Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Richard Marrs

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 7:15; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Deuteronomy 24:1–4; Exodus 21:10–11; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:18; 21–25; Jeremiah 3:8; John 8:41; Luke 16:18; Malachi 2:14–16; Mark 10:2–12; Matthew 1:19; Matthew 11:2–20; Matthew 19:10; Matthew 19:2–9; Matthew 5:31; Matthew 5:32; Revelation 2:21


Hille, Kirk A. “Developing an Effective Divorce Recovery Ministry.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2017. 184 pp.

A divorce recovery ministry was initiated in a church setting using the video-based Divorce Care curriculum. Over the course of thirteen weeks, participant scores on the Fisher Divorce Adjustment Scale increased an average of 53.6 points, and a final focus group interview elicited positive evaluations from all the participants. The steps taken to initiate the group and the results are discussed in detail, including eight factors cited by participants as contributing to the effectiveness of the ministry. Issues involved in divorce recovery are also considered from Biblical, missional, and theoretical perspectives, with a brief history documenting the origins of divorce recovery ministry.

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