Divorce Recovery for Churches

The Starting Over Workshop provides help and healing for those going through one of life’s most difficult experiences. They don’t need go through divorce or separation alone. You can help.

Starting Over gave me hope for the future and helped me process my disappointment and heal. – Tamara

I was feeling desperate, but Starting Over gave me hope and direction at a time I was totally lost. – Wade
Starting Over changed my life perspective forever. – Gary
It was great to realize I was not alone and that many others were experiencing the same pain and struggles. – Amy

About the Ministry Kit

The Ministry Kit provides the tools to offer an effective, ongoing ministry to those hurting from the loss of a significant relationship, including separation and divorce. This six-session Starting Over workshop combines a relevant message with small group discussion.

Speaker and founder Mark Skalberg ministers from his experience of personal loss. Offering a Christian perspective, this proven relationship recovery program helps individuals practically process their loss and its impact on the parents and children emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Designed to be effectively lay led, each session helps individuals process the turmoil, shock and adjustments resulting from broken relationships

The Starting Over Workshop Kit will help you to equip others to move forward with their lives in spite of their pain, disappointment and circumstances.

Over the last twenty years, Starting Over has provided over five thousand people practical life-giving guidelines. The workshop leads them through the grieving process to experience real hope and healing that lasts.The workbooks include an outline for note taking for each video session.

The Leadership Guide curriculum also includes videos facilitator training, training notes and small group questions to help you to walk others through the healing process. Publicity materials are also part of the kit.


Matt Heard
Former Senior Pastor, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Colorado Springs

“In our journeys as flawed men and women, we are presented — under the umbrella of God’s grace — with countless challenges to “start over” in the face of brokenness. And few arenas of brokenness are more painful or puzzling than splintered or shattered relationships, which can quickly paralyze people in a prison of numbness and even despair.

Through his “Starting Over” workshops, Mark Skalberg has done a masterful job of developing a tool in which people, standing on the threshold of decision regarding whether they will try to start over after a painful relationship, can taste both the grace and truth of God.

Healing, hope and a renewed sense of redeemed purpose have been the result for thousands of people over the years who have gone through the workshop. It’s a resource I’ve seen God use significantly and I’m grateful more and more people are experiencing it.”

Wade Brown
Executive Director Rocky Mountain, Pastor Serve

“When I was six years old, my father left my mother, me and three siblings. That was over forty years ago. To this day, I can still remember bits and pieces of the pain, questions and uncertainty that we, and especially my mother faced, for the days ahead. How do you begin again?

Honestly, my mother didn’t know. Countless people today, after coming through such an ordeal, don’t know the answer to that question.

Fortunately, there is an way to begin again, and Starting Over provides the path. Thousands of others have discovered hope and deep healing by walking this path. You can too. It’s time to move forward, isn’t it?”

Paul Zigan
EQuiping Pastor, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Colorado Springs, Co

“What could be better than seeing a person’s life rescued from the pit of despair and discouragement of a painful divorce to a place of hope and healing? “Starting Over” has been used to accomplish just that for thousands of people over two decades.

This time-tested and proven workshop is now available in DVD form, and after seeing the impact it has had first-hand, I highly recommend it to individuals, small groups, and churches everywhere.”

Dr. Barry Ham
Marriage and Family Therapist, Author of “God Understands Divorce”

“As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I see the pain and devastation that occurs in the lives of families as a result of divorce. Many times people find themselves feeling broken, flawed, and unusable. These individuals need to know that God is not done with them yet. He desires to redeem their pain and give them what they need to start again. Mark and his “Starting Over” program offer this kind of hope and possibility to people.”

Don Pape
Vice President of Trade Publishing, David C. Cook

“In a culture that downplays family and marriage, Mark has come in and provided a balm for those feeling the pain of brokenness – for adults and children alike, Starting Over is just the salve required.”