Free Online Conference
October 24, 2020
1 pm – 6 pm
We want marriages that THRIVE.
Marriage is hard! There’s no question about that. But it is also more than worth the effort. We know marriages have been tested like never before throughout this year. That is why we’re hosting this FREE ONLINE conference Saturday, October 24th from 1-6 pm.
Our hope is to equip you with the tools you need to have the best marriage possible…the one God intends for you. And you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. Join us as we look at what love requires to have a marriage that thrives. Registrants will receive a direct link to access the live conference.
Kurt Attaway, MA, LMFT:
Kurt Attaway is the Lead Pastor at the The Vineyard Church Pearland. Kurt and his wife, Lauren married in 2006 and are enjoying life with their children Canten, Emersen, and Jaden. In 2007, Kurt joined the staff at The Vineyard. Kurt has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of Texas. Kurt spent over six years in private practice caring for individuals, couples and families before beginning his pastoral role at The Vinyard. Kurt served as the Marriage Specialist for Multiply Vineyard (Vineyard USA) and has experience speaking on marriage.
Tamera Rasmussen, MS, LPC, LPCC, NCC, C-PD
Tamera is a Nationally Board-Certified Licensed Psychotherapist, she has a combined 12 years of ministry and clinical experience in the areas of marriage and family issues, parenting, attachment, eating disorders, trauma, and mental illness with an emphasis on personality disorders. Tamera lives in Friendswood with her husband Justin of 14 years . Together, they have four amazing kids, Ian, Kyler, Kaydence, Killian, six chickens, and five dogs. Tamera and her family enjoy living an “unplugged” lifestyle and spend most of their time out in their backyard or camping at the lake in the Texas Hill country with all of their critters.
Carol McDaniel, M.E.d, LPC-S
Carol has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 26 years. Her private practice, Thrive Counseling, is in Friendswood, TX and she is currently supervising one LPC Intern. She has been married for 27 years to her best friend, Mickey, they count their children, spouses and sweet grandbaby, Emma, among their greatest blessings. They love to travel and look forward to the day they can resume those adventures!
Tyler serves as the Director of Finance at Crosspoint Church where he coordinates personal finance classes and coaching for members of our community. He and his wife Jodi have 4 children and have been members of Crosspoint for 14 years.
Live Conference Hosts
Dean & Jodi Cross
Dean & Jodi have been married for 32 years, have four adult children, two grandkids and one on the way. They have been in ministry for 34 years and part of our Crosspoint Church family since 2009. Dean has been one of our pastors since 2011. Together, they have a passion to equip and empower couples with the practical tools needed to cultivate marriages that thrive.
Marriage is an endeavor with great expectation and great challenge. It only makes sense that we all want our own marriage to THRIVE. The incredible news is that your marriage can THRIVE! The challenge for us all is that love requires more than we often imagine. Blending his experience as a pastor and ten-year journey in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kurt Attaway, will help you discover essential practices for your marriage to THRIVE! From friendship to mutual sacrifice, love calls us beyond our self and our comfort into the compelling connection we long to experience in our marriage.
Communication & Conflict Resolution:
Can you relate to these statements? …“We get along great until we disagree. Then the daggers come out.” “I can’t believe how ugly it gets.” “I don’t even remember what started the argument.” In this session, we’re going to learn how to keep our sense of “us” even when tensions rise. We will develop awareness and skills that help us move through conflict AND stay on the same team.
For many couples, the topic of intimacy, especially sexual intimacy, can be uncomfortable. However, sexual intimacy is the only thing that significantly separates your marital relationship from any other relationship. God created marriage as a sacred place to share all aspects of intimacy, but busy schedules, medical issues, mental health issues, medications, insecurities, and more can drive a wedge in sexual intimacy. These same issues can also impact spiritual intimacy. In this session, we will be discovering some practical ways to increase, maintain, and prioritize the sexual and spiritual intimacy in your marriage. This session is ideal for couples in any stage of marriage who wish to improve their intimacy.
Mental Health & Marriage:
Mental health is a significant factor in our overall well-being. Mental health issues can impact a marriage directly or indirectly through a spouse, family member(s), children, or friends. In this breakout session, we will share valuable information on mental illness, its impact on marriage, and practical information and resources for mental health management.
In this session, we will focus on the impact of financial stress in marriage. It will include practical tips on how to work toward financial unity and peace. This session is ideal for anyone in any stage of marriage.
In this breakout session, we will explore the different types of blended families and the unique challenges that they face. We will also share some practical advice and resources for building a more successful blended family. Whether you are a single parent thinking about re-marrying, planning to marry someone with kids, already a blended family, or would like to better support a blended family you love, this breakout will be relevant to you.
Thrive Conference Schedule
1:00 – 1:10 Welcome: Dean Cross
1:10 – 2:00 Keynote Session: Kurt Attaway
2:05 – 2:45 Communication & Conflict Resolution: Carol McDaniel
2:50 – 3:30 Connection: Kurt Attaway
3:35 – 4:15 Mental Health & Marriage: Tamera Rasmussen
4:20 – 5:00 Money Matters: Tyler Rohr
5:05 – 5:45 Blended: Tamera Rasmussen
5:45 Closing: Dean Cross