Relational Environments

We believe that being in community with like-minded people is essential to helping  marriages grow, particularly when marriage is being tested. There is strength, encouragement, and accountability when we are in community with other couples. At Sugar Grove Church, we call these connect groups. To learn more or find out about some of our other relational environments for men & women, visit the appropriate ministry pages.

Marriage Mentors

Marriage is a journey, and at times we need someone to come alongside to listen, normalize, and speak into our lives. If you would like us to connect you with a mentor couple to walk with you during a challenging season in your marriage, shoot us an email ( and we will do our best to put you in touch with a trained mentor couple.

Marriage Preparation

Weddings are beautiful! But it’s the marriage that we care most about. Statistics tell us that there is a 30% greater probability of marital success and fulfillment with some form of pre-marital coaching. That’s why we are passionate about pairing mentor couples with young couples who are planning to marry. The role of a mentor couple is to journey alongside a couple during the pre-marital counseling process, walking them through the results of a pre-marriage assessment called SYMBIS. Then continue as a trusted source of encouragement and relationship beyond the marriage day.


These are a few resources we highly recommend:

Sacred Marriage | Book by Gary Thomas

Focus on Marriage | Podcast from Focus on the Family

RightNow Media

We’re excited to give you free access to RightNow Media, a large catalog of Bible-based video content designed to help you and your family take next steps in your faith journey. You’ll have access to a wide variety of discipleship resources for all ages, which you can stream directly to your computer, tablet, or mobile device.

17min Challenge

According to a 2018 survey by CNN, Americans read leisurely on average 17 minutes a day. What could happen if some of those 17 minutes were focused on marriage or family related content? Pastor and blogger Tim Challies takes it one step further…

“Books are wonderful, and I believe strongly in the value of reading. Books on marriage can be wonderful, and I have benefitted from reading many of them. But the best and most helpful books on marriage are the ones being lived out by husbands and wives in your family, in your neighborhood, and especially in your church. Read them longer and more thoroughly than any other.”

–Tim Challies, “Before You Read Another Book on Marriage”

We couldn’t agree more. Read some great books. Check out some websites. Take the 17 minute challenge. But, if you really want to learn more about marriage and how to strengthen your relationship, invite a respected couple over for dinner. Interview someone with a great marriage. Learn from them.


Dating is crucial for any marriage, because every marriage needs a spark. Dating doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. It doesn’t have to be 4–5 hours on Friday night.  Dates can be meeting for lunch or taking a walk. Even shopping for groceries can be a date. The key is making regular time to connect and enjoy each other, without the stresses of work, kids, and life.

Try committing to one date each week, or even one date a month.   Be creative, have fun, but most important make space to talk.