Life, Love and Marriage with Gary Chapman


0001_2_Gary copyDr. Gary Chapman said people needed help and wanted to talk, so he got into marriage counseling “through the back door.”

His passion for healthy marriages began with roots in college ministry. When he would offer marriage preparation classes, they were always well attended. Becoming one of the nation’s leading experts on marriage and relationships was not part of Chapman’s plan, but God had other ideas.

“It began with single college students making preparation for marriage, because most college students have marriage in the back of their minds,” Chapman said, “and they are wanting to make sure they are making a wise decision.” Continue reading

What makes a good United Methodist ‘lay leader’?


1924493_573583752748146_6244127900933588499_nAs we look to the Lay Servant Leadership Training event for the Starkville District of the Mississippi UMC, it seemed the perfect time to discuss who makes a good “lay leader.”

Lay Servant Training is set for April 11 at Starkville First United Methodist Church.

Dr. Embra Jackson, Starkville District Superintendent for the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church said a “good” lay leader is a person who understands that while their major role is to represent the lay persons (the laity–regular attendees of the church congregation) in their church.   Continue reading

Local pastors share a few tips for a great marriage


Woman Receiving Engagement RingEverything is planned for the big day. Friends and family have congratulated the happy couple and wished them the very best of luck for a great marriage.

All of the luck in the world can not guarantee a great marriage, and some of the advice couples receive may or may not be sound. Many romanticized what marriage is all about, and then are shocked when things do not go as planned.

And while marriage is one of life’s biggest adventures, a little guidance is sometimes needed to help build a life together that will last.

Marriage counseling is required for most couples getting married in local churches. We asked a few local pastors to share some of their best advice for couples in marriage counseling.

Rev. Travis Gray of First Baptist Church of Eupora said marriage was a big part of God’s original plan. Continue reading