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Who Leads MarriageStrong Groups?

This material has been successfully led by both professionals and lay leaders. While some facilitators are licensed marriage and family therapists or licensed professional counselors, others are leaders within their church, academic institution, or Christian organization. MarriageStrong groups are designed to be educational, not therapeutic; so while some leaders benefit from a psychological background, it is not a requirement for leading. Leaders often include their spouse in facilitating the group; this is encouraged, but not mandatory. 

The MarriageStrong material functions within a nine week small group model. Each weekly session is an hour and a half long, followed by a short time of socializing. Leaders facilitate groups through the following topics outlined in the MarriageStrong leader manual:

  • Discovering the truth about marriage and how the past affects current relationships
  • Identifying the heart of the conflict cycle and learning constructive ways to manage conflict
  • Learning about the boundaries as a couple that will guard against the burnout, unrealistic expectations, feelings of inadequacy, isolation, and loneliness that often exist in the ministry, leadership, and service
  • Embracing couple differences in personality characteristics and spiritual gifts and learning how to encourage each other in spiritual and emotional growth
  • Deciding as a couple to benefit their marriage through leadership and service
  • Learning about who they are together and the definition of "us-ness"
I see firsthand how this material changes a couple's tense interaction in the moment - their arms uncross, they move a little closer, their tone softens. I watch them come together right there in the room, right in front of me. It's powerful and it encourages me in my own marriage.
-MarriageStrong leader

Get trained as a MarriageStrong leader

Those interested in leading a MarriageStrong group participate in the MarriageStrong Leader Training where they can fully grasp the dynamics of the material and how to apply it to the small group setting.   This leader training is a 2-day workshop where participants are taught the MarriageStrong curriculum in an interactive and interpersonal format. Participants work through the key learning objectives themselves, experiencing firsthand the benefits of the program for their own relationships. The training also includes practical how-to's for small group formation and interaction. Participants will receive a leader's manual and CE's are available for portions of the training.

The cost for the MarriageStrong Leader Training is $300 for individuals/$350 for couples; student rates are available for those who qualify.   Click here to apply.

Become a Certified MarriageStrong trainer

Certified MarriageStrong Trainers are individuals approved to teach and facilitate MarriageStrong Group Leader Trainings in their own community, professional, or academic settings. LEARN MORE