Unleashing Lay Leaders to do the Work of Marriage Ministry | Kedersha/Sisco
Marriage Ministry made simple | Savage
Unleashing Lay Leaders to do the Work of Marriage Ministry
Scott Kedersha & Lance Sisco | Children’s Building breakout rooms 1 & 2
It can be challenging to attend a conference and experience the excitement of what could be, only to get back home and realize you are on your own. However, what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if you could begin to shepherd couples in your church to become ambassadors for marriage? In this breakout we will discuss the importance of creating a leadership culture in marriage ministry, giving you practical wisdom to help you recruit, train, develop and unleash lay leaders to do the work of the ministry.
Marriage Ministry made simple
Andy Savage | Tower 4th floor
Most churches have very limited resources for marriage ministry, much less for a marriage ministry department! In this breakout we will present a simple marriage ministry model for churches of every size and budget. The session will include great ideas on premarital ministry, date night events, help for couples in crisis, micro-conferences, sermon series and creative ideas on how to communicate to your community.
Helping Couples Survive an Affair: 10 Truths to Help Those in Crisis
Susan Cox | Chapel
Infidelity is just as prevalent inside the church as it is outside. The statistics are staggering as adultery is on the rise. How the church responds should be markedly different from our culture. Can a marriage survive an affair? Yes! In this breakout, you will walk away with 10 truths as well as practical steps to help couples discover the hope we have in Christ when life and marriage seem hopeless.
Sexual Saints: Understanding and Unleashing the Spiritual Power of Sex
Gary Thomas | The Loft
Sex will either greatly bless or agonizingly frustrate most couples. How can we help spouses care about their sexual relationship as much as God does? In this breakout, we will talk about the astonishing way that God celebrates sex, explain the neurochemical intimacy resulting from sex, intentionally highlight the relational purpose behind sex, and commit ourselves to preserve and protect the Divine intention behind sex.
A Proactive Marriage Strategy for Your Church
Ted Lowe | Tower 2nd floor
You married Rob and Jane four years ago. Now they’re in your office, on the verge of divorce. What went wrong? And what if, instead of only doing triage for marriages in crisis, your church could develop a ministry to reach couples long before they’re falling apart? This is possible, no matter your church size or budget. Explore the strategies we’ve discovered by investing time and resources to help every couple in your church build a firm foundation and pursue connection on a consistent basis.
Sliding vs. Deciding: Unleashing the Power of Commitment in Marriage
Scott Stanley | Tower 3rd floor (Banquet)
Is commitment relevant but just plain boring? No. Commitment is great and is the foundation for success in marriage. From hooking up, to living together, to having a child before marriage, life-altering transitions now frequently happen before commitment matures between two young adults. Sliding through important transitions weakens the formation of commitment for marriage. After highlighting key findings from his research on cohabitation, Scott will focus on two aspects of commitment in marriage ministry: how to talk with singles about risks related to cohabitation, and how to help married couples act on commitment to preserve lasting love.
The Missing Piece in Marriage Ministry: Empowering People to Love with Christ’s Heart of Humility
Ron Deal | Tower 3rd floor (Assembly)
Have you ever wondered why some couples are able to implement what they are taught about healthy marriages and others can’t? Why some people can utilize skills, but others never put them into practice? Or why some couples remain stuck in unhealthy patterns and others break out of them? There is a condition of the heart that marriage ministry has not sufficiently encouraged. Unless we teach this fundamental Biblical principle—and make it central to our training—transformation will remain unlikely for many couples and our efforts at marriage ministry will have limited impact. To empower couples to love we must foster humility. This breakout includes practical case studies and core teaching concepts, and will be useful for premarital training, counseling, and marriage ministry with all types of couples.