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Fighting For Families
March 15-17, 2019

$300 per couple includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.

March 15-17, 2019
Fighting For Families

A dedicated retreat for Military and First Responders.

Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage. Spend the weekend with Ted Cunningham, founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, MO. Ted is also an author, including co-authoring four books with Dr. Gary Smalley, including From Anger to Intimacy. He is a comedian on the Date Night Comedy Tour and a regular guest on Focus on the Family, Life Today, and Moody Radio.

Ted will lead us on such topics such as: (1) communication - this session receives the most "I wish we would have heard this years ago" comment; (2) Moving from unresolved anger to intimacy; (3) insights into reclaiming a healthy rhythm and pace in an otherwise frantic, chaotic marriage; and (4) a session addressing the selfishness and woundedness that prevents living out our marriages as God intended.

Ever feel like your marriage is "stuck?" When your marriage is stuck, you: (1) blame your spouse as the source of the problem; (2) You question your compatibility; (3) You repeat mistakes and develop patterns.; (4) You rush decisions; (5) You close your heart; (6) You isolate yourself from others.; (7) You doubt your future as a couple; and (8) You explore other options. Hear practical ways to eradicate these symptoms.

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $300 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes. To register, CLICK HERE.


RETREAT LOCATION - WINSHAPE RETREAT

Serving Marriages holds all of our retreats at WinShape Retreat. WinShape Retreat is a safe haven for couples to rekindle passion, grow stronger, and be restored. It's a place to put the world on hold. A place to be transformed. WinShape Retreat's setting is sequestered from the outside world for a season of focus, refreshment, and restoration. The Retreat's setting allows for meaningful communication, truth-based teaching, experiential learning (which for your marriage can be a time to be alone together walking, hiking, talking). Sitting atop 40 acres of unspoiled mountain wilderness, serenely nestled within a national wildlife refuge in beautiful Rome, Georgia, WinShape is renown for its distinguished grace-based hospitality. Take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking HERE.

Fighting For Families
October 5-7, 2018

$300 per couple includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.

October 5-7, 2018
Fighting For Families


SOLD OUT!

A dedicated retreat for Military and First Responders.

Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage. Spend the weekend with Dr. Gary Chapman, internationally renowned speaker and author of The 5 Love Languages, and learn to how to acquire the marriage you've always wanted. Dr. Chapman will provide expert wisdom, common sense, and practical methods to establishing true marital unity on emotional and practical levels. Through wit and proven principles, Dr. Chapman will help you and your spouse learn how to solve conflicts without arguing, keep each other's love tank full, and how to help your spouse change without manipulation. Insights shared in this weekend retreat will be helpful to all couples, no matter in what stage of your marriage you are in!

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.


Fighting For Families
March 9-11, 2018

$425 per couple includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.

March 9-11, 2018
FIGHTING FOR FAMILIES


SOLD OUT!

A dedicated retreat for Military and First Responder Couples!

Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage. Serving Marriages is excited to have Jeff and Debby McElroy lead this retreat. Those who serve and protect our families pay a high price in their own. Whether military or first responder, the impact of struggles in your relationship affects your ability to perform both at home and at work. The number one cause of on-the-job distractions is problems at home. For most people, distractions at work may mean a drop in productivity. For you, as military personnel or as a first responder couple, please join Serving Marriages for a retreat specifically designed for you, giving you Rest, Care, Encouragement, and Hope. For all you do for our families, we want to give a little something back to you! Come and experience something you will refer back to for years as a landmark weekend in your marriage.

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $425 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.


Fighting For Families
October 13-15, 2017

$425 per couple includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.

October 13-15, 2017
Fighting For Families


SOLD OUT!

A dedicated Retreat for Military and First Responders.
Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage. Spend the weekend with Dr. Michael Sytsma, renowned for his expertise in marital intimacy, and Ms. Angela Landry. Take your marriage to the next level of connection through God's given gift of intimacy. As couples, we'll learn the critical role of emotional and spiritual unity for healthy intimacy, God's design for the gift of sexuality, and heart-honoring ways to initiate intimacy. Register now and start the process of moving your marriage to the next level and having the lasting love and marriage that God intends for us to have.

