Marriage Savers Resources
Marriage Savers at Coral Ridge
Marriage Savers most important strategies to reduce divorce is training couples
in healthy marriages who can be found in any church to serve as Mentor Couples.
Mike and Harriet McManus pioneered this strategy in their home church. Over a
decade they trained more than 50 Mentor Couples who prepared 288 couples for
marriage. The preparation involved administering a premarital inventory to give
the couple an objective view of their strengths and areas for growth, teaching
communication and conflict resolution skills, and modeling what a healthy
marriage looks like. Result: of the 288 couples prepared for marriage, 55
decided NOT to marry. But of the 233 who did, there were only 7 divorces or
separations in a decade. That is a 97% success rate – virtual marriage
insurance. Mike and Harriet have trained more than 4,000 Mentor Couples around
the country. This DVD is an independent look at marriage mentoring by the Coral
Ridge Hour, introduced by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. Producers taped a
mentoring session by Mike and Harriet and interviewed both couples on the
experience. The DVD also includes a couple reporting how marriage mentoring
saved their troubled marriage in Tallahassee, a Community Marriage Policy which
Marriage Savers helped to create. And it profiles another couple who were
divorced for five years before remarrying, with the help of a Mentor Couple.
"If we had been mentored before we married, we would have never divorced," says
one spouse. Marriage Savers suggests ordering this DVD ($10) to illustrate what
a Mentor Couple is to leaders of your church or to local clergy considering
creating a Community Marriage Policy.