This video is Bishop Peter Elliott's presentation at a morning session of the Dads4Kids National Marriage & Family Conference 2011. We thank Dads4Kids (The Fatherhood Foundation) for their permission to use this video.
Throughout time the status of marriage has been and remains under continued pressure as are marriages themselves. This is despite the fact that throughout history to the current time many have concluded that marriage is a cornerstone of society/nations. Researchers, from differing fields of interest, still continue in this activity and show that it is so. Having a healthy and strong marriage is not just a luxury item, it's something we should strive for and expect. Marriage researchers have determined that having a healthy, happy, fulfilling marriage benefits all family members and society at large. Modern research simply echoes what God says in His Word. Research shows that there are many benefits from strong, healthy marriages some of which are: For to the community Higher rates of physically healthy citizens. Higher rates of emotionally healthy citizens. Lower domestic violence rates. Lower crime statistics. Lower teen age pregnancy rates. Lower rates of juvenile delinquency. For the children and youth who are raised by parents in strong, healthy marriages Have a better relationship with their mothers and fathers. Less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol or to commit delinquent behaviours. Are less likely to be a victim of physical or sexual [...] Read More
VISION To forge a network of Christian churches and other Christian individuals and organisations across Australia who will work together to offer positive resources during Marriage Week that will help couples re-affirm the value of and commitment to marriage. AIMS To bring Biblical understanding in the Church of Australia concerning God's plan and purpose for marriage, between a man and a woman, and to see marriage(s) honoured. To have an annual celebration to reinforce and promote the benefits/importance of marriage and; To mobilise the Body of Christ to have an effective ministry to marriage. To re-affirm: The value of marriage, which as a binding public commitment becomes the foundation of healthy families, healthy children, and a healthy community. That marriage is 'the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life' EXPECTED OUTCOME Transforming the church to inspire and equip married couples to build great marriages, impacting communities. Working together to improve the health and success of marriage and family relationships. The quality of our nation's marital relationships will determine the destiny of Australia. The strength of Australian families depends on the qualities of the relationships between our nation's mothers [...] Read More
Marriage Week is an annual celebration, initiated in Australia in 2007, to reinforce and promote the benefits/importance of marriage and increase awareness and value of pre-marriage and in-marriage education. Our marriages are not private matters. The children in marriages gain emotional security and a myriad of benefits from our marriage, our love and union. Our marriages matter to our extended family. They matter to our employers and the wider to society. They are the fabric that holds families together. So, do something for marriages or your own, if married, in Marriage Week. Come to think of it why wait – do it now! Invest in the infrastructure of our nation - marriage/family. Ideas and resources available through this website, no costs involved for downloads etc. During Marriage Week there will be special events happening across Australia – will your church show they value marriage and participate? Marriage Week gives a husband and wife, together with those who are preparing to marry, the opportunity and encouragement to focus on their relationship. Affirming that: The value of marriage, which as a binding public commitment, becomes the foundation of healthy families, healthy children, and a healthy community. Marriage is 'the union of a [...] Read More