Exclusive Webinar with Leading Marriage Experts: COVID-Friendly Outreach and Ministry for Marriages in 2021

Join Communio and marriage ministry experts and content authors from two of the nation’s most effective, skills-based relationship enrichment resources – The Alpha Marriage Course and Couple Talk – for a discussion on COVID-friendly strategies and ministry – both virtual and in-person – your church can plan for and deploy in 2021 to support couples at this difficult time.

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Margene Vessel, Panelist

The Marriage Course

Head of Products and Coaching

Don and Alex Flecky, Panelists


Authors and Founders

Jared Smyth, Host


Director of Church Strategies


December 17, 2020 at 2:30 ET / 1:30 CT / 11:30 PT – Zoom Webinar

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About the Webinar:

With cities likely ratcheting up COVID restrictions well into the New Year, you’re probably asking yourself:

How in the world can my church effectively minister to marriages at this seemingly endless period of uncertainty and anxiety? 

Join Communio Thursday, December 17 at 2:30 ET / 11:30 PT  for an exclusive, 30-minute webinar with leaders from two of the nation’s most effective, skills-based relationship resources – The Alpha Marriage Course and Couple Talk – for a discussion on COVID-friendly strategies and ministries your church can deploy in 2021 to support couples at this difficult time.

During the webinar, the panel will share how they have adapted their world-class resources for virtual and online settings and how couples have benefited at this time. You’ll also hear about how other Communio-supported churches are leveraging these resources right now to increase engagement with families in the church and in the community.

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About the Speakers:

Margene Vessel, The Marriage Course

Margene Vessel has been with Alpha USA from the very beginning.  She was an early leader bringing leaders from all denominations together to run Alpha in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN area. She now serves as the Head of Products and Coaching and also oversees the growth and health of The Marriage Course in the USA. She and her husband have three children and they make their home in St. Paul, MN.

The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. The Pre-Marriage Course is a series of five sessions to help engaged couples or those exploring the possibility of marriage, to build strong foundations for their future together. Click here to learn more.

Don and Alex Flecky, CoupleTalk

Don and Alexandra (Alex) Flecky are the co-authors and co-creators of CoupleTalk – Cracking the Code to an Amazing Relationship. Together, the Fleckys serve as Directors of Marriage Ministries at their home church, Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton (California). They also head up Relationship Research Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that takes proven relationship-strengthening techniques and creates innovative resources for today’s couples to improve their marriages.

For over 30 years, they have taught and coached thousands of couples, on six continents (all except Antarctica).  They regularly speak at conferences, churches, ministerial groups, marriage retreats, and community events.

Over the last ten years, they have been sought out by various relationship strengthening non-profit organizations to teach couples classes, train class leaders, develop cutting-edge methods to help couples, and launch specialized couples programs.

CoupleTalk: Cracking the Code to an Amazing Relationship is a two-part video-based program that offers a set of powerful communication tools for couples.  In Part 1: Cracking the Code to a Deeper Connection, couples practice new listening and speaking tools that connect them. In Part 2: Cracking the Code to Resolving Conflict, couples learn how to handle tough topics and delicate issues so they fight less and connect more.  Click here for more on CoupleTalk.

Jared Smyth, Communio

Jared Smyth is the National Director of Church Strategy for Communio. Before joining Communio, he spent 14 years working in evangelistic college outreach at FOCUS where he managed hundreds of staff across 50 universities covering 27 states. He also led the Marketing department through the largest conference in FOCUS’ history – 17,000 attendees. Jared has spoken nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including science and faith, modern religious practice, and worldview. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Colorado State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Augustine Institute with a Master’s in Theology. Jared spent his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and currently resides with his wife Mallory and their 3 children Penny, Eliza and Clara in Denver, Colorado.

Communio is a nonprofit that consults with churches to equip them with data insights and ministry best practices to foster healthier relationships for singles, those preparing for marriage, married couples, and those in marital crisis. Click here to learn more about Communio.