WHAT IS A MARRIAGE SYMPOSIUM?
A symposium, by definition, is a formal meeting for the discussion of a subject or the published collection of opinions. It has Greek origins from when philosophers would sit around and discuss new ideas while drinking wine. In our symposiums we discuss the many facets of marriage, but the only wine we drink is the new wine of the Spirit!
Traditional marriages are under attack on every side. Not only are politicians trying to redefine what marriage is, the stresses and demands of modern life also take their toll. Consequently, an increasing number of marriages end in divorce and turn what began as blissful couples into frustrated and angry individuals fighting for survival and some sense of meaningful existence.
From the beginning of recorded time, God ordained marriage as the vehicle in which a man and a woman of differing qualities and characteristics can come together, and through their devoted love, reveal the attributes of His nature to the rest of His creation. He intended that marriage was to be the physical demonstration of the spiritual relationship He wants with His “bride.”
Understanding that all relationships are based in either pain or pleasure – or some mixture of both – the relationship God intended to be pleasurable too often disintegrates into an unfulfilling and painful coexistence. In our symposiums we teach principles that can turn painful conflicts into pleasurable connections.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A MARRIAGE SYMPOSIUM:
During a weekend symposium, couples spend nine hours with Eli and Marti Miller in an emotionally safe setting. In that setting, the Millers share from their own marriage of almost 50 years, as well as imparting insight from over four decades of experience in helping individuals and couples resolve relational issues. They do this in a relaxed and fun atmosphere where no marriage-related subjects are off-limits.
Couples learn how to…
- communicate differences without arguing
- turn silent treatments into win-win bonding
- transform “you” statements into “I” statements
- increase intimacy with your spouse
- create a safe emotional space
- and much more
Contact Eli and Marti if you would like more information about attending or hosting a Marriage Symposium.
Thank you again – the symposium was great. We have been married for 30 years and have had a struggle in the area of deep communication of things close to our hearts in certain areas, which was causing a deep emptiness in me. After the symposium I feel a confidence and peace to move ahead and be more vulnerable and open in our relationship, and I know we will be successful. Thanks again. ~ JM
We took the class in November and were so blessed – it was full of fun and helpful tools. We are a blended marriage and want all the help the Lord can give us. So we went again in January for an “oil change.” Once again so blessed and helped. Eli and Marti are so transparent and create a safe environment to share. We would encourage couples to do this on a regular basis. ~ A & S
Thank you for this incredible time of focusing on God’s gift of marriage. For myself it was the ‘best of times…and the worst of times’. Encouraging to see the things we are doing right…and the potential for the future; sad to realize all the years wasted by miscommunication and lack of intimacy. Thank you for bringing hope through your shared experience…for giving us practical tools to improve in all areas. A very safe place to exercise vulnerability in a group setting…to laugh, to cry and to find healing.
You are so loved…and appreciated! ~ BE
We want to thank you for the practical, problem solving principles, wisdom & encouragement we received at your recent marriage symposium. From the very beginning we felt a safe atmosphere was created & the couples that attended were free to discuss any issues they may have been having. The whole symposium was well paced & all questions that were presented got answered.
It was encouraging to identify with other couples’ concerns & receive solutions in an atmosphere couched with tasteful humor. Personally it has been some of the most thorough & well-developed material concerning conflict resolution & creating a safe emotional atmosphere we have come across. The symposium exposed a few areas we want to build on to create the kind of marriage that will bring God glory. We look forward with anticipation to the next one. ~ C & P
My husband and I tremendously enjoyed attending the marriage symposium. It had a great impact on our marriage. We are learning the issue is never the issue, but that the relationship is the issue.
The symposium was the best two days we had ever spent investing in our marriage. We especially enjoyed the humor that was brought to a very serious subject. The discussion groups and the open format of the symposium has also facilitated our learning to a great extend. We learned what a “love language” is and that we all speak different love languages.
After the symposium, we also had private counseling sessions with Eli and Marti. I attended one session by myself and for the other two my husband joined me.
Before our first session we filled out their questionnaire form for the counseling. The questionnaire is very extensive and filling it in caused us to identify our issues.
Our first session together was very intense as we both had a lot of hostility toward each other. Eli and Marti were guided by the Holy Spirit during our counseling session. We only needed one more session after that, and since then, our marriage has been wonderful. We can’t thank them enough! ~ HW
We so enjoyed the marriage weekend. Lots of laughter in the midst of some challenging things being said. For us it has opened up an area to communicate more efficiently. My husband even apologized for an area that has troubled me. It made me appreciate him more. Also the openness of Eli and Marti made it easier for us to open up. The Lord also showed me areas where I have taken him for granted. We needed that tune up. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! ~ A & S
Taking part in the marraige symposium was a tremendously impacting time for us. God shed so much light on many areas of our relationship through Eli & Marti’s teaching I’m not sure where to begin. I think the most impacting for me was the discussion on the leave and cleave boundaries needing to be established by the husband. I have been struggling with in-law issues over stepping boundaries for our entire married life (praise God that’s only 6 years, but long enough!). The teaching helped both of us see the issues more clearly and how we needed to deal with them to protect our relationship and family identity. I know we will see abundant fruit as a result of the revelation we received that weekend. ~ A & K
We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this month and felt it was time for us both to attend a workshop to make sure we are on-track with our communication. We learned some new ideas and found the symposium to be just what we needed for a tuneup. Thanks Eli & Marti and team for your help and support. Time well spent. ~ C & S