On Tuesday I attended a informational meeting for a county marriage agreement. This is sponsored by groups such as Marriage Savers, Thinkmarriage.org, & Wisconsin Family Council. The basics of the agreement would be with fellow Christian denominations around the county to describe our beliefs on marriage, addressing needs of marriage, and addressing cohabitation. For example all churches commit to pre-marital counseling, waiting periods to get married, a policy on cohabitation, and everyone conducting a marriage inventory. The results in other counties and cities have been greatly effective (less divorce, more marriages, less cohabitation, etc).
There are a number of basics to think about as a confessional Lutheran. 1) What implications are there for fellowship? 2) There is no set-up for worship or fellow Word and Sacrament ministries. 3) It makes up only Christian churches. Yet I would enjoy input on what other principles to discuss in order to make a decision to be involved.