For couples who are seriously dating, engaged or married without kids, the Young Couples Ministry focuses on defining biblical marriage, preparing men and women for their God-ordained roles, enriching the home for a future family and equipping couples for a long and fulfilling life together.
GET ON THE SAME PATH!
Whether you’re married, engaged, or almost there — this is a great place to discover God’s mission for your relationship and learn practical ways to love and honor one another. AVENEW is designed to get you and your significant other on the same path in your relationship. We’ve identified 12 major areas of life that collide when two imperfect people become one, and we believe that when you identify and discuss these in the context of biblical community, you’ll be ready to face the highs and lows together!
Spend 12 sessions investing in your relationship and find an AVENEW that’s right for you in the “register” section below:
Absolutely you should! Here’s why.
Campus gatherings typically meet during or adjacent to a Sunday worship service at Christ Chapel Bible Church, and you’re welcome to pre-register ahead of time or show up to the first session and register onsite (if space allows). You’ll enjoy sitting at round tables with other young couples and a Coach couple who is there to mentor you and add to your conversation. On-campus AVENEWs include a large group video-driven teaching time, small group table discussion (led by your Coaches) and conclude with a large group wrap-up with a Host couple.
Offsite gatherings are off campus and typically meet during a week night. They’re designed for couples who have pre-registered to attend before the group’s start date. You’ll enjoy getting to know your Host couple as they welcome you into their home, facilitate discussion based on the lesson and allow you access to their lives for further mentorship. The content for off-site AVENEWs consists mainly of a video-driven teaching time and a group discussion led by your Hosts.
Sundance Square gatherings meet at Common Ground, which is a common space in downtown Fort Worth. These AVENEWs are like a hybrid of the two mentioned above.
Yes and no. You are certainly welcome to show up for Session 1 to any of the on-campus AVENEWs and complete onsite registration. However, if spaces have filled up we cannot guarantee you and your partner will be able to join us. The best way to ensure you have a spot is to pre-register online. We ask that you register online before committing to any of the offsite opportunities.
Yes. Your registration is fully-refundable if you reach out to us a week before the start date of the AVENEW that you registered for. We can also move your registration from one AVENEW to another. Just let us know by calling 817-731-4329 or emailing Michael at MichaelK@christchapelbc.org.
When you arrive at AVENEW, there are a few things you can expect: a welcoming community, genuine stories, great teaching by different couples every week, plenty of interaction and a purposeful challenge that you can take home and apply each week. Here’s what that looks like:
No, but you do have to be a couple who is at least seriously dating. How you define “seriously dating” is up to you! You may even want to use AVENEW as a means for defining your relationship. Most couples who go through AVENEW as dating couples get engaged during or shortly afterward, though there are a few who realize they need to pump the brakes. If either of those outcomes worry you, take a deep breath and trust us–we wouldn’t lead you toward anything that wasn’t absolutely in your best interest!
Yes! And you can come to a campus group or an offsite group, too–doesn’t matter to us! We’d just be glad to meet you and spend these 12 weeks getting to know you, no strings attached.
We’d love for you to, but we also realize that life happens. We provide you with a private link to watch the video content you miss if you skip a session; but we can’t replicate the group discussion with your Coaches, so we always encourage people to make participation in AVENEW a high priority.
No. Why? Well it’s because we have laid out these 12 topics in an order that build upon each other, and because–as you go through AVENEW–you develop a closeness to your peers and Coach couple that we don’t want to interrupt by altering the people in the group in any significant way.
We offer AVENEW seasonally, which pretty much means there’s going to be at least one fall option (Sep.), one winter option (Jan.), one spring option (Mar.) and one summer option (June). The most popular times to join AVENEW are in the fall and winter, though, so there may be more consistent and plentiful opportunities in those two seasons!
We look at what you provide during registration to match you to what we think might be the best fit for developing community and conversation at your tables. We usually try to match dating couples with other dating couples, engaged couples with other engaged couples, and married couples with other married couples near their same stage of life. However, there may be other reasons we think it best to mix a group up. We ask you to trust us, and trust the Lord with where you’re placed. However, we always offer our best efforts to move you if you really aren’t happy with your group. Just let your Host know after the first session is over.
AVENEW was created by people who didn’t like doing homework in school, so you won’t find anything called “homework” (or any other assignments, for that matter) in the curriculum. We offer what we refer to as a “Challenge” each week after the lesson. These are opportunities to reflect personally and/or connect on a deeper level with your significant other. Couples who accept and complete the Challenges are happier and more unified than those who don’t, but we still leave it up to you. We won’t baby you or make you do them, but we will ask you how they went from time to time!
