Introduction to ReEngage - John McGee and Mark McLemore - Room 302
Re|engage is a Christ-centered marriage ministry with a goal of connecting people to Jesus, while enriching or restoring their marriage. Marriages in any condition can benefit, whether the couple needs to reconnect, reignite or resurrect their marriage. Learn about the re|engage vision and program structure, and how God is using this ministry to change lives and marriages across the country.
Five Days to a New Marriage - Ryan Gernand - Room 301
Can a marriage really change in five days? Five Days to a New Marriage helps couples recognize how almost every marital conflict comes from the same place: a pattern of emotional pain buried deep within every husband and wife. When couples recognize this cycle, then learn to replace it with more marriage-affirming patterns, the results are breathtaking. Tired, predictable arguments transform into life-giving interactions. Relationships are changed forever.
Helping People Change - Tim Russo - Room 300
The gospel is a message of hope and change. Those in marriage ministry want to help husbands and wives grow into the men and women God desires them to be. Yet, how to help people along this growth path can be difficult. Many times, we simply tell people what they should do without understanding the process that each person must go through for effective change to occur. In this session, Helping People Change, you will gain insight into the change process and learn practical tools to help couples move forward in their marriage. You will learn how to help couples identify obstacles and how to overcome them.
Working with Your Pastor - Trayd Neeley - Room 308
Ministry is what we do as the church. So how do we take a ministry that is on our heart and do something with it? How do we get our pastor to ‘buy in?’ In this session we’ll address some of the more common questions about getting a marriage ministry started in our church. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from the heart of a pastor about what pastors are looking for in ministries and ministry leaders.
Starting Marriage Strong - Danny Panter - Room 310
Marriage is a challenge not because there is a flaw in God’s design but because of sin. When two broken people get married there is a 100 percent guarantee there will be tension and conflict at many points along the way. With this hard truth in mind, how can we encourage couples to start their marriage strong? This breakout will explore ways we can prepare and encourage couples to do just that.
Introduction to Married People - Ryan Gernand - Room 301
Married People gives you plug-and-play marriage resources you can share with the married couples in your church and community.Married People has a different approach when it comes to marriage ministry, but we promise to make things clear every step of the way.
Introduction to Prepare/Enrich - Carlos and Nora Rodiguez - Room 300
PREPARE ENRICH is one of the very best online relationship assessment programs on the market today. It assesses strength & growth areas within the relationship of a couple and opens doors for deeper conversation based on their own personal answers. At least ten different relationship categories are measured in a way that identifies growth and strength areas and addresses them in a manner that is easy to understand. A trained facilitator uses a report resulting from the assessment to provide beneficial and specific feedback to the couple through scheduled discussion sessions. PREPARE ENRICH is a great way to prepare for or begin a marriage, as well as enrich a good marriage!
Soul Care for those in Marriage Ministry - Dave Galbraith - Room 308
Passion and energy run deep and strong in those of us who serve in marriage ministry. Out of our own redemption stories we are paying it forward to help and serve others. It is our Sweet Spot! This fills our emotional and physical cups…until it doesn’t! All of us know what it is like to minister out of an “empty cup”. Questions we will address are: What do we do to responsibly care for our own souls? How do we keep spiritually revitalized? What do we do intentionally to not set ourselves up to “hit a wall” in ministry? This session will give practical and Biblical insight, ideas and encouragement to help sustain ministry and ‘not grow weary in doing good’ (Gal. 6:9).
Helping Military Marriages in the Local Church - Raul Benitez - Room 310
Understanding the unique pressures and stresses that Military Marriages face and how you can engage military families in your church.
Marriage Mentoring - Mark McLemore - Room 302
D.A.R.E Marriage Mentoring (in partnership with Love & Respect) Do you and your spouse desire to help other married couples who are struggling or in crisis, but you feel unqualified and ill-equipped to help them? D.A.R.E. to be Different Marriage Mentoring has the answer. D.A.R.E. [Discover issues, ask great questions, require action, evaluate the progress] provides tools, training, and a step by step process that prepares lay couples for mentoring. In this breakout, you will learn the components of this program and how easy it is to implement this mentoring approach in your church or ministry.
