The Art of Marriage at White Oak COB
Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Art of Marriage video event weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray the challenges and the beauty of God's design for marriage. Six engaging video sessions are interspersed with projects for couples to complete in a Friday night-Saturday schedule.
Time Well Spent! (Event Schedule)
Friday, March 14, 2014
6:00 pm Doors Open, Check-In Begins, Sweatheart Photo's, Refreshments
7:00pm - 7:15pm Welcome and Introduction
7:15pm - 8:15pm Session 1: Love Happens
8:15pm - 8:30pm Break
8:30pm - 9:30pm Session 2: Love Fades
9:30pm Dismiss for Project One
Saturday, March 15, 2014
8:30 am Doors Open, Resource Table Open, Refreshments
9:00am - 10:00am Session 3: Love Dances
10:00am - 11:00am Break for Project Two
11:00am - Noon Session 4: Love Interrupted
Noon - 1:45pm Date Lunch *
1:45pm - 2:45pm Session 5: Love Sizzles
2:45pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm Session 6:Love Always
Marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a true art form. That’s why for more than 35 years, FamilyLife has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships. The Art of Marriage video event weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.
In The Art of Marriage, over 40 ministry leaders provide the expert teaching while couples who have struggled with real-life issues openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness and grace.
The Art of Marriage video event is designed for a weekend event in a church, community or home setting. The six engaging video sessions are interspersed with projects for couples to complete to reinforce lessons. Since its release in 2011, more than 400,000 have participated in The Art of Marriage video event and small-group series, with 97% saying they would recommend it to other couples.
Your marriage and the marriages around you are colored by personalities, passions, and experience. Making marriage work is a divinely inspired art form.
For more than three decades, FamilyLife® has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships. Now, in this video-guided event, The Art of Marriage, we weave together expert teaching, engaging stories, man-on-the street interviews, humorous vignettes, and much more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.
The Art of Marriage® consists of six video sessions that cover the following topics:
Session 1: Love Happens (Purpose of Marriage)
Session 2: Love Fades (Drift to Isolation)
Session 3: Love Dances (Roles)
Session 4: Love Interrupted (Communication)
Session 5: Love Sizzles (Romance and Sex)
Session 6: Love Always (Legacy)
The Art of Marriage isn’t just a recording of one or two speakers at a marriage conference. This unique video event features over forty experts who share from personal experience as well as biblical training. Their expert teaching is woven together with real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design. Following are some of the experts we’ve included.
Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr. wears many hats. He is a husband, father of six, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as pastor of preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He and his wife, Bridget, have been married since 1989.
Bryan L. Carter (M.A. , Dallas Theological Seminary), is the senior pastor of Concord Church in Dallas, TX. He is active in the city of Dallas in numerous capacities and hosts a national conference on expository preaching. He is married to his college sweetheart, Stephanie, and they have three children.
Dr. Michael Easley (Dallas Theological Seminary) is an author, speaker, former president of the Moody Bible Institute, pastor, and conference speaker. Michael and Cindy have been married since 1980. They have four children and live near Nashville, TN, where Michael currently serves as the lead pastor of Fellowship Bible Church.
Dr. Wayne Grudem is a research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary. He previously taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has served as the president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1999), member of the translation oversight committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible and as the general editor for The ESV Study Bible.
Dr. Dave Harvey (D. Min., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the Pastor of Preaching at Four Oaks Community Church having served in pastoral ministry since 1986. Dave continues to serve on the board of CCEF and travels nationally and internationally preaching on marriage, leadership, and local church life. He is the author of When Sinners Say “I Do”, Am I Called? and Rescuing Ambition. Dave lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Kimm. They have four children.
Mary Kassian is an award-winning author, internationally-renowned speaker and a distinguished professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She has published several books, Bible studies, and videos, including: In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and The Feminist Mistake. Mary and her husband, Brent, make their home in Canada and have three young adult sons.
Bryan is the lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis Church, a multicultural church ministering to the urban Memphis community. Bryan has a master’s degree in theology and is currently working on his Ph.D. In addition to serving the community of Memphis, Bryan’s ministry takes him across the country as a speaker. He wrote God on Paper and was a contributing author for Great Preaching. Bryan is married to Korie, and is the father of three sons.
Dr. Crawford Loritts is the senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia, the daily host of the radio program Living a Legacy, internationally-known Bible teacher and author of numerous books including A Passionate Commitment, Leadership as an Identity and Never Walk Away. Crawford and his bride, Karen, have been married since 1971 and live in Atlanta. They have four grown children and five grandchildren.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. serves as president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A leader among American evangelicals, Dr. Mohler is widely sought as a columnist and cultural commentator. He is the author of numerous books, including Words from the Fire, and is the host of The Albert Mohler Program, a nationally syndicated show with the Salem Radio Network. He is married to Mary, and they have two children.
Dr. Russell D. Moore is president of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns. He is a widely-sought cultural commentator and has been quoted or published by many of the nation’s leading news agencies and periodicals. Dr. Moore blogs frequently at his Moore to the Point website and is the author or editor of five books. He and his wife, Maria, have five boys.
Dr. Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ since 1986 and currently teaches classes in interpersonal communication, rhetoric, and family communication at Biola University. He is the author of Marriage Forecasting, Authentic Communication, and The God Conversation (with J.P. Moreland). Tim and his wife, Noreen, are frequent speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember marriage getaways and live in Brea, California, with their three sons.
Barbara Rainey, along with her husband, Dennis, is the co-founder of FamilyLife. She has written and co-written numerous books on the topics of marriage and family. She is also the creative director of Ever Thine Home, a line of products for families to express faith at home in a way that is both biblical and beautiful. Barbara and Dennis were married in 1972, and they have six adult children and 19 grandchildren.
Dennis Rainey is the president and cofounder of FamilyLife, a division of Cru, and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Dennis is senior editor of The Art of Marriage Connect Series® and daily host of the nationally syndicated and award-winning radio program FamilyLife Today. Dennis has authored numerous books including Staying Close, a winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
Bobby Scott serves Community of Faith Bible Church in Los Angeles as the Pastor of Discipleship. He is an alumnus of UCLA, and holds a Th.M. and M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary. He was the general editor of Secret Sex Wars, a biblical anthology from seven Christian leaders, and periodically blogs at “Truth in the City.” Pastor Bobby cherishes his family: his devoted wife, Naomi, and his six children.
Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This vision has led Paul to write many books on Christian living and travel around the world preaching and teaching. Paul’s driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people face in this broken world. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.
(Note: For privacy reasons the names of the following individuals are kept confidential)
“This was the greatest two days with my husband! It definitely lasts more than two days. It lasts a lifetime if you use what you learn!” –participant
“It’s THE best marriage material I have ever seen!” –pastor
“We just had our first The Art of Marriage event and it was excellent! A couple who had struggled most of their 20-year marriage has actually decided to re-tie the knot! The Holy Spirit really had an awesome effect on their lives this weekend.” –event host
“This will be the beginning of a new life again.” –participant
“We are humbled, overjoyed, expectant, and changed people as a result of The Art of Marriage. . . . I know my wife and I are still living out our new understandings and new commitments to each other that show even more depth of love for our Lord and for each other in our own marriage.” –pastor, about the impact on his own marriage
“The Art of Marriage should be on every church’s calendar on a regular rotation. A Godly marriage adds stability to our homes, our neighborhood, our state, and our country.” –pastor
“We discover something new every time we go through it. We’ve done The Art of Marriage three times now.” –participant
“I was physically, mentally and emotionally done! We have been separated already and headed for divorce. I now know there is a reason and purpose and this conference showed me how much I do love him and that anything is possible with God! I leave knowing that we will make it!” —participant
“Prior to this weekend, we were really struggling. After 25 years of marriage, we were at breaking point. A week ago, this course seemed like a “make it or break it weekend.” It has been invaluable. We have recommitted to our marriage and divorce is no longer an option!” —participant
“It made us re-look at what made us a couple. It brought us closer to God through more active prayer. We spoke and listened more honestly. I saw the confidence back in my husband’s eyes.” —participant
“Communication lines that were blocked have been reopened and we reached a depth of unity that hasn’t been possible in years. I feel we are on the same page for deeper intimacy and understanding. After 25 years of marriage, God has moved us to a new starting point of loving and cherishing each other.” —participant
“It has rekindled my relentless pursuit of my wife’s heart.” —participant
Following are frequently asked questions about The Art of Marriage video event and small-group series.
