Programs & Events
As we plan marriage health and wellness programs and events, or find out about ones that are organized by others, we will post information about them here for your consideration. We hope you find one or more that is of value to you.
A marriage tune-up is a short session designed to help keep marriages healthy. Each session is focused on a topic that is important to the marriage relationship. Registration is required so that we have enough materials for all attending. Review the schedule below and register for each tune-up, or for the ones that are of most interest to you. We hope to see you there!
January 2020 Tune-Up
Marriage Destination 2020
It’s that time of year when setting goals is top of mind. Many couples don’t take the time to discuss and write down goals for their marriage, and yet it can be a great way to grow closer together and see dreams realized. During this session, couples will be guided through a series of topics and questions to help them determine their desire and goals for their marriage by the end of this year.
Thursday, January 8 at 7:00 pm. Register
March 2020 Tune-Up
Prioritizing Your Marriage
For a marriage to be healthy, it needs be our top priority, second only to our relationship with God. Children, work, technology, housework, and social activities can creep into our marriages so that we have little left to give our spouse. It’s easy to allow other things to take priority and when they do, not only is the marriage affected, but usually many other areas of life are as well. During this session, we will discuss how to keep marriage a priority in the midst of the busyness of life.
May 2020 Tune-Up
The Forgiving Spouse
Grace. Mercy. Forgiveness. We associate these things with God, but how do they show up in your marriage? When two imperfect people come together in marriage, they are going to offend each other at some point. If grace, mercy, and forgiveness are not a regular part of the marriage relationship, there is an undercurrent that causes division and is at the root of many divorces. During this session, we will discuss how grace, mercy, and forgiveness can be integrated into marriage to keep it healthy.
July 2020 Tune-Up
A Marriage of Multi-dimensional Intimacy
For a marriage to be healthy, it’s important for couples to connect with each other on many levels. During this session, we will discuss the various aspects of intimacy – emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and, yes, physical. We will share content from The Naked Marriage
by Dave and Ashley Willis (as well as other sources) to help couples understand how they can connect with each other deeply.
September 2020 Tune-Up
What's Underneath Conflict?
Conflict in marriage is inevitable. It’s not how much a couple fights, but how they fight that matters. One thing that helps improve how they fight is a better understanding of what’s underneath conflict. During this session we will share and discuss motivations and behaviors when things are going well and how they shift during conflict. We will use a tool to help individuals identify their motivations and behaviors, then compare them with their spouse’s. They will explore how recognizing the differences can help them have healthier conflict.
Sunday, September 6 at 10:00 am. Register Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. Register
November 2020 Tune-Up
How a husband and wife communicate with each other strongly influences how they feel about their marriage. While there are a number of barriers to effective communication, it usually only takes a few relatively small changes (done consistently) for the relationship to improve. During this session, we will share some proven strategies that a couple can use to improve communication.
Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 10:00 am. Register Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm. Register
Weekend to Remember
FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® is a two-and-a-half day getaway weekend that is a time to be together as a couple to invest in and strengthen the foundation of your marriage, no matter how firm or fragile it is. By getting away from the distractions of life, you can fortify your most important relationship and work toward building wonderful memories together, for decades to come.
Weekend to Remember is not a large group counseling session or small group discussion. You won't be asked to share intimate details of your relationship with anyone. You will listen to engaging talks from marriage experts, then take private time alone with your spouse to work on the concepts you studied. When you leave, you will have an assortment of powerful, Christ-centered communication tools to use for years to come. Coming back to Columbus, Ohio April 3-5, 2020
Register by January 27 using our group name (ForEachOther) at checkout and receive 50% ($175) off your registration as a couple. This discount applies to any date and location.
For more information, including dates and locations for the getaways, and to register, visit the FamilyLife website
. When you register, be sure to use our group name (ForEachOther)
at checkout to receive $100 off your registration as a couple.
Gary Chapman Speaking Events
Whether you’re looking for a weekend conference, a romantic evening out, or a full-blown vacation, Dr. Gary Chapman offers a variety of speaking events designed to help you and your loved one put the wisdom of The 5 Love Languages
® into practice. Every year, thousands of couples nationwide attend to build on the principles of The 5 Love Languages
® and to gain new insight into their relationships. Click here
for event dates and locations.
Gary Thomas Speaking Events
Gary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker whose ministry brings people closer to Christ and closer to others. He unites the study of Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships within the Christian community. Marriage books include Cherish
, Sacred Marriage
, and Lifelong Love
. Click here
for dates and locations of speaking events for these and other topics.
XO Marriage Conference
Put on by Marriage Today
, XO Conference is a one or two-day experience that provides expert marriage advice and practical teachings to help couples navigate their marriage journey. You’ll hear from Christian marriage expert Jimmy Evans, Dave and Ashley Willis, and many other leading speakers about the secrets to a healthy, thriving marriage. At XO, you can expect dynamic teachings, worship, and an inspiring environment that will help you and your spouse escape the ordinary and build a strong marriage. For more information and to register, click here
Jay and Laura Laffoon
Jay and Laura offer a variety of fun and funny events for married couples, including cruises, The Ultimate Date Night, and the Celebrate Your Marriage conference. Visit their website
to for dates and locations.
Marriage Date Night
Laugh and have fun as a couple, while learning things that can help keep your marriage healthy and strong. For dates and locations, and to register click here
Soul Healing Groups for Women
REGISTRATTION CLOSED. Check back in the future for new dates in 2020. Julaine will facilitate discussion for women to journey together for 11 weeks through Dr. Tammy Smith's video, book, and workbook. We will read the book, view the video series based on the book, and delve into our own “stuff” through an individual workbook. In addition, we will look to encounter Jesus through some experiential exercises, music, and different models of prayer. Cost is $35 which covers the cost of the book, video guide, workbook, and other supplies used during the 11-week experience.
Wild at Heart Groups for Men
REGISTRATION CLOSED. Check back in the future for new dates in 2020. Doug will facilitate discussion for groups of men to go on an adventure together for 8 weeks through John Eldredge's video, book, and workbook.
Blended Family Group
REGISTRATION CLOSED. Check back in the future for new dates in 2020. Doug and Julaine will facilitate discussion and bring their experience in blending families during this 8-week small group, starting Sept. 22. Ron L. Deal, director of FamilyLife Blended™ and one of the nation's leading experts on Christian stepfamilies, will share (via video) seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provide practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily.