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Married couples seek more church counsel

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -South Georgia Ministers are seeing more couples with marital problems come in for counseling and spiritual help.

They say it's because of the faltering economy and job losses.

Albany First United Methodist Church Ministers have seen a dramatic increase in the number of married couples seeking help since the economic downturn.

Senior Minister Mike McAfee said "So many times we take stress out on people we love. People we are close to, and it tightens the marriage up."

Sherwood Baptist Church's Alpha Biblical Counseling Minister David Smith says they are getting four or five more requests a day from married couples fighting over finances.

 Smith said "In times like this, it really forces to them start talking about it. Then they get upset, there are arguments. Then we get a call."

Churches are responding. First United Methodist will host a satellite national simulcast Saturday from Focus on the Family, with leading Christian experts offering marriage counseling.

Sherwood Baptist's film "Fireproof" has been a national hit, with a message about troubled marriages from a Christian standpoint. Their book "The Love Dare" is still a best seller. Sherwood now hears from couples across the nation seeking help.

Smith said "We feel like in the near future we are going to have to have more people involved in this ministry."

McAfee says his church is hosting the satellite simulcast because they fear an increase in troubled marriages as the economy continues to struggle, and in tough times families need to work together rather than split apart.

 McAfee said "Finances come and go. The material things come and go. We need to center ourselves."

And many South Georgians are looking to their faith and church for help, to save their marriage as money and job troubles mount.

McAfee and Smith both say they counsel married couples to use their faith and beliefs to cope with job losses and financial times and draw closer as a team to deal with hard times.


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