Faith Communities

Our new research shows that your faith community is filled with marital first responders.

First, a few key points to consider from our groundbreaking research:

  • 73% of American adults report being natural confidants for marital problems with their friends, family and coworkers.
  • Only 16% of divorced Americans confided in a clergy person about the problems leading to the divorce (and only 29% went to a counselor!), whereas 72% turned to a friend or family member.
  • Of the millions of natural confidants, a full 40% report stress in these conversations.

Until now there has been nowhere for confidants to seek support and input. Millions of us are bombarded with the intensity of the marital problems around us and don’t always know who to turn to or how to be more effective.

Our goals with Marital First Responders are big. Imagine….

a congregation filled with marital first responders who are more effective, skilled and confident in helping marriages in the congregation and the larger community.

Who developed Marital First Responders?

The program was created by William Doherty, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota, and cofounder of The Doherty Relationship Institute. Bill is an internationally recognized leader in the family field who has had two great passions: promoting healthy marriages and engaging communities in solving health and social problems. Marital First Responders brings these two passions together by mobilizing networks of confidants to better support marriages in their natural communities. His dream is that someday every married couple will have a Marital First Responder in their social world.

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