What are the benefits of being a PMRC Mentor Couple?
Couple-to-couple Mentoring as many advantages for both the Engaged couple, the parish and the Mentor couple.
- The Engaged Couple benefits from having a more flexible programme, one that allows them to spend additional time on the topics that are most relevant. While there is a core curriculum to cover, the couple-to-couple structure of Embrace allows you to tailor it to meet your Engaged couples’ needs.
- Courses run over a series of weeks are generally more effective than weekend intensives, because it gives couples the opportunity to assimilate what they have learned into their daily living. Couples attending group programmes in this format often end up missing one or more sessions because of sickness or unavoidable work commitments. When there is just the four of you, you can easily reschedule to ensure that the couple completes the course. This flexibility also has advantages to the Mentor couple.
- In addition, the Mentoring system enables a wide range of couples to participate as mentors. Group programmes are emotionally more demanding on the presenters and require sophisticated presentation skills to do well. The informal nature of Embrace, actually works best with a casual delivery. Yet all the relational benefits that couples experience when they run marriage education course, are still available to the Mentor, just without the stress.
- Embrace allows every parish, no matter how small, to be able to offer it’s own marriage preparation. The criteria for Mentors is very reasonable, so there is a likely to be a number of eligible presenters within any one parish. The personal nature of the Mentoring systems means that engaged couples not only learn the necessary skills for marriage, but they also experience the real life love of a parish couple. This is especially important for engaged couples who do not regularly attend church.