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $425 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.


Fighting For Families
March 10-12, 2017

$425 per couple includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.

March 10-12, 2017
Fighting For Families


SOLD OUT!

A dedicated Retreat for Military and First Responders.
Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage. Spend the weekend with Dr. Gary and Barb Rosberg, internationally renowned speakers and authors, who together encourage couples to experience a great life and marriage. The Rosbergs, through expert wisdom, remarkable insight, and biblical truth, will guide us in how we can forgive freely, serve humbly, persevere courageously, guard vigilantly, celebrate joyfully, and renew daily and have the lasting love and marriage that is intended for us to have.

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $425 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.


Fighting For Families
October 14-16, 2016

$425 per couple includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.

October 14-16, 2016
Fighting For Families


SOLD OUT!

A dedicated Retreat for Military and First Responders.
Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage. Spend the weekend with Dr. Gary Chapman, internationally renowned speaker and author of The 5 Love Languages, and learn to how to acquire the marriage you've always wanted. Dr. Chapman will provide expert wisdom, common sense, and practical methods to establishing true marital unity on emotional and practical levels. Through wit and proven principles, Dr. Chapman will help you and your spouse learn how to solve conflicts without arguing, keep each other's love tank full, and how to help your spouse change without manipulation. Insights shared in this weekend retreat will be helpful to all couples, no matter in what stage of your marriage you are in!

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $425 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.


March 11-13, 2016
Fighting For Families

A dedicated Retreat for Military and First Responders.
Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage.

Joining us to lead our retreat is Dr. Shawn and Christina Stoever! Shawn is Senior Director for the WinShape Foundation. Shawn and Christina are passionate about marriage and family and are always eager to share how we can experience fulfillment and joy in life. Whether leading retreats, writing, or appearing on television and radio broadcasts, the Stoever's humor, enthusiasm, and wisdom allow them to fully connect with us. The Stoevers' will use their humor, biblical principles, practical insights, and passion in the following areas to help us move towards "The Marriage You Want":

  • Creating a vision that energizes your marriage
  • Countering the pace of life and obstacles that rob you of the marriage you want
  • Identifying and overcoming the fears that keep you from connecting on a deeper level
  • Working as a team to communicate successfully and have fun

Shawn received his doctoral degree specializing in marriage and family therapy. As WinShape Foundation's Senior Director, Shawn oversees the Foundation's Marriage, Retreat, Foster Homes, and Experiential Learning ministries. Prior to his role at WinShape, Shawn served as the Director of Training for the Smalley Relationship Center, founded by Gary Smalley. Shawn is co-author of two books: "The Wholehearted Marriage?" and "Five Days to a New Marriage." Christina speaks and leads retreats as an adjunct faculty member of WinShape Marriage.

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $425 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.


October 2-4, 2015
Fighting for Families

A dedicated Retreat for Military and First Responders.
Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage by guarding your heart, the well-spring to a great marriage! Dr. Greg Smalley, Executive Director of Marriage and Family Foundation at Focus On The Family, and his wife Erin, will lead this retreat for Serving Marriages!

This retreat will provide the opportunity to transform your marriage by helping you fully engage your heart. In order for intimacy and deep connection to occur in a marriage, two hearts must be open to each other. On the other hand, the common thread in almost every couple who is seeking help for their marriage is that either one or both people have shut their hearts down. And a closed heart is the kiss of death to a marriage! Learn why King Solomon wisely encouraged us to guard our heart, for it is the wellspring of life. We say it is also the wellspring of a great marriage. The Smalleys use humor, biblical principles, practical insights, and passion to help us in the following areas:

