Marble Retreat Summary of Research
More than 1200 alumni who had attended Marble Retreat during the preceding 25 years were surveyed during 2001. More than 700 alumni (a 57% response rate) revealed that:
- The Marble program is effective for many types of problems:
Participants came to Marble with a broad range of problems that spanned marital, emotional, sexual, addictive, and ministry problems.
- Those in ministry may be struggling with serious issues:
The top issues addressed by participants were: communication problems (64% of attendees), lack of emotional intimacy (37%), burnout (41%), depression (46%), self-concept (39%), anger (43%), stress (49%), and infidelity (22%).
- The Marble program is able to meet the counseling needs of both marital partners:
Men and women both ranked the program as equally effective.
- Clergy and spouses who attend Marble often have deeply felt needs:
Prior to the Marble program, 57% of participants said that they were functioning in the “Very Poor” to “Poor” range.
- The Marble program can help even when other counseling had failed:
60% of participants had tried counseling for their problems before attending Marble, but most felt that it had made “no change in my problem” or only “made things a little better.”
- The Marble Retreat program was highly effective:
Regardless of the issue(s) for which they came, 60% of the participants ranked the Marble program as “made things a lot better” regarding the problem(s) for which came.
- Participants reported real change:
Marble participants reported that the impact of the Marble program had a long-term impact in their lives, and more than 95% indicated that they sustained or kept the positive emotional gains that they made while in the program.
- Extensive group and individual therapy are central to the Marble program:
The two most important features of the Marble program were endorsed by those surveyed as group and individual therapy. “Acceptance by the Marble staff and fellow participants” ranked 3rd.
- Clergy struggles span every denomination:
Marble Retreat has successfully helped clergy from more than 60 separate denominations. The program was rated as equally effective regardless of denominational background.
- Participants may combine more than one funding source:
In order to meet the financial costs, many participants combined 2 or more sources of funding from the following: self-pay, scholarship from Marble, health insurance, and contributions from one’s church/mission organization, friends, and family.