Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
premarital counseling, discipleship, marriage, biblical counseling
Hollifield, David J., "Premarital Counseling as Foundational to Discipleship" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3324.
This paper will examine the lasting impact of biblical, pastoral premarital counseling. Couples who have completed this type of program before marriage will be studied. This work will attempt to measure the impact of premarital counseling based on whether couples have used tools explored in their original counseling program in areas such as effective communication, conflict resolution, stewardship of money, and spiritual disciplines. If the tools and resources provided in counseling have never been utilized, this survey will seek to discover reasons the material was never used. The purpose of this study is to determine which areas are most helpful to a successful marriage, which areas need further explanation, and what other areas of marriage should be included in a complete premarital counseling program. Participants will be asked to provide examples of times counseling was beneficial. Answers to questions will be measured in terms of very helpful, somewhat helpful, not helpful, or never used. Participants will be asked about church attendance and other ministry participation. This paper will also determine whether premarital counseling contributed to a foundation of discipleship for the participants.