  • Maintaining Your Lifelong Commitment: Dreaming Together. Know why you are together and have a picture of a long-term future together.
  • Becoming a Healthy Individual. Your marriage is only as strong as its individual parts - the husband and wife.
  • Positive Communication. Many couples get into a rut of only talking about the kids, the budget and the "to do" list. In other words, they spend most of their time administrating their marriage. Thriving couples spend time every day talking to "know" and be "known."
  • Nourishing Your Spouse. Love isn't a "noun" it's a "verb" - it's active. Nourishing is a matter of discovering your mate's "love language" and learning how to speak it.
  • Maximizing Everyday Moments. It's easy to get discouraged that you're not doing enough to strengthen your marriage. Instead of adding one more thing to your overflowing plate, learn to take advantage of key moments that happen every day to strengthen your marriage.
  • Winning Back Your Spouse. Learn the amazing formula for creating a thriving marriage.

Dr. Greg Smalley serves as Executive Director of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. He also serves as a media spokesperson on these matters. Prior to joining Focus, Dr. Smalley worked for the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University and as President of the National Institute of Marriage. He is the author of 11 books including The Wholehearted Marriage and The DNA of Relationships for Couples. Erin Smalley, RN, BSN, MS, is a nationally known speaker on marriage and family topics. She has been a regular guest on national radio programs and has co-authored two books with her husband.

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $425 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.


March 13-15, 2015
Marriage Under Fire

A Love and Respect Retreat
Back by popular demand...our Love and Respect Retreat!
Why? Two reasons: (1) testimonies received from previous Love and Respect retreats have shown this retreat being as transformational for couples as any we host; and (2) as such, we continue to receive many inquiries about this retreat. The message is simple, effective, and provides ample opportunities for both spouses to experience transformation, regardless of whether your marriage is strong or struggling. And for the husbands...this is the retreat men want to attend. In a sense, this is the Man and his Marriage, Marriage Retreat!!

Learn...

  • Why we negatively react to each other
  • How a wife best motivates her husband
  • How a husband best motivates his wife
  • THE ingredient that moves us to motivate our spouse
  • Practical Application

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here. All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering.



October 10-12, 2014
Fighting For Families

A dedicated Retreat for Military and First Responders.

Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage!

This retreat provides the opportunity to transform your marriage through gaining the understanding that Growing a Great Marriage is a journey and an adventure. Many ask "what causes quarrels and fights among us?" We will address that question and more importantly, how to get a healing when hurting! This is a retreat for those who desire to explore what helps and what hinders their marriage!

Spend the weekend with Dr. Nathan and Jane Phillips! The Phillips, founders of Battlefield Ministries, lead retreats nationally and internationally and are adjunct faculty at WinShape Marriage, and avid outdoor sportsmen!. Nathan also leads marriage intensives for those couples that are in crisis! The Phillips use humor, biblical principals, practical insights, and a passion to help couples strengthen their marriages!

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $399 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.



March 7-9, 2014
Fighting For Families

A dedicated Retreat for Military and First Responders.
Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage by guarding your heart, the well-spring to a great marriage! Dr. Greg Smalley, Executive Director of Marriage and Family Foundation at Focus On The Family, and his wife Erin, will lead this retreat for Serving Marriages!

This retreat will provide the opportunity to transform your marriage by helping you fully engage your heart. In order for intimacy and deep connection to occur in a marriage, two hearts must be open to each other. On the other hand, the common thread in almost every couple who is seeking help for their marriage is that either one or both people have shut their hearts down. And a closed heart is the kiss of death to a marriage! Learn why King Solomon wisely encouraged us to guard our heart, for it is the wellspring of life. We say it is also the wellspring of a great marriage. The Smalley use humor, biblical principles, practical insights, and passion to help you

  • Participate in relationships with a fully engaged heart
  • Increase passion and deepen intimacy in your marriage
  • Create new levels of safety and trust
  • Strengthen your commitment to each other
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Cultivate healthy conflict in ways that make your differences work FOR you rather than against you

Dr. Greg Smalley serves as Executive Director of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. He also serves as a media spokesperson on these matters. Prior to joining Focus, Dr. Smalley worked for the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University and as President of the National Institute of Marriage. He is the author of 11 books including The Wholehearted Marriage and The DNA of Relationships for Couples. Erin Smalley, RN, BSN, MS, is a nationally known speaker on marriage and family topics. She has been a regular guest on national radio programs and has co-authored two books with her husband.

