Dating friendship or relationship marriage
It is more important that the process be completed than the time completed. Marital inventories and temperament sorting should be taken at this stage.
These are a wonderful means of finding out which areas you are really in “sync” and where you are apart.
If they have done the process in a “seasoning” manner, they should plan to marry as practical – with mutual agreement.
If they do not (unless there is a good reason), the couple should take the time to listen to the concerns and take steps to ensure that they are embracing and working through them. Once a couple arrives at the point that they “know” that they want to be married and have all the affirmations that they can receive, they can move from the Christian dating stage with confidence into the engagement stage. I do not recommend a prolonged engagement once the couple decides to get married.There is a progression that should take place in building a Christian dating relationship.The following is offered as a short Christian dating guide for Christian singles to consider as they build a Christian dating relationship.This often means that a healthy bonding is not taking place and the emphasis is upon self-satisfaction in this Christian dating relationship. It is very important to look for CHARACTER issues in each other during this stage of Christian dating.
Give yourself enough time and enough settings where character issues can surface. Individuals can “mask” character issues for an extended period of time – especially a few months during the fantasy period of Christian dating.
The couple should be able to enjoy the blessings of God as well as family and friends as they move into a marriage that has been well planned and confirmed in a healthy process.