Relational Ministries

Practical Marriage Ministry Ideas

During the church service:

- Honor and celebrate milestone anniversaries publicly presenting the couple with flowers, a book or gift basket.
- Occasionally have a couple give their testimony about what they have learned in marriage or how God has worked in their marriage.
- Occasionally give a book review or show a short video clip on marriage ( is one resource)
- Give parents a book on marriage when their baby is dedicated (a strong marriage is the greateest gift they can give that baby)
- Have a sermon, or sermon series, on marriage.

Outside of the church service:

- Start a weekly marriage class.
- Organize monthly date nights and invite community couples to participate. Offer child care so the couple can go to dinner, then provide a special dessert and a brief, classy presentation on marriage when they return.
- Host annual Valentine and/or "I Still Do" banquets.
- Promote "Weekend to Remember" conferences. Pastors can go for free; groups can get significant discounts. Go to
- Set up a mentoring program utilizing Prepare/Enrich inventory training. Contact Every Marriage Matters for help or visit for ideas.
- Distribute marriage books to your church neighborhood.
- Occasionally utilize appealing bulletin inserts. See for ideas.
- Offer engaged community couples the use of your church facilities for FREE - along with free pre-marital counseling/mentoring, of course.

Compiled by Cheri Corder, Family Ministries, Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists: 503-850-3558, Special thanks to Every Marriage Matters.