2024 Marriage and Family Ministry Network
The Marriage and Family Ministry Network's vision is to see families transformed and become instruments of restoration and reformation. The Network will train and encourage Christian leaders who want to grow in their own marriage and family relationships and help other marriages and families be healed and transformed. Participants in the Marriage and Family Ministry Network will receive specialised training at the Forum Annual Meeting as well as helpful resources and mentoring opportunities.
Through the Marriage and Family Ministry Network, leaders will be equipped to help families be transformed by the power and presence of God’s amazing grace into instruments of restoration and reformation.
Mike Betts leads Relational Mission, a network of churches which is part of the global Newfrontiers family. He is the author of From the Inside Out, Relational Mission: A Way of Life, and The Prayers of Many. Mike is passionate about the church enjoying… Read more
Bill Cavness has spent most of his career in the construction industry in Arizona prior to being called into vocational ministry in 2018. He also served as the Director of Operations for Dr. Tim Kimmel and Grace Based Families from 2008-2014, where he was immersed in biblical thought and… Read more
Michelle is the Minister of Staff Development and on the Executive Leadership Team at Scottsdale Bible Church in Arizona. She has a passion for discipleship and drawing out a greater thirst for more of God and His Word in others. Michelle also enjoys developing people within the Church in such a… Read more
Dr. John Michael has been helping couples and families since 1993. John finished his Master’s Degree at Denver Seminary in Colorado and began working as a social worker and counsellor. Throughout the years of helping people, Dr. Michael completed his Doctorate in Psychology at Kennedy Western… Read more
Claire Patty grew up in the Czech Republic as the daughter of missionaries, Dave and Connie Patty. From a young age, she was impacted by being raised in a cross-cultural setting and seeing the gospel transform lives. After graduating from a Czech national school, she completed her BA in Bible… Read more
Dave Patty has been involved in training youth leaders and leading national and international youth movements in Europe for over 30 years. He serves as the president of Josiah Venture. He is also a founding member of Global Youth Initiative, which mobilizes and equips youth ministry trainers in… Read more
Michael Tooker has spent most of his career in the highly competitive corporate world. He’s seen firsthand how the demands of work impact marriage and family. In 2022, Michael transitioned from his role as a corporate executive to pastoring at one of America’s largest churches. Michael… Read more
Sunday, 26 May
The demands of Christian leadership arise every day of the week and any time of day. This reality, alongside the importance of the work, creates a perfect environment for workaholism, burnout, and ultimately divorce for Christian leaders. In this session, our speaker will share transparently how his idolatry of work nearly destroyed his marriage and family. He’ll also share powerful principles and practices that enabled him to put God in his proper position to do a miraculous healing work in his marriage and family.
Facing suffering and grief is a sobering reality of marriage. How can we faithfully endure and grow amid pain and sorrow? This session will discuss the importance of grief, grace, intimacy, and community and how God can strengthen and teach us in the midst of suffering.
Monday, 27 May
How to lead in ministry and meet the needs of others is often a clearer and less exhausting path than being a good spouse and parent. Why can it be so much easier to be the person your ministry expects you to be than the one your spouse expects you to be? Gospel transformation is common to the lives of all believers. This session will aim to identify the barriers that sometimes keep us from living as our transformed selves at home to the same degree we do in our ministries.
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Tuesday, 28 May
Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to “Guard our hearts” and reveals that the heart of a person is the place from which the issues of life flow. In this session, we will explore how identifying emotions and embracing their impact can lead to intimacy with God and intimacy in our marriage relationships. We will also uncover how the ways in which we work with our own emotions impact the cycles of our relationships. This session will also address some keys to help leaders care for the marriages of others.
The Bible uses family language throughout to refer to the people of God. Being part of a local church is how we practically live out being part of the greater family of God on earth. We simply cannot become all God intends us to be on our own or through other Christian connections. The local church is where our faith is built, strengthened and matured. How does this come about? What kind of transformation comes about through being part of the local church?
Wednesday, 29 May
Burnout, depression and chronic illness are exhausting for affected individuals, but they also create burdens for their families. Children may feel neglected and unloved, and spouses may feel lonely and unsupported. The results can be frustration and guilt in all parties and lasting damage to relationships. This session will explore the dynamics of families with a member experiencing exhaustion and examine practical steps to reduce its harm. We will also consider how to recover as a family whether the affected person recovers from the exhaustion or not.
One of the challenges of parenting is the steady change that is required to adapt to a child’s growth. Parenting a grade school student is very different than parenting a teenager, and the best strategies for one phase of a child’s life may be the very worst for the next. Developmental psychologists have discovered that children move through predictable stages of development that can be understood and responded to. What are these stages and how do they affect parenting? How can a believer purposefully parent through the stages in a way that shapes their child’s behavior, draws them to God and develops maturity? Dave will be joined by his daughter, Claire, a children’s education specialist, for this practical seminar.