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What are these assessments all about?

Let me give you an example: The Married for Life assessment provides couples with an assessment to assist them in maximising their marriage potential. This assessment will ask you questions in a step-by-step format to gauge where you are in your marriage relationship. It was developed on solid training material presented worldwide. The assessment can help you with the following:

You have to fill up your car and service it from time to time in order for it to perform optimally. In the same way marriages and couples have to be enabled to achieve their full performance. So whether you have been married a few weeks or a few decades, this assessment has been specifically designed to help you learn where the greatest strengths and growth opportunities are in your marriage, as well as provide practical first steps to make your marriage great!

What is Pre- Marital Preparation all about?

Relationships generate a complex range of questions and no manual, no program; no counsellor has the answer to every question. What you will find in this assessment are Kingdom principles, that when applied, answer those eternal questions.

This assessment will take you from the only life you know of, the single life, and prepare you for marriage. This won't be a "feel good" assessment where couples just sit back and soak up the material. Instead, it's an exciting, interactive, revealing time between couples that are going through the exact same things at the exact same time. Participants need to be engaged or seriously considering engagement. This assessment will ask you questions in a step-by-step format to gauge where you are in your relationship. It was developed on solid training material presented worldwide.

What is Parenting Enrichment All About?

Parenting Enrichment provides couples with an assessment to assist them in maximising their parenting potential. This assessment will ask you questions in a step-by-step format to gauge where you are in your parenting relationship. It was developed on solid training material presented worldwide.

The assessment can help you with the following:

Simply to help them with the following:

Discovering and identifying the specific dynamics and design of their marriage, parenting and personal lives. Understanding the dynamics of every person is a crucial factor in managing various relationships effectively. One of the key discoveries of Marriage Enrichment is that, unless there is a clear understanding in the mind of each person of their roles in the marriage, it is inevitable that misallocation and mismanagement in the marriage will occur. The Report of Marriage Enrichment will give you the necessary information to maximise your relationship for the benefit of both parties.

With the Comparison Report we enable couples to gain an understanding of the unique differences between them and/or resolve conflict. The report will help you enhance and improve your relationship. It will empower you to generate acceptance, create agreement, unity and cooperation within your marriage. You will be able to avert misunderstandings and discord. The unique profile can be studied in order to make wise changes. You will also be able to discover strategic gaps in the composition of your marriage and implement the necessary changes.

The results:

How to become involved with these Assessments?

You have three options:

What is the history behind these assessments?

Marriage Ministries International was founded in 1983 by Mike and Marilyn Phillipps. Currently there are over 20 000 MMI leaders leading Married for Life groups in their homes around the world.

Marriage Ministries is a non-profit organisation, ministering to marriages around the world in 90 nations and 40 languages. The basic class, Married for Life, is a13-week course for couples that is conducted in small groups in homes. Each week couples learn a scriptural principle that, when applied, can bring about profound changes in their relationship. A workbook complete with weekly lessons and homework is provided.

In 2001 we developed the first paper test and shortly after that we developed the excel assessment, which was in use till 2013.

Who have developed and compiled these questionnaires?

Mario Denton, an Industrial Psychologist, executive coach, facilitator and business consultant. He holds an MBA, MeCon as well as a PhD and DBA degree and has a passion for people. He has lectured at different universities across the world on People Management and Leadership as well as the elective Emotional Intelligence. He has devoted his career to people and complex and perpetual change. He uses his strong academic and corporate background and his uniquely effective coaching style to help people tap into their inner being to utilise their strengths and expand their skills. He has been a study leader of 160 MBA research projects.

Mario says: In December 2001 at our holiday house at Pringle Bay, I was reflecting on the need for an assessment to help people to be more proactive and do an assessment of their marriage long before the wheels come off, as well as an assessment for sustainability. Being very familiar with the Married for Life course, I started drawing up a list of questions on the Friday afternoon, completing it on the Saturday. I have told my wife many times about the anointing I experienced at the time. We typed the questions, printed 1 000 copies and started testing them. The results were amazing.

