How to Host a Marriage Retreat for Your Small Group

The Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference

Small groups help us take “community” from the abstract to the concrete. They allow our relationships with fellow believers to flourish into meaningful friendships as we grow and serve and study the Word together. They provide both a context for us to meet together and the intimacy we need to practically motivate one another towards acts of love and good works (Hebrews 10:24–25). And the better we know each other, the better equipped we are to speak wisdom into each other’s lives.

Break out of the routine

If you have a formula or an outline for small group that works for you, that’s awesome, and you should keep using it. But if your small group meets together regularly and does the same thing the same way every time, you might not be getting the most out of your time together. Relationships are organic, and while it’s important to have a framework or basic structure to keep things moving, there’s more than one way to grow together spiritually; trying new things together can be a great way to get to know one another.

Vyrso has teamed up with Matt and Lauren Chandler to offer the perfect opportunity to break up the routine in your small group.

Learn about marriage—together

Drawing from Scripture and insights from their own marriage, Matt and Lauren are hosting a marriage conference to talk about God’s design for dating, romance, sex, and marriage.

Your entire small group can stream The Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference for $69.99—live on February 19–20, or on demand for 30 days!

Here’s what Matt and Lauren will cover:

  • Attraction & Character: Even in Christian relationships, physical attraction is often the springboard to dating or courtship. Matt and Lauren explain the purpose of attraction in marriage, and talk about the practical ways attraction can continue drawing you towards something even better: your spouse’s character.
  • Wedding Bells & Sex: Your marriage is meant to mirror God’s love, pursuit, and romance of humanity. Matt and Lauren hope to show you how understanding the purpose behind marriage and sex can directly affect your relationship with your spouse and your intimacy together.
  • Fighting Fair & Growing in Grace: Did you know the Song of Solomon speaks more about conflict than it does about sex? In marriage, you will have conflict, and at different times, you will be on both sides of the hurt that conflict causes. Matt and Lauren use Scripture as a guide and their own marriage as context to help you navigate conflict with grace and love.
  • Romance & Legacy: What will the fruit of your marriage look like? How does your love for your spouse impact the kingdom? Matt and Lauren will walk you through what the Bible says about romance that endures.

Imagine the conversations an experience like this could stir in your small group. Even if you’re not ready to dive into these topics as a community, that’s okay—the wisdom you’ll gain from Matt and Lauren could lead to some of the most important conversations you’ll have as individual couples.

Transform your living room into a marriage retreat

The best part is, you don’t have to go anywhere to attend the conference. You can stream the conference live or watch it on demand. Wherever you normally have small group, you can have a full-blown marriage retreat (snacks not included with ticket purchase).

With 30 days of on-demand access, you can break up the conference however works best for you—watch it all at once in a weekend, or break it up over the next four weeks! We’ll provide you with a detailed itinerary of the live conference, but how you experience it is up to you.

You could take breaks for meals together.

You could dive into the Song of Solomon and get familiar with the Scriptures Matt and Lauren draw from.

You could share how each section has played out in the story of your marriage.

Or you could just sit back, relax, and enjoy the teachings of Matt and Lauren Chandler.

Get your ticket

A small group ticket to The Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference is just $69.99; that’s for your entire small group. That’s less than some conferences cost to attend by yourself. You could divvy that up between each couple, or pay for it yourself to bless your friends with a spiritual-growth experience.

Is your small group busy during the conference and the 30 days that follow?

That’s okay. You can still get a couple ticket to stream the event with your spouse for $19.99.

Get your ticket and learn more about the conference here.

Written by
Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson is a writer for OverviewBible, where he uses Logos to explore the characters, groups, places, and books of the Bible. He has served in a variety of volunteer ministry positions, primarily through Young Life.

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