Spring Retreat | April 30 – May 2 | Gulf Shores, AL
Family: Worth the Fight!
Every couple is in a battle whether they know it or not. The culture war is raging, the spiritual battle seems to be at an all time high, and we are in a fight for the hearts and minds of our families. Every warrior needs equipping, encouragement, and some R&R. This year’s theme is “Family: worth the Fight” based upon Nehemiah 4:14. On every front, the Christian home is under spiritual attack. The good news is that God’s Word has already predicted the outcome. Greater is He that is us than He that is in the world.
Battleground for Your Heart: Satisfying Intimacy Worth Fighting For
Dr. Eric and Keri Spann
Everyone battles a secret sin problem of the heart that Satan plays on through our flesh. He seeks to destroy our lives in the secret parts–to steal God’s glory and hurt His beloved children in this most blessed and pleasurable relationship. He also hates the family and will do anything he can to ruin these prime relationships. Because of that he targets marriage, and its tremendous capacity for fulfillment and satisfaction.
Every man has a battle. So does every woman. Keri and I will address the secret life of fantasy and the sensuality that Satan attempts to pervert in the life of every husband and wife, to fill our secret chambers with darkness and dissatisfaction.
Family: Worth the Fight - Now What!
Larry and Lorinda Fincher
Nehemiah 4:14 urges us to fight for our family. However, this can be difficult and taxing for a family, especially for a family that has made mistakes or found themselves in trying conditions not of their making. Later in this account in Nehemiah the people are commanded to not only live their lives but to fight for their family while they are rebuilding the wall. In closing we will connect the dots from the weekend sessions and give next steps to build or to rebuild families on solid Biblical principles.
Good finances don’t happen by accident. Left on autopilot, we might end up broke, frustrated, bitter, and feeling empty. Too many Christians are feeling the weight of managing their money and feeling a lack of direction. Our Heavenly Father has provided us with timeless principles from His word, so we might be equipped for the fight. Peace is attainable. An impactful and meaningful life is desirable. Good stewardship is about more than just money, and it is worth the fight.
Attaining balance between work and family
Families are so busy today. There are more and more activities available to enrich the family. There is more and more demanded of us in our profession. If we’re at work, we feel guilty for not spending more time at home. If we’re at home, we feel guilty for not spending more time at work. This is especially true for those who have chosen to go in the ministry. In this session, we will examine some biblical principles regarding work and home and attempt to establish balance between the two.
Habits of Strong Marriage
Great marriages don’t just happen – they require lots of work. Whether you have been married six months or sixty years, every marriage has work to do. With honesty, wisdom, and a healthy dose of humor, Jaycob will give you 6 Biblical-based disciplines for a healthy marriage relationship. It is a proven fact, that small disciplines done consistently, will turn into gigantic payoffs. This is especially true in marriage, these disciplines (habits) will do two things for you: help you regain/strengthen your closeness and heal/protect your marriage from the threat of division, miscommunication, unmet needs, sucker punches, and personality differences. Join in the conversation and understand how the decisions you make every day can produce the marriage you have always wanted.
Fit and Flexible Families
Mark and Jenny Clements
Paul’s appeal to the church in Corinth to practice self discipline for the sake of the Kingdom came from his own experience. He had denied himself marriage, family, a missionary’s salary, and his own personal preferences in order to make the biggest kingdom impact possible, no matter who listened to him: Jew, Gentile, bond, free, man, woman. He became all things to all people BECAUSE HE COULD become all things to all people; He was kingdom fit and flexible.
He appeals to Christians with an argument from physical athletics, going from the lesser importance to the greater: If professional athletes discipline themselves in order to win a perishable wreath, how much MORE should WE discipline OURSELVES in order to advance God’s eternal kingdom? This requires self discipline in every aspect of life, both physical and spiritual. It means saying NO to what our flesh may want and saying YES to what our flesh may detest. The result is a family of Christians who have the FITNESS and FLEXIBILITY to do WHATEVER God wants them to do.
Fit and flexible families make powerful and long-term impacts for the kingdom of God. In our session, we will consider why and how to lead fit and flexible families.
Blending a Family (It will be easy they said)
Larry & Lorinda Fincher
A Blended Families, sometimes referred to as a stepfamily, is a family that is formed by the remarriage of a divorced or widowed person and includes one or more children. Blended families are becoming more prevalent (one study shows that 40% of married couples are step couples). While blending a family is not easy, it is well worth the effort. In this session we will discuss why blending a family is challenging and propose some strategies to make blending successful.
Quality vs. Quantity in Parenting
Ross & Amy McBroome
What is most important to you? Most people would automatically respond “My Family”. Someone once said, “Actions speak louder than words”. What do your actions show to be most important? We would protect our kids from anyone who would do them harm, but what if that person is US? It is past time for us to Fight for Our Families! This session will help give you a new perspective on the Quality of our family time and bring to light the dangers of over filling our family lives.
A Parent’s Guide to Online Protection
“It’s a scary world out there.” We think it constantly and we tell our kids regularly. The thing is, it’s not just scary “out there” anymore. The virtual world of the internet has now brought the big, bad, scary world into almost every part of our lives—and our homes.
Parents (and grandparents) struggle with the knowledge that we need to protect our kids from the danger of the internet, but with technology continually evolving and new risks arising every day, it’s daunting to even think about where to begin. This session will discuss some real-life, practical ways to secure your home network, as well as the shared and individual devices that your loved ones use to interact with the online world. We will discuss good practices to protect your accounts and guard your devices from the things that can easily (and even unintentionally) come through them. We’ll even touch on some parental control or reporting options to ensure your child’s device isn’t being used to violate the expectations you set when you gave it to them.
When my wife and I first heard about the retreat, we had just joined a new church and kept hearing all these folks talking about what a beautiful place they had been in Arkansas, our favorite place. The excitement over getting to spend some time away with their spouse for some alone time helped them to work through some of life’s challenges that there didn’t seem to be enough time for at home. Then I heard how they were able to be a part of classes that talked about the finer points of Bibli…
Year after year we have returned to the HomeBuilders Retreat with an expectancy of being challenged with new ideas and perspectives… we always return home refreshed with new commitments to each other and to the Lord.
I love it! I’ve never left a retreat not gaining some nugget of truth that helped me and my relationship with God, my husband, my kids, my friends and my finances. The speakers are great and you can tell they love people and most importantly God. Thank you Homebuilders!
The blessing of this retreat is not only the knowledge gained in the sessions, but also in the time spent together with other couples who have overcome the struggles of marriage through application of Gods Word.
We had the best time. We’ve already begun to make changes in the household with not only oursleves but with our children as well. My wife and I are so blessed to have been able to participate in Homebuilders that we’ve told our friends about it as well. ~ Tyler Boos
The HomeBuilder’s Retreat is very special and important to me personally. The topics are so valuable and timely; it is the best marital/family information (according to the bible) that I receive every year.
One of our favorite parts of the Homebuilders retreat is the personal interaction among those presenting the seminars and those attending. It’s not just a transference of information, but an obvious conviction about improving marriages on an individual level and the presenters willingness to invest personally into the lives of those attending. In our opinion, this is what makes the Homebuilders retreat stand our from other marriage retreats.
For Toni and I, it’s a time to get away from our normal schedule/routine, and spend time together without TV, computer, etc. It is a time for us to reconnect with each other and with God. Also a great time of learning and fellowship.