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All marriages and families are confronted with the realities of life, problems and circumstances that seem out of control, crisis points, and more. Blended families often face additional challenges in working through the pain of separation and divorce, as well as the uncertainties that may come with remarriage. This course provides practical strategies in creating and sustaining healthy blended relationships.

Session 1: Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Practical Keys in Moving Forward

Session 2: Overcoming the Hardest Days: Perspective, Accountability, and Working Through

Session 3: How to Care for Blended Families: Coaching Essentials, Principles, and Skills

Session 4: Blended Families and the Church: Laying the Groundwork for Pastors, Leaders, and Staff

Session 5: Fighting Discouragement and Fatigue: From Surviving to Thriving

Session 6: Growing in Healthy Conflict: Understanding Process and Content

Session 7: Keys to Being a Step-grandparent: Tips and Strategies for Bonding and Relationship

Session 8: When Stepparenting Hurts: Navigating the Potholes

Session 9: Bringing it Real: Interviews with Blended Families

Session 10: When Stepparenting Counts: The Road to Restoration and Wholeness

Tim Smith

Tim Smith, MA, has over 35 years of experience with nonprofit organizations in administration, management, leadership, and fund development. He has also served as a Development Officer in nonprofit organizations and Executive Pastor for two megachurches. Tim recently served as Chief Development Officer for the Museum of the Bible and is the Founder and President of NonProfit DNA, a development and consulting agency. Together with his daughter, Christie Meldrim, Tim is the Founder of Blended, Not Broken, a ministry organization providing resources for blended families. He is married to Olivia and they share a total of six children. Tim is the author of Donors Are People Too: Managing Relationships with Your Ministry’s Major Contributors, a book on the art of personal relationship with donors, and What Have I Gotten Myself Into, released in 2019. For more, see http://blendednotbroken.org/

Christie Meldrim

Christie Meldrim, MA, has been in church ministry for 15 years and currently works as the Guest Services Director at West Ridge Church in Dallas, Georgia. Most recently, Christie served as the Creative Arts Project Manager at West Ridge where she managed all communications, media, and production requests for the church. She received a degree in Student Ministry from Colorado Christian University. She currently lives in Dallas, Georgia, with her husband Mark and is stepmom to Alexis, Dillon, Libbie, and Leeann. See more at: www.blendednotbroken.org

Grant Wood

Grant Wood, MS, MA, is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT) and the owner and Clinical Director of Resonate Relationship Clinic, LLC, in Overland Park, Kansas. Resonate is a multi-specialty mental health practice serving over 4,000 individuals and families annually in the greater Kansas City area. Grant works with individuals, couples, and families in the areas of emotional, relational, social, and spiritual development. He has completed advanced training in Enneagram Psychology, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy. He specializes in premarital and marital enrichment, men’s issues, blended families, and spiritual formation. Grant is also certified in Comprehensive Resource Method (CRM), a treatment protocol that helps clients heal from anxiety and posttraumatic stress (PTS/PTSD) and allows them to again live fully from their core self. Grant is a clinical fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He has the gift of making people feel comfortable and at peace during the most difficult circumstances, is the father of a teenage daughter and son, a professional musician, an avid kayaker, and a lover of the outdoors. See more at: www.resonateclinic.com