Marriage and Family are foundational to Christ Church.

Prepare/Enrich is a critically important tool in helping couples get ready for marriage and for couples who are struggle to make sense out of their marriages. 

Ephesians 5:25-31

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are parts of His body. 31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

The Prepare/Enrich perspective is rooted in family systems theory, which means that the family is viewed as an interconnected emotional unit, where individuals are best understood not in isolation, but in the context of the relationships between them. This group of individuals operates within a unique set of boundaries, patterns, rules, and expectations over time, creating a system that shapes the identity of each member.

At the core of this unit—at the core of the family—is the couple, two individuals who choose to begin and remain in relationship with each other. This relationship tethers the family system around them.

And that’s why Prepare/Enrich values relationship alignment, continued evidence-based education, and a strengths-based approach that supports building healthy couple relationships—relationships that exhibit commitment, positive communication patterns, and resilience throughout the course of life.

Introduction to the Prepare/Enrich Assessment

Quick Facts
With almost 40 years of research validation, Prepare/Enrich has proven itself to be the most trusted, comprehensive relationship assessment for couples at any stage of life.

The Prepare/Enrich assessment has been proven to decrease the risk of divorce by 30%. (Stanley, Amato, Johnson & Markman, 2006)

The Prepare/Enrich assessment has been proven to increase relationship skills and satisfaction. (Larson, J.H., Vatter, R.S., Galbraith, R.C., Holman, T.B. & Stahmann, R.F. (2007), Knutson, L. & Olson, D.H. (2003), Worthington, E.L., McCullough, M.E., Shortz, J.L., Mindes, E.J., Sandage, S.J. & Chartrand, J.M. (1995))

Prepare/Enrich and components of the assessment have been mentioned in over 1,200 peer reviewed journal articles, making it one of the most researched assessment tools.

The Prepare/Enrich worldwide network consists of over 125,000 Certified Facilitators from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions - from pastors to therapists to social workers to marriage mentors.

Over 4 million couples have taken the Prepare/Enrich assessment. For almost 40 years, Prepare/Enrich has provided Facilitators and couples with data-driven relationship insights that create clarity, focus, and a framework on which to build resilient relationships.

Developed out of a need to evaluate relationship program effectiveness, Prepare/Enrich has been propelled forward by the trifecta of theory, research, and practice, making it the most trusted and proven effective relationship assessment today.