For more information and to see the retreat brochure, click here. Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $399 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.



October 18-20, 2013
Fighting For Families

A dedicated Retreat for Military and First Responders.
Join Serving Marriages for this retreat dedicated to serving those that serve our country. While you guard our freedom and our families, allow us to help you guard your marriage. Spend the weekend with Dr. Gary Chapman, internationally renowned speaker and author of The 5 Love Languages, and learn to how to acquire the marriage you've always wanted. Dr. Chapman will provide expert wisdom, common sense, and practical methods to establishing true marital unity on emotional and practical levels. Through wit and proven principles, Dr. Chapman will help you and your spouse learn how to solve conflicts without arguing, keep each other's love tank full, and how to help your spouse change without manipulation. Insights shared in this weekend retreat will be helpful to all couples, no matter in what stage of your marriage you are in!

For more information and to see the retreat brochure, click here. Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $399 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.



March 8-10, 2013
Fighting For Families

A Love and Respect Retreat
Back by popular demand...our Love and Respect Retreat!
Why? Two reasons: (1) testimonies received from previous Love and Respect retreats have shown this retreat being as transformational for couples as any we host; and (2) as such, we continue to receive many inquiries about this retreat. The message is simple, effective, and provides ample opportunities for both spouses to experience transformation, regardless of whether your marriage is strong or struggling. And for the husbands...this is the retreat men want to attend. In a sense, this is the Man and his Marriage, Marriage Retreat!!

Learn...
  • Why we negatively react to each other
  • How a wife best motivates her husband
  • How a husband best motivates his wife
  • The ingredient that moves us to motivate our spouse
  • Practical Application

For more information and to see the retreat brochure, click here. Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $399 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.





September 21-23, 2012
Fighting for Families

Join Serving Marriages, in partnership with Focus On the Family, for an incredible retreat that is being led by the world-renowned marriage expert, Dr. Gary Smalley. Dr. Smalley is known as the foremost expert on marriage and family over the past several decades. Dr. Smalley is the author and co-author of 52 best-selling, award-winning books and videos that have connected with over 12 million people. In 40 years, Dr. Smalley has spoken to over two million people in live conferences and has appeared on national televisions programs such as, 'TBN', 'Oprah Winfrey', 'Fox News & Friends', 'Larry King Live', 'NBC Today Show', 'James Robison Show' as well as numerous national radio programs such as 'Sean Hannity Show', 'Focus on the Family', Oliver North, and many more. Dr. Smalley is president and founder of the Smalley Relationship Center providing research, relationship coaching, conferences nation-wide, books, videos, and small group curriculum.

This retreat provides an opportunity to transform your marriage by helping you and your spouse focus on the two greatest factors for a loving, lasting marriage. Learn what determines how happy we are and how to benefit most from every problem and challenge we face. Discover the four main causes of divorce and how to ensure those causes are eliminated from your marriage. Dr. Smalley uses humor, Biblical principals, practical insights, and a passion to help couples strengthen their marriages.

Also joining us as our Special Guest is singer and songwriter Michael O'Brien. While an incredible musician, it is his transparency and humility regarding his own marriage struggles that couples enjoy about him.

Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $399 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.


March 9-11, 2012
THRIVING or SURVIVING?

Join Serving Marriages as we partner with renowned speakers and best-selling authors Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn who will reveal and provide practical ways for us to improve our marriages. Hundreds of interviews, national scientific surveys, and the infallible Word all line up and state the same truths! Having written the best-selling books, For Men Only, For Women Only, and For Parents Only, Jeff and Shaunti will let us in on major revelations that men and women have not understood about each other and how we can incorporate these revelations into our personal life, marriage, and family. Discover that there is POWER and influence when you incorporate these revelations. Can we truly understand our spouse? Is it important for us to be understood? The answer to both questions is "Yes." Our marriage, our children, their children, and their children's children become our living legacy of the love and direction we provided.

