On the weekend of August 8-11, 2014, the Minnesota Conference played host to Drs. Claudio and Pam Consuegra, North American Division Family Life Directors. Couples from all over the Conference gathered in suburban Brooklyn Center to refresh their marriages at the Love for a Lifetime seminar.
It began on Friday when pastors and their spouses met to address the specific benefits and challenges of maintaining a healthy marriage while engaged in pastoral ministry. Away from the pressures of work and parenting, the couples were able to enjoy the relaxing facilities of the Embassy Suites and learn from the latest research, methodologies, and trends. Unfortunately, Pam was unable to participate in Friday’s activities, due to a previous appointment, but Claudio was present to inform and inspire our pastoral couples.
On Sabbath they were joined by additional couples from churches around the state at the Earle Browne Heritage Center, where Pam and Claudio, in their unique and humorous style, presented the differences between men and women as an opportunity to use those differences to strengthen the marital bonds, and bring greater joy to each partner. It was encouraging to discover that marriages, and specifically Adventist marriages, are much more stable than the rumors that have been repeated for years.
On Sunday, Pam and Claudio talked to interested couples about what they could do to build stronger marriages in their churches and communities. A vision was cast about how Family Ministries could be used as an evangelism tool, as a means of keeping families involved with the church, and as an opportunity for greater service to Jesus. Several program options were presented, along with coaching on how to use them.
The time was well spent if the only known result is the greater happiness that the participants experience in their own marriages. But we are praying that the influence goes much further, as those who came, return home to lead by example and by sharing what they learned with others who want stronger marriages.
Douglas L. Inglish Personal Ministries Director / Director Gift Planning & Trust Services
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