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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

Phoenix, AZ - Stepfamily Ministry Training
Train the Trainer • October 15, 2015 - October 17, 2015
Practical training in stepfamily ministry for pastors, lay couples, marriage mentors, etc., with Ron Deal    |    Part of the International Marriage Conference sponsored by NAME (National Association of Marriage Enhancement)    |    Conference info and registration: International Marriage Conference 
North Little Rock, AR - Special Class for Stepdads
Blended Family Training • October 21, 2015
Topic: "Stepping In: Wisdom for Stepdads and the Men Who Support Them" with Ron Deal    |    Hosted by: New Life Church Men's Ministry (Real Men) - Wed, Oct 21 @ 6-8 pm (dinner provided!), New Life Church, 8000 Crystal Hill Rd, North Little Rock, AR    |    New more info? Contact Matt Mosler, matt.mosler@newlifechurch.tv 

Southlake (Dallas area), TX - Becoming Stepfamily Smart
Blended Family Training • November 01, 2015 - November 02, 2015
Host: Gateway Church (GatewayPeople.com)   |   Two Events with Ron Deal:

"Becoming Stepfamily Smart" - Sunday, Nov 1st (5:00-7:30 pm)

Family Life Night on Monday, Nov 2 (7:00-9:00 pm) -  "When You Have a Less-Than-Perfect Family"
  • Evening includes dynamic worship and teaching from Ron Deal; Children's Ministry program available
  • Contact: Kelly O'Briant 817-552-3600 or email familylife@gatewaypeople.com 
  • Registration is required. Get information about Family Life Night and register

Irvine, CA (LA area) - National "Blended and Blessed Summit on Stepfamily Ministry"
Train the Trainer • November 13, 2015 - November 14, 2015
On Friday and Saturday Nov 13-14 join Ron Deal, Jim Burns, Doug Fields, Dennis Rainey (and more speakers to be announced), and hundreds of stepfamily ministry leaders from around the country for the third annual Summit on Stepfamily Ministry called Blended & Blessed. Hosted by FamilyLife Blended, this two-day event 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: Mariners Church, Irvine.   |   Register and find details here  

Athens, AL - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • December 04, 2015 - December 05, 2015
Host: Lindsay Lane Baptist Church   |   Contact: Eric Pugh at 256-232-0020 or eric@lindsaylane.org    |   Get information about Lindsay Lane Baptist Church here 
Houston, TX - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • January 23, 2016
NOTE: This is a one-day Saturday event, 9:00-5:00 pm    |   Host: Hope & Healing Center (of St. Martin's Episcopal Church)   |   To register or get more information about the Hope and Healing Center, click HERE   

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)

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


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