Also joining us as our Special Guest is singer and songwriter Michael O'Brien. While an incredible musician, it is his transparency and humility regarding his own marriage struggles that couples enjoy about him.

For more information and to see the retreat brochure, click here. Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $399 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.


September 30-October 2, 2011
COURAGEOUS MARRIAGE

Serving Marriages invites you to our next retreat! Jeff and Debby McElroy of Forever Families will join us once again to lead us through the weekend. Throughout the retreat, Jeff and Debby will use their award-winning dramas and comedies to allow you to see the teaching anchored in everyday life. There will be time to share with your spouse, time for making memories, and time to experience something you'll refer back to for years as a landmark weekend in your marriage.

Also joining us as our Special Guest is singer and songwriter Michael O'Brien. While an incredible musician, it is his transparency and humility regarding his own marriage struggles that couples enjoy about him.

As an added bonus, Courageous, the next movie from the creators of FireProof, premieres September 30th. Serving Marriages has received special permission to premiere Courageous at WinShape. See this great movie about how honor starts at home.

For more information and to see the retreat brochure, click here. Need time for your marriage? Click here. Also, take a brief video tour of WinShape by clicking here.

All of our retreats have sold out so we encourage you not to delay registering. The registration fee is only $399 and includes lodging, meals, programming, and taxes.












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Marriage Passion Marriage Retreat
at WinShape
April 30-May 2, 2009

$225 per couple includes lodging, meals, and programming.

April 30 - May 2, 2009
FOREVER FAMILIES' JEFF AND DEBBY MCELROY

Every couple knows what it’s like to wish they could just call a time-out from the hectic day-to-day struggle to regroup and refocus. Serving Marriages, in partnership with Jeff & Debby McElroy, founders of Forever Families, is excited to bring you that very opportunity, at a place, WinShape, specifically designed to accomplish this feat! With a dynamic mix of humor, insight, and transparency, the McElroys will equip and encourage you, whether your marriage is strong or struggling. You will then have a weekend full of opportunities to make lasting memories and leave feeling like your two worlds have, once again, become one!

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Prior to registering, contact Keith at keith@servingmarriages.com, if you are a lay-leader and interested in attending this certification training.

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Love and Respect Certification Training Retreat
Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs
at WinShape
March 1-3, 2009

$365 per couple includes lodging, meals, programming, and applicable taxes.
(Space is limited)

March 1-3, 2009
DR. EMERSON AND SARAH EGGERICHS
LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION TRAINING


An unprecedented opportunity!

Enhance your leadership skills from Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, himself, founder of Love and Respect Ministries! To meet the growing demand for Love and Respect training, Dr. Eggerichs is offering a new teaching directed toward lay leaders, small group leaders, and mentors! This training will equip you with the tools necessary to establish a small group or a Love andith the tools necessary to establish a small group or a Love and and Respect marriage ministry in your church.

Utilizing a multi-day format, leaders will learn the most common challenges to marital quality. You will identify triggers that get couples onto the "Crazy Cycle" and then strategies to help them get off.

In addition, each couple will develop a personal action plan, a marital map, which is a strengths-based approach for improving their marriage. Participants will also become familiar with ways to help couples across the life span and who come from a variety of backgrounds. Upon completion of this training you will become a Certified Love and Respect Small Group Trainer.

Dr. Eggerichs' work is based on Biblical principles and incorporates the best observations from the field of marital studies. Since 2004, the Love and Respect book has become a national best seller and Dr. Eggerichs has become a sought after speaker and authority in marital interactions.

Here's what others are saying:

"In my twenty five years of counseling, Love and Respect is by far the best marital material I have found. It provides my clients with a framework to act positively and proactively in their marriage. I heartily recommend Love and Respect resources to all counselors and church leaders!" ~ Pastor/Counselor Mark Oelze

"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open."    (Revelation 3: 7-10; NIV)

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