Frequently asked questions
Q: Does offering DivorceCare imply our church encourages divorce?
A: Definitely not. DivorceCare is built on a biblical, Christ-centered foundation. Scriptural teaching on marriage, divorce, forgiveness, and reconciliation is emphasized throughout the material. Because of the emphasis on reconciliation, we have heard many reports of group members reconciling with their spouse or ex-spouse.
Q: Why do you encourage separated people to attend DivorceCare?
A: Often, people are separated for long periods of time before a divorce is finalized. During that time, they are hurting deeply and need support, information, and encouragement. Because of the emphasis on reconciliation throughout DivorceCare, a percentage of separated people will see the wisdom of reconciliation and attempt to restore their marriage.
Q: Do we need licensed counselors or therapists to lead the group?
A: No. DivorceCare is designed to be a lay-led ministry. Because the instruction and teaching is presented on DVD videos, featuring Christian experts on divorce topics, your DivorceCare group can be led by a team of mature lay volunteers. Most often DivorceCare groups are led by people who’ve been through divorce, have healed, and have a passion to help others find God’s healing, in the spirit of 2 Corinthians 1:3–4.
Q: How do I identify leaders for our DivorceCare program?
A: The Leader’s Guide included with your DivorceCare kit includes an entire chapter on identifying and recruiting leaders. Typically, you will find the most committed leaders are those who have been through divorce themselves and have experienced God’s healing. They are passionate about helping others recover from divorce!
Q: How do we train people to lead DivorceCare?
A: Extensive training is included with the DivorceCare curriculum kit. We provide a Leader Training DVD and a complete Leader’s Guide. In addition, your lay leaders will have access to our online LeaderZone, which is filled with additional leadership resources and free telephone coaching from our team of DivorceCare ministry coaches.
Q: Is DivorceCare aligned with a particular denomination?
A: DivorceCare is nondenominational and serves more than 17,000 churches worldwide. DivorceCare is built on a biblical, Christ-centered foundation. See our statement of faith.
Q: How do you select the experts that appear on the DivorceCare videos?
A: We identify pastors, counselors, authors, and speakers who have expertise in divorce-related subjects and embrace a biblical, Christ-centered approach to healing from divorce. See a list of our experts. These experts see their participation in DivorceCare as a ministry and receive a very modest honorarium for participating in the program.
Q: Can I see samples of the DivorceCare materials before we purchase the kit?
A: Yes. See a workbook sample here. See a representative excerpt from one of the DivorceCare video sessions here. The best strategy for previewing DivorceCare is to purchase the entire kit. It comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so you can return it for a risk-free refund if you determine the materials don’t meet the need of your church.
Q: How will people find out about our DivorceCare group?
A: Your DivorceCare kit includes a Leader’s Guide that features an entire section filled with promotional strategies. We offer preprinted posters and brochures, free promotional videos, downloadable print and web ads, and many more resources. One of the most powerful tools your church can use is the free “Find a Group” search engine located on the DivorceCare website.
Q: Can we charge people to attend a DivorceCare group?
A: Yes. Most churches charge a $15–20 registration fee to attend the 13-week DivorceCare cycle. This offsets the cost of the DivorceCare workbook you provide each group member and can contribute toward incidental costs, such as snacks and coffee. Many churches maintain a small scholarship fund to subsidize the registration fee for those who cannot afford to participate otherwise.
Q: Is there really no cost to talk with a DivorceCare ministry coach?
A: No charge at all. As a nonprofit ministry, we maintain a team of staff ministry coaches. They are seasoned DivorceCare group leaders, with many years of experience leading groups. Pastors and lay leaders can talk with these ministry coaches free-of-charge whenever a question about starting or operating a DivorceCare group arises.
To talk to a DivorceCare coach, feel free to call us at 800-489-7778 Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST. Or schedule an appointment.
Q: Do you have a program to help children of divorce?
A: Yes! DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) is geared for children ages 5–12. DC4K is designed to run in concert with the adult program and features tools to help parents and their children interact on divorce issues, promoting family healing.
Q: Are the DivorceCare videos closed-captioned for the hearing impaired?
A: Yes. You can select optional English subtitles for display while playing each of the 13 DivorceCare session videos.
Q: Is DivorceCare available in other languages?
A: DivorceCare is currently available in a Korean version.
Q: If I don’t like DivorceCare, may I return it?
A: Certainly! Once you receive your kit, you have 30 days to return it. Read our no-risk, 30-day guarantee.
Q: When does the 30-day guarantee go into effect?
A: Your 30-day guarantee goes into effect the day your kit arrives. Read our no-risk, 30-day guarantee.