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Prepare to Last

December 9 - December 11, 2022

WinShape Retreat - Rome, GA

Foundation Building
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About the Retreat

Retreat Description

Prepare to Last is designed to help engaged couples and those considering engagement build a strong foundation for a successful Christian marriage.

With all the excitement and stress of wedding planning, couples often don’t take time to fully consider what is needed to build a lasting marriage once their wedding is over. At Prepare To Last, couples, who are seriously dating, considering engagement, or engaged, will be given physical space and time to remove themselves from wedding planning as well as fundamental teaching on marriage expectations, communication, conflict management, and more. By attending this weekend retreat, they will be set on a path towards success as newlyweds and beyond.

What to Expect from Prepare to Last:

  • A chance to get out of the stress of wedding planning and remind yourself what it’s really all about
  • Engaging, entertaining teaching from Jeff & Debby McElroy on Marriage Expectations, Communication, Conflict Management/Resolution, Financial Management, Sex & Intimacy, and Goals & Dreams
  • Free access to a highly-respected assessment from Prepare-Enrich to give you a clear picture of your relational strengths and areas to grow together
  • A Couple’s Discussion Journal to guide meaningful conversation during and after the weekend
  • A romantic date night and incredible memories you’ll refer to for the rest of your marriage
  • The chance to form life-long friendships with other couples from all over the country who are also beginning their marriage journey


  • Couples who are not yet married will be given separate lodging rooms.
  • Prepare to Last is designed for couples who are considering engagement, engaged, or recently married within the last 6 months. Couples married longer than 6 months are encouraged to attend The First Five or The Naked Truth (for Newlyweds).

Retreat Cost

Includes lodging for two nights, meals, and programming

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Retreat Speakers

Jeff & Debby McElroy

In 1989, Jeff & Debby McElroy became so burdened by the breakdown of families and its impact on children and youth, they left their careers in corporate law and teaching and dedicated themselves to marriage and family ministry. As founders of Forever Families, Inc., they have become one of the most sought-after couples on the national speaking circuit as featured speakers for churches like Willow Creek Community Church, and national programs like LifeWay’s Festivals of Marriage.

In addition to being co-developers of the Prepare to Last Pre-Marital Study Materials and leaders of the Prepare to Last Retreats for WinShape, Jeff & Debby lead marriage, parenting, family and relationship conferences for church, corporate and college audiences around the country. Their FamilyReach consulting ministry also helps build stronger churches by building stronger families, and their Marriage Under Fire ministry to military & 1st responder couples helps protect those families who protect ours.

Jeff & Debby live in Knoxville, TN, and have been married since 1984. Ask them what they’re most proud of, though, and they’ll tell you about their kids. Their daughter and son-in-law, Kristen & Matt, are foster parents for a group home in VA and their son, Trevan, works for Chick-fil-A and married Lydia in October 2019. They all feel called to carry their parents’ ministry to families to the next generation.

The Retreat Experience

We’re here to help you be focused and fully present with your spouse. Experience abundant hospitality, space to breathe, and intentional moments that strengthen your marriage.

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These rooms were designed with connection in mind. Free of distractions and located within refurbished, historic dairy barns, each room is as unique as the couple staying in it.


Included in your registration, our meals are carefully selected and prepared by our on-staff chefs. Additional snacks and drinks are included throughout your stay.
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Alongside your Marriage Retreat activities, you'll also have the chance to explore and experience both active and restful activities all throughout our 27,000 acre campus.
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“My favorite part of this weekend was how it pulled me out of my comfort zone and allowed [my fiancée and I] to discuss our feelings, expectations, and goals. It really shined a light on what I personally need to work on in order to put my spouse and my marriage first. Most importantly, it allowed us to grow closer to each other by putting God in the middle of our relationship.”

Zach E.

“Prepare to Last gave my fiancée and me the opportunity to dive deeper into what God has in store for us in marriage. The sessions helped us to unpack expectations, beliefs, and goals for our future while being surrounded by couples in a similar stage of life. I definitely enjoyed my time at WinShape and recommend Prepare to Last to anyone considering marriage.”

Robert P.

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