Marriage is certainly not a prerequisite to being a church planter. After all, Jesus was single. And Paul—the greatest church planter ever—was single and wholeheartedly commended singleness (1 Cor. 7). But for aspiring church planters who are married, having a marriage that is both defined and also shaped by the gospel is crucial.
This is vital for our own health, certainly, but it’s also vital because of what marriage points to: the holy union between Christ and his church. In Ephesians 5, Paul calls husbands to love their wives as Christ loved his bride (Eph. 5:22–33). So our marriages illustrate the gospel we preach.
So today I’m excited to have Orion Berridge with me to discuss how we can cultivate a healthy marriage in church planting.