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Preparation for Marriage

The Julianna Poor Memorial Counseling Center of Houston’s First Baptist Church provides a wonderful package of marriage preparation services to engaged couples who have scheduled Houston’s First Baptist facilities for their wedding. All those who marry here are required to participate in the program.

Even if you’re not getting married at Houston’s First, you are more than welcome to enroll in the Preparation for Marriage program; pastors from other churches recommend our program to couples marrying in their churches.

Learn more about the program on the Preparation for Marriage page.

All-Day Couple Intensives

James asks us why we fight. His answer: because we do not get what we want (James 4:1–2). In this intensive we will explore the true source of conflict and seek to identify and eliminate what stands in the way of intimacy with God and each other.

Learn more about these great opportunities to strengthen your relationship on the Counseling Classes & Intensives page

3-Day Marriage Clinics

Led by Karl Elkins Th. M, MA, LPC-S

Though couples experience different symptoms such as anger, resentment, and withdrawal, the root problem is usually the same: violating one or more of 25 Essential Marriage Skills found in the Bible.

These skills are taught in a group environment, but all projects are done alone with your partner. This unique marriage intensive provides the equivalent of 18 weeks of counseling in just three days.

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Links & Books

Visit our Counseling Center's Marriage Resources page for suggested links and books.

Additional Help

Need more help? The Smalley Relationship Center offers Couple and Marriage Intensives that are in-depth, multi-day counseling experiences allowing couples to move to the core of issues in order to improve their marriage. Visit or call 866.875.2915 for more information.