Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Ron Hughes


Pastoral Counseling, Marriage Ministry




Marriage ministry is the topic for this thesis project. Several aspects of marriage ministry at First Baptist Church of Texarkana were evaluated. First, a young single adult group at the church participated in a curriculum for dating before marriage. After being taught the reasons for marriage and dating, the class filled out a survey to evaluate the class’ effectiveness. Next, the pre-marriage counseling at FBC Texarkana was evaluated for effectiveness. Third, crisis marriage counseling at FBC Texarkana was evaluated by the writer to determine if marriages were finding healing. Fourth, a marriage class was offered at FBC Texarkana for a ten-week time frame. At the conclusion of the class, the class was evaluated for effectiveness in couples growing in love. Fifth, Ron L. Deal came to FBC Texarkana to conduct a marriage conference targeted specifically to couples in a blended family. A survey was completed by the participants at the end of the conference to evaluate the success of the conference. Finally, a new program of marriage mentoring was started at FBC Texarkana. At the conclusion of six months, a survey was completed by the mentors and mentees to determine if the marriage mentoring program should be expanded to more of the church for participation.

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