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Conferences, Events, & Cruises with Ron L. Deal


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.

Presented by bestselling author & conference speaker Ron L. Deal, Founder & President, Smart Stepfamilies and Director, FamilyLife Blended

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

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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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Click here for more Couple Checkup Conference information



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

Bring this event to your city. Find out how



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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.

Music by Braden Deal

"While Ron's books are very good, he is even better in person!"
-- conference attendee

Love Like You Mean It Marriage Cruise - Miami, Grand Cayman, Jamaica
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • February 15, 2016 - February 20, 2016

Hosted by FamilyLife   |   Special guests include Blanca, Darren Patrick, Dennis Rainey, Love and the Outcome, Sanctus Real, Lysa Terkeurst, Steve Green, 321 Imrpov, Bryan Loritts, Harris III, Selah, Acts of Renewal, Earnie Haase & Signature Sound, comedians Ron McGehee & Kerri Pomarolli, Bob Lepine, Stuart & Tracy Palmer... plus a breakout session for blended family couples by Gil & Brenda Stuart    |   Learn more... 

What people are saying...

"It gave us a sense of togetherness we have never experienced.  I also feel like our intimacy went from "blah" to "Super-charged"!  I see my husband in a different way and I was given a practical way to help build my husband into the man God has called him to be.  This FamilyLife cruise saved my marriage!!"

(Blended, married 3 years, rated 3 before - 7 after)

"Life changing event and a new lease on marriage!"

(Blended, married 7 years, 6 before - 8 after)

"When I got here my marriage was in serious trouble.  I was at the end of my rope.  This was going to make or break my marriage.  I'm so thankful I came.  I have learned SO much.  It saved my marriage!!"

(Blended, Married 12 years, 2 before - 9 after)

Memphis, TN - Becoming Stepfamily Smart
Blended Family Training • February 21, 2016
Host: Highpoint Church   |   Two Events with Ron Deal:

Speaker: Morning Worship Services - "When You Have a Less-Than-Perfect Family"

"Becoming Stepfamily Smart" seminar - 4:00-7:30 pm

Bentonville, AR - Building A Successful Stepfamily & Passionate Sexuality
Blended Family Training • April 08, 2016 - April 10, 2016
Host: Grace Point Church   |   Contact: Anya Ansley at 479-464-7223 or anya@gracepointchurch.net     |   Get information about Grace Point Church here

Weekend events with Ron Deal: Register for each event separately

  1. Building A Successful Stepfamily conference, Fri 7:00-9:30 PM; Sat 8:30-1:00 pm. Register here 

  2. Speaker: Sunday Morning Worship Services - "Getting a Handle on Love When Your Love-handles Get You - a fun, whimsical look at marriage as God designed   (check website for worship times)

  3. Sunday evening seminar: "Passionate Sexuality" (5:00-7:30 PM) - Warning: this seminar is not for the faint of heart or easily embarrassed :-)  |  Register here

Fort Wayne, IN - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • April 22, 2016 - April 23, 2016
Host: Pathway Community Church   |   Contact: Daphne Austin at 260-469-4444 or daustin@pccfw.org     |   Get information about Pathway Community Church here

Winston-Salem, NC - Becoming Stepfamily Smart Seminar & Worship Lesson
Blended Family Training • April 24, 2016
Host: Calvary Baptist Church, Central campus (Calvary website)   |   Two Events with Ron Deal:

Sunday Morning Lesson (multiple morning services) -  "When You Have a Less-Than-Perfect Family"
Teaching from Ron Deal; Children's Ministry program available
Open to everyone

"Becoming Stepfamily Smart" Seminar - Sunday evening, times TBD
For registration information contact Anita Hall, ahall@calvarynow.com, 336.765.5542
Registration is required. Register here  

Anaheim, CA - Stepfamily Education Training
Train the Trainer • July 18, 2016 - July 21, 2016
Professional training in understanding stepfamilies (for marriage educators, ministry leaders, & therapists) with Ron Deal. Part of the NARME (National Association for Relationship & Marriage Education) annual conference. Click here to learn more & for registration information.

Three opportunities at this event to hear Ron speak: 
  1. Pre-Conference one-day (6 hours) workshop: Building Smart Stepfamilies: Preparation and Re-divorce Prevention
  2. Plenary: A Good Blend: What You Must Know About Stepfamilies
  3. Breakout workshop (90 minutes): Combating the Fear Factor: Preventing Re-Divorce in Stepfamily Couples

CEU's available.

Princeton, NC - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • August 05, 2016 - August 06, 2016
Host: The Bridge Church   |   Contact: Scott Jennings, Pastor of Marriage & Family Life at 919-735-5411 or scottjennings@bridgechurch.cc   |   Get information about The Bridge Church here - registration information coming... 

Special Ministry Leader's workshop on Friday, Aug 5 from 3:00-4:30 pm (for pastor's, lay leaders, and mentor couples).

Dallas, TX - Stepfamily Therapy Training
Train the Trainer • September 15, 2016 - September 17, 2016
Professional training in stepfamily therapy for counselors, psychologists, marriage & family therapists, and other mental health providers with Ron Deal.

Attend "Today's Blended Families: Issues, Challenges, and Interventions," a  3-hour pre-conference workshop   

Part of the American Association of Christian Counselors National Conference, Dallas, TX. Includes "4 in 1" training in Coaching, Counseling, Recovery, and Marriage & Family. CEU's available. Keynote speakers include John Eldredge, John Townsend, & Emerson Eggerichs    |    Click here for registration information, topics, and speakers.

Anchorage, AK - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • November 04, 2016 - November 05, 2016
Host Partners: Alaska Christian Women's Ministry (ACWM), Muldoon Community Assembly, & KAFC Z93.7 FM   |   Contact: Betty Stooksbury, Director of ACWM at 907-242-4523 or bettyacwm@gmail.com   |   Get information about the host site, Muldoon Community Assembly here

Special Ministry Leader's luncheon and workshop on Friday, Nov 4, 2016 (for pastor's, lay leaders, and mentor couples). Contact Betty Stooksbury for details and to register.

Registration information coming...

Rome, Ga (near Atlanta) - A Special Getaway Destination Event - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • December 02, 2016 - December 04, 2016
Host: WinShape Marriage Retreat   |  Join Ron at this unique 2.5 day retreat event at the beautiful WinShape Retreat center. Experience, worship, grow, and relax in a quiet destination setting  |  Registration information: WinShape Retreat  



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