2017 Marriage Conference

Marriage Conference – Living Hope Community Church is pleased to welcome renowned author and speaker, Gary Thomas, for a special marriage conference, highlighting the words and ideas from his newest book “Cherish.”

Dates: October 27-28, 2017
Location: Living Hope Community Church



Gary Thomas’ writing and speaking focuses on bringing people closer to Christ and closer to others.

He is the author of 19 books that have been translated into a dozen languages. These books include Cherish, A Lifelong Love, Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?, The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who You Marry, but Why?, Sacred Pathways, and the Gold Medallion award winner Authentic Faith. 

Gary holds an MA degree in systematic theology from Regent College, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary. He serves on the teaching team (and as Writer in Residence) at Second Baptist Church, Houston, and is an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. His books and ministry focus on spiritual formation: how we can integrate Scripture, church history, and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics into our modern experience of faith.

Gary’s speaking ministry has led him to speak in 49 states and ten different countries, and on numerous national television and radio programs, including multiple appearances on Focus on the Family and Family Life Today. Gary enjoys running in his spare time and has completed 12 marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 30 years and they have three adult children.

For additional information on Gary Thomas, please visit www.garythomas.com


TOPIC – Cherish

“Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on.  But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another.”

Those are the powerful words of bestselling author Gary Thomas in his newest book Cherish. And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, it is needed now more than ever.

Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words. Through personal stories and real world examples, Thomas proves what husbands and wives can begin doing today to turn their marriage around even a marriage marred by neglect and disrespect.

So how do you cherish your spouse? Thomas will show you how going out of your way to notice them, appreciate them, honor them, encourage them, and hold them close to your heart will bring hope, light, and life into your marriage.”


Many of us vowed “to love and to cherish” when we married.  We hear a lot of good advice about loving our spouses, and that’s certainly important – but there’s more.  Gary Thomas shows us how to put love into action through cherishing the one we love.
Jim Daly, President – Focus on the Family


Gary Thomas has given a deep understanding and application of a key biblical concept that is sure to take any marriage who applies it to the next level. A must reading for every couple who wish to grow their relationship.
Dr. Tony Evans, President, The Urban Alternative


“Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas has become a classic, must-read book. Now he has written another wonderful book, Cherish, focusing on not just loving your spouse, but cherishing – treasuring, honoring, holding dear with tenderness, protecting, nurturing, and wanting to showcase – your spouse. It is again a must-read book for married couples that will be a tremendous help and blessing to them and their marriages.”
Siang-Yang Tan, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, and author of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective



Registration for the conference and childcare (if needed) is now open.

Click here to register.



6:45 – 7:10 Check-In
7:10 – 7:15 Introduction
7:15 – 8:05 Session 1a
8:05 – 8:20  Introduction to Hope Insight Counseling and Roy Kim Therapy
8:20 – 8:35 Break/Book Table Open/Sign-ups for Counseling Assessments
8:35 – 8:40 Raffle
8:40 – 9:30 Session 1b
9:30 – 9:35 Closing
8:45 – 9:15 Breakfast & Check-in
9:15 – 10:30 Session 2a
10:30 – 10:40 Introduction to CIFT
10:40 – 11:00 Break/Book Table Open
11:00 – 11:05 Raffle
11:05 – 11:55 Session 2b
11:55 – 12:05 Introduction to Turning Point
12:05 – 12:10 Closing
12:10 – 12:30 Sign-ups for Counseling Assessments/Book Table Open


Event FAQs

Q: Who should attend the marriage conference?

A: Even though it’s titled a marriage conference, we invite people from all walks of life: college students, engaged couples, newlyweds, a couple celebrating their 60th anniversary, and those who have experienced divorce. Gary Thomas’ ministry places a strong emphasis on bringing people closer to Christ and closer to others. He unites the study of Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships within the Christian community.


Q: What is the cost to attend?

A: The cost of registration is $25 per person.  Registration includes conference materials for both days (Friday and Saturday), light refreshments on Friday evening and a light continental breakfast on Saturday morning.  Early registration at a cost of $20 per person will be available until September 30, 2017.


Q: When will registration open?

A: Registration will opened to the public on August 1, 2017.

Click here to register.


Q: Will childcare be available?

A: Living Hope Community Church will provide on-site childcare for a nominal fee on a space-available basis. Register your child(ren) for childcare through the event registration site.


Q: Is there a schedule of events?

A: The conference will take place from approximately 7:00 – 9:30 pm on Friday evening (10/27/17) and from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday morning (10/28/17).


**Please feel free to contact events@livinghopecc.org for any additional questions regarding the marriage conference.