Supporting a Culture of Marriage
Preaching & Teaching Resources
The following resources are useful for pastors and teachers:
- Pastoral Letter on Marriage Relationships Ministry: Principles for ministry: All humans made in image of God, Marriage is the union of one man & one woman, We exercise our freedom of religion, Minister to un-married people as individuals, Give mutual support to each other.
- Trinitarian Theology of Human Sexuality: A summary paper by Dr. Paul Eddy explaining a theology of human sexuality and the male-female marriage covenant that is based on an understanding of the Trinity, agape love, and humanity’s creation in the image of God.
- “Theology of Sex” [Link to PDF] A booklet compiled by evangelical scholars and theologians that “traces the biblical account of humans as sexual beings and identifies the tensions between sex as God intended it and sex as people often experience it. For those who wish to live happily and responsibly as single or married persons, these words may serve as a guide toward celebrating the fullness of sex.”
Marriage & Society
Studies and research on impact of marriage on social outcomes and child well-being:
- Marriage & Social Outcomes: Summary & links to resources: Marriage lowers poverty rate in MN. Married households are safer for women & children. 21 conclusions from social sciences.
- Marriage – Minnesota’s #1 Weapon Against Childhood Poverty: Reports & graphs showing link between single-parent households and poverty. “Single parent households have poverty rate 9 times higher than 2-parent households.”
- Why Marriage Matters: 30 conclusions from the social sciences (2011): Review of social research by scholars from Universities of Texas, Virginia and Chicago identifying 21 social outcomes impacted by marriage.
- Marriage – Still the Safest Place for Women & Children [Link to PDF] Report from the Heritage Foundation analyzing 10 years of data showing the link between mothers who marry or don’t marry and incidences of crime and child abuse.
- Do Mothers & Fathers Matter? [Link to PDF] A review of social science research questioning whether child well-being is the same in married mother-father households as in alternative family structures.