New Program for Couples Recommended to Churches

April 02, 2009

Churches with a marriage education ministry - or wanting to launch one - have a new tool at their disposal.


Couplehood: The Imago Path to Real Love, is a six-session series by husband and wife team, Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt. "ABIDE in LOVE; Healthy Marriage for United Methodists" recommends the program and will be glad to help pastors or lay leaders begin the class at their church.


Harville Hendrix, Ph. D. is a clinical pastoral counselor who is known internationally for his work with couples. He and his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. co-created Imago Relationship Therapy and developed the concept of "conscious partnership." Their own partnership and collaboration has resulted in nine books on intimate relationships and parenting.

Dr. Hendrix poses these questions that may help clarify why this work is so important to all couples in relationship:

  • Why do many couples live together, yet live with loneliness? 

  • How can we protect our relationship from becoming another statistic?
  • What can we do to keep our love energized?

Couplehood: The Imago Path to Real Love includes DVD presentations by Hendrix and Hunt, and a workbook for each couple attending the class. Some of the concepts couples will learn include:

  • Uncovering the purpose of attraction
  • Fulfilling the purpose of conflict  
  • Making the space between a priority

Oprah Winfrey chose Harville Hendrix in her list of "Top 20 Moments," in a feature celebrating 20 years of her television show. Learn more at


Several churches have scheduled Couplehood: The Imago Path to Real Love or are considering scheduling it after Easter - and again, "Abide in Love; Healthy Marriage for United Methodists" will be happy to assist churches in launching this program. 


"Abide in Love; Healthy Marriage for United Methodists" is a Partnering Organization of the California Healthy Marriage Coalition,


For more information contact Glenn and Gwen Tilton at 916.393.6479,, or