My Top Take-Home Tips From The "Marriage America" Conference

Originally published Monday, 16 April 2012.


What if you could pick the brains of the top thinkers, writers, and speakers on Christian marriage, and share their best ideas on your blog?

For the next several posts, that’s exactly what I will do!

I just returned from the first annual Marriage America Conference.  It was sponsored by the American Association of Christian Counselors (50,000 Christian therapists and counselors). The top speakers, authors, and thinkers on Christian marriage were there.

For me, it was a feast.

We heard from Dr. Gary Chapman, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, to name a few. I met with Dr. Les Parrott, Sarah Eggerichs, and many other amazing leaders in the field.  The AACC leadership and staff is incredible.  Each person was warm and welcoming, despite having probably spoken for one thousand hours straight.

Here’s what was reaffirmed strikingly for me during this meeting:

  1. Relationships are why we are here on this earth.  And for those of us who are married, our marriages, after God, are relationship Number One.
  2. There is a deep need for information on the “What”, “Why”, and “How” of marriage.
  3. Many of us are ill-prepared for marriage when we start out.(understatement!)  Getting equipped is absolutely achievable, but we’ve got to go after it intentionally.

Question: What will do you do to start “going after” your marriage intentionally? 

With that in mind, over the next several posts, I will share my top take-aways from this awesome meeting.

Stay tuned!


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I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  You can share in the comment box! (just below or upper left)


Dr. Ann is a Christian M.D., wife to a fantastic husband, and mom to a lively gang of three.  At The Marriage Checklist Ann blogs about marriage, motherhood, and more!  She helps women build better life balance and grow great marriages.  Ann blogs on, and has been featured on,, Fox news, and Good Morning America.  She loves that we can choose to take our best steps forward – for God, for the people in our lives, and for ourselves

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Copyright Dr. Ann 2012

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