Time commitment: The AVENEW gathering is about 75 minutes long each week, plus about 20 minutes to an hour (or more–this depends on you) to do the Challenge. So plan for at least an hour and a half per week that you’re spending on AVENEW stuff.
We value what happens in group time when both male and female perspectives are shared. We believe this adds balance to the topics discussed, furthers accountability among participants and promotes unity when a person is heard by their significant other. We do split men/women during the group discussion time of Session 11 due to the topic covered (sex). We do this to encourage more frank an honest conversations between participants and their Coach.
Nope! We love that AVENEW is one of the only programs out there that is relevant both for married couples and for those moving toward marriage (seriously dating/engaged). We’re more about what you need to process than how old you are. That being said, AVENEW is typically made up of young couples in their 20s and 30s. If you feel that a circumstance places you outside of the AVENEW demographic, please reach out to us! We’d love to hear how to best meet you where you are. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.
Your AVENEW gathering should be equipped with an older couple we fondly refer to as “Coaches.” These are the awesome individuals we’ve selected to encourage and facilitate group discussion. Our hope is that you reach out to them as needed during — or even after — this series. They’d love to talk with you one-on-one or two-on-two during the week! They have big hearts so expect to hear from them each week as they remind you to come or touch base with you about how they can pray for and encourage you in your walk.
We made the decision to invest in a high quality version of the AVENEW teachings in order to offer AVENEW more frequently and at different locations. If our standard was excellent teaching, back in the day, we couldn’t offer that teaching whenever we wanted. We had to carefully schedule teachers at times that worked with their busy schedules. Oftentimes that wasn’t when young couples were available to attend. We also wanted to maximize your time and allow for more group discussion with your peers and Coaches. With an edited video we know exactly how long each lesson will take. (All of them are less than 30 minutes.) After shooting these 12 lessons in mid-2018 we were blown away by the quality, the feel, and how they actually added to the live AVENEW environment rather than detracting from it. Our goal was to make it seem like you are watching from the second row, and we think you’ll see that our team accomplished that when you attend!
The original spelling, avenue (ˈavəˌn(y)o͞ o), yields a couple of definitions:
We say “get on the same path” because we want you to walk together, at the same pace, in the same direction. Otherwise, you’ll find yourselves in different places years down the road. We also want to give you tools for approaching situations together and working on your home, biblically. That’s a different avenue of thinking than you’ll get from anywhere else! Plus, you’re on a new path in life. So we tweaked the spelling a bit to reflect the time of your life where you’re joining two paths together into one NEW path. Welcome to AVENEW!
Just like when you were five and wanted to go on the ride again … but this time you don’t have to ask mom! Yes, you can, though be advised that the main content will repeat. You’ll hear the same 12 teachings and utilize the same workbook. If you don’t need new workbooks, use the code on the second page of yours to take the cost of the workbooks off of your future registrations.
We love getting this question and would enjoy hearing from you! Please reach out to Michael Koiner at MichaelK@christchapelbc.org or 817-546-6178 to schedule a phone call.
Meet the 12 teaching couples of AVENEW! We provide couples from different backgrounds, life stages and personalities to better relate with where you are … and hopefully connect with your own story! Get to know a little bit about our wonderful teachers via their videos below:
You are absolutely going to want to sign up with your significant other. I can't say enough good things about AVENEW. It has been so good for my wife and me. We are newly-married and decided to sign up for it because of the recommendations by some of our friends. It was a really good decision for both of us for sure. The Coaches were absolutely awesome and helpful with each discussion that we had. And the couples at our table have become really good friends for us. We even started a home group out of it! If you and your significant other are hesitant at all, let me just tell you, it will be so helpful for your relationship and future marriage. Do it!AVENEW 5 p.m. Participant | Fort Worth, TX
I honestly had no expectation for AVENEW. What first attracted us was the very fact that we didn’t know what to expect. My boyfriend and I have been seriously dating for three years, and the most comforting thing in the world was to know that AVENEW was willing and eager to accommodate us where we are in our journey right now. Classes like this simply don’t exist for people who are “just dating” anymore. To go through this was a trial, a journey and a joy. The best thing was to know we walked away with a group of peers to relate and lean on within Christ Chapel. And the bonus was walking away feeling so connected to our Coaches. I, personally, am now meeting with my Coach, one-on-one, learning and being mentored by her. This would never have happened without AVENEW. I recommend this course to any couple considering the idea of “long term.” I walked away surprised, comforted, uncomforted and refreshed all at the same time. No sermon could replace the community and understanding we received as individuals and as a couple.AVENEW 5 p.m. Participant | Fort Worth, TX