Q: What is The Art of Marriage?
The Art of Marriage video event and small-group series present God’s design for relationships. Both feature 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 impactful resources have encouraged over 400,000 persons since launching in February 2011.
Q: Why choose FamilyLife’s The Art of Marriage over other video marriage resources?
A: Rather than simply filming a live event at a location such as a hotel ballroom or church, we specifically designed the event and small-group series to work in a video setting. FamilyLife wove together expert teaching, engaging stories, real-life testimonies, and humorous vignettes in a video composition to help couples fully experience God’s design for marriage.
Q: Can we bring children?
A: Obviously we care deeply about children. We love children, but this is a special time for couples to focus on each other without distractions. Childcare is not provided.
Q: Will I have to engage in group discussion?
A: The weekend series hosted at this event does not include group discussion. The small group series, which will be avaliable as a 6 week follow up small group study, includes both group and couples’ discussion questions.
Q: Will I be required to participate in the projects with my spouse?
A: 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.
Q: We have a great marriage. Why should we attend the event or series?
A: 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 event and series are 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.
Q: I want to attend but I need help. Are scholarships available?
A: Yes. God has blessed the White Oak Marriage Enrichment Team with a limited # of Scholarship tickets. Don't let cost stop you or someone you love from attending. They will be made available first come first serve with the approval of any member of the White Oak Marriage Enrichment Team. We would be very happy to talk with you. Call Larry and Carol Rohrer, 717.898.2219, Kevin and Angela Nolt, 717.949.3316. An access code will be provided upon approval.
Q: Wow, I am so glad our church is offering this event. How can I help minister to couples?
A: Thank you for asking! There are many ways you can help. You can volunteer to help at the event. There will be volunteers needed based on response to set up, service of registration, resource, and refreshment tables, and clean up. You can partner with us in blessing couples by making a financial contribution. It's easy and fast, just select one of the two Donation "tickets" from the ticket list. You can choose "Donation - General" if you want to help cover general costs or you can choose "Donation - Scholarship" if you want to help scholarship couples who need financial help to attend.
Q: What if I register and for some reason can’t attend? Can I get a refund?
A: We have carefully set the costs to be affordable and cover material costs. Please remember that we have planned for each couple registered by ordering manuals, reserving adequate space, and handling numerous other logistical details to prepare for an effective event. Please call us or email us for a refund if you can not attend.
Use gloo to create a digital place for your marriage to grow stronger in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Go to http://theartofmarriage.com/mobile/ to get more information and download instructions.
Click here to view a short video to show guests how to use the iAOM guest program.
Keep The Art of Marriage experience fresh with the Date Night program. Gauge the temperature of your relationship and get a quick, fun date night idea at the end with these quizzes!
Look for the Date Night program if you have already downloaded gloo, or follow the instructions above and use the invite code cdee.
White Oak Church of the Brethren Marriage Enrichment Team invite you to join us for an encouraging, motivating, and inspiring weekend. Focus on your core relationship, be together, and have fun! This is an exciting opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Invite someone you care about who has not yet made a personal commitment to Jesus. Jesus gift of salvation is at the heart of the FamilyLife message. Pray, ask God who he wants at the event. Be ready to share and invite, for He is faithful and He will deliver! We will be praying for you everyday. See you there!