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A New Model for Premarital Counseling Within the Church


The divorce rate among Christians is higher than that of the average population. This statistic is cause for concern and change in church preparation for marriage. Although instruction for pastoral premarital counseling exists, most churches do not follow the minimum guidelines. Churches need a new proactive model for building good marriages rather than mending broken ones. This article presents one such model for marriage preparedness.

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Barlow, J.L. A New Model for Premarital Counseling Within the Church. Pastoral Psychology 48, 3–9 (1999).

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  • Average Population
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Divorce Rate
  • Proactive Model
  • Good Marriage