Our CMP Partners
The document pictured at right is the official version of the signed Clark County Community Marriage Policy. It was first signed by 47 clergy representatives on September 17, 2004. To date almost 130 representatives have signed the document. The size of the document is 31" wide x 59" high. The Community Marriage Policy® concept is articulated by Mike and Harriet McManus, founders of Marriage Savers.
- God has established marriage in Scripture.
- God intends the marriage bond to be between one man and one woman and to last for a lifetime.
- As religious leaders, we have a responsibility before God to raise the standard for marriage preparation, enrichment and restoration.
- As religious leaders, we believe we have a responsibility before God to strengthen and nourish step-families.
- Encourage a courtship of at least one year;
- Affirm fidelity in marital relationships;
- Educate ourselves and our congregations about the negative effects of pre-marital sexual activities and cohabitation;
- Provide a premarital preparation process of four to six months which includes six premarital mentoring sessions providing spiritual guidance and the use of a premarital inventory such as PREPARE/ENRICH to be thoroughly reviewed with the couple by a Marriage Mentor Couple;
- Provide enrichment opportunities in the church and community by marriage retreats, classes on communication, conflict resolution and building intimacy. The provision of an annual in-house marriage enrichment weekend is preferred as the way to make it possible for every couple in the congregation to participate;
- Identify, inspire and train couples with strong marriages to serve as marriage mentors for: couples in serious relationships (teens, pre-engaged); engaged couples; newlyweds; couples wanting to strengthen their relationship; married couples experiencing marital stress; couples in second marriages or with step-children;
- Provide mentoring for marriages in crisis and in need of reconciliation and restoration that are at the brink of divorce, primarily through specially trained mentor couples who have reconciled and restored their own relationship;
- Cooperate with other congregations in sharing resources and information to enable churches with fewer resources to provide best practices for their members to also build healthy marriages.