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Event: Walking in a Manner Worthy of Our Calling: Honoring Our Most Sacred Relationships

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Untitled-300x241Save the Date! — Tuesday, April 9th

Grant and Jennifer Stenzel are joining with Wheaton Bible Church, Dr. Greg Smalley and a variety of respected professional counselors and pastors from the community to present “Walking in a Manner Worthy of Our Calling: Honoring Our Most Sacred Relationships”.

This day-long workshop will feature Dr. Greg Smalley, the Executive Director of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family. Dr. Smalley is an author and a nationally-recognized conference speaker on topics related to marriage and family care. He will provide morning and afternoon keynote presentations which support a variety of workshops designed to address issues couples and families face within their relationships.

The agenda for the day will follow the timeline below:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Networking, Coffee, and Light Breakfast
9:00 – 10:10 a.m. Dr. Greg Smalley – Walking in Unity (In English/Spanish)
10:10 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Workshops (see choices below)
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Networking Opportunities
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Tim Popadic – Date Night Works
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Dr. Greg Smalley – Walking in Humility (In English/Spanish)
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (see choices below)

Morning and afternoon workshop choices include:

“Pastoral Heartaches and Hope within Marriages and Families” – Pastor Mike of K-LOVE

We live in a very difficult world and it seems there are more pressures on families than ever before.  The pastor’s household is no different.  Not only are they dealing with difficult heartache in their church, but it has now reached epidemic proportions in their own homes.  How can we move from heartache to hope?

“Betrayal and Reconciliation: Dealing with Sexual Sin in Marriage” – Mark and Parvine MacDonald

The MacDonalds will debunk some commonly held myths, address the trauma of betrayal and provide a clear framework for rebuilding trust on the firm foundation of truth. 

“Pornography: Christians’ Drug of Choice (Both Men and Women)” – Marnie Ferree

The use of pornography has a profound negative impact on sexuality, attachment and intimacy within a marriage. This workshop offers an effective approach for restoring relational and sexual health.

“Childhood Sexual Abuse and Its Impact on the Spouse” – Dr. Andrew and Ashley Schmutzer

Along with the well-known struggles that victims of sexual abuse face is the lesser known dynamics that the spouses of survivors also have to deal with. This seminar explores some of the difficult dynamics that can play out in a marriage when one is a survivor of abuse. 

“A Single Calling: God’s Unique Purpose for Singles in Ministry” – Dr. E. Susanne Francis 

In a Christian context that implicitly and explicitly promotes marriage as the ultimate lifestyle, single adults often lack clear visions for God and self-honoring ministry. Dr. E Susanne Francis will discuss the unique potential for single adults within ministry that begins with an understanding of identity and wholeness in Christ. 

“The Pastor & Ministry Leader’s Guide to Marriage and Parenting in a Fishbowl” – Grant and Jennifer Stenzel

How do we balance our call to love and lead our family with our call to minister to our flock? This can be especially challenging while members of our congregation are watching. Grant Stenzel is a former pastor and current counselor along with his wife, Jennifer, who has been a counselor for 15 years.

“Desafío de Amor” (The Love Challenge) – Dr. Alicia La Hoz (in Spanish)

Aprende sobre 7 conversaciones que encienden la chispa del amor. (Learn about seven conversations that will light the spark of love.)

“Enriqueciendo la Relación Matrimonial para Pastores y sus Esposas” (Enhancing Marriage Relationships for Pastors and their Wives) – Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Woehr (in Spanish)

Usted habrá escuchado la frase que dice que el pastor está casado con su congregación.  Este taller examinará el verdadero matrimonio del pastor, desafíos para esa singular relación, y cómo lograr que el matrimonio florezca sin perder de vista las demandas del ministerio en la Iglesia. (You have heard the phrase about the pastor being married to the church. This workshop will examine the pastor’s true marriage, challenges for that unique relationship, and how to make that marriage blossom without losing sight of the demands of ministry in the Church.)  

Should you be interested in registering, you may click here to do so online.

Cost: $20 (Early)/$25 for Students/Pastors $39 (Early)/$49 after 2/28/13

We thank you for your consideration of this event, feel like it will be a spectacular day for many and look forward to seeing you there!