Why run The Marriage Preparation Courses?

The Marriage and Marriage Preparation Courses act as a bridge between the church and local community by recognising the need to go beyond the social, as well as physical, walls of the church to help couples with their relationships.
The Marriage Preparation Courses are very easy to run; the talks are available on DVD and each guest and leader receives a manual. If you enjoy hosting people and have a passion for strengthening family life, you could run a course!
An individual can host a course using The Marriage Preparation Course DVDs, though we recommend having a married couple on hand to offer support.

  • Easy-to-use DVD
  • Leader’s guide with instructions for when to pause DVD for exercises and discussion times
  • Effective whether held in a home or larger venue
  • Practical material presented in a fun and interesting way
  • Welcoming and accessible content for any couple

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You need The Marriage Preparation Course DVD with Leaders’ Guide and two guest manuals per couple. You can purchase these at the Shop.
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  1. Find a venue
  2. Ask people to help you run the course
  3. Decide what/if to charge guests attending your course
  4. Budget for food and/or drinks and promotion

Budget for food and/or drinks and promotion here, you can receive 10% discount when purchasing course materials.
Promote your course so guests can find it here.
Access leader information including talk scripts, warm up games and promotional material.

Use The Marriage Course leaders’ Resources for support to run your course. Think of ways to make your course feel like a fun 'date night' for your couples.

Do a little information gathering ahead of time to find a counsellor in your area to whom you will you feel comfortable referring couples to if they need more specific professional help.

Who should I invite?

The Marriage Preparation Course is for any engaged couple planning to give their marriage the best possible start. The course is also for couples who would like to explore the idea of getting married, or for couples where one or both partners have been married previously.

The course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background. You do not need to be getting married in a church to come on the course.

Think about inviting:

  • Friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues
  • Current and previous wedding and baptism candidates
  • Community groups such as gym classes or mother & toddler groups
  • If your church is running Alpha , consider inviting current and past guests

The most effective way to encourage guests to come on your course is to personally invite them.

Promotional materials such as postcard invitations and banners can help and are easy to use - they can help generate interest and spread the word about your course to those outside your personal network.

  • Add your course details to our website here. Choose to promote your Alpha to thousands of people via our website and social media channels, resulting in increased guest attendance.
  • Promote your course from the front of church with a fun video or by sharing feedback from previous guests.
  • Give out invites and encourage everyone to invite one couple
  • Place posters and postcards in strategic locations such as coffee shops, gyms, crèches and libraries, etc
  • Advertise the event on your church website and social media.
  • Make sure the date, time, venue and contact information are clear on your communication.
  • Give the course a final push the week before it starts, as many couples decide to book on at the last minute.

How can we use the Course as a sustainable strategy for spreading the gospel?

The Marriage Course helps churches develop a comprehensive strategy to spread the gospel starting from the family ministry and taking the next step with power in the community and between intergenerational bondings.


Easy to run, simple to learn

The Marriage Course helps churches develop a comprehensive strategy to spread the gospel starting from the family ministry and taking the next step with power in the community and between intergenerational bondings.


Build a team to run continuously

The church may run their first Marriage Course for the core couples in the church. The Course runs once a week on a continuous basis since it values the relationship between the participants and the spirit of self-help and cooperation, instead of mere knowledge transfer. Thus, participants gain a sense of acceptance to the concept and effectiveness of the Course. By turning the consumer mentality of the participants into the mindset of supporters or helpers, they may become helpers, leaders or even the core members of the team in the next Course. They may also encourage friends and family to join the Course by telling them their experience of the Course. By then, the Course continues to bless more people.


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