Marriage

Healthy marriages lead to healthy families, and Families Matter wants to see the divorce rate in Memphis drop dramatically below its current level, which stands at nearly twice the national average. Read through our Community Marriage Policy, uniting the Memphis faith community in reaffirming the Bible’s teachings on marriage and family.
Families Matter engages in an active program of education and advocacy by collaborating with a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals. Major activities include:
Serving as a resource center for local and national marriage education information and resources, including classes, training, books and DVDs
Making marriage education more accessible and available to everyone
Raising public awareness on the benefits of marriage
Educating and training church leaders, the public and their leaders on the best ways to form and sustain healthy marriage relationships and families
Promoting a Community Marriage Policy that unites the faith community around a common vision to reaffirm marriage and family
Men and women on the verge of getting married can learn basic skills that can prevent hard problems from getting drastically worse, for them and their children (Before You Tie the Knot, PREP). For those already married, seasoned couples mentors lead enrichment classes (Twelve Conversations) and spend time together, life-on-life. Yet another resource, Fireproof and The Love Dare challenges participants to aspire to “agape” love and to love for a lifetime.


Courses

Before You Tie the Knot

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Marriage is so much more than just saying “I do.” Although, many people are in love with the idea of marriage, many couples fail to prepare for the inevitable bumps in the road ahead. They may not be ready to... Read More »

Marriage Mentoring

Marriage Mentoring

Studies show that both premarital counseling and ongoing enrichment opportunities can assist couples in reducing the risk of divorce, while also ensuring healthy and more successful relationships.Marriage Mentoring, or 12 Conversations, is a marriage-enrichment class for couples in which a... Read More »

PREP

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Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) is a researched and proven program that emphasizes strategies to lower marriage risk factors and raise protective factors to help marriages improve intimacy. The PREP curriculum focuses on effective communication, problem-solving, conflict management, preserving... Read More »

Counseling Services

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Families Matter understands that sometimes individuals, couples and families need more personalized, one-on-one attention. As part of our goal to serve as a clearinghouse for marriage- and family-strengthening resources in Memphis, Families Matter seeks out appropriate partner organizations that can... Read More »

Fireproof and The Love Dare

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Based on the movie Fireproof, this classroom-based series challenges participants to aspire to “agape” love and to love for a lifetime. The teachings in this course are founded on biblical principles for strong, God-centered, lifelong marriages and incorporate discussion topics... Read More »