A STUDY OF PASTORAL MARITAL COUNSELING SERVICES IN THE AFRICA INLAND CHURCH AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH WITHIN MACHAKOS AND NAIROBI COUNTIES IN KENYA

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Pastoral counseling is one of the major strategies used by churches to ensure stability
in marriages and families. Besides the establishment of pastoral marital counseling to
Christians, families have continued to face different challenges including high rates of
divorce and family break ups. This study aimed at investigating the pastoral marital
counseling in Africa Inland Church (A.I.C) and Roman Catholic Church (R.C.C) in
Machakos and Nairobi Counties in Kenya. The study was guided by the following
specific objectives: to establish the status of pastoral marital counseling, to assess the
professional level of training of marital pastoral Counselors, to evaluate the content of
pastoral counseling training and to investigate the perception of different categories
of people towards marriage and marital counseling. The study was carried out in
Africa Inland Church (A.I.C) and Roman Catholic Church (R.C.C) in Machakos and
Nairobi Counties in Kenya. Descriptive survey research design was used for the
study. The study targeted church ministers, teachers/instructors in pastoral institution,
married or once married, unmarried, and professional Counselors, Sociologists,
Lawyers and "Administrative" officers. Purposive sampling technique was used to
sample the respondents for the study. Both primary and secondary data was used for
the study. Secondary data was collected through library research while primary data
were collected using questionnaires and interview schedules. Questionnaires were
used to collect data from church ministers, teachers/instructors in training institutions,
married or once married and the unmarried while interview schedules were used to
collect data from the professionals and area administrators. A total of 334 respondents
were targeted by the study including 32 church ministers, 128 married or once
married, 128 unmarried, 20 teachers and instructors from training institutions, 4
chiefs, 4 doctors, 4 family planning officers, 4 Sociologists, 4 Lawyers and 6
professional Counselors. Out of the total targeted population, 248 responded
including 28 church ministers, 94 married or once married, 90 unmarried, 16
Teachers/instructors,3 Chiefs, 2 Doctors, 2 family planning officers, 4 Sociologists, 3
Lawyers and 6 professional Counselors giving a response rate of74%.
 

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