Statistics prove that pre-marriage counseling increases the strength – and length – of marriages (stronger, longer lasting marriages). This is because counseling helps couples move from idealistic “romantic” visions of the future to more “realistic” understandings, and open/honest assessments of expectations and practical issues that are better addressed sooner vs. later.

FBCO offers two pre-marriage options for couples who are not able to receive counseling from the pastor marrying them (choose one – or both!):

Group Conference/Overview

  • Led by Dr. Mike King, Executive Pastor
  • Saturday mornings 9:00-1:00
  • Once per quarter
  • Several couples in a group setting, depending upon number interested
  • Immersion in key pre-marriage topics – with private follow up as desired

2:2 Mentoring (Engaged Couple with Experienced Mentor Couple)

  • 5 or 8 one hour sessions, depending on time availability
  • “Preparing For Marriage” workbook – from Family Life
  • Couples do reading/homework, then meet/discuss with mentor couples
  • Relationship building and allows mentor couples to share personal experiences from their own marriages

FBCO also offers Sunday School classes for engaged and newlywed couples.

Contact the church office for more information on these opportunities.

marriage resources

Here are some great books recommended by FBCO staff/members – to strengthen your marriage and spark great conversations with your fiancé or spouse:

  • You and Me Forever – Francis and Lisa Chan
  • The Meaning of Marriage – Tim Keller
  • Starting Your Marriage Right – Dennis & Barbara Rainey
  • Sacred Marriage – Gary Thomas
  • Covenant Marriage – Gary Chapman
  • Love & Respect – Emmerson Eggerich
  • This Momentary Marriage – John Piper
  • The Couple Check-Up – Olson, Olson-Sigg and Larson
  • The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
  • What Did You Expect? – Paul David Tripp
  • Building Your Mate’s Self Esteem – Dennis & Barbara Rainey
  • For Men Only – Shaunti & Jeff Feldhahn
  • For Women Only – Shaunti Feldhahn


Sometimes couples face issues they can’t work through themselves and need personal, private counseling from a qualified marriage counselor.

Step one at FBCO is to call Dr. Mike King, Executive Pastor for an appointment. He will eagerly meet with you to help assess your situation and determine next steps.

Should you and Dr. King determine that on-going counseling would be helpful/needed, beyond his personal time availability, he has the ability to introduce you to qualified colleagues in the Auburn/Opelika area.

Please don’t hesitate to call Dr. King if counseling is something you would like to explore. There is no shame in admitting we need help sometimes – and there is great help available!