What makes these assessments so unique?

It is our vision to help couples be far more proactive and aware of their marriage strengths and development areas, as well as give advice on solid kingdom principles. Although there are other assessments, few if any approach marriage from such an intensive, integrative and solid perspective.

What makes the pre-marital report so unique?

The pre-marital assessment tool and report was developed based on biblical principles and designed to describe profiles based on the following 8 dimensions.

What makes the Marriage enrichment report so unique?

Marriage Enrichment tool and report was developed based on biblical principles and designed to describe profiles based on the following 13 dimensions.

What makes the Parenting report so unique?

Parenting Enrichment tool and report was developed based on biblical principles and designed to describe profiles based on the following 9 dimensions.

How does these assessments compare with other well- developed assessments?

There are similarities but we are never in competition with each other. Although there is a place for quick fixes, standalone and event approaches to marriage enrichment, we believe in rather addressing these issues in a small-group format.

Marriage Enrichment is based on years of application of the material worldwide. We have completed around 1 500 paper assessments and given feedback before and after each course over the years. This material therefore has a very long history of use and thousands of people are well trained in the course. We are also committed to doing rigorous and extensive ongoing psychometric development and further validation studies. People who are familiar with the course are impressed with the information and accuracy of the course content.

How long does it take to complete these assessments?

The assessment itself takes on average 20- 35 minutes to complete. Just like with medical check-ups, we believe an assessment should be done again from time to time.

How to use these Assessments?

This instrument is similar a 5-point Likert system of evaluation and allows you to focus on your current marriage enrichment right now. In order to use the information, several key concepts need to be understood.

With all the other training and books, why did you come up with these Assessments?

Mario and his wife, Mariene, noted that during the many years they have been counselling and coaching families on their marriage excellence, they frequently observed couples who do not experience fulfilment in their marriages and also saw the devastating impact of divorce. It concerned them greatly that so many couples divorce and were not aware of their strengths and development areas and therefore were not experiencing fulfilment and enrichment in their marriage. This resulted in their vision for what is now Marriage Enrichment (R). Additional applications were later developed for pre-marital couples, as well as for parenting.

How many people have done these assessments and do it really works?

It is not possible to give an exact number as the free sample assessment has been available on excel and about a 1 500 paper copies have been released.

As the family goes, so goes the nation. As the nation goes, so goes the world. Our assessment and training will help prevent families from falling apart.

Over the past ten years we have used these assessments before and after the 12-week course and have personally experienced a significant impact on the results.

How much do these assessments cost?

The assessment is comprehensive and currently provides different feedback categories. It also provides in-depth analysis for two-person comparisons. We also realise that simply doing the assessment today is not enough. What sets successful married couples apart is the way in which they make the action plan part of their life and aligning it with the desired outcomes. The key problem today is not the lack of thinking, but rather the challenge of executing the action plan.

Only 5 USD per person excluding if you want to go for the online additional coaching and mentoring.

But what are marital problems really costing our families? Do you know what a series of sessions with a professional psychologist will cost to try to fix problems in your marriage?

So what is the urgent and sincere plea? Do the assessment and renew your vows on your wedding anniversary.

When is it the right time to do these assessments?

Now. It is amazing that we have courses for any kind of training. People often want to escape doing an assessment. Don't! Do the reality check now. Leaving it can cause more pain and damage and can be a real disengagement factor. Getting married and parenting are often not accompanied by additional training. Yet there is perhaps no more challenging undertaking than to invest one's life in your marriage partner and children. An entire destiny hinges on the outcome.

One more time: Do you really believe in pre-marital, marital and parenting assessments?

Absolutely yes. When two become one, it should be for a lifetime. Assessments and training can help in making a difference in the years to come. Research in different countries has shown that dysfunctional family life is the biggest problem, with fatherlessness at the centre of the problem. What would happen if a captain of a 747 Airbus leaves Cape Town International to fly to New York and the compass and GPS are out by one degree? Where do you think he or she would land? It would be an absolute disaster.

How valid are these assessments?

Validity is a unitary concept. It is the degree to which all the accumulated evidence supports the intended interpretation of the scores for the proposed purpose. Accumulated evidence can come from many places. Often marriage training involves cognitive reconstruction and looking at the past. With this future-based assessment and coaching we believe the solutions are valid, solid, process based, real life and inside out.

How reliable are these assessments?

Would you allow a doctor to prescribe expensive medicine without doing a detailed diagnosis and evaluation? The answer is NO. We believe in having reliable information and getting to the root issues and challenges. Marriages go through different seasons and stages like the dream phase, disappointment, discouragement, distance, disconnect, discord and emotional divorce phases. Do the assessment. It is not too late. Please be proactive.

Reliability estimates provide an index of how precise and error-free a tool is in measuring the desired constructs. To achieve this aim, specific steps were taken to ensure reliability:

What is the research history behind these assessments?

Briefly, the assessment was developed over an eight-year period using standard psychometric principles and testing several hundred people. The assessment is not based on or derived from existing instruments but was developed from the course material using the different factors as clusters.

In what settings do you recommend using these assessments?

The Marriage Enrichment Assessment version is designed to give couples the tools to improve themselves in the marriage. Understanding the personalities, strengths and struggles, and the many aspects of how couples operate individually and with each other people is valuable for anyone in a marriage situation. This knowledge enables you to maximise the enrichment and engagement of couples by understanding their roles, environment and communication. It is definitely not a nice-to-do and a waste of time. Real-time, fine-tuning sessions with a serious success agreement and goals afterwards will ensure sustainability.

Do I need to be a coaching couple to interpret these assessments?

Yes and no. The couple is just there to assist you and helps as a sounding board. They have been specifically trained in the process. Marriage enrichment assessments are used in a variety of contexts where feedback forms an integral part of the process.

Do I need to be certified to use these assessments?

Yes. Various support materials are available to help you understand the analysis and you do need to be certified in the use of these assessments. The benefits of being trained include:

Can I become a reseller of these assessments?

Yes, please contact us for more information. We are looking for partners to assist us. If you are interested in an effective way to earn additional income, then consider becoming a partner. As a partner you'll have a great opportunity to promote and sell assessments directly.

Can I load these assessments on to my computer or server?

No. These assessments are completely online and cannot be loaded on to personal computers for proprietary reasons.Do people have to log into a website to use these assessments?

Yes. Marriage Enrichment is entirely online and accessible from anywhere in the world. A person can log into Marriage Enrichment using the worldwide web. As an individual you will be given a unique log-in and password to do your assessment.

It is not too late now to do these assessments?

It is never too late. Sit down and consider my advice: Take your marriage relationship seriously and be humble enough to do the marriage service. Honest communication cannot be treated as an option. It needs to be a requirement. Have a teachable mind-set! Unresolved issues can become a time bomb. You therefore have to resolve them.

The problem in my marriage is on the other side.

It is amazing how often I hear this response. Many people think they don't have a problem or simply deny it. Measure things on a 369-degree basis and ask whether what you do is right, fair and just. But this requires a lifestyle we are sometimes unwilling to adopt or a sacrifice we are unwilling to make. Boeing 747 pilots have to take a simulation test before they can renew their licences every year, but in our marriages we manage our relationships from one year to another without doing a marriage simulation annually. Change starts with you. So fix the problem, resolve the real issues - and start with yourself.

Now that I have done the assessment, do you think I should do a pre- marital course also

Yes In this course you will learn the following:

Any other symptoms that will indicate to me that I need to do the Marriage Enrichment Assessment?

If this is the case, please do the assessment.

Any other symptoms that will indicate to me that I need to do the Parenting Enrichment Assessment?

Any other questions?

We thank you for the opportunity to be of service. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of this assessment, please contact us and we will gladly assist you.

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