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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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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.

Music by Braden Deal

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

Little Rock, AR - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • August 27, 2016
Host: The Church at Rock Creek   |   Contact: Pastor Russ Holmes at 501-225-8684 or rholmes@churchatrockcreek.com   |   Register and get conference information here  

  • Note: This is a one-day Saturday event. Check-in at 8:30 AM; Conference from 9:00-5:00 pm

Cabot, AR (Little Rock area) - Sunday Speaking Engagement: When You Have a Less Than Perfect Family
Blended Family Training • September 11, 2016
Join Ron as he speaks at Cabot United Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept 11th. Three worship services available. Visit Cabot UMC for details or email Jackie & Kim Davis at jrdavis500@yahoo.com.

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.

Little Rock, AR - Arkansas Christian Counselors & Therapists 2016 State Conference
Train the Trainer • September 22, 2016 - September 23, 2016
Professional training for counselors, psychologists, marriage & family therapists, and other mental health providers.

Includes one-day seminar by Curt Thompson, M.D., various breakouts, and a workshop by Ron Deal: "Empowered to Love: Shame, Fear, and Humility in Marital Therapy"   

Part of the Arkansas Christian Counselors & Therapists 2016 State Conference, Little Rock, AR    |    Click here for registration information.

Colorado Springs, CO - National Event: "The Summit on Stepfamily Ministry"
Train the Trainer • September 29, 2016 - September 30, 2016
On Thursday and Friday Sept 29-30 join Ron Deal, Steve Arterburn, Greg Smalley, Carri & Gordon Taylor, Dennis Rainey, and hundreds of stepfamily ministry leaders from around the country for the fourth annual Summit on Stepfamily Ministry.

Sponsored by FamilyLife Blended, this years event is being held on the campus of Focus on the Family and will equip ministry leaders for the work of preventing redivorce and breaking the generational cycle of divorce.  For children, student, and family pastors, and "beginner" or seasoned stepfamily ministry leaders.

Summit Location: Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO.   |   Register and find details here  

Wayzata, MN (Twin Cities area) - Wednesday evening class: When You Have a Less-Than-Perfect Family
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • October 12, 2016
Join Ron as he speaks at Wayzata Community Church on Wednesday, Oct 12th, 6:25-8:30 pm.
  • Ron will be speaking to all ages (kids included) during WoW (Worship on Wednesdays) from 6:15 -7:00 p.m. and then to adults from 7:15-8:30 p.m. No tickets or fee is required, however, a free-will donation is always appreciated and welcomed. 
  • Adult session is appropriate for singles, single parents, and dating, married, and blended family couples.
  • Youth activities and programs (K-12) are provided and free childcare is available for younger children.

Visit the church web site for details or email Karen Jacques at ajacques@mchsi.com.

Granger, IN - Sunday Speaking Engagement: "When You Have a Less Than Perfect Family"
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • October 22, 2016 - October 23, 2016
Join Ron as he speaks at Granger Community Church on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 22-23, 2016. Three worship services available.
  • Note: There will be a marriage enrichment seminar with Jim Burns and Doug Fields on Fri/Sat, Oct 21-22. Ron highly recommends you attend that event.
  • Visit Granger Community Church for details or email info@gccwired.com

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  

Love Like You Mean It Marriage Cruise - New Orleans, Cozumel, Progresso Mexico
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • February 13, 2017 - February 18, 2017

Join Ron for the 2017 Love Like You Mean It Cruise!

Hosted by FamilyLife, this 6 day, 5 night romantic voyage is a destination event you won't want to miss!

Special artists and speakers include Dennis & Barbara Rainey, Ron Deal, Janice Gaines, comedian Michael Jr., Jeremy Camp, H.B. Charles, Love and the Outcome, Paul David Tripp, Justin Unger, Maze, Charlotte Ritchie, David Phelps, Kevin DeYoung, Bob Lepine, Acts of Renewal, and more...   |   Come spend Valentine's on the cruise of a lifetime!

Learn more here... 

Bakersfield, CA - Couple Checkup Conference
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • March 31, 2017 - April 01, 2017
Host: Riverlakes Community Church   |   Get contact information and learn more about this unique marriage enrichment event with Ron Deal here


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