A large portion of marital decisions will be made as friends through the process of consensus. This is how two individuals begin to shape “our life” together that represents the new “we” more than the individual “me’s.” As a couple grows in their knowledge and sacrifice for another, this arena of decision making should become the significant majority of their shared decision making. Consensus should be the default approach to decision making throughout marriage.
In the “Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Decision Making” seminar we will teach three types of decision making that are required in a healthy, biblical marriage.
- Personal Decision Making
- Consensus Decision Making
- Headship-Submission Decision Making
Too often, couples try to force all decision making to fit into one or two of these arenas. They may do this for convenience (but simple becomes simplistic) or conviction (emphasizing some part of what Scripture teaches to the neglect of other parts). Either way, their life lacks balance and begins to show the corresponding wear-and-tear.
Here are the assessment tool and overview of the materials on consensus decision making.
- Assessment Tool for Consensus Decision Making: GCMevaluation_Consensus Decision Making
- Process Summary for Consensus Decision Making: Approach to Consensus Decision Making