About Marriage Alive

Marriage Alive International, Inc. was founded in 1983, by Claudia Arp and David Arp, MSW. Marriage Alive is an IRS 501,c,3 Not-for-Profit organization that offers resources and training to help couples, congregations and community groups build better marriages and families. Today Marriage Alive resources are trusted and widely utilized across the United States and internationally.  

Marriage Education Programs





Marriage Alive offers several teach-right-out-of-the-box marriage education programs for couples, seriously dating and engaged couples and for those in the empty nest, boomers and beyond.

The 10 Great Dates video based program received the Smart Marriages Impact Award. This innovative marriage education program disguised as 10 great dates is used by couples, churches, community marriage initiatives and other groups around the country and internationally as a low-key, fun, male-friendly, yet skilled-based program that appeals to the masses and to couples in any setting. It is also used by the US military to help troops strengthen their marriage before deployment and to reconnect with their spouse when they return.

Empty Nesters - Second Half of Marriage

The Arps are also known for their pioneering work with empty nesters and for their Second Half of Marriage program and books. Partnering with PREP (University of Denver) they co-authored the book, Fighting for Your Empty Nest Marriage, with Scott Stanley, Howard Markman and Susan Blumberg. They have appeared as empty nest experts on national media such as NBC Today, PBS, CBS This Morning, and Focus on the Family and their work has been featured in national print media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Ladies Home Journal.  

Books, Speaking and Training

Their books have sold well over a million copies in over 10 languages, including the Gold Medallion winner, The Second Half of Marriage and the Silver Medallion winners, 10 Great Dates and Answering the 8 Cries of the Spirited Child. Latest releases include No Time for Sex, $10 Great Dates, and 10 Great Dates:Connecting Faith, Love & Marriage.

David and Claudia are skilled communicators. “Real, down-to-earth, extremely practical and fun” are words others use to describe the Arps. They are masters at communicating in an encouraging, non-threatening way that energizes and inspires others to make needed changes. The Arps own transparency and rich life experiences (married for over 40 years) combined with a lively, give-and-take style and a fun, practical approach to relationship issues, endears them to their audience and makes them sought-after speakers.  

To inquire about booking the Arps for a seminar or training conference  email them.