Marriage Seminars & Retreats


Enjoying Our Friendship In Marriage

We were designed to both enjoy and be enjoyed in our marriage. But a common dilemma of many couples is that we lose sight of that enjoyment in the busyness and responsibilities of life. It doesn't mean we stop loving each other, but we are often so busy taking care of things that we stop caring for our friendship. We forget how to play, how to enjoy our time together. 

This seminar is designed to take a focused look at the value of friendship in marriage. Couples attending the seminar will leave with practical tools for strengthening their friendship.

Session topics include:

  • Understanding the value of friendship in marriage.
  • Reclaiming the time!
  • Enjoying our time together.
  • Communicating as friends.

 

One of a Kind Us (Growing Together in Our Personality Differences)

Similarities are important to a marriage. It is easy to understand and accept those aspects of our spouse we can relate to. However, the depth of our relationship depends on the degree to which we understand, accept, and care for our differences.

In this seminar, Mike and Becky help couples understand  the different aspects of personality, as well as specific ways we can deepen our connection through our differences.

Session topics include:

  • How We Communicate
  • How We Recharge
  • How Connect
  • How We Order Our World

Here's what couples have said after participating in the personality seminar:

  • "After 30 years of what I consider a 'good marriage,' I am coming away with a better understanding of my spouse."
  • "I feel like I have just gotten an instruction manual on him. I wish I'd known this years ago!"
  • "I really liked the relaxed approach. The teaching was fun and enjoyable, and I believe it will greatly benefit our marriage."

 

The Early Years: Unpacking the Things That Matter Most

You're married and moving into your first place. Whether you rent or buy, it is yours. It is the beginning of you as a married couple. And as you unpack all your stuff you are creating your own style, your look- as a couple. While it is a wonderful thing, it can be a little challenging.  Even more challenging is the fact that we are also unpacking some things we do not even see.

We all come into marriage with some "boxes" filled with expectations and normals that we may not even realize until we get into the day to day of married life.  What we "unpack" and how we "unpack" them will greatly impact our sense of being in it together as a couple.

In this seminar Mike and Becky walk engaged and early married couples through the process of unpacking their expectations and beliefs about marriage.

Session topics include:

  • Shaping our identity:  We're in it together.
  • Unpacking our "normals."
  • Unpacking our conflict styles.
  • Developing a shared approach to conflict.
  • Moving from "me" to" we": Protecting our relationship.

 

What You See Is What You Get (Choosing Hope In Marriage)

Hope, or lack of it, is expressed in our marriage on a daily basis through our communication and the way we view our spouse. In this seminar, Mike and Becky discuss how our outlook on life strengthens our marriage, based on 1 Corinthians 13:7, "Love hopes all things."

  • Couples will learn practical ways they can build hope and encourage their spouse's heart.
  • They will learn to identify situations where a lack of hope can create distortions.
  • And they will be challenged to practice safe ways of communicating in order to see their spouse more clearly.