While this is a painful time in your life, we are honored that you might spend this portion of your healing effort with us. We hope that you will feel comfortable here among us.

We offer Divorce Recovery Seminar Sessions as a part of your healing. It is available for our people, but most participants will be from the broader community. As such, we will not be pushing the general program of our church unduly. However, you are welcome at all church activities. We would love to talk further about Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church with you. There is an information display with brochures and flyers about many of our programs and ministries in our church lobby. Please feel free to email Dr. Qualls or call (404) 591-4341 for more information.

Who attends Divorce Recovery Seminar Sessions?

All ages of men and women who are either separated or divorced are welcome in our group. Many will come to us on referral from their therapists or counselors. It will not replace good therapy, but does supplement it nicely.

What will we do?

The format will include both large and small group interactions. Together, we’ll watch a brief video segment. In smaller groups, discussion and support occurs. Weekly reading assignments will prepare group members for the upcoming sessions. Occasionally, live speakers will lead on topics such as anger, self-esteem and relationships.

When do you offer Divorce Recovery?

Groups will run at least twice a year, normally in winter and fall. Watch the church publications and this page, for specific updates. Groups are open to church members and to the community. Please pre-register with us if you intend to participate.

How much time does it take?

Our program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 8:00 p.m.  We will be prompt in observing this time frame.  The group will meet one night a week — Wednesday — for eight weeks.

How much does it cost?

A $50 fee helps us to recoup some costs associated with the program. This fee includes your book, Growing Through Divorce by Jim Smoke.

How will I make the weekly schedule work?

Our Wednesday evening meal is served from 5:00–6:15 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. The Fellowship Hall is located just upstairs as you enter the main building. Please feel free to take advantage if it will help you to make your schedule work better. We hope that you’ll enjoy the fellowship!

How do I sign up?

Contact Charles Qualls at (404) 591-4341. He will respond and brief you on the specifics of the upcoming group. Do you have a friend who might attend with you? Have them call, too. We look forward to meeting you.

Divorce Helps

What started as a gap-filling resource for my ministry has become a starting place for enrichment that I hope will be helpful.

I had books, articles and helpful websites galore! They are the real backbone of my information. But still, something was missing. I needed a piece to hand to people that would sketch out some basic thoughts in a quick, non-threatening fashion. For those of you who work with pre-marital, married or divorcing persons, you now have Marriage Helps and Divorce Helps. These quick, 2-page guides started as a way to overview some key life issues with my couples and divorcees. Because I work with a high volume of each, I had found a need for something that human beings will actually read!

Indeed, each of these topics could be an expansive book. Or a website unto itself. But I find that on introduction, folks just aren’t going to sit down and give that level of focus to a topic unless guided in. That’s what these pages do. They act almost like a relational “mirror” that my marriage and divorce participants can hold up in front of themselves. They are written conversationally in an attempt to connect and inspire. Often, these pages become dialogue-starters in the next session after they’ve been read. The participant comes back in and references a key thought from one of these topics and wants to talk more. Then we have something to work with!

I hope you’ll find them to be a bridge you can use to inspire further thought or conversation. Perhaps you’ll find something here that we need to sit down and talk about. Let me know!