Growing Healthy Relationships

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PLEASE NOTE: Participation in this program for college student couples is by invitation only. It is funded by an anonymous donor, who identifies which CCCU schools may be invited to participate.


The CHR Growing a Healthy Relationship program is biblically sound and is based on the unique work of relationship experts Dr. Gary J. Oliver and Dr. Greg Smalley, who have over 60 years of combined experience in ministry with couples and college students. Specifically, the program is a three-part educational & enrichment experience for married, engaged and seriously dating couples that is focused on transforming the “whole” college student—spiritually, emotionally and relationally.

The three-part program for college student couples starts with an initial retreat, that equips students with the knowledge and skills that will increase their ability to build and sustain healthy, satisfying and lifelong marriages. Transformation, however, leads them to actually apply what they learn. This is why the true power of the GHR program lies in the follow-up sessions. Couples come away from the retreats inspired, challenged and motivated, but need to act on that “retreat high” or much of what they receive at the event will be lost. The follow-up sessions serve to help couples personally apply the information long after the retreat is over. This transformation strategy is not just about attending an event – it’s about helping couples be “doers” and not just “hearers” of the Word (Matt. 7:24). Information without application leads to frustration. On the other hand, information with application leads to transformation.

Thanks for allowing this great opportunity for us to learn how to love one another more deeply. The tools we gained from this workshop will be used throughout the years. With so many destructive forces at work against marriages, it is refreshing to know that there are saints who are helping to combat those forces. Thanks for investing in us.

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Not only does this program provide financial support, but also moral, curricular, personal and professional help through well qualified personnel. Because of the focus on nurturing healthy relationships, our couples not only benefit, but this will carry on to future generations. Our campus and relationships are better because of (CHR’s) presence and support!

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