Frequently Asked Questions

About The Marriage Course

How to Run The Marriage Course

How to Run The Pre-Marriage Course

How to Access Resources

Trying The Marriage Course and The Pre-Marriage Course

About The Marriage Course

What is The Marriage Course ministry about?
What is The Marriage Course about?

The Marriage Course was developed in 1996 by Nicky and Sila Lee (authors of The Marriage Book) for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. The course equips couples with tools and techniques to keep the spark alive and stay connected. There is no group work and each couple’s conversations are completely private.  Over seven sessions, the course will help you to:

  • Understand each other’s needs
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Grow closer by learning methods to resolve conflict
  • Recover from the ways you may have hurt each other
  • Recognize how your upbringing affects your relationship
  • Improve relationships with parents and in-laws
  • Develop greater sexual intimacy
  • Discover each other’s “love language” and much, much more….

For more information, head to alphausa.org/marriage

What is The Pre-Marriage Course about?

The Pre-Marriage Course was developed in 1985 by Nicky and Sila Lee (authors of The Marriage Book) to help couples invest in their relationship to build a lasting marriage. It is for couples who are engaged and for those exploring marriage. There is no group work and each couple’s conversations are completely private.  Over five sessions, the course will help you to:

  • Recognize the importance of commitment
  • Understand and appreciate your differences
  • Learn the art of communication
  • Resolve conflict
  • Spend time together
  • Recognize the influence of your family background
  • Develop a good sexual relationship
  • Talk about your goals, values and dreams and much, much more…

For more information, head to: alphausa.org/marriage

What’s the difference between The Marriage Course and The Pre-Marriage Course?

How to Run The Marriage Course

Who can run The Marriage Course?
Is The Marriage Course easy to run?
Why should I run The Marriage Course?

The Marriage Course and The Pre-Marriage Course act as a bridge between the church and the local community by recognizing the need to go beyond the social, as well as physical, walls of the church to help couples with their relationships. In a world of increasing complexity, people more than ever need a tool to help with their relationships. The Marriage Course is designed to refresh, strengthen and, in some cases, transform relationships. The course equips couples with tools and techniques to keep the spark alive and stay connected. For couples who are engaged or wanting to explore marriage, The Pre-Marriage Course provides practical guidance on how to build strong, deep foundations that will last a lifetime. As marriages become healthier and stronger, so too does family life and this has the potential to transform entire communities.

We’ve created a video explaining in more depth why you should consider running The Marriage Course. Check it out here.

How do I get started running The Marriage Course?

To get started running your course, please visit The Marriage Course website where you will find our more information. To access and download all the materials to help run your course, please register your course on our Marriage Course Builder. There are only a few resources you need to run The Marriage Course:

  • The Marriage Course episodes – available as a DVD or to download online
  • Two Guest Journals per couple
  • The Marriage Course Leaders’ Guide
  • And we recommend you watch our training videos

To access these materials to buy or download, register your course on the Marriage Course Builder.

Can we promote our course continually on the website?
We would like to run parts of your course, can we do this?
What other materials do I need to run The Marriage Course?
How much does it cost?

There is no cost to run The Marriage Course or access the products. If you would like to make it possible for more churches and couples to experience resources like this one, you can give online at alphausa.org/give


How to Run The Pre-Marriage Course

Who can run The Pre-Marriage Course?
Is The Pre-Marriage Course easy to run?
How do I get started with running The Pre-Marriage Course?

To get started running your course, please visit our website where you will find our more information. To access and download all the materials to help run your course, please register your course at Marriage Course Builder. There are only a few resources you need to run The Pre-Marriage Course:

The Pre-Marriage Course episodes – available as a DVD or to download online

  • Two Guest Journals per couple
  • The Pre-Marriage Course Leaders’ Guide
  • Couple Survey (optional)
  • Support Couples’ training videos (if using the Couple Survey)

And we recommend you watch our training videos To access these materials to buy or download, register your course on the Marriage Course Builder.


How to Access Resources

What is Marriage Course Builder?
What is the Couple Survey?

The Couple Survey is an optional series of questions to be completed by guests on The Pre-Marriage Course before the course begins. The purpose of the Couple Survey is to:

  • Affirm areas of strength
  • Highlight those issues the couple needs to discuss
  • Help them make sure they are ready for marriage
  • Give a realistic view of what makes a marriage work

Couples do not receive the results of their Couple Survey. Instead following the course they have a discussion with a designated Support Couple. The Couple Survey report guides the conversation, affirming areas of strength in the couple’s relationship and highlighting issues for discussion. There are training videos and more information on the Couple Survey in the Learning Center of Marriage Course Builder

I’m a Pre-Marriage Course Leader – how do I use the Couple Survey?
I’m a Pre-Marriage guest – how do I use the Couple Survey?
What’s a support couple?

For The Pre-Marriage Course there is an optional role of a support couple. The requirements for support couples are simply that they are married; that they have completed The Marriage Course; that they are happy to host a couple from The Pre-Marriage Course, usually in their home, over an evening and that they have been approved by someone with pastoral oversight. During the evening the support couple guides the guests in conversation using the findings of the Couple Survey, which the guests would have completed before the start of the course.

The role of the support couple is to affirm areas of strength and highlight issues the couple needs to discuss. The Couple Survey report suggests follow-up questions for the support couple to ask the guest couple to facilitate the discussion. Once you register your course, you’ll be able to access dedicated training videos for support couples which fully explain their role. There are training videos and more information on the Couple Survey and the role of the support couple in the Learning Center of Marriage Course Builder

Where can I get The Marriage Book?
Will you be creating live talk scripts for The Marriage Course remake?
Do you sell The Marriage Course remake on DVD?
The current logo says “The Marriage Course.” Do you have a logo for The Pre-Marriage Course?
If a couple miss a session, how can I share the missed episode?
Is The Marriage Course remake available in languages other than English?

Yes, check in Marriage Builder for the full listing. The number of new languages grows every month.


Trying The Marriage Course and The Pre-Marriage Course

Who can attend The Marriage Course or The Pre-Marriage Course?
Are your courses only for Christians?
How do I find a course near me?
We’re not married but live together, which course should we attend?
I can’t make every session. Is it still possible to attend the rest of the course?
What are The Marriage Course session topics?

There are seven sessions of The Marriage Course, looking at the following topics:

  • Strengthening Connection
  • The Art of Communication
  • Resolving Conflict
  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • The Impact of Family
  • Good Sex
  • Love in Action

For more information, head to alphausa.org/marriage

What are The Pre-Marriage Course session topics?

There are five sessions to The Pre-Marriage Course:

  • Communication
  • Conflict
  • Commitment
  • Connection
  • Adventure

For more information, head to alphausa.org/marriage

What does a session look like?
We can’t attend a course in person. Can we do it online or long-distance?
I need a certificate to prove I’ve been on the course. Do you provide this?
My partner and I have finished attending The Marriage Course or The Pre-Marriage Course. What’s next?
If you had a positive experience on The Marriage Course, you may want to Try Alpha. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.

Have questions about Alpha?

Checkout our chatbot – Alphie, located in the lower right-hand corner!

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