WHAT IS MARRIAGE 911?
Marriage 911 is a 12 week structured program of mentor-mentee relationship. The program focuses on God and His plan for marriage and the dynamics of Christ centered relationships. It is driven by scripture. The program works in tandem with Bible study. Participants are expected to read a chapter in Proverbs each day as going through the process. There are 31 chapters of Proverbs in the Bible and participants are expected to read a chapter of Proverbs daily. The workbook is not intended to solve any marriage issue, reconcile spouses with each other/family/friends, or bring stubborn spouses home. God does all those things. This program shows the participants how to get out of God’s way and allow Him to do the healing.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Marriage 911 is for couples who feel their marriage needs strengthening and for couples who are in a crisis situation or have separated. Marriage 911 can be experienced by only one desiring spouse; both spouses do not have to be on board for a hurting spouse to enter the program.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The spouse in crisis meets with a same-gender married person (who is called a support partner) for a total of 3 months on a weekly basis. Each member receives a book with specific organized questions to work through and discuss. During the 3 months, the participant(s) are to answer the questions, journal additional insights and continually read through the books of Proverbs.
WHAT IS A SUPPORT PARTNER?
The support partner is a married person willing to believe God to bring redemption within the lives of a marriage relationship. A support partner not only meets with the individual participant weekly for 12 weeks, but also commits to prayer for both the person and the couple. The support partner’s commitment makes is vital in the reconciliation process of the couple. We encourage the support partner to follow the guidelines to better allow God to work during the process. The SP is not a counselor. The SP is not a life saver. The SP is a prayerful, hopeful individual who holds the participant accountable to do the lessons within the workbook with grace.
WHAT MATERIAL IS USED?
The Marriage 911 workbook and support partner books are used for this program. This program was developed by the National Institute of Marriage in partnership with Joe and Michelle Williams. Joe and Michelle share their own testimony throughout the book. National Institute of Marriage was developed by Dr. Greg Smalley, whom you may/may not know is Dr. Gary Smalley’s son. The institute now belongs to Focus on the Family with Dr. Greg Smalley having direct oversight.