About Us

Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. seeks to help individuals learn the skills and develop the Christ-like character necessary for them to sustain a committed, satisfying, intimate marriage with their spouse. We accomplish this through professional marriage therapy, a variety of teaching formats and various resources for couples and individuals. We support and carry out professional research into marriage to further our knowledge and seek to train others to carry on our vision for marriage.

Structure

We are established as a nonprofit religious organization [501(c)3]. Ministry overhead is paid for by the generous support of those who believe in the importance of developing strong Biblical marriages. Donations to Building Intimate Marriages are typically tax deductible like offerings and gifts to other churches and ministries. We are governed by a board of directors and the input of a number of Godly advisors.

Beliefs

Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. is a Christian ministry that works with churches and people from many different denominations. We believe in the inerrancy of the 66 books of The Bible and it's centrality in directing our lives and marriages. We believe that marriage is instituted by God for the purpose of experiencing intimacy and reflecting Him. We believe a healthy, God honoring marriage can be a powerful witness for Christ. We believe husbands and wives should submit to each other in love and make a lifelong commitment to their spouse. We believe that divorce is hated by God (Malachi 2:16) and the result of sin. We also acknowledge divorce is permitted in some cases due to sin and is always forgivable. We cannot give permission to divorce, nor do we condemn the divorced. We instead seek to help couples eliminate the sin(s) and unhealthy life patterns that prevent a God honoring intimate marriage.

Director

Our founder, Dr. Michael Sytsma serves as the Director for Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. Learn more about Dr. Sytsma.