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Les Parrott: Lowering the Divorce Rate in the Church by One Third

Les Parrott

Dr. Les Parrott is a professor of psychology at Northwest University. He and his wife, Leslie, speak to a wide variety of audiences on the topic of marriage. The Governor of Oklahoma appointed the Parrotts as the first ever statewide Marriage Ambassadors. The Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, invited them to assist his soldiers with re-entry into family life upon returning from Iraq. 

In addition to speaking at seminars, Les is the author of several books including Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

Key Questions for Les Parrott:

– What are the trends you’ve seen on how pastors are handling marriage ministry?
– What topics have you found are crucial for husbands and wives to discuss?
– How are you proposing to lower the divorce rate in the church?

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Key Quotes from the Interview:

“If you want to love like Jesus, you’ve got to be mindful, in other words, you’ve got to set your own agenda aside, temporarily, and see what other people don’t see.”

“Our [big goal] in our ministry for many years now has been to see the divorce rate lowered in churches by a third in our lifetime.”

“Every single percentage point that we drop the divorce rate, the lives of more than a million children are positively impacted.”

“You can almost guarantee to lower a couple’s chances of divorce by 31 percent by…bringing [certain] topics to the forefront with them. If you spend a minimum of five to six hours going through with them…we know from research their chances of divorce drop by 31 percent…and their level of contentment and happiness increases by at least 30 percent.”

“We never had marriage counseling, but we spent the first year of our marriage in therapy.”

“Pre-marriage ministry is one of the great untapped portals for evangelism in the church today.”

“Most people don’t realize how you experience time is different than how your spouse does.”

Links Mentioned by Les Parrott in the Show:

Love Like That by Dr. Les Parrott

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

SYMBIS Assessment

Les Parrott: Helping Save Marriages Before They Start

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye