Healthy marriages create stong families and communities. 

The Forward Foundation launched the Austin Marriage Initiative as an extension of its equipping work in 2023.  

The Austin Marriage Initiative brings together program providers, churches, and marriage leaders with a vested interest in marriage. 

Austin Marriage Initiative seeks to...


Offer a vision of marriage that motivates couples to passionately pursue marriage.   


Partner with churches to increase the availability of relationship support in their community.


Help couples and organizations find proven resources to support healthy lasting relationships. 

Enriching and Strengthening Marriages. 

The Forward Foundation trains and equips churches to strengthen and renew healthy relationships.

The Austin Marriage Initiative helps churches find programs that meet their needs.  

Forward Foundation has coaches trained in the following programs. 

Marriage is the Most Urgent Ministry Gap for the Church

Research shows that the primary factor driving decreased religious participation is the collapse of the family structure. The success of a parent’s marriage has a lifelong impact on whether their kids attend a faith community as adults. 

Benefits of a Marriage Ministry

  • Increased church attendance

  • Increase giving 

  • Increase ministry involvement 

  • Healthier families 

  • Strong community

Relationship vision, skills, and support at every stage.

  • Singles - Establish healthy dating habits and encourage marriage.
  • Marriage Preparation - Assess capability, learn skills, and work with mentor couples.
  • Marriage Enrichment - Continuously learn skills to strengthen the relationship.
  • Struggling Relationships - Access to marriage intensives to help save struggling marriages.

The need is great.  We can do this together.