Marriage Encounter

Lauralee and I have been blessed by God to have a great marriage. I am convinced that one of the reasons is that we’ve intentionally put effort into making our marriage the best it can be. My experience of over three decades in the practice of ministry is that those who are committed to moving their marriages from “good to great” are those couples who attend seminars, gain knowledge, and seek those opportunities that will equip them in growing in their journey together. Lauralee and I don’t agree on everything by any measure, however we both concur that one of the best things we ever did for our marriage (and for our children because having a great marriage is the best thing any couple can do for their children) is attend United Methodist Marriage Encounter. This time together was so meaningful for us that we became certified as clergy and spouse presenters for it. If you are looking for a way to make your good marriage great we can't recommend any experience higher than UMC Marriage Encounter. For those who've been on Emmaus Walk or Pilgrimage, the format will be very familiar. Should enough couples attend, Lauralee and I would love to become a part of an on-going group, with this event as the starting point.

- Rev. Michael F. Bailey

Marriage Encounter: October 3-5 in Charlotte, NC

The focus of Marriage Encounter United Methodist is on communication between husband and wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. It's not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together. To rediscover each other, and, together, focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention! Rediscover the spark that was there on your wedding day! Rediscover the best friend you had when you were first married! Join the millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive!

The next weekend is in Charlotte on October 3-5. There is a $50
registration fee. There is no other cost for the weekend, but a love
offering will be received at the end of the weekend. To register, or to find out more, go to

Marriage Encounter United Methodist is affiliated with the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.