Growing Together: A Northstar Marriage Event

Julie Jewell News

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:8)

We hope you will mark your calendars for Saturday, February 16 for a time of encouragement, learning, fun and refreshment for your marriage. We will explore how our relationship with God relates to our relationship with our spouse and discover ways we can glorify Him through our lives as couples.

At a glance…

  • When: Saturday, February 16 – 9:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Blacksburg Christian Fellowship
  • Cost: $55 per couple (includes lunch, childcare and conference costs)
  • All day childcare on premises included!


  • 9:45-10:00 Arrival/Drop off kids
  • 10:00-10:55 Welcome, Main Session Speaker
  • 11:00-12:00 Break Out Session 1
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:15-2:15 Break Out Session 2
  • 2:20-2:45 Main Session Speaker, Closing
  • 2:45-3:00 Pick Up kids

Main Sessions

Main Sessions will be led by Jeffery Buffkin, Baptist Collegiate Ministry campus pastor at William & Mary. He will focus on spiritual maturity and how that relates to our marriage relationships.

Session One:

From Colossians 1:19-20 and 2:9-10, our completeness can only come from Christ. A spouse, no matter how magnificent, cannot complete us. Placing that expectation leads to disappointment and unmet expectations in marriage. Only by prayer and committing a spouse to Christ’s reconciling work can marriage take on the fulfillment God designed. Each couple will be encouraged to take some time to confess this truth and pray for one another. We will also explore oneness from Matthew 19 and how to strengthen love’s passion, intimacy, and commitment.

Session Two:

We finish with some meditation upon Ephesians 5:31-33, specifically the mystery of the marriage relationship, and the need to live with your spouse in an understanding way (1 Peter 3:7). We will explore the differences between male and female.

Breakout Session Topics Include:

Money: Budgeting and Spending Together

With money being one of the leading stressors in a marriage, it is crucial for couples to have a mutual understanding of how to handle money in their relationship. This seminar will take a look at how couples can improve communication regarding finances, better understand each other’s personality in regards to money, learn how to create and work a budget, and take a look at other important factors involved in finances and marriage!

Leaders: Rex and Erin Card, Northstar Members

Parenting Together

Raising children is the most challenging, rewarding – and lengthiest – project that the two of you will take on together. We’ll talk about how to maintain and strengthen your relationship through parenting together.

Leaders: Paul and Lisa Robertson, Northstar Members

Praying for Each Other

You have heard it said, “Couples who pray together, stay together.” Why is that? What makes prayer so powerful in a marriage? Come join us as we process these questions and consider ways that we can grow our marriage by growing our prayer life.

Leaders: Don and Katrina Hines,  Valor Cru leaders

Surviving Struggles

So what do you do when the BIG stuff hits your marriage? How does a marriage survive when something becomes a seemingly insurmountable obstacle? Drawing from his work as a Christian counselor, Curt will share the key ingredient that will help your marriage through even the toughest of struggles.

Leader: Curt Ramsey, Licensed Professional Counselor

The Meaning of Marriage

This session will mirror content from Tim and Kathy Keller’s book The Meaning of Marriage.  We will borrow Scriptural insights, illustrations, and challenges from the Kellers as we reinforce these with some thoughts from our own marriage journey.  You won’t get the entire book in this short session, but hopefully will have a lot of encouragement and challenge from some of their richest portions of wisdom and practical insights.

Leaders: Darrell and Laura Cook, Northstar Members