Study Reveals Increased Need for Marriage Support from Churches
A largely anticipated in-depth study about the relationship between marriage and faith was recently released by the California Healthy Marriages Coalition. This report entitled In The Pews and the Public Square is the first of it’s kind to be released to the public. The report analyzes how marriages among California residents fair when considering the level of faith or religion those same residents are claiming to have.
The results of the study revealed some pretty intriguing facts that most would consider to be somewhat troublesome. According to the study, approximately 32 percent of the people who regularly attend church sessions claim that marriage is subject to high divorce rates because of the high level of risk that it involves. Also, approximately 20 percent of the sample of people questioned who go to church on a frequent basis have talked about the possibility of divorce with their significant other.
It was also discovered that most of the church goers who were surveyed agreed that the churches should provide marriage counseling courses as well as marriage prep classes in order to educate young couples on the many aspects of marriage.
The report has a strong indication to the fact that marriages and families across the board who are in need of help with their relationships, wish to seek help from churches. CHMC is providing a number of resources to churches and houses of worship that will help them assist families in need of relationship help. This includes providing a number of different educational programs that churches and houses of worship can offer to it’s members.
This recently released study also covers a number of topics including how much religious commitments affect marriages as well as how much common ground on the idea of marriage is there between those who attend church regularly and those who don’t. CHMC believes that the report, and other resources, will help faith leaders become more knowledgeable about marriage and relationships and will be able to help struggling families.