Thriving in a Step-Family

September 19th & 20th

General Info
About Laura Petherbridge
Step-Family Stats
Registration Information
General Info

A remarriage often presents unique challenges that most couples don’t recognize until after the wedding. Designed for single parents and/or anyone dating engaged or married to someone with children.

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Featured Speaker Laura Petherbridge

As a step-mom for 27 years Laura shares how to:

  • Embrace realistic expectations and dreams for a step-family.
  • Identify and overcome stepfamily complexities.
  • Help kids who struggle with a new parent and siblings.
  • Survive the financial strain of a stepfamily.
  • Create strategies that strengthen and unify the marriage.

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Testimonies About Laura’s Teachings

We had just started our journey of being a new blended family when we attended the Step Family Retreat. Man, we were doing everything wrong. We came home, put theory to practice. I knew it was worth it when last week, all the kids (his and mine) jumped into our bed to give kisses goodnight and I smiled- we have truly blended.
I didn’t know how much we needed a Step Family Conference until we got home. What a refreshing time and what great information. It has mad a difference in our family.

About Laura Petherbridge

Laura has spoken at the Billy Graham Training Center The Cove in Ashville, NC.

Her messages have been featured on various TV and radio broadcasts including:

  • Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey
  • Moody Broadcasting Midday Connection and Chris Fabry
  • Crown Financial Ministries with Howard Dayton (Larry Burkett)
  • Family Net TV
  • HomeWord with Jim Burns
  • The Harvest Show Le Sea Broadcasting
In addition to her books she has been published in:

  • Focus on the Family Magazine
  • Christian Broadcasting Network (
  • On Mission Southern Baptist magazine
  • Proverbs 31 Woman (Lysa Terkuerst)
  • Girlfriends in God (Mary Southerland)
  • Outreach, Christian Single and Home Life magazines highlight her quotes.
Laura is a featured expert on the Divorce Care DVD series, used by more than 12,000 churches worldwide. She has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and functioned as a Stephen’s Ministry instructor.

Laura is a contributor to the following books:

  • The Twenty-Third Psalm for the Brokenhearted by Carmen Leal
  • When God Steps In by Bonnie Bruno
  • The Art Of Helping: What to Say And Do When Someone is Hurting by Lauren Littauer Briggs
  • Hope, Help, and Healing During and After Your Divorce, a daily devotional by Steve Grissom and Kathy Leonard.

Laura and her husband, Steve, reside in Lady Lake, FL.


I believe in the trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

I believe that the Bible is God’s perfect, inerrant, inspired word.

I believe that we are saved by the grace of God alone and that we obtain that grace freely by confessing our sins and surrendering our will to Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives.

I believe that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, that He was born of a virgin, that He died on a cross, was buried and resurrected and now sits at the right hand of God.

I believe that Christ’s gift of salvation, by dying on the cross for our sins, assures His followers of eternal life with him in Heaven. This life begins the moment they confess His name as their salvation.


Conference Agenda


7pm Thriving in a Step-family: Why is it so complicated?


9-10 Co-parenting: the good, the bad, the ugly
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Step-family Finances: Child Support, Wills, Expenses, and Marital Agreements
11:30 Q and A
Noon Lunch
1:30-2:30 Things I Wish My Stepparent Knew: The Child’s Perspective
2:30-3:30 Handling Holidays, Graduations, Weddings, and Special Occasions
3:30-4:00 Closing questions

*No Childcare Provided
*Doors open 30 mins before conference time

Step-Family Stats

Step-family stats as of 2011

  • 48% of all first marriages end in divorce.
  • 79% of women & 89% of men will remarry again within 5 years.
  • 68% of re-marriages involve children from prior marriages.
  • 2100 new blended families are started every day in the US. [1]
  • 42% of adults have a step relationship. This is either a stepparent, a step or half sibling or a stepchild. This translates to 95.5 million adults.
  • 16.5 million step-dads in the US.
  • 14 million step-moms in the US. [2]

Experts predict step-families will be the most common type of family in the USA [3]

Because of a lack of information, step-families often struggle along, isolated from support and information, or trying to fit a nuclear family model. [4]

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Registration Information

Total Cost to Participant:

Couple - After September 1st
    Couple with Overnight Accommodations*
    Additional $40

      *Overnight accommodations in our retreat center are limited 23 couples.  To view the rooms click HERE.  After these rooms are full we recommend the Hampton Inn located at 4760 Helen Hauser Boulevard, Titusville FL 32780.  Registrations are transferable but not refundable, and no child care will be provided.