Merge, Watermark's premarital ministry, is designed to give engaged and seriously dating couples a unique opportunity to learn, seek wisdom, and receive counsel about marriage in a safe, fun, challenging and authentic environment.
According to a survey completed by Scott Stanley in The Journal of Family Psychology, couples who participate in pre-marital counseling experience a 30% increase in marital success & fulfillment over those who don't. Merge exists to prepare couples for marriage by addressing common challenges in marriage from a biblical perspective. The dynamics of the class include large group teaching time, small group table discussion and other interactive learning opportunities. Couples will be placed at a table with one mentor couple and 3 other participating couples throughout the class. Whether you go to Watermark, attend another church or don't go to church at all, you are welcome in Merge.
We have 8-week classes throughout the year offered on Wednesday and Monday nights at Watermark – this is the preferred and ideal option for most couples. We also offer multiple weekend classes for couples who live out of Dallas and are unable to complete the 8-week class. Each 8-week class has a pre-established start and end date (we are unable to take walk-ups in Merge). The next class starts very soon!
The Merge curriculum is Twogether in Texas Certified. Couples who complete the class will receive a premarital course certificate that, when presented to the court clerk, saves them $60 off the cost of their marriage license and waives the 72-hour waiting period.
Interested in bringing Merge to your church? Learn more at the Marriage Ministry Training Conference.