Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Local Church | Watermark Elders
Right, Wrong or 50 Shades of Grey? | Ethridge
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Local Church
Watermark Elders | Chapel
The topic of marriage, divorce and remarriage (MDR) is a major challenge and opportunity in the local church, and most churches don’t know how to biblically walk alongside couples as they process MDR. In this session, the elders of Watermark Community Church will share why and how a church needs an MDR policy, how your MDR policy affects other aspects of your church (e.g. reconciliation, weddings), how Watermark arrived at its MDR policy, what Watermark believes about MDR, and how the church can and should partner with leaders to help shepherd singles and couples in the single, premarried and married stages of life through MDR.
Click here to see Watermark’s MDR statement
Smart Stepfamily Ministry: Preventing Redivorce
Ron Deal | Tower 2nd floor
Traditional family ministries and marriage education programs do very little to equip stepcouples for healthy family living. In fact, some of what they do can be hazardous to blended families. 40% of married couples with children are stepfamilies and it’s predicted that two-thirds will divorce. Come learn what stepfamilies need and how your church can help break the generational cycle of divorce. This breakout will address: the changing face of family life in America, barriers to stepfamily ministry, understanding stepfamilies 101, practical suggestions for ministering to stepcouples and their children, and the essentials of pre-stepfamily counseling.
Premarital Ministry in the Local Church: Playing Good Offense
Scott Kedersha | Tower 3rd floor (Assembly)
One of the keys to a healthy church and community is a strong premarital ministry; we call this playing good offense. What would happen in the local church if we focused our attention on preparing nearlyweds and helping them with more than just their wedding day? Come hear best practices, compelling stories, and how we think this is one of the best ways to strategically change a city and community by preparing couples for marriage. You will learn methods, curriculum and structure as we discuss how to play good offense through building a solid foundation in premarried couples.
Biting and Devouring One Another: Changing Negative Communication Patterns
Scott Stanley | Children’s Building 2A
This breakout covers communication patterns, identified in research, that are associated with marital failure and strategies to help couples manage conflict without destroying oneness. It will include a brief discussion about passages in scripture that warn about the very same patterns that put marriages at risk. Two specific strategies will be shared to help couples manage conflict without damaging their connection: The Speaker-Listener Technique and Time Out.
re|engage: A Ministry Helping Couples Reconnect, Reignite or Resurrect Their Marriage
Susan Cox & Ryan Nixon | Tower 4th floor
re|engage is a ministry that helps couples reconnect, reignite or resurrect their marriage. We have seen God use this ministry to help couples understand the truth of who Christ is and experience a greater oneness within their marriage. In this breakout, you will get a glimpse into the overall vision and purpose of re|engage, while at the same time gaining insight as to what makes this an effective ministry to help individuals and therefore couples find healing and hope.
Right, Wrong or 50 Shades of Grey?
Shannon Ethridge | The Loft
With the cultural sensation of “mommy porn,” couples are exploring new sexual territory like never before, particularly fantasies and fetishes. This breakout explains how sexual fantasies are actually the brain’s way of trying to heal itself from past trauma. “They are NOT a roadmap to future fulfillment, but a roadmap of our rocky past. And because fantasies have deep psychological roots, they can do deep psychological damage if acted upon,” Shannon insists. This breakout will dissect common fantasies and fetishes, demonstrating helpful disciplines and techniques for enhancing marital lovemaking through healthy fantasy.
Establishing Newlyweds for a Lifetime of Oneness and Ministry
Lance Sisco | Tower 3rd floor (Banquet)
Helping couples get established early in their marriage may be the greatest missed opportunity in the local church. Imagine the impact the church could have if we encouraged more experienced couples to invest deeply in newlyweds by allowing their hindsight to become foresight for others. In this breakout we will address how the church can disciple couples through their first few years of marriage. We will discuss curriculum, structure, and give you practical steps to help integrate newly married ministry into your current ministry model.
Prioritizing and Promoting Marriage in the Local Church
Ted Cunningham | Children’s Building 2C
When the church honors and prioritizes marriage, we are able to ignite every child, teen, and single adult with the hope of an amazing marriage. By consistently painting a beautiful picture of a husband and wife enjoying life together, we equip every member of the church to be a marriage advocate for the singles and couples around them. Pastors, ministry directors, teachers, small group leaders and counselors need practical, easy to follow church strategies to increase marriage satisfaction and decrease the divorce rate. Participants will be able to articulate a comprehensive marriage doctrinal statement and incorporate it into every ministry of the church.