Marriage, parenting are focus of workshop

November 11, 2008

By Rebecca Steele

Relationships aren’t perfect, and how boring would it be if they were? But even the best relationships can be improved.

On Nov. 14 and 15, a family conference will address just that at Eastridge Christian Assembly. Speaking will be Dr. John Trent, a bestselling author and expert on building strong families and relationships.

Trent will discuss a variety of topics, including communication skills, how to build on your strengths as a parent, and “the two-degree difference” — how to stop small issues from turning into big ones.

He will also share information from many of his books, in particular, “The Blessing,” which sold 1.5 million copies. Trent said he feels it is important that people are given the opportunity to learn relationship-building skills. He said he came into adulthood lacking these skills, because he grew up with a single parent.

“Almost everyone would love to have strong relationships. But, unfortunately, a lot of us grow up without them,” he said.

The conference will provide people with a range of tools that can be instantly implemented into the home, he said, adding that the event is for everyone, no matter what their situation is.

“The conference is for single, married, parents, grandparents — everyone who wants to build stronger relationships,” he said.

Eastridge’s senior pastor, Steve Jamieson, is very pleased the church is able to hold the conference.

“Dr. John Trent is one of the leading experts in the field of relationships and family,” he said, adding that he feels the conference is particularly important while parents and families are feeling added pressure and strain due to the economic crisis.

“People attending the conference will come away with a fresh sense of hope and practical tools they can use every day to improve and build their lives,” he said.

The church will focus on marriage and family relationships for all of November, with the family conference as the main event.

“We also have marriage-building groups that focus on the different stages of life, divorce-recovery groups, classes on parenting, and children’s and student ministries,” Jamieson said.

Friday dessert, Saturday lunch, conference materials and child care are included. Preregistration is required to attend. Registration for couples is $125 for the entire weekend; $65 for individuals. Tickets for just Friday or Saturday are also available.

If you go

Eastridge Christian Assembly family conference

Dessert date night — 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 14

All-day seminar — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15

Preregister at


Rebecca Steele is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

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