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Conferences, Events, & Cruises with Ron 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



Click an event below to view details.

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

Edmonton, Alberta - Break Forth ONE, 2018
1/26/2018, All Day - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples

January 26-28, 2018

Break Forth One is Canadas largest church renewal and equipping conference. It is one weekend where Christians of all denominations and generations gather from all regions of Canada in one place as one church.

  • There are dozens of workshops, keynote presentations, and concerts. Worship will be led by Hillsong.
  • Ron will be speaking on marriage and stepfamily relationships.
  • Learn more here 

Bentonville, AR & Big Cedar Lodge - Couple Checkup Conference
2/2/2018, All Day - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples

February 2-4, 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
2/11/2018, All Day - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples

February 11-17, 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. Wouldnt that be AWESOME?!

Learn more here... 







Internet Simulcast (live from Plover, WI) - The Parent Summit
2/24/2018, 9:00am-4:30pm - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples

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

Plymouth, MI (Detroit area) - Empowered to Love Conference, March 9-10, 2018
3/9/2018, 7:00pm - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples

March 9-10, 2018  (Fri 7-9 pm, Sat 9:00-noon)

Empowered to Love Conference   |   Host: NorthRidge Church
   |   For more information contact Debbie Bennett at
[email protected] or 734-233-3656   |   Get registration information here  

Learn more about the Empowered to Love/Couple Checkup Conferences with Ron Deal here 

Lansing, MI - Becoming Stepfamily Smart & Weekend Worship Services, March 10-11, 2018
3/10/2018, All Day - Blended Family Training

March 10-11, 2018

Host: Trinity Church   |   Two opportunities to hear Ron Deal:

Weekend Services Guest Speaker: Saturday, 6:00 pm, and Sunday Morning Worship (services at 9:15 & 11:00 AM) -  "When You Have a Less-Than-Perfect Family"

  • Children's Ministry program available
  • Open to everyone

"Becoming Stepfamily Smart" Seminar - Sunday 2:00-5:00 pm

  • Registration is required. Registration is $15/individual and $20/couple.
  • For registration questions contact Trinity Church 517-272-3820

For more information visit Trinity's website or register here 


Blended & Blessed Internet Livestream (live from Charlotte, NC, accessible world wide), April 21, 2018
4/21/2018, All Day - Blended Family Training
This global event, enjoyed for the first time in 2017 by thousands from all 50 states and 22 foreign countries, is returning with new speakers and practical content to enrich your home.

Hosted by FamilyLife Blended, this one-day enrichment event for stepfamily couples, single parents, and those that care for them is available anywhere you have internet access.

Join Ron Deal, worship artists, and other national speakers as they offer inspiring and practical messages to help you thrive in your blended family journey. There are four ways to participate:

  • Join us for the live event in Charlotte, NC
  • Host an audience in your church
  • Host a small group in your home
  • Participate as an individual couple on your device of choice


Learn more and register here


Rome, GA (near Atlanta) - A Special Getaway Destination Event - Building A Successful Stepfamily, April 27-29, 2018
4/27/2018, All Day - Blended Family Training

April 27-29, 2018

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

Vancouver, WA (Portland area) - Building A Successful Stepfamily Conference, May 18-19, 2018
5/18/2018, 7:00pm - Blended Family Training

Building A Successful Stepfamily
conference with Ron Deal. Friday, 7:00-9:30 pm; Sat 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Host: Vancouver Church of Christ
  |   Contact: Billy Mckenzie at 360-798-8707 or [email protected]
    |   Get information about here 

Auckland, New Zealand - Building A Successful Stepfamily
6/7/2018, All Day - Blended Family Training

June 7-9, 2018

For the first time Ron will be traveling to New Zealand to share a series of seminars. Sponsored by FamilyLife New Zealand.

  • Thursday, June 7 (time TBD) - an abbreviated evening seminar
  • Friday morning (9:00-noon) - a ministry equipping workshop for pastors and lay leaders
  • Fri/Sat - an expanded Building A Successful Stepfamily conference event for couples in stepfamilies 
  • Learn more and get registration details from FamilyLife New Zealand 

Hickory, NC - Becoming Stepfamily Smart, Saturday, July 28, 2018
7/28/2018, 9:00am-12:00am - Blended Family Training

Becoming Stepfamily Smart workshop with Ron Deal - Saturday morning, 9:00 am - noon

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Broadcasting, 106.9 the Light (WMIT)
  |  Location of workshop in Hickory, NC TBD  |  Contact: Amanda Woods
1-800-330-9648 x4250 1069theLight.org

Milwaukee, WI - Building A Successful Stepfamily, Sept 14-15, 2018
9/14/2018, 7:00pm - Blended Family Training

Building A Successful Stepfamily conference with Ron Deal. Friday, 7:00-9:30 pm; Sat 8:30 am-12:00 pm

Host: Eastbrook Church
  |   Contact: Ruth Carver, Pastor of Congregational Care, 414-228-5220, [email protected]
   |   Get information about here 

Dallas, TX - Stepfamily Therapy Training, Sept 27-29, 2018
9/27/2018, 8:30am-11:45am - Train the Trainer

Professional training in stepfamily therapy
for counselors, psychologists, marriage & family therapists, and other mental health providers.

Attend "A Good Blend: Understanding & Counseling Stepfamilies," a  3-hour pre-conference workshop with Ron Deal on Sept 27th.  

Part of the American Association of Christian Counselors Mega National Conference, Dallas, TX, Sept 27-29, 2018. Includes training in Coaching, Counseling, Recovery, and Marriage & Family across 8 professional tracks. Multiple CE's available. Keynote speakers include Josh McDowell, Everett Worthington, Kay Warren, Tony Evans, & more    |    Click here for registration information, topics, and speakers or call 800-526-8673.


Little Rock, AR - The Summit on Stepfamily Ministry, national train-the-trainer event, Oct 25-26, 2018
10/25/2018, All Day - Train the Trainer

On Thursday and Friday Oct 25-26, 2018 join Ron Deal and hundreds of stepfamily ministry leaders from around the country for the sixth annual Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. This is the premiere ministry equipping event for childrens ministry, student ministry, and adult education ministries concerning blended families.

Sponsored by FamilyLife Blended, this event focuses on preventing redivorce and breaking the generational cycle of divorce. Open and appropriate for "beginner" or seasoned lay or staff leaders.

Location: Summit Church, North Little Rock, AR (The "Summit is at the Summit" this year!)   |   Register and find details here 






Austin, TX - Stepfamily Therapy Training, Feb 22-23, 2019
2/22/2019, All Day - Train the Trainer

Professional training in stepfamily therapy for counselors, psychologists, marriage & family therapists, and other mental health providers with Ron Deal. 5.5 hours of CE training, plus other workshops options

of the 2019 Christian Counselors of Texas annual conference  |    Event location: Courtyard Austin Pflugerville

Click here for information and registration 


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