family builders fall marriage conference 2012

Led by Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the best-selling Five Love Languages, this conference is not a dry, formal marriage seminar—it’s a time of fun and discovery that can help you build the love relationship of your dreams. Whether you’re getting married in six months—or have been married 60 years—you’ll get solutions you can use. With biblical advice and a healthy dose of laughter, Dr. Chapman gives valuable tips on breaking unhealthy patterns and choosing to develop a God-honoring, happy marriage.

Couples both married and engaged will benefit from practical sessions addressing topics like communication differences, dealing with criticism, understanding love languages, and making sex mutually fulfilling. Join us for a day that will be a highlight for your marriage!

Dr. Chapman will also be speaking at the Family Builders 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Friday night, October 26. This is a free admission event. Click here for more information.

cost & registration

conference cost & registration


A special group rate is available. Click on the “groups” tab.

Lunch Information

You may bring your own lunch or purchase in advance a box lunch for $8.25 per person (includes a sandwich, tossed salad, chips, cookies and a beverage). Local eateries are not conveniently located to the host site.

Refund Policy

Tickets are non-refundable after September 30. Until that time we will refund your registration fee, less a $10.00 administrative fee. If you are unable to attend this event, please utilize the ministry opportunity to offer the tickets to another couple who may not otherwise be able to attend.

Note: We are unable to provide childcare. As a courtesy to other participants, we ask that you do not bring your children (including nursing infants) to this conference.


group information

Each group begins with a Group Leader. A Group Leader is someone who invites their friends to attend the Family Builders Fall Marriage Conference 2012. To receive the special registration rate, couples use a group code sent to them by a Group Leader.We’ve made it easy to form a group. You only need the Group Leader and one other couple to qualify for this special rate. Your group members don’t have to be from the same church or even the same town or state. It’s easy to become a Group Leader and bring a group to the conference.

The Group Rate is available through October 22!

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schedule & topics

conference schedule & topics

8:15 a.m. Doors Open/Registration/Check-in
9:00 a.m. Communication 101 – Healthy, honest communication is essential to establish and maintain a thriving marriage. Most couples admit they experience difficulty having meaningful conversations with their spouse. Some sadly say, “We don’t really talk at all.” Hear Dr. Gary Chapman’s memorable anecdotes and practical advice for couples on this important topic. Discover your own tendency to be a “babbling brook” or a “dead sea” and how to deal with the implications of these characteristics to enhance communication in your marriage.
10:10 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Understanding and Expressing Love – What should couples do when those exciting feelings of love seem to be long gone? Dr. Chapman explains how to rekindle those emotions with some easy strategies that help husbands and wives express love to their spouses and refill each other’s empty “love tanks.” Learn your spouse’s “love language” and choose to act out of love—two crucial steps to renewing your relationship.
11:30 a.m. Lunch – You may bring your own lunch or purchase in advance a box lunch for $8.25 per person (includes a sandwich, tossed salad, chips, cookies and a beverage). Local eateries are not conveniently located to the host site.
12:30 p.m. Initiating Positive Change – Dr. Chapman has a word to both wives and husbands in this session, as he demonstrates how the model of the Godhead is the key to thriving marriages. While stressing the value and significance of both partners, he will help couples gain clarity in their quest toward a unified, God-honoring marriage. You’ll receive advice on how to handle strong disagreements, power struggles and poor decisions.
1:30 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. Making Sex a Mutual Joy – We may giggle or avoid the subject, but there is no denying that God created sex and designed it as a powerful means for loving your spouse. Dr. Chapman reminds couples of God’s biblical intention for sex, while addressing common misconceptions and difficulties related to this important aspect of marriage.
2:45 p.m. How To Share The Things That Bug You – When differences within your marriage begin to give rise to resentment, how do you bring those issues up without damaging your mate? In this session, Dr. Chapman teaches ways to lovingly accept your spouse while letting your voice be heard. Learn the delicate art of constructive criticism and the value of a good laugh with your spouse.
3:30 p.m. Conference Concludes


conference speaker

Dr. Gary Chapman will appear in person.

Dr. Gary Chapman seeks to fulfill his call to the ministry as a pastor, speaker, and author. He speaks extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally on marriage, family, and relationships. The government of Singapore invited him to present his marriage seminar there and the Chaplain’s Office of NATO issued a special invitation for Dr. Chapman to speak to the NATO forces in Germany. Other engagements have taken him to England, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Mexico and Hong Kong. Sales exceeding 5 million copies earned him the Platinum Book Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association for The Five Love Languages, which has been translated into over thirty-six languages. Twenty-seven other books and five video series are also among his publications.

On the home front, Dr. Chapman is Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He and his wife, Karolyn, have two adult children and two grandchildren.

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conference location

1308 Wellington Road
Manchester, NH 03104

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hotel suggestions

While the conference is a one day event, you may be interested in overnight lodging in the area. We do not have an official hotel, but here is a listing of lodging facilities in the Manchester, NH area.

Manchester, NH Hotels

This link is not an endorsement of any hotel. We are only providing this link as a convenience to you.


promotion materials

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