For more than four decades, FamilyLife has helped couples and families find Biblical help to strengthen their relationships. The organization has developed a number of different initiatives to meet the various needs of the people whom it serves, such as radio broadcasts; marriage getaways; and The Art of Marriage, a video event for small groups and communities.
Over the years, FamilyLife has expanded its offerings with programs for a variety of different types of families. One of these programs is FamilyLife Blended, which focuses on strengthening stepfamilies. In April, FamilyLife Blended will host a one-day live event called Blended & Blessed, which people can attend either in person or through a livestream. Blended & Blessed is an event that speaks to the needs of single parents, dating couples with kids, and stepfamilies.
Options for Participating in Blended & Blessed
In 2017, more than 13,000 people living in nearly two dozen countries participated in Blended & Blessed. The event will likely attract even more people in 2018 due to a lineup of new speakers with unique insights for the targeted demographic. The live event will take place on April 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. People who register to see the event live will receive a free gift, a Blended & Blessed All Access Digital Pass, which will allow them to obtain access to the most important parts of the event whenever they want after it has taken place.
People who are unable to travel to Charlotte are invited to organize livestream events through their local church or within their communities. Churches that host a livestream event can secure a new parenting small group study program called The Art of Parenting that will launch this spring. Churches or community groups that register for the livestream will gain access to promotional materials that they can use to drive interest. All that individuals need to host this sort of event is high-speed internet access and either a projector or large television to watch the program.
In addition, individuals can sign up to host a small group in their home or watch the livestream themselves for a reduced price. The individual livestream also comes with the Digital All Access Pass. People will get the most out of the event by participating in the livestream, which can be started at any point within 24 hours of the end of the event in Charlotte, although individuals who are unable to participate on this day can still benefit from the parts of the program available through the Digital All Access Pass.
What Happens During the Blended & Blessed Event
Blended & Blessed will begin at 9 a.m. in the morning with a worship service, followed by a program directed by Dr. Rick Rigsby and a panel discussion. Dr. Rigsby received international attention last year with a speech he gave that went viral and received more than 130 million views in a matter of days. A former award-winning journalist, he now serves as a senior associate pastor with a church in Texas. In addition, he spent two decades as a college professor teaching at institutions such as Texas A&M University. Over the course of his career, he has spoken across the world before a number of major organizations, including Promise Keepers, Men at the Cross, and Ignite. His book, Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, was recognized as a bestseller by Amazon, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. At Blended & Blessed, he will draw on his own experiences in a blended family consisting of four sons and two grandchildren.
After a brief break, the day will resume with a talk by Steve and Misty Arterburn. Mr. Arterburn has more than 10 million books in print, including the popular Every Man’s Battle series, and he has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Over the years, he has founded New Life and the Women of Faith conference. Currently, he serves as a teaching pastor in Indianapolis. Mrs. Arterburn has contributed to the Lose It for Life and Life Recovery Resources series, and she edits The Five Minute New Testament for Busy Moms. Together, they started a blended family 13 years ago and now have five children.
Panel Discussion and a Talk
Following lunch, the third session will include a panel discussion and a talk by Michele Cushatt. She has survived cancer on three separate occasions and has become an internationally renowned speaker on her experiences. Together with her husband Troy, she raised six children ranging in age from 10 to 25.
The final session of the day will conclude with additional worship services and a talk by Bill Butterworth. Extensively educated, he formerly belonged to the faculty of Florida Bible College and served as the director of counseling ministries at Insight for Living. Mr. Butterworth and his wife have five children and 11 grandchildren.
In addition to these speakers, Ron Deal, Andy and Heather Hetchler, and Charity Helms will also contribute to the program. FamilyLife also recently announced the addition of Stanley and Myrna Brown to the list of Blended & Blessed speakers. The list continues to grow with several more contributors yet to be revealed.