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Conferences, Events, & Cruises with Ron L. Deal


"An awesome experience! Ron has a gift of connecting to married couples."
-- Randall (Atlanta)

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.

Click here for Stepmom events with Laura Petherbridge

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

Columbus, NE - Couple Checkup Conference
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • July 21, 2017 - July 22, 2017
Host: 1C Church   |   Get contact information and learn more about this unique marriage enrichment event with Ron Deal here

Yorktown, VA - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • September 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Host: Northside Christian Church   |   Contact: Dr. Larry J. Lamb at 757-595-5890 or larrylnorthsidecc.org     |   Get registration info  here 

Nashville, TN - Stepfamily Therapy Training
Train the Trainer • September 27, 2017 - September 30, 2017
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 

Nashville, TN - National Event: "The Summit on Stepfamily Ministry"
Train the Trainer • October 26, 2017 - October 27, 2017
On Thursday and Friday Oct 26-27, 2017 join Ron Deal and hundreds of stepfamily ministry leaders from around the country for the fifth annual Summit on Stepfamily Ministry.

Sponsored by FamilyLife Blended, this years 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:
Fellowship Bible Church, Brentwood, TN   |   Register and find details here  

Register and learn more here

Nashville, TN - Becoming Stepfamily Smart workshop
Blended Family Training • October 29, 2017

Host: Forest Hills Baptist Church (Forest Hills website)  

"Becoming Stepfamily Smart" Workshop - Sunday morning 11:00 AM (1 hour class)

For information contact Nan Dodd, nan.dodd@fhbc.org, (615) 373-8074 

Everyone is welcome, no registration required.  





Westerville, OH - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • November 03, 2017 - November 04, 2017
Host: Church of the Messiah United Methodist   |   Contact: Kathy Currier at 614-882-2167 or kcurrier@messiahumc.net     |   Get information about Church of the Messiah  here 

Rome, Ga (near Atlanta) - A Special Getaway Destination Event - Building A Successful Stepfamily
Blended Family Training • December 01, 2017 - December 03, 2017
Host: WinShape Marriage Retreat   |  Join Ron at this unique 2.5 day retreat event at the beautiful WinShape Retreat center. Experience, worship, grow, hang out with Ron, and relax in a quiet destination setting. One of WinShape's Signature Series events  |  Registration information: WinShape Retreat  

Feedback from last year: 

"Exceeded our expectations. Ron is an amazing speaker. Not only does he keep it real and give you applicable information to use, he hangs out with us like a friend..."
- Debbie

"My husband and I just returned from our weekend at WinShape with you. I cannot begin to tell you how greatly we benefitted and how on point this retreat was for us. We left with a lot of hope... and understanding."

- Beth & Tim

"The WinShape event gives you tools to strengthen your marriage and family, and a community of people who understand."
- Janice

Bentonville, AR & Big Cedar Lodge - Couple Checkup Conference
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • February 02, 2018 - February 04, 2018
Host: Grace Point Church   |  Event Location: Big Cedar Lodge  |     Get contact information and learn more about this unique marriage enrichment event with Ron Deal here

Love Like You Mean It FamilyLife Marriage Cruise
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • February 11, 2018 - February 17, 2018

Hosted by FamilyLife, this 7 day, 6 night romantic voyage is a destination event you won't want to miss! Departs Fort Lauderdale FL with excusions at Amber Cove Dominican Republic, Grand Turk, and Half Moon Cay Bahamas.

Special artists and speakers include Dennis & Barbara Rainey, Ron Deal, Anita Renfroe, Paul David Tripp, Bryan Loritts, Plumb, Janice Gaines, Matt Hammitt, Stuart and Tracy Palmer, John Michael Hinton, worship led by Grace Chapel Worship, and more...   |   Come spend Valentine's on the cruise of a lifetime! 

Imagine time away with your spouse. Time to Relax...to Rediscover the fun you have together...to enjoy Romance...to Renew your connection with each other and the God who brought you together...to Remember all that you mean to each other. Wouldn’t that be AWESOME?!

Learn more here... 







Internet Simulcast (live from Plover, WI) - The Parent Summit
For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples • February 24, 2018

This simulcast event is available to churches around the country.  

The Parent's Summit is a full day event in Plover, Wisconsin built around the idea that local churches equipping local parents makes the world better.

The 2018 Parent's Summit features top parenting speakers including Lysa TerKeurst, Josh Straub, Ron Deal, and more.

Learn more about attending live or becoming a simulcast site here: The Parent Summit









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