There is no greater contribution to society today than to have strong marriages and healthy families walking out of church on Sunday and into the culture on Monday...

Yet this is no small task. Some now view marriage as one of the riskiest ventures taken in one’s life. After all, married couples are usually made up of two very different individuals who are now making a decision to attempt to live harmoniously together in a  permanent relationship for life. Frankly, it’s a ridiculous notion – without God’s help!

When reality does not match the idealistic aspirations often held about marriage, MDPC's Marriage Ministry is here to help. Couples are guided into and through the hard transformational work of becoming more selfless, and led to prayerfully experience the fullness of this special relationship designed by God.

Society benefits many times over from each successful marriage. That’s why we in Marriage Ministry are committed to encouraging, training, and equipping couples both inside and outside the church to strengthen their marriages. 

Married Life Prep

Many of us enter marriage with extraordinary expectations of how perfect that relationship will be. While, in reality, no marriage is even close to perfect, a marriage that is centered on and empowered by God can nevertheless be the most satisfying of human relationships. We want to help engaged and young married couples experience a rich fullness in marriage.

Married Life Prep, a free 8-hour series taught over four weeks, is open to dating couples, engaged couples, newlyweds, and young marrieds. It combines Biblical teaching with the best current marriage research. Taught at MDPC by Brett and Kellie Hurst of Home Encouragement®, the course is based on The Couple Checkup, a research-based online relationship inventory developed by Dr. David Olson and Dr. Peter Larson of Life Innovations, Inc. Married Life Prep also features insights from the New York Times best seller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John M. Gottman, internationally known marriage authority. Time magazine has acknowledged Dr. Gottman as a pioneer in his field. His studies, focused on creating and sustaining happy marriages, are cited by many prominent marriage experts in the world.

Research has shown certain types of marriage preparation programs to be particularly effective at preventing divorce, lowering the risk by as much as 75% when couples practice specific relationship skills. Married Life Prep is approved by Twogether in Texas. Through cooperation with the State of Texas, most Married Life Prep graduates will be able to have their Texas marriage license fee waived.

Summer 2021 Dates: 

Sundays, July 11-August 1, 2021
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Register for July

Please note that there is only one registration per couple.

Winter 2022 Dates:

Sundays, January 9-January 30
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

register for January

Please note that there is only one registration per couple.

Marriage Enrichment

“Happily ever after.” That’s what the world tells us the goal is, doesn’t it? When we make a covenant with our spouse, we sign up for all of life’s unknowns, joys, and sorrows. Whether the two of you are experiencing the high or the low about joining your life with one another, we’re here to support you. Contact us today for more information.


Date Nights don't have to end just because we're in the midst of a pandemic! Join Kellie & Brett Hurst for a virtual date night. Bring your dinner, glass of wine, or dessert to your computer screen and enjoy some fun and good conversation. $10 donation per couple. Make your reservation now!

Click here to RSVP for May 14


Need a special date night? While we’re waiting for Dinner and a Marriage® live events to return, take advantage of Home Encouragement’s Dinner and a Marriage® – Curbside date nights on your own. Visit the link below for everything you need to create your own meaningful date night experiences.

dinner and a marriage Curbside