Implementing a marriage mentor program can be an exciting and powerful addition to your community program, or church ministry and/or outreach program. A formal mentoring program ensures that premarital couples get more preparation, and get it earlier in their engagement.
Two factors which promote healthier relationships:
- For premarital and newlywed couples, Marriage Mentors provide helpful role models during the premarital stage and first year of marriage.
- For married couples, meeting with Marriage Mentors can provide hope, enrichment and direction for their marriage.
For Marriage Mentors, investing in other couples can be an enriching experience for their own marriage. For church leaders, a mentoring program provides a way to offer more comprehensive premarital and newlywed programs to their congregation and community. For the church, it expands ministry options, facilitates outreach to young couples, and helps to develop more sharing and connection among members of the congregation.
Research has demonstrated that a good premarital program can help a couple get their marriage off to a better start (Doherty; Carroll, 2003; Knutson; Olson, 2004). Research also indicates programs offered six months or more prior to the wedding date, continuing on for six to twelve months after a marriage are the most effective. A solidly equipped group of Marriage Mentor Couples will help expand and strengthen the programs offered to couples in your church.
The PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Mentor Program was developed in order to provide tools to train Marriage Mentors to work with premarital, newlywed, and/or other married couples.
Resources available from PREPARE/ENRICH include:
- Supervisor Training Guide (with Supervisor CD)
- Marriage Mentor Manual with training resources in Appendices
- PREPARE/ENRICH Resource Kit
The PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Mentor Program is designed to be flexible so that it can be tailored to fit the needs of each individual congregation or group. Feel free to adapt it in a way that will be most effective for your setting.
Contract us at: prepare-enrich.com.au or call us today (02) 9545 4566
PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.