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98% said "Yes!" At a recent event when asked if the presentation was helpful to their stepfamily hundreds of attendees said "Yes!"

Attend or host Ron's humorous and practical events for couples. 

  • Build strength and intimacy in your home
  • Increase your understanding of the special challenges of blended families
  • Develop a game-plan for successful living with these "laugh and learn" events


"Ron, I wanted to say thank you for blessing us this past weekend. Besides being one of the best public speakers we've ever heard, we were truly blessed by your testimony... God Bless you!"
--Maria W.

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Presented by bestselling author & conference speaker Ron L. Deal

Founder & President, Smart Stepfamilies
Director, FamilyLife Blended

View conference endorsements from Dr. Gary Chapman, Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, Dr. Kevin Leman, and more here

Conference Registration & Schedule:

For registration information, email or phone the contact person listed for each event. Registration is handled by the conference host, not Smart Stepfamilies.

All seminars follow the same time schedule unless specified otherwise.
Click here for the Building A Successful Stepfamily conference time schedule.

Ministry training events are also listed.

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Here are just some of the cities that have been inspired by the Building A Successful Stepfamily conference.

  • Houston
  • New York City
  • Chicago
  • Oklahoma City
  • Sacramento
  • Los Angeles
  • Albuquerque
  • Atlanta
  • Fresno
  • Bakersfield
  • Des Moines
  • Minneapolis
  • Memphis
  • Baton Rouge
  • Phoenix
  • Lubbock
  • Salt Lake City
  • Portland
  • Boise
  • Birmingham
  • Nashville
  • Little Rock
  • Charlotte... and many more

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All presentations are by Ron Deal unless noted otherwise. These are not FamilyLife sponsored events unless indicated. Contact the conference host for registration information and cost. Click here to host a conference.

Little Rock, AR - Building A Successful Stepfamily CLASS SERIES
Blended Family Training • September 10, 2014 - October 15, 2014
Special 6-week class series of Building A Successful Stepfamily, Wednesday nights Sept 10-Oct 15, 7:00-8:00 pm

Host: Central Church of Christ   |   Contact: Wade Poe at 501-374-2039 or wade@arcentralchurch.org
   |   Get information online www.arcentralchurch.org

Plus, Ron Deal will be speaking at Central on Sunday Sept 7.
Adult Bible Class: "Getting a Handle on Love When Your Love-handles Get You" -- a fun, whimsical look at marriage
Sermon: "When You Have a Less-than-Perfect Family"

Washington, DC - Blended and Blessed Summit on Stepfamily Ministry and "I Still Do"
Train the Trainer • October 03, 2014 - October 04, 2014

On Friday, Oct 3rd attend Blended & Blessed, the second annual national summit on stepfamily ministry. Hosted by FamilyLife Blended, this one-day event will equip ministry leaders for the work of preventing redivorce and breaking the generational cycle of divorce.   |   Summit Location: Immanuel Bible Church. Come to the Summit and stay for "I Still Do"   |   Register and find details here

"I Still Do" will take place on Saturday, Oct 4th at the Verizon Center. Join thousands of couples at this special one-day enrichment event hosted by FamilyLife   |   Includes a special presentation for blended family couples by Ron Deal   |   Learn more  

New Providence, NJ (New York City metro area) - Couple Checkup Conference
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • October 17, 2014 - October 18, 2014

Host: The Presbyterian Church at New Providence  |  Contact: Ian Rankine at revrank@gmail.com   |   Register online here  |  Learn more about this event here: www.CoupleCheckupConference.com



Flower Mound (Dallas/Fort Worth), TX - Couple Checkup Conference
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • November 07, 2014 - November 08, 2014

Host: RockPointe Church  |  Find contact info and learn more about this event here: www.CoupleCheckupConference.com  

Love Like You Mean It Marriage Cruise - Miami, Key West, Cozumel
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • February 09, 2015 - February 13, 2015

Hosted by FamilyLife   |   Special guests include Kirk & Chelsea Cameron, Dennis Rainey, Andrew Peterson, Voddie Baucham, Michael Jr., and more... plus breakout sessions for blended family couples by Ron Deal   |   Learn more... 

What people are saying...

"We celebrated our tenth anniversary by taking part in the 2014 Love Like You Mean It Cruise! Words cannot fully express how wonderful and romantic the experience was for us. We have both been through divorce previously and have been through some ups and downs in our marriage but the commitment to the marriage covenant is what has kept us together...Opportunities like the Love Like You Mean It Cruise and programs like FamilyLife Today make a difference. We thoroughly enjoyed the sessions each day on the cruise with phenomenal speakers! Ron Deal's 4 Pillars of Stepparent Success was especially good for us. The concerts we attended and comedy and "Moms' Night Out" Movie Premiere were all so much a blessing and entertaining! The dining was exceptionally good. Grand Turk Island was beautiful. We will not wait another ten years to do this again!"

--Carol Rasmussen - Montana

Charlotte, NC - New Life 91.9 Presents "Parenting on Purpose"
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • February 20, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Parenting on Purpose: Join hundreds of parents and couples at this special enrichment event hosted by New Life 91.9 FM, Charlotte   |   Many speakers and breakouts. Includes presentations to enrich your marriage and practical help for parents in first families and blended families by Ron Deal   |   At First Baptist Church of Indian Trail. Contact: Lindsey Bradley, 704-821-9293 lindsey@newlife919.com   Learn more 

Vancouver, BC (Canada) - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • March 06, 2015 - March 07, 2015
Host: FamilyLife Canada - Location TBD   |   Contact: Mindy Black at 604-514-2135, events@familylifecanada.com    |   Visit their website

Rome, Ga (near Atlanta) - A Special Getaway Destination Event - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • May 01, 2015 - May 03, 2015

Host: WinShape Marriage Retreat   |  Join Ron at this unique 2.5 day retreat event at the beautiful WinShape Retreat center. Experience, worship, grow.  |  Registration information: WinShape Retreat






Spring (Houston), TX - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • May 30, 2015
Host: North Central Church   |   Contact: Adam Sanchez at 832-444-5262 or asanchez_1127@yahoo.com    |   NOTE: this is a one-day event (9-5pm). Get information and register online www.ncentral.org

Nashville, TN - Stepfamily Therapy Training
Train the Trainer • September 23, 2015 - September 26, 2015
Professional training in stepfamily therapy for counselors, psychologists, marriage & family therapists, and other mental health providers with Ron Deal. Includes a 3-hour pre-conference workshop and a conference breakout    |    Part of the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference, Nashville, TN    |    Click here for information and registration


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