Art of Marriage

Marriage takes work. In order for a marriage to remain strong, couples need to invest time in their relationship. With so many different things (work, family, friends, church, etc.) pulling at your time, it can be hard to find time to focus on your relationship.

The Art of Marriage event is an opportunity for couples do just that. This weekend is for newly married couples, couples that have been married for many years, couples that are doing really well, couples that are struggling and singles who are interested in preparing themselves for a future marriage. All couples and singles will be blessed by this weekend event as it helps build stronger relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can singles attend The Art of Marriage video event?
ABSOLUTELY! In fact, we HIGHLY recommend it. The event will give individuals a clear understanding of what a marriage commitment truly means, and The Art of Marriage is also a great foundation for engaged couples who are soon to be married.

We have a great marriage. Why should we attend the event?
Every marriage relationship is in a constant state of movement: You are either growing closer together or further apart. Unfortunately, it seems that the natural inclination of human hearts is to drift apart over time. Every marriage needs a tune-up from time to time, no matter how well it might be running. The video event is designed to strengthen and enrich even the best of marriages. Both also serve as great reminders that you are God's gift to each other.

What will the weekend be like?
It is a Friday night/Saturday video event. This format presents God's design for relationships and features some of the most respected pastors and experts on marriage and family enrichment. Through the use of expert teaching, engaging stories, real-life testimonials, and humorous vignettes, these inspiring and powerful resources have encouraged over 700,000 people since launching in February 2011.

Will I have to engage in group discussion?
No.

Will I be required to participate in the projects with my spouse?
This event was designed so that the projects are an essential part of the event experience. The projects allow you to immediately apply what you've learned from the videos to your marriage. We highly recommend that you make the completion of the projects a priority during the event. We've received many comments from other attendees who say the projects were the best part of the event.

I have been divorced. Will I feel uncomfortable at this event?
We understand that divorce is a reality, and we have designed this event with that reality in mind. We have tried to focus on the condition of your current marriage, not on creating guilt or regret over the past. We also recognize that even in such an environment, you might feel uncomfortable at times because of past memories and regrets that are stirred up. Our prayer is that you would come to this event excited to make your current marriage a strong, healthy, lasting one, even if it means dealing with some painful memories.

When is the marriage weekend?
Feb. 23-24 (times below)

  • Friday, February 23rd 6:30-9. We will get an intro to the weekend and go over sessions 1 and 2
  • Saturday, February 24th 9-4. We will continue with sessions 3-6. (there will be a 1 hr. break for lunch from 12-1)

Where is the art of Marriage conference being held?
It is being held at Ross Community Reformed Church. 3900 w 41st Ave. Gary, IN 46408

How much does it cost?
$25 per person or $50 per couple. This includes one book per person, and some snacks throughout the weekend. We have made every effort to keep the cost low so that it's easier for many to attend.

Is there childcare provided?
No. You will want to find childcare if you have children.

Is lunch provided?
No. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch. You can bring a lunch and eat at the tables downstairs, or you can take yourself to a restaurant- your call.

How do I sign up?
Call Ross Church on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10am-3pm to get signed up or see Ashley Gerbers after worship on Sundays. There will be a table in the Fellowship Hall for registration weeks before the event.

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