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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

Lansing, MI - Empowered to Love Conference, Sept 20-21, 2019
9/20/2019, All Day - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples

September 20-21, 2019  (Fri 7-9 pm, Sat
9:00 am-1:00 pm)

Empowered to Love Conference   |   Host: Trinity Church
   |   For more information contact Debi Frost at 517-492-1897 or debi.frost@wearetrinity.com
  |   Visit Trinity Church  |  Register here    

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

Nashville, TN - Stepfamily Therapy Training, AACC Conference, Oct 9-12, 2019
10/9/2019, All Day - Train the Trainer

Professional training in stepfamily therapy for counselors, psychologists, marriage & family therapists, and other mental health providers with Ron Deal - 1.5 hour conference breakout    |    Part of the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference, Nashville, TN  

Click here for information and registration 

Chesapeake, VA - The Summit on Stepfamily Ministry, national train-the-trainer event, Oct 24-25, 2018
10/24/2019, All Day - Train the Trainer

On Thursday and Friday Oct 24-25, 2019 join Ron Deal and hundreds of stepfamily ministry leaders from around the country for the annual Summit on Stepfamily Ministry. This is the premiere ministry equipping event for children ministry, student ministry, and adult education ministry 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: Chesapeake, VA   |   Register and find details here 




Jaffrey Township, NH - Empowered to Love marriage retreat, 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 am-1:00 pm)

Empowered to Love Conference & Retreat   |   Host: Monadnock Christian Ministries
   |   For more information contact Monadnock Christian Ministries mbc@monadnockbible.org or phone (603) 532-8321
  |  See the retreat site & register 

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

Love Like You Mean It FamilyLife Marriage Cruise, Feb 9-16, 2020
2/9/2020, All Day - For Dating, First Marriage, & Stepfamily Couples

February 9-16, 2019 - FamilyLife's Love Like You Mean It marriage cruise is the premier couples cruise event!

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 8 day, 7 night romantic voyage is a destination event you won't want to miss! Destinations include FORT LAUDERDALE, COCO CAY BAHAMAS, SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO, and ST. THOMAS. Includes a variety of special artists and speakers   |   An amazing Valentine's week on the cruise of a lifetime!

Learn more here... 




North Little Rock, AR - Building A Successful Stepfamily Conference, Feb 28-29, 2020
2/28/2020, All Day - Blended Family Training

Feb 28-29, 2020  (Fri 7-9:30 pm, Sat 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM)

Building A Successful Stepfamily conference with Ron Deal

Host: First Assembly North Little Rock, 4500 West Commercial Dr., North Little Rock, AR   |   Contact: Brian Dollar at 501-758-8553 or email BDollar@firstnlr.com  
|  Web: First Assembly NLR   |   Registration info coming...

Atlanta, GA - Becoming Stepfamily Smart, March 12, 2020
3/12/2020, 6:30pm-9:00pm - Blended Family Training

Thursday, March 12, 2020, time TBD

Becoming Stepfamily Smart workshop with Ron Deal 

Sponsored by North Point Community Church  |  Location: North Point Community Church, 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA  |  Contact: Rachel Menzoian, email: rachel.menzoian@northpointministries.net, or phone: 678.892.5693  |  Registration coming... 

Rome, GA (near Atlanta) - A Special Getaway Destination Event - Building A Successful Stepfamily, March 13-15, 2020
3/13/2020, All Day - Blended Family Training

March 13-15, 2020  |  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

Blended & Blessed Livestream (live from Houston, accessible world wide), April 25, 2020
4/25/2020, All Day - Blended Family Training

Blended & Blessed is the only one-day live event and livestream specifically for blended family couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about stepfamilies.

Join sites around the globe for a day of education on how to have a healthy blended family. With some of todays most trusted and respected experts, Blended & Blessed will challenge, inspire, and encourage you. Over 19,000 people from 22 countries have experienced the event over the past two years, and were coming back with new speakers and more crucial help for 2019.

  • Theme: "Now You're Speaking My Language"
  • Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times Bestselling book The Five Love Languages

If you are part of a blended family or know someone who is this is a cant-miss opportunity!

Join us Saturday, April 27th, 2019.
Hosted by FamilyLife Blended, Ron Deal, Director.

There are four ways to participate:
  • Join the live event in Minneapolis, MN
  • Host the livestream in your church for a group
  • Host a small group in your home
  • Participate as an individual couple on your device of choice


Learn more and register here

Texarkana, TX - Building A Successful Stepfamily Conference, May 1-2, 2020
5/1/2020, All Day - Blended Family Training

May 1-2, 2020  (Fri 7-9:30 pm, Sat 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM), Texarkana, TX

Building A Successful Stepfamily conference with Ron Deal.

Event Location: First Baptist Church Texarkana, 5 Ponderosa Drive, Texarkana, TX 75503   |  Host: First Baptist Church, Texarkana   |   Registration: Information coming. Visit their website  
  • Open to all area churches and leaders, single parents, and dating, engaged, or married stepfamily couples


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