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THE THIRD OPTION

Curtain Staring
Some married couples can see only two painful options...

1. Suffering in an unhappy marriage

2. Enduring the devastation of divorce

We offer The Third Option – a practical and proven path to a healthy, functional marriage.

The Third Option is a 14-week skills-based group program that helps couples build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Each of the weekly sessions covers a different topic on a specific skill or tool to develop better understanding, communication, trust, sensitivity, listening skills and more which create a deeper, more intimate relationship. Each topic demonstrates that we all lean towards one of two extremes that don’t work. Then, we  show you the third option that does work.

An educational group where attendees learn, encourage and support each other, The Third Option is led by skilled facilitators and by couples who have overcome serious  challenges in their marriages.  Each session stands alone, so couples can start anytime in the cycle of topics, and catch up later if they happen to miss a week or two.

The two-hour program includes three important ingredients: discussion, teaching and sharing couples.

 

Discussion is a review of the previous week’s topic and chance to share about the homework.

  • You are free to share or just listen.  We will never put you on the spot.

  • Expressing our own thoughts helps us to process and grow in awareness.

  • Sharing our experiences (good and bad) encourages others.

  • Hearing others reminds us that we are not alone and that our issues are normal.

  • The group is safe and everything is kept confidential.

 

Teaching is a presentation of the weekly topic.

  • The concepts are simple and yet powerful when put into practice.

  • Because the program repeats three times each year, you can easily make up missed topics.

  • Many couples attend several consecutive sessions.

  • Teachers rotate, so you can hear the same topic again, but gain something new each time.

 

The Sharing Couples are staff members who share their own challenges and victories.

  • Each week a different couple shares their story.

  • Hearing how other couples overcame their struggles imparts hope.

  • Perfect marriages don’t exist, but strong, happy marriages are possible.

  • It becomes apparent that hard work and commitment really do pay off.

There are several factors that make The Third Option program unique:
  1. PRACTICAL: The materials provide a clear understanding of different topics. You can immediately start applying the principles.

  2. ONGOING: We are always here for you. The class is offered year round. You can join at any time.

  3. SAFE: You will always receive a warm welcome. You will never be pushed to talk or disclose anything. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us.

  4. PERSONAL: We care about your marriage and are always ready to speak with you individually or as a couple.  We are, however, not counselors and will refer you to a professional if needed.

  5. ENCOURAGING: You will hear many real life stories to which you will be able to relate.  As you apply the skills, you will begin to experience success.

  6. SUCCESSFUL: We are not a miracle cure, but if you are ready to make changes, commit to and invest in your marriage, there is nothing in the way to a beautiful path of transformation.

Childcare
Childcare:

Childcare is gladly provided at no cost. We are pleased to be able to now offer childcare at both locations!

(Wednesday nights @ Lebanon AND Thursday nights @ Montgomery)

Cost
Cost:

We aim to provide our programs at a low-cost and affordable option for couples. Thus, our non-profit ministry is fully sustained by donor/participant support. Our recommended weekly donation is $30 /couple, $15 /individual; the ultimate contribution is up to your discretion.

Your donations help us grow the ministry, save marriages and impact entire families and communities.

EIN: 47-1277896

You can give ONLINE HERE (ONE-TME GIFTS OR MONTHLY) or via check made out to:
The Marriage School, Inc.

PO Box 84, South Lebanon, OH 45065

JOIN US

Join us any week, In-Person in the Greater Cincinnati region, as well as online!

Online from Anywhere

An abbreviated 1-hour session (referred to as "Marriage School Express")

Tuesdays 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Alongside our Thursday evening In-Person session

Thursdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

ZOOM links provided for session access upon registration.

Lebanon, OH

IN PERSON

Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Lebanon Presbyterian Church

123 N. East St.

Lebanon, OH 45036

Cincinnati, OH

IN PERSON OR ONLINE

Thursdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Montgomery Community Church

11251 Montgomery Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45249

Childcare is gladly provided at no cost. We are pleased to be able to now offer childcare at both locations!

(Wednesday nights @ Lebanon AND Thursday nights @ Montgomery)

VISION & MISSION

Our vision is to join God's redemptive work for families and the world by growing healthy, strong and loving marriages.

The Marriage School is a caring community that supports each husband and wife in their marriage covenant through life-changing programs made affordable for anyone.

Programs

SUPPORT

The Marriage School is able to serve you, because of your generosity!

If the work of The Marriage School, Inc. has impacted you in some way, we encourage you to consider financially supporting us so that we can continue to perpetuate this work in supporting and encouraging marriages. 

The Marriage School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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