We at First United Methodist Church Shreveport want you to have a loving, joyful, marriage for life, and we are committed to helping you achieve that.

Engaged Couples

To help prepare engaged couples for marriage our pastors use two tools.  First, engaged couples take an online FOCCUS self-diagnostic inventory.  FOCCUS is designed to help couples learn more about themselves and their unique relationships.  FOCCUS is not a predictive test but a tool to understand strengths and opportunities for growth.  It helps identify areas of couples’ relationships that have not been discussed or issues that have not been resolved.  Second, we connect couples with a Mentor Couple who have been married at least 10 years.  These wonderful Mentor Couples have put a lot into their own marriages and are willing to share about the ups and downs, joys and difficulties of healthy marriages.  Their main task, however, is to lead the engaged couple into dialogue about the FOCCUS Inventory results.   And, of course, the pastors will meet with the couples to prepare them for both the wedding service and the marriage.  All of this makes for a wonderful time of growth for the engaged couples.

Strengthen Your Marriage

We realize that marriage just begins at the wedding!  That is why we offer events so that you can continue to grow in your relationship as you face all that life has in store for you.

Check out our full church events calendar to see all of the great things happening at First Shreveport!

You can find more information on any of these events as they approach on our Events Calendar.

We encourage you to covenant with your spouse to take advantage of these strengthening and enriching opportunities. It is a good way to remain fresh in your relationship and become all that God intends for you in your marriage.

May God richly bless you in this exciting season of life!

For more information on the marriage ministry of FirstShreveport, email Erik Rasmussen.