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MISSION

MarriageStrong is committed to helping couples develop valuable relationship skills that will not only help their marriages, but also dramatically change the way they interact with others in their families, friendships, places of work, and within the Body of Christ.

HISTORY

MarriageStrong began in August 2008 at Fuller Theological Seminary with the mission of helping seminary students prepare their marriages for a life of leadership and service. Committed to helping couples understand their own issues in dealing with conflict, personality differences, and spiritual gifting, the program is designed to enhance the marital relationship, effectiveness in leadership and service, and life satisfaction. These positive outcomes help guard against burn out, unrealistic expectations, and feelings of inadequacy and loneliness that often exist in leadership marriages.

Since August of 2008, the program has been implemented on other academic campuses, in overseas programs, and with multi-cultural focuses. MarriageStrong has grown beyond the seminary setting to now include churches, Christian organizations, and other leadership venues. 

SCRIPTURAL FOCUS

Several places in scripture emphasize the importance of walking in the newness of Christ. Ephesians 4:22-24 states: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” 

Living out of these truths is often most difficult within our closest relationships. These challenges, however, provide the best opportunity for the deepest growth and transformation in a person's life.  MarriageStrong challenges and equips couples to live out this righteousness and holiness of God within the context of their own marriages and family relationships, the results of which travel far beyond the couple into other family, work, and ministry relationships.  

FOUNDER

Sharon Hargrave is the Executive Director and Founder of MarriageStrong at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where she teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department. Sharon loves her work with couples and individuals in leadership and believes strongly that what we learn about ourselves in our closest relationships transforms who and how we are as employees, leaders, parents, or within any other relational context.

As the Executive Director for the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Sharon speaks nationally and internationally on issues pertaining to couples in ministry, marriage, intergenerational relationships, parenting, and the Restoration Therapy model. She has written a group leader guide for MarriageStrong and for the Five Days to a New Marriage material.

Sharon is also employed by The Hideaway Experience in Amarillo, Texas, working with couples in crisis using the Marriage Intensive model. Before moving to California, Sharon was in private practice for over 18 years. She specializes in working with couples and intergenerational issues. She is married and has two adult children.

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SHARON HARGRAVE | Executive Director
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MFT CA #47921, MFT TX #4459
Education: MAMFC, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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