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This ministry focus paper presents the importance of forgiveness, specifically as it relates to troubled Korean immigrant couples of the Baby-boom generation. The paper is describes and discusses the marriage counseling program conducted within the Korean immigrant community of Los Angeles by Calvary Mission Church.

The history of this church in Los Angeles and its marriage counseling program, the Counseling Education Institute for Korean Marriage and Family, are presented. The unique historical and cultural characteristics of the local Korean immigrant population are discussed, with special attention to the cultural background of Korean immigrants and the challenge of marriage counseling work. For instance, the background of Confucianism and its traditional teachings about marriage and family create difficulties for Korean immigrant couples attempting to adapt to life in the United States and for marriage counselors to work with them.

The biblical and theological importance of forgiveness is discussed, with special emphasis on the centrality of forgiveness to the ministry of Christ, and its continuing deep significance for all Christians, including troubled Korean immigrant boomer couples. It is argued that forgiveness, along with repentance and reconciliation, is a key biblical solution for resolving marital conflict. A three-step model of forgiveness is also included, incorporating repentance and reconciliation.

Initiating and maintaining changes of thoughts are examined. Identifying and diagnosing marital conflicts and their remedies are provided. Maximizing forgiveness allows spouses to embody sincere forgiveness by using two procedures. The content and practices of a three-day marriage retreat are described in detail, as are follow-up procedures used to enhance and extend the practices of forgiveness in the participants’ daily lives.

Content Reader: Brad Stenberg, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Stenberg, Brad

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Calvary Mission Church (Los Angeles, Calif.); Protestant churches; Forgiveness of sin; Church work with Korean Americans; Church work with the baby boom generation; Marriage


Missions and World Christianity


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