The Goal of this Workshop
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.
And you can relax because there is no group sharing of personal stories… just quality conversations built for you and your partner to share.
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 behaviour 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
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- Our Partnership
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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 Weekend Getaways and their sense of humour, love for God, and passion for families endear them to people of all ages.
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 then explored through couples having guided 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
Session Five – Together for Good | Forever
In this final session, Sharol and Neil begin by simply presenting Jesus’ invitation to follow him and 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.
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