Dissertation Projects

Date of Award

1995

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

James J. North, Jr.

Second Advisor

Walter B.T. Douglas

Third Advisor

Roger L. Dudley

Abstract

Problem

In my interactions with my church members or more precisely with married couples, I have become aware of their idiosyncrasies in the realm of marital conflicts. It is hoped that this project will help to salvage marriages. However, this project is written from a preventive stance.

Method

In this project, a theological basis for marital covenant relationship was developed. Second, a series of five sermons and five growth seminars were conducted with some married couples and persons contemplating marriage. Third, pre- and post-questionnaires were distributed in order to assess the understanding of what is being discussed.

Results

From the comments that were made, the program seemed to have been a success. Couples expressed improved mutual understanding and a desire to learn more. The participants reached a better understanding of mutual intimacy, effective communication, mutual forgiveness, and marital maturation. The participants learned that every relationship has its problems, but they should control those difficulties.

Conclusion

A successful intimate relationship is a precious thing, well worth investing time and energy to protect it. The couples found that with practice, a few skills, and a willingness to change and to improve their life together, they can enjoy a more peaceful, lasting, and fun-filled marriage. Good marriages do not just happen. They may be created in Heaven but must be lived on earth. This project helps couples maintain, refine, and enhance their marriages.

Subject Area

Marriage--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/641

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