April 5-7, 2018



Somehow, someway, every marriage becomes a struggle.

Everyone’s marriage morphs into something they didn’t intend it to be. At some point you need something sturdier than romance. You need something deeper than shared interests and mutual attraction. You need changed expectations, you need radical commitments, and, most importantly, you need grace.

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Bradford Inn

All couples will need to call Bradford Inn (417-338-5555) to reserve their room. Rooms range from $84-124 depending on room amenities. A one-night deposit is required to reserve your room. To view rooms and ammenties visit the Bradford Inn website.


What is the schedule?

The retreat includes 5 sessions, lunch quads, fellowship, and date night. The 2019 schedule will be available soon.

What is the teaching format?

Each session will be divided into 2 components. In the first half of each session we will watch one of the 25 minute session videos from What Did You Expect by Paul David Trip. In the last half of each session we will break up into small groups of 3-4 couples to discuss the teaching.

Will there be dinner on Friday Night?

We will have light snacks on Friday night, but you will need to eat dinner before you arrive.

What are lunch quads?

On Saturday, we will divide all the everyone into groups of 4 couples for lunch. These have been great times of fellowship and fun.

Can we bring our children?

The weekend is an opportunity for couples to focus on their marriage. We encourage all couples to leave their children at home (of course with proper supervision). We realize some situations may prevent this from happening. If couples do bring their children, they need to make arrangements for them to be cared for during all sessions. Nursing infants are allowed in sessions, but should be quickly removed if they become a distraction.

What if we cannot attend the entire weekend?

We encourage everyone to plan to participate the entire weekend; however, we realize that schedules may not allow couples to attend the entire weekend. If you are not able to attend the entire weekend, please e-mail Ed Willoughby.