A Great Marriage
in 20 Words

 February 14—18, 2018

 

Holiday Inn Conference Center

Pigeon Forge, TN

 

The Sevierville Church of Christ

Sevierville, TN

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2018 Schedule

Which works better for you: the early or the late track?

We know that some can’t be away from your home congregation during the weekend, and some can’t miss work during the week. To solve this problem, we offer two options: the early and the late track.

The early track starts at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and ends at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

The late track starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and ends around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Whichever track you attend, you’ll receive a download link to all lessons after the retreat.

Early Track (Thursday Evening / Friday Morning)

Thursday, February 15

  • 5:00 p.m. Registration
  • 5:30 p.m. Getting Acquainted: Fun ’N’ Games. Jim Dearman
  • 6:00-6:45 p.m. Joy: Happier @ Home. Dan Winkler
  • 7:00-7:45 p.m. Union: Sex, a Sacred Gift. B.J. Clarke
  • 8:00 p.m. Supper Break/Free Time

Friday, February 16

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. Wisdom: Marriage Killers. This session focuses on developing the wisdom to get past the past and protect your relationship from daily threats, B. J. Clarke
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m. Connection: Marriage Thrillers. This session focuses on enhancing intimacy, Dan Winkler
  • 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. Writing Contest/Awards. Jim Dearman
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m. Affirmation: Speaking Well of Your Spouse (Colossians 3:19). This session deals with the value of learning to compliment your mate to the face and behind the back. Melvin Otey, Montgomery, Alabama
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m. Unconditionality: I Won’t Love You Only “as Long as…” (Proverbs 19:22). Dan Winkler
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m. Send-off: Leave ‘Em Laughing. Jim Dearman
Late Track (Friday Evening / Saturday Morning)

Friday, February 16

  • 5:00 p.m. Registration
  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. Getting Acquainted: Fun ’N’ Games. Jim Dearman
  • 6:10-7:00 p.m. Joy: Happier @ Home. Dan Winkler, Huntingdon, Tennessee
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. Supper Break
  • 8:45-9:15 p.m. Awards. Jim Dearman
  • 9:15-10:00 p.m. Union: Sex, a Sacred Gift. B.J. Clarke, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 10:00 p.m. Goodnight

Saturday, February 17

Saturday offers two different tracks. The lessons given at the Sevierville Church of Christ are aimed at couples married 10 years or less, while the lessons presented at the Holiday Inn are aimed at couples married 10 years and over, but you can attend whichever location you wish. Remember, whichever track you attend, you’ll receive a download link to all lessons after the retreat.

Those Married 10 Years or Less: Sevierville Church Building

  • 9:40-10:00 a.m. Protection: Guarding Yourself Sexually. Dan Winkler
  • 10:00-10:20 a.m. Management: Keeping Money from Becoming a Problem. Melvin Otey
  • 10:20-10:40 a.m. Independence: Setting Boundaries with Your Parents. Dan Winkler
  • 10:40-11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00-11:20 a.m. Discernment: Separating Sexual Fact and Fiction. Melvin Otey
  • 11:20-11:40 a.m. Communication: Keeping the Lines Open. Dan Winkler
  • 11:40 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30-1:50 p.m. Appreciation: Understanding Your Spouse as an Individual (Proverbs 24:3). Melvin Otey
  • 1:50-2:10 p.m. Respect: Coming to Know Your Marital Role. B.J. Clarke
  • 2:10-2:30 p.m. Teamwork: Rearing Godly Children Together. Melvin Otey
  • 2:30-2:50 p.m. Break
  • 2:50-3:10 p.m. Knowledge: Keys to a Growing Marriage. B.J. Clarke
  • 3:10-3:30 p.m. Depth: Developing Spiritual Intimacy with Each Other and God. Melvin Otey
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. Intimacy: Understanding Sexual Desire in Marriage. This session will discuss problem-solving common sexual roadblocks. B. J. Clarke

Those Married 10 Years and Over: Holiday Inn Conference Center

  • 10:00 a.m. Wisdom: Marriage Killers. This session focuses on developing the wisdom to get passed the past and protect your relationship from daily threats, B. J. Clarke
  • 11:00 a.m. Vision: What God Sees for Your Marriage. B. J. Clarke
  • 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Unconditionality: I Won’t Love You Only “as Long as…” (Proverbs 19:22). Dan Winkler
  • 2:30 p.m. Connection: Marriage Thrillers. This session deals with enhancing intimacy, Dan Winkler
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m. Send-off: Leave ‘Em Laughing. Jim Dearman

Lasting marriages are built on rock-solid foundations.

About Wednesday Evening Bible Study and Sunday Worship Services

In addition to the official marriage retreat, Wednesday night and Sunday services at the Sevierville Church of Christ will feature our retreat speakers.

Wednesday, February 14

  • 7:00 p.m.: Vision: What God Sees for Your Marriage. B.J. Clarke

Sunday, February 18

  • Early worship 8:00 a.m.: Romance: Could You Please Be My Valentine? Dan Winkler
  • Bible Class 9:00 a.m.: Love: My Only Mate, My Best Friend. Melvin Otey
  • Worship 10:00 a.m.: Romance: Could You Please Be My Valentine? Dan Winkler (Repeated)

2018 Speakers

  • B.J. Clarke
    B.J. Clarke

    B. J. found his Freed-Hardeman sweetheart, Tish Hall, in 1981, and married her on September 24, 1983. They have three children, Daniel, Holly, and Michael. Tish has been by his side as a loyal and faithful preacher’s wife in all of his local work, in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. She has also been a very understanding wife, encouraging B. J. to accept opportunities to travel and preach. She tolerates sports but loves planting flowers, reading, cooking, country music, and going to bed early. B. J. hates yard work, tolerates country music, loves reading, her cooking, watching sports, and going to bed late. In spite of their personality differences, their common love for God, and for each other, has blessed them with thirty-four happy years of marriage.

  • Melvin Otey
    Melvin Otey

    Melvin and Jania met in law school and have been married for fifteen years. In that time, they have been partners in the Lord’s work, in business, and in rearing their two sons, Caleb and Christian, to be committed servants in the Lord’s kingdom. Among other things, Melvin teaches at Faulkner Law and serves on the Board of Directors for Lads 2 Leaders, and Jania directs the Kids & Culture Camp in Washington, D.C. The family worships and works with the Dalraida congregation in Montgomery, Alabama, and enjoys devotional times in the home.

  • Dan Winkler
    Dan Winkler

    Dan Winkler was born in Port Arthur, Texas. In 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Diane, and the Lord gave them the honor of raising three wonderful sons. Dan began preaching in 1969, has degrees from Oklahoma Christian College and David Lipscomb College, and is a member of the Freed Hardeman University Bible faculty. Most of his ministry has been with the Huntingdon church of Christ in Huntingdon, Tennessee. He is now the owner-president of D & D Publishing, has authored ten books, and enjoys blogging and tweeting religious thoughts (danwinkler.org). 

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