MARRIAGETEAM

Coaching for your Best Marriage

Vancouver, WA   |  www.marriageteam.org

Mission

To provide biblically-based, affordable, and effective marriage coaching services to couples for strong marriages, thriving families, and healthy communities. Training and equipping marriage coaches to serve the church is an additional aspect of our calling and mission.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Mr. Alan C Ray

Main address

PO Box 873086

Vancouver, WA 98687 USA

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EIN

20-4517269

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Protestant (X21)

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Marriages often fail unnecessarily. Countless marriages could benefit from marriage coaching by learning and applying proven tools and techniques to strengthen and even save the marriage. Our societal problems in America today can be directly traced to the breakdown of families. The systemic issues which flow out from divorce impact families well beyond financial chaos. The destruction of families and the trauma upon children cause immeasurable damage. Problems include lower graduation rate from school, higher unwanted pregnancies, increased the likelihood of drug use, poverty, incarceration, and more. MarriageTeam provides a personalized, skills based approach where a "coach couple" facilitates the application and practice of improved relationship skills. Couples SELF-discover their issues and create agreements that work. 89% of those couples considering divorce decide their relationship has improved to the point they want to stay together.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Marriage Coaching

Coaching works for couples who need a tune-up all the way to those who are experiencing serious challenges and need restoration for their marriage.  It works for those couples where at least one person wants to work on their marriage.  The couples may be separated, contemplating divorce, or in frequent conflict over a wide range of issues and are unable to solve them in a mutually satisfying manner.   Coaches guide couples through prepared materials that have been specifically designed for couples experiencing significant issues. Coaching has brought couples back from the brink of divorce with new hope and renewed commitments. Issues are addressed in a confidential, non-judgmental manner that focuses on resolving difficulties through improved understanding and mutual problem solving. Participation is entirely voluntary and a couple can decide to leave at any time.
The coaching is supplemented with applied exercises in effective assertiveness,  listening, dealing with anger, bitterness, forgiveness, resolving conflict, problem solving, personality differences,  initimacy, and growth. This program is one session a week and takes 2-3 months to complete.   Sessions range  from 2 to 4 hours with most sessions being between 2 to 3 hours.  This insures there is adequate time to effectively deal with the issues the couple identifies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MarriageTeam coaches use the internationally recognized PREPARE inventory to help you create the marriage you want with six 2-hour sessions as a supplement to whatever other counseling the pastor performs. The sessions involve a review of the inventory and a guided discussion using a workbook for each participant.  It is desirable to begin the coaching 6-12 months prior to the wedding, but it can be done closer to the wedding date.

Population(s) Served
Adults

For couples completing the Marriage Coaching program but require or desire to go deeper on specific issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Number of clients and family who did not complete the entirety of the program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Parents

Related Program

Marriage Coaching

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This includes couples who started our coaching process and either resolved their marriage issues early in the 10-12 week program or terminated their coaching process early.

Number of clients for whom the transition plan is fully implemented (including receipt of all services as planned)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Parents

Related Program

Marriage Coaching

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number who completed the MarriageTeam coaching process. Covid in 2020 -21 impacted our demand as you might imagine. This metric is driven by demand for services. Increased awareness is the key.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Marriage Coaching

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of men and women who were trained as Marriage Coaches in recent years.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Parents

Related Program

Marriage Coaching

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes coaching hours, training and staff support hours. Covid significantly reduce demand for services and thus volunteer hours for 2020-2021.

Number of one-on-one coaching sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Men, Women

Related Program

Marriage Coaching

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each session represented here includes TWO people (one couple) coaching another couple. A coaching session typical runs approx. 2+ hours.

Number of hours of coaching

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Parents, Women, Men

Related Program

Marriage Coaching

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer coaching hours

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We have a goal of serving churches and marriages across the country and are partnering with like-minded organizations to accomplish this goal. Ultimately our goal is to be strengthening and saving thousands of marriages a year. We will accomplish this by normalizing the fact that everyone has trouble in their marriage at one point or another. Couples need to recognize this and see that getting help is a sign of strength and commitment and not a weakness that needs to be hidden. It is considered normal for athletes, teams, businesses and leaders to have coaches, not because they are weak, but because they want to be the best they can be and achieve their goals. There is no reason marriages should not be seen in a similar light. MarriageTeam coaching helps couples be the best they can be and achieve their goals.

Marriage coaching has proven its effectiveness in strengthen and saving marriages over the last 20 years. We are collaborating with like-minded organizations who have created wide followings and are capitalizing on their recognition that MarriageTeam coaching fills a "struggling marriage" niche in marriage ministry. These new collaborative relationships will significantly increase demand and result in equipping hundreds and ultimately thousands for our marriage coaching ministry.

We utilize in person as well as video conferencing technology to deliver training as well as coaching services nationally and internationally. We are in the process of increasing our training capacity to meet increased demand. MarriageTeam uses its core staff to manage an army of highly trained volunteer coach couples to deliver affordable and effective marriage coaching services. This is a model that works.

Training more coach couples is the key. We have added online, LIV E coach training that enables us to equip couples across the country. We are upgrading it with video modules and live facilitators to conduct multiple trainings simultaneously. The training is interactive and experiential. 100% of the couples who complete the training say they would recommend it to another couple. We will continue to train more and more couples to become active marriage coaches because they see how effective their MarriageTeam coaching ministry is in saving marriages and families. With this model, the sky is literally the limit when it comes to how many couples we can help.

The online training has been used for the last couple of years and has been the breakthrough needed to get wider exposure and create awareness that has led to our collaborative relationships. The collaborative relationships have come to fruition in the last year and we are beginning to see the results on a national basis.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Married couples and we solicit evaluations when each couple finishes coaching.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We received feedback on the appearance of our materials and we updated new covers for the materials.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We use the feedback to ensure that we are addressing issues to continually improve our processes and services.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MARRIAGETEAM

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Joel Huang


Board co-chair

Alan Ray

MarriageTeam

Term: 2006 - 2026

Autumn Ray

no afflilation

Alan Ray

MarriageTeam

Brandon Ray

Concordia Univ. IT Dept.

Joel Huang

Elect. Engineer

Peter Durkee

Retired

Nehemias Gutierrez

Health Care Analyst

Dammy Olopade

Elect Engineer

Taiwo Olopade

Interpreter

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.