Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Howard Macy, Ph.D.
Pastors hear the same story too many times. The faces are different, and the circumstances have new twists, but the story of another marriage breaking apart is too familiar. The consequences are always the same, a ripping and tearing apart of a family. There are wounded hearts, crushed self-esteem, and plenty of blame to go around. The frustration is that those people breaking up are Christians. Often they are a part of the church, and in many cases the church or their faith didn't seem to be a part of the equation for making a decision to divorce. Many do not view the church as a viable option for getting help. By the time they come to the church it is usually out of a sense of obligation to "let the church know" they are separating
McConaughey, Shawn P., "The Church in the Postmarriage Society" (2001). Seminary Doctoral Programs. 397.