The purpose and intent of this thesis were to research an observed issue and seek a resolution within the local ministry context of Three Forks Church of Christ. The issue to be observed was: what the church could do as an additional step in order to close a perceived gap in the premarital preparation program provided to congregants of the church. A literature review and surveys of married couples within the church as well as high divorce rates support the notion that a gap in the premarital preparation approach of the church exists. The findings within this research suggest that the recommended solution of a classroom-based premarital education program in addition to current efforts would help to close the gap and provide increased participation in such preparatory education in anticipation of lowering the prospect of divorce.

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