- Posted by Mary's Advocates
- On July 15, 2019
by Bai Macfarlane
In my marriage work aimed at reducing no-fault divorce and supporting those who are unjustly abandoned, I am encouraged to know that the Marriage Disciples Program, developed by Greg and Julie Alexander, has a 99% success rate helping couples become great, happy, and holy.
Greg and I discussed how anyone could get the Alexander House’ Marriage Disciples program going in their area by finding other couples to do what Greg and Julie started. Marriage Disciples meet (two-on-two) with another couple and relay God’s plan for marriage. Greg describes the need we all see:
In their own marriage, Greg and Julie were on the brink of divorce. Only because of the advice of an encouraging priest, did they decide to reorient their lives and follow God’s plan for marriage. They organized what they learned to share it with others.
The Alexanders have developed six modules, with videos, discussion questions, and handouts:
- Servant Spouse (min 20:10)
- God’s plan for chastity in marriage
- Understanding forgiveness and healing
- Focusing on needs and being a helpmate
- Spirituality in Marriage
Any couple that has been through rough times, is committed to living God’s plan for marriage, and has the kind of personally that makes others comfortable, could apply to be Marriage Disciples. After initial training, The Alexander House asks Disciples to be willing to commit a little over two hours a week. Disciples couples would only be asked to mentor two other couples at a time. Couples being mentored meet with the Disciples weekly for seven weeks and could meet via video conferencing. Ongoing training is available for the Disciples who join in a monthly conference call with the Alexanders.
While everyone can’t be a marriage disciple in the Alexander’s program, we can all help strengthen marriage in general, by finding candidates who might be perfect. The Alexanders’ goal is to have one or two Marriage Disciples in every diocese.
Ask about being a Disciple by writing Robin, at MarriageDisciples@TheAlexanderHouse.org, or phone 210-858-6195.