Home of the Maryland Marriage Initiative

For Churches

When marriages and families thrive, so does the church. Helping couples strengthen their relationships creates an exciting ripple effect that can change the culture of the community!

MREC is a community resource to help strengthen marriages by teaching healthy relationship skills. We’re not here to take the place of the church but to walk alongside you as you serve couples.

We serve the churches by helping you create a vision for marriages in your church, equip your leaders with skills and provide support to help marriages thrive.

Have you noticed that the value and importance of marriage seems less relevant than ever, and our children are the innocent victims? Far too often, couples lack the commitment, knowledge and skills to form and sustain a healthy, life-long marriage. Together, we can change that.

Our team is ready to serve you. We consider it an honor to help you develop a Christ-centered marriage ministry that creates a vibrant atmosphere for marriages to thrive.

Not quite ready to offer programs on your own? MREC offers Preparing for Marriage, Adventures in Marriage, Couples’ Coaching, and Date Night events to help couples in our community.

Visit our events page for upcoming classes.

To learn more about building a marriage ministry (or enriching your current marriage ministry) please contact amy@mrecenter.org or call the office at 410-386-9003.


Ideas to grow your marriage year round

Do you want to help cultivate marriage all year long in your church? Download this printable resource which provides ideas for couples as they intentionally invest in one another.

Need help in getting a marriage ministry started?

Download this 10 step guide to help guide with processes and next steps.

how to plan a date night

If you would like to plan a marriage event or date night for your church, but just don’t know where to start, we can help! Watch this very practical video from a friend of MREC, Danny Panter (First Baptist San Antonio), as he shares how his marriage ministry team plans an event.

relationship resources

Whether you want to minister to those that are single, engaged, or married, there are wonderful resources for every stage of a person’s life.
Click here to see a compiled list of some of our favorites.


Are you wondering how healthy the marriages are in your church? This is a printable survey that you can share with your church and get some important information as you care for the people in your congregation.

Additional Resources

Prepare and Enrich

Prepare/Enrich adapts and reacts to the changing reality of relationships through continued research and development of assessment versions and resources. The reliability of the assessment and feedback guided by our Facilitators help couples strengthen and enrich their relationships.