Growth & Romance

The Early Marriage Journey


Cancelled for 2016


Marriage is a gracious gift from God, but it is not all romance and sparkle. A life-long partnership is a daily choice, taking hard work and constant adjustment. To succeed, couples need to be mentally prepared and equipped with practical tools, which are readily available when challenges arise. Communication skills need to be sharpened and learning to listen is paramount. This weekend retreat for couples married less than ten years is designed to provide practical tools, opportunities for real communication and a time to laugh with each other at the struggles certain to arrive on the marriage journey. Move your marriage from GOOD to GREAT! Come strengthen your marriage relationship and meet other couples who are committed to do the same!

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Presenters: Lavern & Ronda NissleyNissley

Lavern Nissley is Executive Director of Marriage Resource Center of Miami Valley (MRCMV), a faith-based organization in Springfield, Ohio working to inspire marriage success and relationship health. With an educational background in Christian Ministry and Communication, Lavern is an ordained minister with over twenty years experience in pastoring. He has also taught communication and relationship courses at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and Rosedale Bible College.

Ronda’s background is in healthcare administration and financial analysis. She has overseen several Miami Valley long-term care facilities as Executive Director. She now serves as Director of Advancement and Special Projects at MRCMV.

Both have had a significant role in the development of The Rings Experience, a program enrichment designed to appeal to both male and female participants.




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5:00 pmArrival and Check-In
6:00 pmWelcome and Dinner
7:30 pmHow Well Do You Know Your Spouse?
"The Not So Newlywed Game"
9:00 pmDessert and Socializing


7:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amSession I: The Rings Experience
10:15 amMorning Break
10:30 amSession II: The Rings Experience
11:45 amPicnic Lunch
12:30 pmSession III: The Rings Experience
1:45 pmAfternoon Break
2:00 pmSession IV: The Rings Experience
3:15 pmSecond Afternoon Break
3:30 pmFinal Session: The Rings Experience
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pmCouples Stroll to Sunset Hill
8:00 pmCampfire and Dessert


9:00 amBreakfast
10:00 amWorship: The Gift of Marriage
11:30 amCheck-Out
12:00 pmLunch and Goodbyes

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All Prices include: Lodging, Meals, Snacks and Program Cost


Prices are based on locationPrice Per Couple


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What Past Participants are Saying:

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What Past Participants of the Rings Experience are saying:

  • “While our relationship is not rocky or in trouble, we are at a time where we are not as close as we have been in the past or could be.Taking this course has allowed us to refocus on our relationship.”
  • “I realize that our marriage is not perfect. With the tools introduced in the workshop, I feel as though I will have a better marriage. Being able to communicate to one another will undoubtedly assist us with our relationship.”
  • “We have already started using some of the tools given to us in the RINGS class and it has lead to some good discussions  that helped us understand each other and our needs better.”
  • “Transformational! A MUST for life-partnership”




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