Cultivating Connections 2018

Our second regional marriage conference was held on Friday, September 28 & Saturday, September 29 in West Lafayette, IN. Over 65 couples of all ages from 23 churches gathered to strengthen their marriage relationships together.

Connecting. It’s what we do as a society. We connect on Instagram, Facebook, and around our churches and communities. But do we connect with our spouse? Do you not only know your spouse, but do you connect with your spouse emotionally, spiritually and physically? And as we intentionally connect with our spouse, how does that affect the Body of Christ?

Topics Included:

Ideals of Marriage:  Handout  Audio
This introductory main session focused on the shifting definition which culture has been applying to traditional marriage, and how the truths of the Bible speak to the true ideals of marriage as God has designed it.

Nurturing Joy in Marriage:  Handout   Booklet   Audio
Joy in marriage is a powerful bonding agent. This session walked through several simple, practical, and yet profound ways in which joy can be nurtured in marriages each day.

Strengthening Emotional Connections:  Handout  Audio
This main session focused on raising the awareness of the need for emotional connection within a couple’s relationship. It walked through key concepts and strategies for strengthening this connection with your spouse.

Gospel-Centered Marriage:   Handout  Titus 3   Gospel-rich Bible texts   Effects of the Gospel
Marriage is a living testimony of the Gospel. Learning to speak the Gospel to each other holds wonderful health and hope for our marriages.

Developing Spiritual Union: Handout Packet
Enrich your Spiritual Union in this workshop. Engage with your spouse in activities designed to create focus and intimacy in the areas of: Scripture, Prayer, Worship, Fellowship and Service.

Attachment Styles in Marriage: Handout  Audio
Attachment styles are impacted by early childhood experiences and shape our behavior, beliefs, and expectations in marriage. This counselor’s session will help participants identify their own and their spouse’s attachment style, while also understanding how these styles impact how they relate as a couple.

Communication 101: Handout  Audio
Healthy dialogue through differences is critical to deepening the marriage relationship. This session will focus on applying simple yet profound communication principles to your marriage relationship. Participants will learn from a counselor practical skills to help navigate difficult conversations.

The Balancing Act of Marriage:  Handout  Audio  Document
Our spiritual walk, job demands, kids, in-laws, family and friends, homes, etc. can all demand a difficult juggling act.  This husband-wife team of 30 years will examine the principles of boundaries for keeping that which is good in while keeping the harmful out.

Sexuality in Marriage:  Handout  Audio
This counselor’s presentation focuses on five practical steps couples can take to enhance their sexual relationship. Couples of all ages can benefit from intentionally focusing on ways to strengthen and protect their sexual relationship and experience God’s design for sexuality in their marriage.

Staying Connected While Parenting:  Handout  Audio
Parenting requires a great deal of our energy and focus. Often there are not enough hours in the day or enough energy left to connect with our spouses. Learn practical ways from a husband-wife team to purposefully carve out time and stay connected through different seasons of parenting.

Date Nights & Intentionality: Handout  Audio
Has your marriage become routine? Schedules dictating each event? Has the newness of engagement and first love become ho-hum? Learn from this wife and from each other on how intentionality can put the fun back in your marriage and the spark back in your relationship!

The Sanctification of Marriage: Handout  Audio
Why doesn’t she understand me? Why is he so frustrating to me? Marriage can bring us face-to-face with the uniqueness of how God has designed ourselves and our spouse. This husband-wife team will equip you to think about marriage as a key sanctifying agent in your life.

Building Up Marriages: Handout  Audio
God refines our marriages not just for ourselves but also so we can bless others. This session will look at practical ways to encourage, challenge, and mentor other marriages in your church family and community.





A big thank you to the West Lafayette Church for hosting and partnering with ACCFS!