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The goal of this workshop is…

To help couples stay together for good, growing in love over a lifetime. It’s what we want when we choose to be married. A Vanier institute study found that 95% of Canadians say that marriage is supposed to be for a lifetime…together for good. This workshop outlines the great good that marriage is designed to be and then addresses honestly the two great challenges to staying together for good – differences and drift. The workshop provides insights and research to help couples understand more fully what is really going on in our marriage relationships, focusing on the areas of communication, conflict, sex and spirituality. Each session does more than inform, it provides helpful tools to move past the differences and drift to a place of greater closeness and trust. Each session also prioritizes times for couples to process the information together and consider how to apply it in their relationship.

There is no group sharing of personal marriage stories…this is just between the wife and husband.

Staying together is also good in other significant ways. Staying together for good doesn’t just make people happier…it makes them and their families healthier and our churches and communities stronger. Did you know that happily married people live longer, have less illness, make more money and have more and better sex? And did you know that married couples produce children who do better in school, get in less trouble with the law, display much less high-risk behavior and who themselves build lasting marriages? In spite of these proven benefits and blessings, research suggests that only 20% of couples ever do anything intentional to improve their marriage. Participants in this workshop are doing something that is all-too-rare yet profoundly good.

TOGETHER FOR GOOD digital workshop kit

  • five full sessions
  • session handouts
  • facilitator’s guide
  • promo materials

Facilitator’s Guide

Together for Good sample facilitator's guideContents:

Preparation
Event Execution
Follow up
Our Partnership
Session Overviews

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Speakers

Filmed with live audience

Neil & Sharol Josephson

FamilyLife Directors
Neil and Sharol are the directors of FamilyLife Canada and have been ministering to couples as marriage and family pastors for years.
They are frequent speakers at the Weekend Getaway and their sense of humour, love for God, and passion for families endear them to people of all ages.

Sessions

The workshop is organized into 5 sessions ranging from 40 to 60 minutes long.

Session One – Together for Good

In this session, Sharol and Neil sketch the great good that comes from staying together for good – good for couples, kids, communities and country. Next, they address the obvious question: “if marriage is so good, why do so many of us find it so difficult? Why do so many give up on it?” The broad answer is differences and drift. These two concepts are introduced and explored with several couple’s conversations.

Session Two – Together for Good Tools

Neil and Sharol begin going deeper on the dynamics of marriage, focusing in this session on Drift. Specifically, how to manage drift…because drift happens! The primary tool for dealing with drift is communication. Through teaching and couples’ projects, Sharol and Neil lead couples to see their own communication styles more clearly and then reinforce best communication practices for each person to use.

Session Three – Together for Good Tools

Neil and Sharol continue going deeper on the dynamics of marriage, focusing in this session on the differences that may keep us from staying Together for Good. The result of differences is conflict. Sharol and Neil lead the participants to discern what causes conflict in their relationship, what makes it flare out of control and how to deal with the ongoing impact of conflict. Once again, couples have time in the session to dialogue about the content and how it applies to their marriage.

Session Four – Together for Good | A Good Gift

The focus of this session is the sexual part of being Together for Good. Sharol and Neil guide the participants to understand the dynamics of their sexual relationship and provide a process for them to think helpfully about where they are at and where they might go to grow in physical intimacy.

Session Five – Together for Good | Forever

In this final session, Sharol and Neil begin by simply presenting Jesus’ invitation to follow him and then to make him the centre of our marriage and families. They explore spiritual differences in the second half and suggest ways couples can be Together for Good spiritually.

Promo Materials

Fillable and printable poster and postcard templates provided

Interested in hosting Together for Good?

The Together for Good workshop videos are available for on demand rental for $30 through Vimeo.

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