preparation. SYMBIS is designed to help prepare engaged couples for strong, lasting marriages based on biblical principles.
SYMBIS pairs an engaged couple with a trained volunteer mentor couple for 8 mentoring sessions over 2 or 3 months with a book, workbook and assessment. This structured curriculum provides excellent preparation in areas key to a successful marriage: communication, conflict resolution, finances, intimacy, and family.
It is critical to begin the premarital process at least 6 months before your wedding date. This ensures that if areas are discovered during the mentoring sessions that you or your fiancé need further work on, there will be plenty of time to do so apart from the last-minute rush of wedding preparations.
If you do not meet these prerequisites, we recommend premarital counseling with one of the professional Christian counselors in our referral network. Contact us for a referral. Or you can check out First Alliance Church Premarriage for their dates and times.
If you meet the prerequisites, the next steps are as follows:
If you have additional questions about Save Your Marriage Before It Starts, please contact us.
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The mission of the SYMBIS ministry is to lead people to passionately follow Jesus by building strong marriages based on biblical principles. Because the role of the SYMBIS mentors is full of opportunities for influence in the couples’ lives, we are intentional about selecting spiritually mature, emotionally and relational healthy couples. Please contact us for more information about serving.
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We also use an online tool called the Uniquely United Assessment. It is a key component as you get started in the mentoring process. This assessment will help you understand how God has uniquely created you, begin to value each other’s differences as strengths, identify areas of adaptation and understand why they are occurring, and learn how to communicate with each other more effectively.