Date of Award


Document Type



Human Development and Family Science

First Advisor

Paul A. Johns


This study surveyed churches from six counties in South Central Pennsylvania to understand resources churches have employed to strengthen the marriages in their congregations and to learn if these resources were designed specifically for marriages composed of two professing Christians or for marriages where one or both persons do not profess a Christian faith. The study found that 71.1 % of the churches surveyed utilize some type of resource for married couples within their congregation. The majority of the resources used are based on Christian experience and not on empirical research. This study gives an introductory understanding of the role churches are taking to help support marriages in their congregations and will hopefully generate further concern for Christian marriages.