School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Timothy Heck


Spirituality, Christian, Marital Stability, Premarital Counseling, Spiritual Growth


Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to examine the impact Christian premarital counseling (CPC) that use the Prepare/Enrich curriculum have on the couple's spiritual growth and overall marital stability. The following chapters emphasized the need to understand the long-term spiritual benefits and marital stability couples receive from attending CPC using the Prepare/Enrich curriculum. In this study, I interviewed ten couples to examine the spiritual benefits and marital stability couples received from attending CPC. This study allowed me to gain knowledge and insight from couples that participated in the CPC sessions. I hope that the results of this study, equip pastors, counselors, lay leaders, marriage and family therapist, and other helping professionals with new knowledge that will help them develop and implement effective CPC programs. I used a qualitative design which allowed me to interpret and gather rich data based on the couple's real-life experiences (Harris, 2015). Overall, the participants reported that their CPC experience enhanced their spiritual foundation, clearly defined their marital roles, and helped them to grow as one.

Included in

Counseling Commons