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Seminars and workshops — Sponsored by LifeTree Institute

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LifeTree Institute:
Practical, Bible-based seminars, workshops, and retreats

Learn how to apply biblical truths in practical ways.

LifeTree Institute equips Christians with biblical tools and insights to minister to one another. LifeTree Institute seminars, workshops, and retreats go far beyond just saying what the Bible says to do. They also show how to do it, and how to live successful, Christ-centered lives. This brochure describes the seminars, workshops, and retreats. This brochure describes a typical church-based training workshop for marriage mentors.

Workshop, seminar and retreat sponsors

LifeTree Institute events are sponsored by churches, coalitions of churches or community organizations.

Workshop, seminar and retreat speakers

Christian marriage and family therapist and author Doug Britton, MFT, is a frequent speaker. Doug and other LifeTree speakers have a vast amount of experience in helping individuals and couples grow through Christ-centered teaching and counseling.

Typical seminar topics

Seminars and workshops offered by LifeTree Institute are grouped in three topic areas:

1. Equipping for ministry

2. Strengthening families

3. Helping individuals grow

1. Equipping for ministry seminars

Build thriving families! Tune up your helping skills! Whether you are a pastor or lay leader, classroom teacher or small group leader, mentor or advisor, prayer partner or friend, these Bible-based workshops and seminars will help you grow in your ability to help others through the Scriptures.
Biblical mentoring & counseling: How to mentor or counsel from Scripture
Everyone is a "counselor" at times---when mentoring others, teaching or just talking with friends. Several different workshops give pastors and lay leaders practical biblical tools and insights to use when ministering to others or talking about the issues of life. In addition, workshops are available for licensed therapists who are interested in biblically-based counseling.

Key biblical mentoring messages: Scriptural truths that transform
People attending this workshop learn and practice key biblical "counseling" messages that they can draw upon when mentoring or counseling.

Christian marriage education
Many people try hard to make marriage work, yet fail. This often is because they don't know how to be married. In this series of seminars, you will learn biblical truths for great marriages which you can share with others when you mentor, counsel, teach or lead a small group.

How to Start a Small Group Ministry
In this hands-on workshop, you will make a tentative small group plan that you can take back to your church.

Five Ways to Strengthen Marriages with "Marriage by the Book"
"Marriage by the Book" is an eight-book biblically-based series by marriage and family counselor Doug Britton. These interactive books cover all aspects of marriages. Each book can be studied independently, although many churches study all eight books. In this seminar, participants learn how to use these resources in:
 Small groups & cell groups     Adult ed classes     Marriage counseling   
 Marriage mentoring     Pre-marriage counseling

How to Lead Small Group and Classroom Discussions
Something wonderful can happen when people get together to study or fellowship. Yet small groups can become destructive, and classes can be boring. You will learn and practice techniques to help people get involved and stay on task. Plus, you will learn how to deal with typical problems that can come up in small group settings.

2. Strengthening families seminars

Successful Christian Parenting
Single parents, as well as married couples, learn how to provide a nurturing home, establish discipline, deal with sibling rivalry and more.

Keys to a Great Marriage
Four key scriptural practices couples can do to create a great marriage. The seminar is broken up with small group interactions, as well as times for each couple to discuss assigned topics.

Communication in Marriage
Couples learn how to make a habit of talking every day, listen attentively, participate in conversations and discuss problems as friends.

Fanning the Flames of Romance
Couples discover how to look at friendship, romance and sex through God’s eyes---as a way to give and receive love. They also learn how to deal with common frustrations couples face and to rid themselves of pornography’s influence.

Putting Money in Its Place
This seminar shows individuals and couples how to change their attitudes toward money as well as practical tools to manage it in a godly way.

Leadership and Teamwork in Marriage
Couples identify what the Bible says about teamwork and the roles of husband and wife. They also see how to avoid the extremes of saying that the husband is the dictator or that there are no differences in roles.

3. Helping individuals grow seminars

Victory Over Anger and Irritation
This workshop covers anger management, but then it goes deeper, helping people change inside. They learn how to focus on the positive, live a life of love, & discuss what matters courteously.

Defeating Temptation
Everyone, men and women, faces temptation. This seminar offers hope and concrete help to escape the sins that so easily beset us.

Developing a Christ-Centered Self-Concept
This workshop helps people dealing with depression, condemnation or purposelessness grasp the freedom and joy that comes from understanding who they are in Christ.

Conquering Discouragement and Depression
Whether someone feels mildly depressed or hopeless, as if he or she is trapped in the bottom of a deep pit, this workshop gives biblical insights and tools to help people learn how to enjoy peace and joy in the Lord..

Healing Life’s Hurts: God’s Solutions When Others Wound You
This workshop helps people who feel wounded by others in church, by friends and by family. Participants learn how to overcome hurt feelings and resentment---and how to have a victorious attitude whatever your circumstances.

Pastors' testimonies

"Doug Britton stands at the head of the class of equippers and inspired teaching. We benefit regularly from his expertise in marriage and family issues, new convert training, and a variety of other spiritual disciplines. I could not recommend someone more highly than Doug Britton."
--- Rick J. Cole, Pastor, Capital Christian Center, Sacramento, CA

"A lot of marriages and families are thriving here at Bayside because they have been listening to Doug Britton. Whether speaking to a crowd or to a more intimate gathering, Doug is comfortable, friendly and immensely practical. He connects well with his audience and is able to help them find solutions based on the Bible’s wisdom. Many couples have said their marriages were transformed when he taught at Bayside. Several couples said their marriages were saved. We plan to ask him to speak here again often!"
--- Earl Radford, Ministry Manager and Pastor of Children's Ministries, Bayside Covenant Church, Granite Bay, CA

"I recommend Doug Britton as a gifted and engaging speaker. Doug and his wife Skeeter have spoken at several events we have sponsored, and each time they were well received. I found them to be well prepared and the material on marriage and how to enhance the marital relationship to be relevant, practical and most of all Biblical. You and your congregation will be blessed by Doug's humble and personal style."
--- Dann Bryant, Associate Pastor, Arcade Church, Sacramento, CA

"I am very pleased to recommend the ministry of Doug Britton. Doug has ministered at our church on various occasions over the years, most recently speaking at our annual marriage conference. Doug's experience in counseling---and his commitment to the Scriptures---make for teaching that is both practical and insightful."
--- Scott Wieking, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Davis, CA

"Christian Heights Church was blessed to have Doug Britton conduct a Marriage by the Book seminar here in February. Doug was also our pulpit guest on Sunday morning. He did an outstanding job during the seminar as well as preaching in our morning services. Doug's humor and biblical insight touched the hearts of our people. His communication skills are warm and enriching. I would enthusiastically recommend Doug for any church setting."
--- Craig Andrus, Pastor, Christian Heights Church, Sonora, CA

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Phone: (916) 483-7236

Write to: LifeTree Institute, 3323 Watt Ave. No.178, Sacramento, CA 95821

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