Foundation Groups exist to help establish newly married couples for a lifetime of oneness and ministry in the context of Christ-centered community.
Designed to establish couples for a lifetime of marital oneness and ministry, Foundation Groups include four to six newly married couples who are led by an experienced married mentor couple. Couples walk through a 15-month curriculum created to help them build their lives and marriage on a solid foundation (Matthew 7:24-27), with the hope that they become more like Jesus, experience healthy community, grow in oneness, and learn to live on-mission.
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The best foundation groups get together 4-6 times per month. They meet twice per month in the home of the leader couple to walk through the curriculum and then 2-4 additional times each month for accountability, social connection and service. At the very least, you will need to plan on this being a weekly commitment.
The curriculum is put in place as a guide for your group, but it is not meant to restrict your group from traveling outside of the set curriculum to discuss the day to day issues that come up as newly married couples. Here is a general overview of what is covered:
To be placed in a group you will first need to complete the membership process:
To be placed in a Foundation Group, you will need to sign up for and attend Foundation Group Kickoff after you’ve completed the membership process.
While Married Community Formation is also for married couples who want to join a community group, the Foundation Group Kickoff is for couples who have been married less than 3 years. It is only one day, while Community Formation is multiple weeks in a row. It is a requirement to attend either Community Formation or the Kickoff in order to be in a community group, but you do not need to attend both.
If you’ve already been in a Foundation Group but you’ve been married less than three years, please attend Married Community Formation to join a community group or add to a current one.