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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.

How do You Start a Community Marriage Policy? It's Not as Hard as you Think.


Starting a CMP Starts With You.

Would you invest a few hours to save thousands of marriages?

  • Call Mike McManus, President of Marriage Savers, who will coach you at no cost. (301 469-5873).
    • Marriage Savers will provide basic materials (brochures and an introductory DVD that opens with an ABC story followed by a short Overview of Marriage Savers that could be shown to a committee of clergy to inspire them to take next steps
  • Recruit key clergy from Evangelical, Catholic, mainline and minority churches to watch the DVD, followed by a live conference call with Mike.
  • During that call, Mike will outline low cost, proven strategies to prepare, enrich or restore marriages, as well as review initial obligations.

Starting a CMP Continues with Marriage Savers Coaching:

1. Draft a CMP Covenant to be signed in your community, and have it reviewed by Mike.

2. Marriage Savers will draft a press release and coach on how to obtain press coverage.

3. Recruit four prospective Mentor Couples from participating houses of worship

4. Hold a public signing at the courthouse or city hall at 1 pm on a Friday

5. That evening and on Saturday Marriage Savers will train clergy and Mentor Couples.

Sustaining a CMP

Much enthusiasm and optimism surrounds the founding of a CMP. As with all human endeavors, keeping it going requires intentional, sustained efforts. The community needs a passionate point person to keep the “community” vision for CMP vibrant.

A congregation may begin with only one mentor couple who move away. There is a danger that the congregation’s participation in the CMP goes away with them. The community’s CMP point person should be keeping in touch will all mentor couples and nurturing them so that they feel they are part of and serving something bigger than their own congregation. Mentor couples should help raise up more mentor couples, and at a minimum, at least one couple, to carry on the work when they can’t.

The point person role can be a volunteer role or a full or part-time paid position. If paid, he or she should be supported by all the signers of the CMP. But for the sake of simplicity and certainty, he or she ought to be hired and paid by one congregation which collects contributions from the other CMP congregations. For large communities, the formation of a charitable 501(c)(3) organization should be considered so that funds can be raised from foundations and other sources to augment or replace “dues” or other funding commitments from CMP member congregations.