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The marriage rate has plunged 50% since 1970.  >  Half of all new marriages end in divorce.  >  Cohabitation diverts tens of millions of the marriage eligible from ever marrying.  >  Those who marry after living together are 50% more likely to divorce.  >  More than 5.4 million couples live together outside of marriage.  > 
40% of children are born out-of-wedlock.  They are 5 times more likely to live in poverty than those in intact homes and 4 times more likely to be expelled from school or jailed.  >  Only 45% of teenagers live with their married mother and father.  >  Every divorce destroys a tiny civilization  > 
Preparing a man and a woman for a lifetime of successful marriage.
What does a Community Marriage Policy Agree To?

Evangelical clergy join Catholic priests, mainline clergy and minority pastors at the local courthouse to sign a public covenant to implement proven reforms to make healthy marriages a priority in their congregations. They commit to do a better job preparing couples for a lifelong marriage, enriching existing ones and saving those in crisis. Specifically, they are agreeing to:

1. Require 4-6 months of rigorous marriage preparation by trained Mentor Couples (note caps) who supplement the pastor’s counseling.

2. Recruit Mentor Couples within their houses of worship who will:

Click here to see some sample agreements.

They agree:

  1. Not to marry any couple who has not had significant pre-marital preparation from both the clergy and a marriage mentor couple who augment the clergy’s counseling.
  2. To recruit and sustain mentor couples within their houses of worship who will:
    • PREPARE couples for a healthy marriage, including:
      • Administering a premarital Inventory
      • Teaching conflict resolution skills
      • Sharing scriptural, faith-based principles
    • ENRICH all existing marriages with at least an annual retreat at the church
    • RESTORE troubled ones by training “back-from-the-brink” couples whose own marriages were once in crisis, to mentor those considering divorce.
    • CREATE  a Stepfamily Support Group to assist couples with stepchildren, who typically divorce at a 70% rate - to be successful in four out of five cases.
  3. To support the training of mentor couples through qualified trainers such as Marriage Savers.