Cultivating Connections 2020

Our fourth annual marriage conference was held on Friday, Sept. 11 & Saturday, Sept. 12 in Bluffton, IN. Marriages were encouraged and strengthened through learning, reflection, and fellowship. ACCFS provided another opportunity to "Cherish" your marriage connection through this marriage conference. Similar to the past, the Cultivating Connections conferences are open to marriages of all seasons and consist of new topics shared in a combination of main sessions and smaller breakouts. 

Forty-five couples of all ages from Bluffton gathered in-person and over 400 couples joined us virtually to strengthen their marriage relationships together.

To cherish (verb):
1to hold dear: feel or show affection for
2to keep or cultivate with care and affection: NURTURE
3to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely: still cherishes that memory


Main Sessions

The Value of Cherishing: Handout  Video  Audio
Before we can cherish something, we must value it. Surely, we value our marriage…but how deeply? We are called to value…and cherish…as Christ does us, His church.

From Loving to Cherishing: Handout  Video  Audio
Commitment can lead to love, but it will often end there. Cherishing your spouse speaks to a deeper level of intimacy and connection. What is emotional intimacy and how do we nurture this romance in our marriages?

Cherishing Our Legacy: Video  Audio
What legacy do we want our marriage to leave? In this final main session, a panel of seasoned marriages will walk through how they have navigated this question in their lives and uncover secrets of cherishing along the way.

Breakout Topics

Cherishing in Conflict: Handout  Communication Card  Video  Audio
Conflict is inevitable in marriage. But healthy dialogue through differences can actually help deepen a marriage relationship. This session focuses on applying simple yet profound communication principles to your marriage and will give participants an opportunity to learn and practice skills which help navigate difficult conversations.

Cherishing During The Busy Years: Handout  Activity
At any one point it seems the demands on our time can be endless. Kids, schedules, work, church, chores, and more all compete for the 24 hours we have each day. Learn together interactively from each other as this wife walks through the importance of remembering your spouse during these times.

Cherishing & Friendship: Handout  Activity  Video  Audio
Jesus calls us friends. Not only does He love us, but He likes us. Marriage reveals God’s affection towards us. Come rediscover how one of the earliest impetuses for marriage, companionship, can lead to the deep walk of cherishing.

Additional Handouts:
Follow-Up Activities- to the main sessions.
Legacy Letter




A big thank you to the Bluffton North church for hosting and partnering with ACCFS!