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Mission

The Marriage Ministry's mission is to equip couples on their marriage journey with biblical principles so that they glorify God, love, serve and respect each other. As a ministry, their heart is to honor the body of Christ with their example and commitment.

What to Expect

We believe that being married is something to celebrate! CT’s married and engaged couples get together once a month for an evening of celebration, encouragement and inspiration from God’s Word. We seek to honestly evaluate our relationships in comparison to what the Lord has modeled in His own relationship with us and make the necessary changes to our lives in order to receive His greatest blessings for our marriages and families.

Meet the Pastor

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. 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.

Jose and Darcy met at CT when the church first opened its doors in 2002, and they were married in 2004. After Jose completed his seminary studies, Jose and Darcy moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where Jose co-pastored a church for the urban poor. They returned to Chicago in 2013, and Jose joined CT’s pastoral team in 2015. They have been blessed with two young children, Isabel and Gabriel.

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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 Nights at CT. Come out and see what God wants to do in your marriage and your walk with Christ today!

Pastor Jose Figueroa

 

Resources

Recommended Books

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Saving your Second Marriage Before It Starts by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

The Power of a Praying Husband by Stormie Omartian

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman

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