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Cultivating Connections 2019

Marriage is often a mystery – communication, transitions, sex, parenting, conflict. Couples can spend their entire life trying to solve this mystery. The apostle Paul describes marriage as only part of a greater mystery- that is, Christ and the Church. This greater mystery involves loving as Christ loved, serving as Christ served, submitting as Christ submitted, and giving as Christ gave. Reflecting on this mystery can change our marriages.
-Ephesians 5:31-32-


When: Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19
Where: Morton Apostolic Christian Church
Cost: $100/couple. Payments can be made via PayPal or by check. Mail checks to 515 E Highland St. Morton, IL. 61550
Registration: Registration is now closed.
Hotels:  Reserved under “Apostolic Christian Marriage Conference”
Holiday Inn Express, Morton, IL – $126/night- To reserve, call 309-263-4400 before Sept 19
Quality Inn, Morton, IL- $85/night (King Room) or $80/night (Queen Room)- To reserve, call 309-266-8310 before Sept 27


Friday, October 18
6:30 pm    Registration Opens
7:00           Main Session
8:00           Breakout #1

Saturday, October 19
8:30 am    Doors Open
9:00           Main Session
9:45           Couples Time
10:15          Breakout#2
11:00          Lunch
12:00 pm  Couples Time
12:30         Breakout #3
1:30           Main Session
2:30          Dismiss

Main Sessions

The Mystery of Forgiveness: The closer our relationship, the closer we grow to reality and the reality of who we truly are…imperfections and all. Yet only this reality can lead to the true intimacy of a forgiving relationship. In this first main session, we will begin to unlock this mystery of forgiveness.

The Mystery of Emotions: This main session will focus on understanding the territory of emotions. It will walk through factors impacting the emotional climate within a couple’s relationship and consider strategies to move toward deeper emotional connection.

The Mystery of Legacy: What legacy do we want our marriage to leave? In the final main session, a panel of seasoned marriages will walk through how they have navigated this question in their lives, ultimately attempting to build their marriages to reflect God’s mysterious relationship with us.

Breakout Topics

Unlocking the Mystery of Communication: Healthy dialogue through differences is critical to deepening a marriage relationship. This session focuses on applying simple yet profound communication principles to your marriage and will give participants an opportunity to learn and practice skills which help navigate difficult conversations.

Marriage and Mission: How do you define “Missions”? Is your marriage a mission? How might marriage hinder or enhance privilege participation in God’s mission? All of these are key questions to consider. This breakout session will ask HarvestCall leaders, John and Bev Huber, to offer Biblical insights and perspectives regarding your marriage and missions.

Boundaries to Save your Marriage: Our spiritual walk, job expectations, kids, in-laws, family, friends, homes, etc. all demand a difficult juggling act. This husband-wife team of 30 years will share the principles of boundaries needed for survival as we keep that which is good in while keeping the harmful out.

Two Become One: Husbands vs. Wives: The challenge is real. How do we as spouses live up to the seemingly impossible expectations of our marriage? To love. To respect. To cherish. To submit. In this workshop with your spouse, this husband/wife team will look at turning these challenges into opportunities.

Date Nights and Intentionality: Has your marriage become routine? Schedules dictating every interaction? Has the newness of engagement and first-love become ho-hum? Learn interactively from this wife on how intentionality can put the fun back in your marriage and the spark back in your relationship!

Enhancing Emotional and Physical Intimacy in Marriage: God’s design for marital sexuality includes both emotional connection and physical responsiveness. However, busy lives, stress, and skewed messages from the world can get in the way of experiencing the full blessing He desires for us in this area. This counselor’s presentation will focus on four practical ways couples can deepen their emotional intimacy while enhancing sexual fulfillment.

What in the World is Forbearance?: Marriage is a relationship that flourishes when there is patient endurance. We are called into receiving our spouse at times when we would rather correct. This session will look at the challenges, opportunities and blessings of nurturing a forbearing spirit.

Parenting Styles: Working Together as a Couple: As we seek to steward our children, we likely lean toward being more truth or more grace oriented. This husband/wife team will lead a session focused on moving couples toward parenting that is full of both grace AND truth. Learn how to work towards balance and better reflect Christ while supporting each other.

Thriving Through Transitions: Throughout our lives, we will face many transitions. Our marriages have the potential to thrive in the midst of these times. Yet transitions can also be just plain hard. This breakout discussion will talk through common transitions in our marriages and consider lessons learned from the experience of others.

Companionship in Marriage: Jesus calls us friends. Not only does He love us, but He likes us. Marriage reveals this mystery of God’s affection towards us. Come rediscover one of the earliest impetuses for marriage – companionship.





A big thank you to the Morton Church for hosting and partnering with ACCFS!