Looking for Enthusiastic, Grhasta Couples
Posted December 5, 2004
The Grhasta Vision Team is a North American group of devotees who work as professional counselors. We have been working together for almost two years and have put together a number of initiatives designed to strengthen, enliven and support vaishnavas serving in the grhasta ashram. We have the support and blessings of the ISKCON North American Spiritual Strategic Planning Council. These initiatives are now ready to roll out across the U.S.A. and Canada. We are looking for enthusiastic grhasta couples to work with us as local partners. We welcome you to become involved. Your involvement is absolutely necessary to our success!
- Mentor Program: Grhasta couples are invited to become mentors for newly married couples or couples having difficulty in their marriages. Mentors have been married 8-10 years, are devotees in good standing, are committed to their marital relationship and enjoy friendly and caring interaction with others. Mentoring strengthens families and communities. It creates a culture of respect and friendship between older and younger couples, and is a potent and valuable preaching tool. Other religious groups have found great success in their mentoring programs. We provide excellent training, on-going support and networking for mentor couples.
- Marriage Training: We have put together a three day Marriage Training Course: Strengthening the Bonds that Free Us. We need many teachers. This course is most effective if taught by a mature grhasta couple but we are open to training other presenters. Teachers must have taken the VTE ( Vaishnava Training and Education ) Teacher Training Course. Our goal is to present this course in every community. We will train you how to effectively present this important and enlivening Marriage Training Course. Teacher and student manuals have been prepared. VTE Teacher Training sessions are also being arranged.
- Covenant: We are promoting a Vaishnava Marriage Covenant within our North American temples. This Covenant is a document signed by temple leaders and GBCs, which expresses their commitment to promote healthy, spiritually based marriages within their respective communities. We need grhasta couples to work with their local management to make this commitment a reality. Temple managers cant do this alone. Local activities might include promoting the Mentor Program, making sure the Marriage Training Course is taught, finding professional pre-marital counseling in your area, starting support groups for householders, women or youth, organizing social events where devotees can get together and feel like part of a community etc. Your activities will be reported on our website to inspire and enthuse others.
Enlivening Srila Prabhupadas grhasta family is certainly a most rewarding and spiritually fulfilling service. Strong families and communities will mean a strong ISKCON. Please become part of our team and become a grhasta preacher in your area. There are so many ways in which you can be involved.
We are looking forward to hearing from you. All glories to Srila Prabhupadas grhasta family!
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