According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were more than 2.2 million marriages in 2017. That same year, more than 787,000 marriages ended in divorce.

"Your marriage doesn't have to fail. It doesn't have to end in divorce," said Kelly Wallace, pastoral assistant at Restoration House Family Worship Center. "There are biblical ways that you can work together either through counseling or getting into the Word and seeing what God has to say about marriage."

To learn more about what the Bible includes about marriage, Restoration House will host "One + One = One" marriage conference Friday and June 22.

"We have been working for some time to bring this teaching to our community and are glad to be able to host it this year," said Restoration House Family Worship Center Executive Pastor Don Bullen in a release.

Conference presenters are Chris and Gay Broughton, founders and principals of Genesis 2:24 Ministries of Seymour, Indiana. The couple, who have been married for more than three decades, developed the biblical principles and tactics for this conference over the last 20 years for marital coaching.

"The leaders we have invited to come who do this for a living," Wallace said. "This is their calling. This is their background."

Chris Broughton, an award-winning author, said in a release, "no one has applied the principles taught at this conference and not experienced a happier marriage."

"There is no aspect of marriage that does not get better when you walk in agreement," said Gay Broughton in a release. "Vacations are more fun, finances are easier, even loving one another is better."

The conference will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and end at 4 p.m. June 22 at 101 McLean Ave.

The total cost of the conference is $35 for a couple and $15 for singles and will include childcare and lunch Saturday.

Registration for the marriage conference is open and can be done online at the church Facebook page or by calling the church at 270-707-7606.

Wallace said she hopes the conference will benefit singles who are considering marriage, newlyweds and even those who have been married for several years.

"This (event will) give them the foundation of how God intended marriage to be. Helping with everything from communication to what it looks like to be a husband and a wife in the family unit," she said. "It's about building trust. … There's always hope. That's what we want people to see when they come (to the conference)."

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