Megachurch Rings Wedding Bells for Couples Who Want to Embrace God's Best for Them

Pete Briscoe takes a selfie with Leandra Hernandez and Dale Frey.
Pete Briscoe takes a selfie with Leandra Hernandez and Dale Frey. (Photo by Brad Newton)

Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, a church that seeks to reflect the grace and truth of Christ's message, gave free weddings last weekend to seven unmarried couples who were living together as a way to celebrate the benefits of marriage.

"Wedding Day" began at 10 a.m. Sept. 29, with a ceremony every hour except for a break at noon for lunch. The free weddings at Bent Tree's Carrollton, Texas, campus included the use of the church's new chapel, music, photographs and flowers.

Senior pastor Pete Briscoe officiated the weddings after delivering a sermon Aug. 5 where he discussed some common arguments for couples to live together without getting married, and why this practice ends up losing the benefits found in either married life or single life.

"I encouraged couples in our church who were living together to really think through whether that was God's best for them," he said. "At the end of the sermon, we gave them the option that if they felt God was leading them to get married, we would hold a free wedding for them on this one specific day."

He made it clear that Bent Tree loves people—married, single or cohabiting—and all are welcome at the church.

He suggested three alternatives to cohabiting couples: Break up, if they decided marriage wasn't in their future; move out and continue seeing each other if they weren't sure; or get married. Bent Tree wanted to support the couples who decided to get married.

"We had seven couples sign up, and we sat down with them and did some premarital counseling and we married them all off," Briscoe said. "It was an incredibly fun day."

About 30 members of the Bent Tree family volunteered to help. One woman made the cakes for all the weddings. Others loaned wedding dresses for the brides to use.

The free weddings saved each couple thousands of dollars, which is often a major hurdle for couples who want to get married.


To contact us or to submit an article, click here.


Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective