DivorceCare is a support group program to help people hurting from separation or divorce. Through DivorceCare, local churches can launch a divorce recovery ministry in their church and community. The program is nondenominational and biblically based.

The need
•     Divorce and separation can result in brokenness, despair, and turmoil. Local church DivorceCare groups help people in a marital breakup find hope, healing, and growth, while experiencing Christ’s love.
•     Adults are often open to spiritual solutions when facing life crises, such as divorce. DivorceCare groups place churches on the front lines for this tremendous outreach and evangelism opportunity.
•     Some churches worry that offering a divorce ministry implies they encourage divorce. DivorceCare groups place an emphasis on reconciliation of marriages whenever possible. Many marriages have been restored after individuals have participated in DivorceCare.

The numbers
•     Since 1993, over 14,000 churches have been equipped to offer DivorceCare.
•     DivorceCare churches are found in 30+ countries.
•     DivorceCare is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013
•     Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in DivorceCare support groups.
•     The materials feature the counsel of 52 leading Christian experts on divorce and recovery topics.
•     Many churches report that over 85% of group attendees are not from their church, and half do not have an active spiritual life and are not followers of Christ.

The program design
This 13-week program is designed to be lay led and held on an ongoing basis. DivorceCare is built around three components: video seminar, small group discussion, and workbook. Weekly sessions begin with a 40-minute video featuring the insights of trusted Christian experts on divorce and recovery topics, and the testimonies of people who have faced a marital breakup. After the video is a facilitated small group discussion about the video content and the issues faced by group members. Participants find further help between meetings through a personal Bible study and weekly journal in their DivorceCare workbooks.

Weekly topics

What’s Happening to Me?
The Road to Healing/Finding Help
Facing My Anger
Facing My Depression
Facing My Loneliness
What Does the Owner’s Manual Say?
New Relationships
Financial Survival
Single Sexuality
Moving On, Growing Closer to God

Featured experts
Kay Arthur, Sabrina D. Black, Bill Butterworth, Les Carter, Elsa Kok Colopy, Tony Evans, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Ruth Graham, Brad Hambrick, Archibald Hart, Laura Hendrickson, Crawford Loritts, Dan Miller, Linda Mintle, Ramon Presson, Dave Ramsey, Edward Welch, H. Norman Wright, Spiros Zodhiates, see more.

Countries with DivorceCare
USA, Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe