Elders letter to wedding applicant



Dear Wedding Applicant:



Marriage is a very serious and sacred decision. God’s word has given specific parameters for it to be honoring to Him. Please read all the scripture passages listed. 

Pastor Bob and the Elders of Calvary Chapel have established certain minimum qualifications for receiving and processing applications for marriage. Since the basis of these requirements are from the Bible, we will not consider any wedding application where they are not satisfied.


1. Both bride and groom are “Born Again” believers.


2. Premarital counseling is required (3 session minimum). Your counseling will be handled by one of our pastors. You can also fulfill this requirement by attending Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s six-week pre-marital class. Call (714) 979-4422 for information on when their next session will begin. 


3. No application will be accepted by any couple who are living together or involved in premarital sex. We believe the “marriage bed is undefiled” Heb. 13:4 only when a couple is committed to complete chastity before marriage).


4. Divorce Issues (Mal. 2:14-16) 

The applicant (who is divorced) was the “divorced” (not the divorcing partner) and the divorce was a direct result of “unequal yoking” (1 Cor. 7:12-15)


The applicant (who divorced their previous spouse) did so because their spouse had been unfaithful sexually (Matt. 5:32, 19:1-12).


Other than these explicit provisions of scripture, the clear command is given in 1 Cor. 7:10-11.


After reviewing these guidelines, if you qualify to apply, please fill out the application and return to Calvary Chapel East Anaheim at 5605 E. La Palma, Anaheim 92807 or email it to vwright@cc-ea.org.


The Elders of Calvary Chapel