Work on Your Own Marriage
There are hundreds of great resources for your use in preparing for or improving your marriage. We've listed many of the key resources on this page.
Find a Marriage Class in Your Area by plugging in your state and zip code here:
We can all learn how to have successful relationships, and happy families. You won't find a course called "Smart Marriages®" – but ALL the courses listed in the directory will help you become smarter about your marriage or relationship. What is it like to attend a class? Watch this 2 min video. It speaks to the overall experience - all the courses teach the basic marriage skills in one format or another.
The programs listed work for ANY couple at ANY stage – dating, engaged, newlywed, cohabiting, remarried, or on the brink of divorce. Take a class and dramatically improve your odds of success. And, it turns out, an old dog can learn new tricks – you can fall back in love even when your love is on the rocks.
Whether you are looking to help others or want the resources to help your own marriage, PREPARE/ENRICH has an online diagnostic "Couple Checkup," as well as an entertaining DVD course with workbook and leader's guide called "Prepare to Last" for the "nearlywed" or newlywed. They also provide mentor training and curricula for youth.
Learn more at http://www.prepare-enrich.com
Marriage Curricula suggested by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center
The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) is a clearinghouse for high quality, balanced, and timely information and resources on healthy marriage. The NHMRC's mission is to be a first stop for information, resources, and training on healthy marriage for experts, researchers, policymakers, media, marriage educators, couples and individuals, program providers, and others.
With support from the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Johnson Foundation, Kohler Foundation, the WinShape Foundation, and others, the NHMRC helps those who want to learn more about healthy relationships, marriage, and marriage education.
For marriages in crisis, find a lifeline for troubled marriages at http://www.retrouvaille.org
The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.
The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.
Find practical help and resources to build a better marriage at Growth Trac.
Jim and Sheri Mueller founded Growthtrac Ministries — a 501(c)(3) Christian, non-profit organization — in 2001. Jim and Sheri grew this ministry as they resourced the couples they mentored. Since its inception, Growthtrac was a one-stop resource for marriage and spiritual information, but early on expanded its visionfrom a marriage preparation focus to an expansive Christian-marriage resource.
Work on your own marriage Attend or host The Marriage Course, a 7-session DVD series in a dinner party setting where couples learn to re-energize and build communication within their marriage. No group interaction.
Locate a course or learn how to host one at http://relationshipcentral.org/marriage-course/what-course
A seven session course set in a fantastic atmosphere. You will be served with a candlelit meal and/or coffee, tea and dessert at a romantic table for two while listening to practical talks that are informative and fun, either given live or played on DVD.
There is never any group work and you will never be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner.
Online Dating, Pre-marriage and Marriage Assessments. Based on the Prepare and Enrich inventories, Focus offers a Christian Version of Prepare/ Enrich. The assessment measures more than 12 key relationship areas. Provides a tailored 20 page report on where the couples strengths and growth areas fall. Written for Evangelical Couples with Biblical as well as Clinical insights.
Very useful tool for pastors and lay leaders to use in helping couples http://www.family.org/couplecheckup