We believe that being married is something to celebrate! Have you noticed that God uses marriage to teach us more about who He is and how He loves? We reflect God’s image and nature in marriage when we submit and serve each other sacrificially, love each other devotedly, and make Jesus Christ the center in order to ensure that our commitment lasts a lifetime.
Becoming Groups serve as a place for our church body to gather outside of our normal Sunday and Tuesday services to seek the Lord–deepening our walk–and to connect deeply with one another.
All of our groups gather to discuss the content of the previous Sunday’s sermon. Groups will commit over the course of three months to meeting in various locations through the city.
Pastor Jose Figueroa grew up in Chicago. After following a self-destructive path in his early 20’s, he dedicated his life to Christ in 1999. Pastor Jose’s mission is to inspire others to love Jesus and live out the Gospel. Pastor Jose holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary. Darcy committed her life to Christ when she was a young girl. She was drawn towards a life of cross-cultural Christian service since her early teens and pursued training towards that end by graduating from Baptist Bible College of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Darcy enjoys utilizing her professional and ministry training to serve women and families at CT.
Pastor Jose and Darcy met at the Chicago Tabernacle when the church first opened its doors in 2002, and they were married at CT in 2004. After completing his seminary studies, Pastor Jose and Darcy moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where Pastor Jose co-pastored a church for the urban poor. They returned to Chicago in 2013, and Pastor Jose joined CT’s pastoral team in 2015. Along with serving the marriages of the church, Pastor Jose is passionate about outreach, community engagement, and local and global missions. He and Darcy have been blessed with two children, Isabel and Gabriel.
A Message from Pastor Jose
Did you know that God uses the marriage between a husband and a wife as a picture of His relationship with the Church? And, did you know that your personal walk with the Lord is significantly impacted by the condition of your earthly relationships? Therefore, the way we love, serve and respect each other in our marriage has profound implications!
Darcy and I were blessed to receive mentoring and Christian premarital counseling at CT before we were engaged and married. Because of the tremendous impact of that premarital investment on our own relationship as we faced the challenges of married life, we are convinced that guidance from God’s Word and Biblically-based resources is crucial for healthy marriages and families at CT.
That is why we are passionate about marriage ministry. We want to see husbands reject passivity and become the spiritual and physical leaders of their homes, and we want to encourage wives to build their homes with wisdom and beauty of character, graciously submitting to their husbands as they say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”
Making a marriage last and making it the fantastic gift that God intended it to be takes hard work and intentionality. We are two sinful people trying to live under the same roof! We encourage our couples to start with the simple step of taking at least one night out a month to focus on their relationship. That is why we host our Marriage Ministry Community Groups and Hangouts. Come out and see what God wants to do in your marriage and your walk with Christ today!
Pastor Jose Figueroa
1. Is premarital counseling available?
Premarital counseling is available to individuals who have completed Chicago Tabernacle’s Membership process.
2. How long is the premarital counseling process?
Because we recognize marriage as a sacred covenant for a lifetime, we believe that a couple should invest more time and thoughtfulness into their marriage preparation than their wedding planning. The typical CT premarital counseling process is approximately 8-10 weeks in length. We recommend that couples consider applying to begin the process even before engagement and setting a wedding date.
3. What resources does CT use for premarital counseling?
Our primary resources for the premarital counseling process are God’s Word and Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott.
4. Can we have our wedding at the Chicago Tabernacle?
In order to request celebrating your wedding ceremony at CT, you must be a member of Chicago Tabernacle and have successfully completed the premarital counseling process
5. We are planning to have our wedding at another venue, but we would like one of CT’s pastors to officiate our wedding. Is that possible, and how would we make that request?
In order to request the services of one of our pastors, you must have successfully completed the premarital counseling process as CT. After completion your pre-marital counselor can assist you in making those arrangements.
6. How do I start or sign up for pre-marital counseling?
In order to begin the pre-marital process, please fill out the pre-marital request form by clicking here!