Why Marriage Education?

Why Marriage Education?

  • Approximately 50% of new marriages, 67% of second marriages and 74% of third marriages fail.
  • 10% of new marriages each year end prior to the couple’s second anniversary
  • Cohabitation (unmarried couples living together) increased from 430,000 in 1960 to 6.8 million in 2008, according to Mike McManus, Co-chair of Marriage Savers.
    • Of that number, only 1.4 million married.
    • Those who marry after living together are 61% more likely to divorce than those who do not cohabitate.
    • A recent survey indicates that 48% of all women are choosing cohabitation over traditional marriage.
  • Divorce devastates kids. The amount of pain and destruction to a family is incalculable.
  • 57% of divorces can be contributed to poor communication and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Only 30% of marriages receive sufficient pre-marital preparation.
  • With three-fourths of America’s marriages taking place in houses of worship, churches have a great opportunity to help couples, in all stages of their relationship, to achieve a more God-centered marriage.
  • Pastors need help. They cannot do it all.

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