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Whether you want to invest in your relationship or are on other side of divorce, we curated some "pastor recommended" resources meant to support and encourage you.

Sacred Marriage


What if God designed marriage to make you holy instead of happy? Author Gary Thomas invites you to see how God can use your relationship with your spouse as a discipline and a motivation to love God more and reflect more of the character of his Son. In addition to life-changing insights from Scripture, church history, and time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, you'll find practical advice and techniques to make your marriage happier by becoming holier husbands and wives.

Grace & Divorce


Grace and Divorce provides sound theological thinking on divorce and wise and compassionate suggestions for reframing and deepening our understanding of this difficult and controversial topic. Dr. Carter offers healing to both those who divorce and those who know and love them. He explains that Jesus never intended us to be so fixed about right and wrong and so judgmental that we lose the ability to love those who do not meet His perfect standards. With kindness and love, he shows that the wonderful gift of God’s grace is the best way to respond to people facing this trying life challenge.

A Lifelong Love


Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, this video series based on Gary's book, A Lifelong Love, promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment. (This video series requires a FREE RightNow Media account. Sign up here.)

I Don't Want a Divorce


Thousands of couples in marriages that are on the brink of divorce will never enter a therapist's office. For others, it's too late by the time they do agree to come. But for more than twenty years, author Dr. David Clarke has seen marriages turn around in just three months. In I Don't Want a Divorce, he takes his practical plan and presents it using wit, Scripture, and personal stories to help couples turn difficult marriages into great ones. Whether the issue is communication, the kids, negative attitudes, or even serious sin, Clarke's personalized approach will put readers on the road to a great marriage.

Les and Leslie Parrot


Les and Leslie Parrot are a husband-and-wife team who have a passion for helping others build healthy relationships. Leslie as a marriage and family therapist, and Les as a clinical psychologist. In this video library, you’ll find over 500 video answers to questions just about every couple has. You’ll find answers to topics on parenting, communication, sex, finances and more!

Divorce & Remarriage


The topic of divorce is a complicated one, even among Christians. The Bible provides some clear answers, but other areas remain blurry: Is divorce morally acceptable in a case of physical abuse? If a divorce is granted for biblically legitimate reasons, is remarriage allowed? Can a divorced person become a church officer? By combining theological insight with practical application―including an argument that 1 Corinthians 7:15 permits divorce for abuse―the author brings clarity to a difficult topic and helpful guidance to those looking for direction.

Divorce Care


WestSide Christian Church in Springfield, IL offers support and recovery groups for those dealing with life's challenges. They are a place where it's okay to not be okay. For more info, contact Pastor Tim Revis at trevis@firstdecatur.org or call (217) 875-3350.

Questions? Contact Pastor Tim Revis at trevis@firstdecatur.org or call (217) 875-3350.