Author Emerson Eggerichs to be key speaker at conference focusing on building strong marriages
GERING – Emerson Eggerichs, international speaker and author of the bestseller “Love and Respect” is coming to Gering in March to speak about the two key ingredients for a successful marriage.
The day-long Together Forever event is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at the Gering Civic Center and sponsored by Calvary Memorial Church in Gering. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“We’re committed to helping people in their marriages,” Calvary Memorial Pastor Gary Hashley said. “Last year, we did a couples retreat in Cheyenne and this year we’re doing something different and bringing in a live speaker. We’ve used the ‘Love and Respect’ video series over the years here at Calvary.”
Eggerichs and his wife Sarah have spoken around the world teaching couples to resolve conflict and deal with negative reactions to that conflict. What he found is that during marital conflict, husbands most often react when they feel disrespected. Wives most often react when they feel unloved.
That’s what his book and his conferences are all about – love and respect.
“Eggerichs is going to speak at three different sessions and his wife Sarah will speak at one,” Hashley said. “We have room for 250 couples at the civic center. The opportunity to have them here in person is really nice because so many conferences today are on DVD or live-streamed online.”
Eggerichs has spoken to audiences across the spectrum, from NFL owners and coaches, PGA golf professionals, and to military members stationed in Iraq. He’s the founder of Love and Respect Ministries in Michigan.
Hashley said that conflict is inevitable between couples. How they handle it is what makes the difference.
“You take two people with two different backgrounds and histories and bring them together into one,” Hashley said. “Marriage is work and people don’t automatically live happily ever after. It takes effort and communication and compromise. Most of society only encourages people to think what’s in it for themselves.”
Calvary Memorial member Megan Stobel is helping organize the event and said that Together Forever shares a message that every couple needs to hear to help keep their marriage on a strong footing.
Through the resources they share, Eggerichs and his wife have helped couples around the world experience understanding, forgiveness, reconciliation, change and hope.
“Marriage can be an amazing thing if we’re willing to put in the work it takes to make it good,” Hashley said. “If we’re just along for the ride, it’s going to be disappointing. We need to always keep learning. If we stop learning, we just set ourselves up for failure.”
For more information or to register for the Together Forever event, go online to calvarygering.org.