Family Life

Family Ministries is about people in relationships, particularly in the home, but it is also invaluable to the church as the wider family of God. It is a ministry of grace. At Triadelphia we focus on deepening commitment in marriage and assisting towards better parenting. We seek to enable families to stretch toward divine ideals through the indwelling Spirit. This ministry provides tools for couples, parents and children, single adults, and all members of the wider family circle as they confront unexpected changes in their lives.
Past highlights in recent years revolve around the Marriage Enrichment Seminars beginning in 2009. These annual weekend retreats each February are held at the Dunes Manor in Ocean City and have grown to a maximum of 30 couples. Sharing sponsorship and the responsibilities with Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church are the Linden Linthicum and Mount Zion United Methodist Churches, and the Maranatha Adventist Fellowship.
Below are the years, the themes, guest presenters, and a few highlights of each weekend seminar. To learn about the upcoming seminar in February 2015, click here.
2009:  “Inmates or Intimates”Guests Mike and Brenda Aufderhar from Washington State (marriage/parenting counselors for 25 years with a weekly radio show). Discussed how to escape the difficulties of a marriage; to gather information about topics needing discussion.
2010:  “Love Story” – Guests Richard & Ardis Stenbakken from Colorado (International speaker, US Army chaplain, author; most famous for his authentic Biblical presentations in many churches, the US Senate and the Pentagon)  Depicted Ruth & Boaz and healthy family relationships with roles & rules that enhance, beautify and steady marriage; recognizing and prioritizing individual and couple values, and communication.
2011:  “Rekindling Romance” – Guests Mario & Gloria Ceballos from Maryland (certified marriage enrichment counselors; pastor and US Navy chaplain over 30 years; women’s ministries speaker/counselor.) Promoted Self Study to find out who you are and why you do what you do. Considered key elements for the foundation of a strong marriage. Considered Biblical marriages to see what worked and did not work. Considered kids – how to raise them and discussed the stages of growth and how to build bonds that will last.
2012:  “Love for a lifetime” – Guests Claudio and Pamela Consuegra from Maryland (a family ministries team; hosted a live call-in show for LifeTalk for three years; Claudio: pastor, chaplain, counselor, administrator; Pamela: teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools). Promoted a Love Bank – an emotional bank account where others either make deposits or withdrawals - learned how to make deposits. Also considered the top five things that hurt a mate’s love, the different needs for men and women, exercises for good communication, how to handle conflict, and how to forgive.   
2013:  “A Lifetime of Love” – Rich and Joan Liversidge from Maryland (leaders for 25 years in Relationship Enhancement skills – certified in training others to do seminars; Joan: licensed marriage & family therapist; educator/trainer; Rich: former banker in affordable housing for nonprofits; members of the Society of Friends [Quakers]). Love takes skills – we learned and practiced these skills in interactive activities that included supporting and caring for the other couples at the retreat – based on Galatians 5:22-23. 
2014: “What Did You Expect?” Paul David Tripp - As a result of the last-minute cancellation of the guest couple (due to hospitalization), we turned to an excellent video series by Paul David Trip, which was excellently facilitated by Mark and Donna Mashburn, certified instructors/trainers with Peacemakers Ministries.  Everyone’s marriage morphs into something they didn’t intend it to be. You need changed expectations, radical commitments, and most importantly, grace.