My partner and I started AVENEW as a dating couple and we finished as an engaged couple. We are actually glad we started while we were dating because it encouraged us to start having important conversations that are necessary to have when seeking a future together. There were many sessions that were very applicable to us already and it was nice to hear from these already-married couples that they were able to relate to exactly where we were. Each session is so important, even if you think it’s not applicable to you and your partner. I can say that my fiancé and I have grown so much on how to handle conflict in a healthy way and how to handle power and control. The videos were great because it was nice to see familiar faces from our church leaders. We plan to keep the workbooks that were used to take notes during the video portion and group discussions because it will be a great resource for us in the future. Overall, I highly suggest AVENEW! We really enjoyed having it at a private home as it created an intimate yet comfortable environment to have group discussions. Our Hosts were very open and lead the discussion very well! We are thankful for this experience and all the practical ways we have learned to love God and to love each other better.AVENEW Offsite Participant | Fort Worth, TX
AVENEW added so much value to our first few months as newlyweds. My husband and I were able to discuss topics that we didn't even realize we needed to discuss. We were also able to make decisions to set ourselves up for success in the future, especially with topics such as money, conflict and how to deal with family relationships. We are so grateful to our Coaches and our group for allowing us to be honest and vulnerable in a safe community.AVENEW West Campus Participant | Willow Park, TX
AVENEW equips couples with the Napa-know-how of relationships. At first we were hesitant to spend an hour watching marriage videos with strangers, but we quickly felt a sense of belonging and friendship and couldn’t wait to go back the next week. The sessions provide practical and biblical answers to critical questions I had never thought to ask. AVENEW sets a foundation for couples to know each other on a much deeper level and the building blocks to grow a solid relationship together in Christ.AVENEW 5 p.m. Participant | Fort Worth, TX
AVENEW offers a safe and comfortable setting to healthily challenge and build upon a greater practical and spiritual foundation in your relationship. The curriculum and group leaders do not merely offer generic marriage aphorisms and quick-fix spiritual advice to foundational issues and topics. Though even if you’re a non-spiritual person, there is valuable practical life philosophy baked into the curriculum and reinforced by the experience of the Coaches and Hosts that encourages you to take a good look at your motivations and intentions and learn how to better serve and love your spouse/significant other. Great program!AVENEW Offsite Participant | Fort Worth, TX
Our time spent in the AVENEW class was worth every second and more. Having had very intentional conversations about many of the covered topics while dating and leading up to our engagement, my fiancé and I found the topics and discussion encouraging, affirming, and also enlightening. The wisdom of the teachers and our Coaches has been so valuable to us as we prepare to start our life together. I would recommend this class to any young couple, whether engaged or newly-married.AVENEW West Campus Participant | Willow Park, TX
My fiancé and I went through AVENEW and loved it! Our coaches were so supportive, asked great questions that helped us think and talk through tough situations that we could see coming our way one day, and were just fun to talk to and hear how they learned things the hard way. We highly suggest this class! Our biggest takeaways were tips on how and when to talk through tough situations, fears, and frustrations. We felt like we were adding to our armory of defenses for when our relationship hits hard times! It's great to have an experienced couple in our corner giving advice and other couples walking through the same struggles.AVENEW Lunch Participant | Fort Worth, TX
AVENEW has been an incredible thing to be a part of! The lessons are well laid out and the discussion questions are created to direct conversation in a very safe and comfortable way. It sparked intentional conversation between my husband and me through the lessons and weekly challenges. When we heard it was a 12-week commitment, we almost didn't sign up, but we are so glad we did. Every week was worth it! One of my favorite challenges was to create a mission statement for our marriage. This opened up our communication of what we want our marriage to look like, in what practical ways we want it to glorify the Lord, and how we were going to work together for that mission. I recommend AVENEW to every couple (married or thinking about marriage)!AVENEW Lunch Participant | Fort Worth, TX
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Marriage is a radical idea. It is a special gift that God has given us. It is more than just a partnership where we have many things in common. It is God’s idea. Success in marriage involves more than just having special feelings for one another. Almost all couples who marry think that they are going to be happy together and have a long-term marriage, yet a huge percentage end in failure. Engagement is a difficult time. Many couples feel the pressure to have the perfect wedding, but it’s much more important that you prepare for an enduring marriage. Investing time and energy in preparing for your marriage before it starts is the best way to build a strong foundation for a lifetime of unlimited intimacy.
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