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If every church in Canada was a marriage mentor centre, it would revolutionize our country. FamilyLife Canada has developed a tool that equips churches to strengthen and support existing ministries to couples, build capacity by activating lay leaders, and ease the burden of marital care for pastoral staff. The Marriage Mentoring Initiative proactively fills the gap between pre-marital education and crisis counseling.

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“IF CHURCHES WOULD BECOME MARRIAGE MENTOR CENTERS, IT WOULD CREATE A REVOLUTION IN OUR SOCIETY"

- JOHN ORTBERG

“MARRIAGES IN CANADA HAVE A 59% SUCCESS RATE; HOWEVER, COUPLES UNDERGOING MARRIAGE PREPARATION AND ONGOING MENTORING HAVE A SUCCESS RATE OF 80-90%.”

- VANIER INSTITUTE

“WE FOUND RENEWED HOPE FOR OUR MARRIAGE KNOWING WE WEREN’T ALONE IN OUR CHALLENGES.”

- MENTEE COUPLE

“WE HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED BY THE PROCESS OF MENTORING TO REALIZE THAT OUR MARRIAGE ITSELF IS A TOOL IN GOD’S HANDS”

- MENTOR COUPLE

WHAT’S INVOLVED

WHAT’S INVOLVED

This is not another program. It is a tool you can use to supplement the other great things you are already doing for marriages.

What does it take to get started?

If you can get at least two couples in a room together for 3 hours you have all you need. We also recommend that pastors find a marriage champion in their church to get this going. We provide coaches to help them every step of the way. Every church has couples that could build into younger couples and take the pressure off of the pastor/staff encouraging couples.

How much does it cost?

$125 for the training kit (trains 2 couples and includes materials to mentor 2 other couples) + $25/couple after that.

How is this different than any other marriage helper?

The MMI was designed to take the pressure off of the pastors and staff who do a lot of counseling. Often these couples just need someone to listen to them and help them have conversations that lead them to oneness. These conversations can happen proactively instead of waiting until it is too late. You might already be using a marriage class or video series. The MMI can be used to take the information shared in those few weeks to solidify skills and commitments over the course of a year.

Has it worked anywhere else?

The MMI was developed in a church of 10,000 people out of necessity. There was no way to care for the number of couples in the church adequately by staff alone. The same is true of any church.

Is my church the right size for something like this?

If you have 1 couple that wants to help marriages you are big enough. It is scalable to fit any size church.

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