Engaged Couples

Preparation for Marriage

Houston’s First offers the Preparation for Marriage Program (PMP) to engaged couples. PMP is rooted in a solemn and abiding commitment to the sacredness of Christian marriage, and may be the most important of all your plans for a successful marriage!

*If your wedding is going to take place at Houston's First, you and your fiancé are required to participate in the program.

If you’re getting married at another church or venue, you are more than welcome to enroll in PMP; pastors from other churches recommend our program to couples marrying in their churches.

A specially-designed curriculum is available for couples who wish to enter a marriage based on Jesus Christ. In order to accommodate your schedule, there are a variety of options:

  • Engaged Couples Workshop — Workshop (Friday night/all day Saturday) held at Houston’s First. Attendance is limited to a max of 11 couples. Visit Engaged Couples Workshop page for additional info.
  • 2-on-2 — Work through the premarital curriculum with an older, married (facilitator) couple; sessions typically in their home. 2-on-2 is perfect for couples who want a more personalized approach; best suited for couples who have at least 4-6 months before their wedding. Visit 2-on-2 page for additional info.
  • Retreat Weekend – A weekend at the Lake Conroe home of one of our facilitator couples. 3 engaged couples will work simultaneously through the premarital curriculum with facilitator couple. All curriculum covered in a weekend (Friday night through Sunday afternoon). Visit the Retreat Weekend page for additional info.
  • Engaged Couples Milestones Class - Premarital curriculum offered in a classroom setting at Houston’s First the Loop campus over 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings. Class limited to 25 couples. Visit the Spring PMP Milestone Class page for additional info.

Primary Steps

This program is rooted in a solemn and abiding commitment to the sacredness of Christian marriage, and may be the most important of all your plans for a successful marriage! Here are the primary steps of the Preparation for Marriage program:

1. Register

Register online for your preferred option by clicking on the quick link. Only one person per couple required to register and pay. Once registered, we will contact you and provide further info. If you have any questions, please contact us at 713.335.6469 (MarriagePrep@HoustonsFirst.org).

2. SYMBIS Profile

Once registered, we will immediately send you and your fiancé our SYMBIS assessment which is to be taken online. SYMBIS is a Les and Leslie Parrott assessment; it stands for “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts”. The SYMBIS will reveal potential strength areas and challenge areas of the couple.

3. Initial Counselor Session

When the SYMBIS results are ready, you two will schedule your first meeting (45 minute) with one of the counselors at Houston's First. Not only will you review the SYMBIS results, you’ll discuss the Biblical foundation of the covenant of marriage. You’ll explore how your individual relationships with Christ form the foundation for a Christ-centered marriage.

4. Your PMP Option

You and your spouse-to-be will complete the workshop, 2-on-2, retreat, or class.

5. Final Counselor Session

Once completed, you’ll schedule a final session with your counselor. During this session, you’ll discuss your experiences regarding your PMP option. Your counselor will provide feedback and give solid guidance to start a rock-solid, Christ-centered marriage.

Additional Information

The Preparation for Marriage Program is part of established and uniform wedding policies of Houston's First; such policies are coordinated through the Wedding Director. All Preparation for Marriage Program services offered by Houston's First are aimed toward one supreme goal—the establishment of Biblically-based, Christ-honoring and Spirit-led marriage relationships.

If you have any questions (including cost and availability) regarding your participation in the program, please contact the Preparation for Marriage Program Coordinator at marriageprep@HoustonsFirst.org or 713.335.6469.

Note:

If you are marrying at Houston's First, the payment for the Preparation for Marriage program is handled through the website, unless you need to pay in person. If you’re not marrying at Houston's First but would like to participate in the Preparation for Marriage program, please contact the PMP Coordinator at the number or e-mail listed below.

If you’re marrying at Houston's First and plan to participate in another church’s premarital program, you must advise the Counseling Center that you have completed a similar counseling program. Written document or evidence from this program must be submitted at least 30 days prior to your wedding date.

If you are marrying here at Houston's First we ask that you read the document Premarital Covenant Agreement. This will be a document that you and a minister on staff will cover in your meeting together.

Twogether in Texas

The state of Texas has begun a program called “Twogether in Texas,” and we have been approved to provide pre-marital counseling in this program. The desire of this program is “to build a community where marriage is valued and strong families can contribute to the success of the great State of Texas.” As an approved program we are able to give you a certificate of completion that can provide a deduction of $60 in your marriage license fees. Upon completion of the program we will give you the certificate.

For further information about “Twogether in Texas,” you can visit the website TwogetherInTexas.com. We look forward to being a part of your story together.

Questions?

For questions, please contact us at 713.335.6469 or MarriagePrep@HoustonsFirst.org.


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