Begin Again Living Ministries - (B.A.L.M.)


Strengthening The Families Seminars

In these seminars, Derrick & Devaney share the basic biblical principles for having a life-long, joy-filled marriage. Dramatization and personal stories make the weekend interesting and fun to attend. The seminar consists of 6 sessions and the usual format is designed to take place over a weekend retreat. 

Christian Couple's Seminar  - A Marriage Seminar For You

The secret to having a biblically successful marriage is abiding in Christ. Trusting God to meet my needs and my spouse to understand my wants and desires. Jesus says in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Love and marriage is a wonderful and satisfying relationship when a husband understands how to abide in Christ and love His bride as Christ loves the Church, and the wife understands how to abide in Christ and respects her husband like the bride of Christ respects Him.

To maintain a successful marriage relationship, a couple needs special times together. Just as winning sport teams use their time-outs wisely to be refreshed, strengthened, and strategize to go on to victory, so too all married couples need special times of renewal. This principle can be seen in Jesus' words, "Come away by yourselves... and rest awhile."

The Christian Couple's Seminar provides an opportunity for you and your spouse to take an important time-out, have a date away from the demands of daily living, and be biblically encouraged and strengthened in your marriage relationship. Dramatization and personal stories make the weekend interesting and fun to attend. Couples attend five sessions together and two separately. Thoughtful listening is encouraged with time given for questions and answers; however, open sharing with the group is not required.

This Seminar Will Give Couples Insight Into:

  • ...knowing how to receive and give unconditional love.
  • ...learning how to have all your needs met in Christ.
  • ...perceiving how male and female uniqueness contributes to oneness.
  • ...understanding how to meet each other's sexual wants and desires.
  • ...maintaining a love relationship that lasts a lifetime.
  • ...resolving conflicts quickly.
  • ...applying the four most important aspects of forgiveness.

What Others are Saying

“My wife and I have been married 27+ years and even though we feel very secure in our marital relationship, this seminar provided some very important new perspectives to help us maintain our future relationship. The exploration of the “oneness” in marriage is especially beneficial to a Godly union.”

“We had put our marriage on the back burner because life has just gotten so busy with kids, work, church, etc. After attending the Christian Couple's Seminar, we’ve got tools to put it first again!”

“After nine years of marriage, I finally feel that we have the tools to have a God-centered marriage. This seminar should be a “ must” for pre-marital counseling in all churches. Derrick and Devaney are witty, thoughtful and provide much needed godly counsel.”

“My husband didn’t want to go to this seminar, but I signed us up anyway and we have both received a lot out of this seminar. We can now look into each others eyes with love. Thank you!”

Parenting With Confidence Seminar 

Training sons and daughters to be respectful and responsible can be done today, and it can be done confidently in the secular society in which we live. This Biblical Blueprint for Parenting Seminar is designed to assist parents and grandparents in raising contented children and grandchildren by God’s wonderful grace.

The teaching sessions focus on the strength to fulfill parental responsibility, how to biblically develop a child's self-worth, disciplining children, conducting family devotions, handling feelings of parental failure, restoring fractured family relationships, and more.

Derrick and Devaney understand some of the stress and success of parenting. In their parenting seminar, they share the basic principles of Christian parenting and the successes and failures they have experienced as parents.

This one day parenting seminar is divided into five segments, three sessions in the morning and two after lunch. Thoughtful listening is encouraged, and time is taken for questions and answers; however, open sharing with the group is not required.

This seminar will give parents insights into:

  • ...understanding parenting styles and their effects on children.
  • ...raising children in single, adoptive, and intact families
  • ...developing children's identity from a biblical perspective
  • children to live by convictions and not preferences.
  • ...guidelines on how to avoid raising rebellious children.
  • ...teaching children and teens through discipline.

What Others Have Said

"It is my joy to recommend BALMs parenting seminar. Derrick and Devaney have ministered in our church three times, and we continue to have them back because their life message as a family is so encouraging and the principles that they teach are directly from the Word of God." - A Pastor

"God has done such an exciting work in our lives since the seminar. Through your teaching, God spoke to us in a very personal way! My husband had not spoken to his family in almost four years because of hurt feelings and anger, and they only live 15 minutes from us. After the weekend, my husband came home and resolved to make that relationship right! Even though my husband's Mom and Dad are not Christians, the Holy Spirit prepared their hearts because they received him openly. Before he left, for the first time in his life, his father told him that he loved him. Through the Holy Spirit, my husband began praying with me and the children! My husband is a changed man! We have had many more answers to prayer, but we felt we really wanted to share these with you to let you know how God used both of you to begin a great work in our lives. We thank our Lord so much for your ministry." - A Seminar Attendee