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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.

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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

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

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: Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, 12400 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72210   |   Register and find details here 






Hurricane, WV - Building A Successful Stepfamily, Nov 9-10, 2018
11/9/2018, 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: River Ridge Church
  |   Contact: Blair Hayes, Groups Pastor, 304-397-6173, [email protected]
   |   Register here  

Vacaville, CA - Building A Successful Stepfamily Conference, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2018
11/30/2018, All Day - Blended Family Training
Nov 30-Dec 1, 2018  (Fri 7-9:30 pm, Sat 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM)

Building A Successful Stepfamily conference with Ron Deal.

Host: The Father's House, Vacaville location (4800 Horse Creek Dr, Vacaville, CA)   |   Contact: Samantha Meza at 707-255-5130 or email: [email protected] 
    |   Register here   

Chattanooga, TN - Becoming Stepfamily Smart, January 26, 2019
1/26/2019, 9:00am-12:00am - Blended Family Training

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

Sponsored by First Things First | Location: TBD | Contact: 423-267-5383 or visit First Things First

Love Like You Mean It FamilyLife Marriage Cruise, Feb 10-16, 2019
2/10/2019, All Day - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples
February 10-16, 2019

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?!

Hosted by FamilyLife, this 7 day, 6 night romantic voyage is a destination event you won't want to miss! Departs Port Everglades, FL with excusions in Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Key West.

A variety of special artists and speakers   |   An amazing Valentine's week on the cruise of a lifetime!

Learn more 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 

Lecture, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Wed, May 1, 2019
5/1/2019, All Day - Train the Trainer
Wed, May 1, 2019

Lecture for the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University. Part of Harbor, the annual Pepperdine Bible Lectureship

Details to come  |  Learn more about the Center for the Family here 

Rome, GA (near Atlanta) - A Special Getaway Destination Event - Building A Successful Stepfamily, May 3-5, 2019
5/3/2019, All Day - Blended Family Training
May 3-5, 2019  |  Begins with dinner Friday evening, concludes around 11:00 am Sun morning

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 (details on this weekend still to come).

Feedback from previous years:

    "Wow!! What amazing weekend we had at the Blended Families retreat at WinShape. Ron Deal was a great speaker and had lots of timely information about blended families and their specific needs and problems. We were ministered to, and hopefully ministered to others by sharing our story in small group settings. We made new friends from Pennsylvania and Tennessee as well as Miami. Honestly it was such an awesome experience we didn't want to go another day without saying thank you!!
    - Robbie & Summer

    "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 benefited 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

Pembroke, NH - Empowered to Love marriage conference, Nov 1-2, 2019
11/1/2019, All Day - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples

November 1-2, 2019  (Fri 7-9 pm, Sat 9:00-noon)

Empowered to Love Conference   |   Host: Grace Capital Church
   |   For more information contact Michael Dennehy at
[email protected] or 603-496-2094  |  Visit the church web site

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


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