Introduction to SYMBIS - Carlos and Nora Rodriguez - Room 300
Marriages can be built on more than a hope and a prayer. The SYMBIS Assessment gives couples a personalized road map to making their marriage everything it was meant to be. The SYMBIS Assessment just may be the most important thing a couple can do for their relationship. They can discover everything they need to know about: Personalities - discover strengths both bring to marriage, Love Life - cultivate deeper intimacy and lifelong passion, Fight Types - discover “hot topics," Talk Styles - crack the code for heartfelt and lasting connections, Deepest Longing - create the ultimate soul-to-soul connection, and Money Methods - kick financial worries to the curb and deepen their connection.
Helping Marriages in Crisis - Jon Anderson - Room 310
By the time someone comes to you for help in their marriage, it is likely that marriage is already in crisis, and our attempts to help are usually futile. After working with thousands of couples in this situation, we have discovered that there are several key "do's" and "don'ts" for handling these situations. Session 1 describes the crucial dynamics involved and Session 2 explains how to work within these dynamics for a success rate that far surpasses traditional approaches.
Introduction to Marriage First Responder Training - Robert and Donna Lagoudis - Room 308
When approached by a friend or family member contemplating divorce, how would you address their situation? Participants will learn fundamentals of how to be a "First Responder" for divorce intervention and leverage Faith-Based Discernment Counseling. Discernment counseling training gives you the tools to help couples before they sign divorce papers. The right questions at the right time can help couples consider why they are where they are, how they got there, and, whether or not they actually want a divorce. Most really don't, but their pride gets in the way. You can help couples at this crossroads see the ramifications of their decisions and puts the brakes on the wheels of divorce.
Starting a Marriage Ministry in Your Church - Tim Russo - Room 301
Does your church have a marriage ministry? For most churches, marriage ministry is sporadic. They may schedule a marriage event or a small group study (which goes very well) but may not have another marriage event for several months or even years. Churches that are intentional about helping couples choose to establish an ongoing year-round marriage ministry to help couples in every stage of marriage. Marriage ministry focuses on three primary areas: Preparing for marriage, enriching Marriages, and restoring marriages in crisis. Your marriage ministry should include a ministry team and a year-round ministry strategy. This breakout session will give you practical steps for starting and/or enhancing your marriage ministry.
Introduction to Couple Story Workshop - Carl Caton - Room 308
Couples Story Workshop is a unique one-day event that takes couples on a journey to discover how God is using their marriage as a vehicle to bring about greater intimacy with Him, transformation within and a message of hope to the world. In today’s session, learn more about this engaging seminar that equips couples to honestly share their marital story in a brief, compelling manner. If you are seeking to foster deeper relationships among couples in your church, jump start your marriage ministry, promote an atmosphere of authenticity in your congregation or merely offer couples a wonderful enrichment opportunity, Couples Story Workshop is for you!
Helping Blended Family Marriages - Ken Hicks - Room 302
Navigating life as a "Blended Family" engages circumstances, emotions and situations that are often unique! Serving our spouse within the covenant of marriage can be difficult, and then many add children to the mix. Now factor another home, with its own expectations, rules and input ... and it's no wonder we often wonder how ANYONE [us, the kids, or the other home] can survive, much less thrive. So what do we do? How do we develop strategic, intentional prayers and strategy in our home, knowing the kids are also receiving instruction and input somewhere else too? What do we do when the kids play both sides against one another [or simply play the victim card all the time]? He/She is not paying child-support, and we are hemorrhaging financially? Expectations in our home are radically different than our child(ren) are being told is acceptable from the other home? ... and SO much more! These are things that Marriage Mentors & Counselors are navigating every day, and we will talk about some ideas, tools and experiences that might help when working w/couples/families experiencing a Blended Family.
The Gospel and Marriage - Danny Panter - Room 300
How does the Gospel give shape to marriage, whether healthy or broken? How about marriage ministry? The Gospel not only gives us the big picture of marriage, but also provides us the practical means to do it well. This discussion driven breakout will evaluate the role of the Gospel in marriage and ministry, while also identifying key ways to implement Gospel truths into a growing program.