Finding private, high-quality marriage retreats that isn't held in small groups can be challenging.

Finding private Christian marriage retreats with a clinical focus can be even more so.

Christian Marriage Retreats aren't just retreats led by those with Christian beliefs, or familiar with biblical teachings. Quality Christian Marriage Retreats require both exceptional skill in marriage counseling, as well as graduate training in understanding the trials and tribulations of being married (within a biblical tradition).

We offer private Christian Marriage Counseling in an intensive Christian Marriage Retreat format.

About Christian Marriage Counseling

When the average person thinks about Christian marriage counseling, they often think of a church pastor. It's a major part of a minister's job. 84% of pastors rank marital problems as among the top five problems they address.

However, most American seminaries don't provide coursework in marital counseling. They focus instead on the many educational requirements of a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) to become an ordained minister. Many courses that are offered in Divinity schools are only survey courses. Without focused coursework in marital counseling, your pastor may struggle to help you with your marital problems.

Many couples are increasingly turning to Christian Marriage Retreats to receive intensive help. The leader of these retreats may or may not be a pastor.  

Christian Training + Marriage Counseling Training

In contrast, according to one report, Christian counselors are about twice as likely to have an advanced degree in counseling as pastors (2).  Pastoral counselors focus on the truth of God’s Word, as their particular denomination sees it.

At Couples Therapy Inc. we don't believe you have to choose between science-based counseling and Christian Marriage Counseling. Our Christian Counselors are either Ministers with a vast amount of experience and/ or have advanced training in Christian theological approaches. They also have advanced science-based education in helping couples.

These privately held retreats are one-couple per counselor for the entire weekend. The focus is to bring back the love, devotion, passion, and intentionality of your marriage and prevent divorce. These retreats are held all over the USA. Christian focused retreats are offered in the Midwest in Kansas City.

An Outstanding Choices for a Private Concentrated Christian Marriage Retreat

Do you have irreconcilable differences? These don't have to result in painful arguments. You can empathize and support each other, even when you don't agree completely. You don't have to persuade your partner to think and act as you do. Nor do you have to prove that you are right, and they are wrong. You can learn to see things through each other's perspective and learn valuable lessons from each other.

Rev. Dr. Doug Burford - Christian Marriage Retreats in the Midwest

Rev. Burford has held three Presbyterian pastorates

Dr. Doug Burford works with married couples who have engaged in practices that are accepted in popular media but turned out to be damaging to relationships. Actions that have left wounds. He believes these wounds can be healed, and the truth behind the joys of married intimacy discovered or restored.

A healthy marriage is also about valuing instead of invalidating the ways we are different. We can have different ideas about our shared lives and still help each other be our best selves. Couples learn what are vital to a growing marriage.

Dr. Burford is an ordained minister through the Christian and Missionary Alliance at Colorado Springs, Colorado. He obtained a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ.

He held three Presbyterian pastorates in quite different settings, adding breadth to his experience.

"Sex is depicted as exciting outside of marriage and boring or non-existent within. That needs to change." - Dr. Doug Burford

What are Christian Marriage Retreats?

Christian Marriage Retreats through Couples Therapy Inc. combine almost 6 months of weekly sessions, into one intensive retreat. Beginning traditionally on Friday nights for two hours, these retreats continue from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Christian marriage retreats offer the opportunity to be with someone who is knowledgeable about biblical teachings, as well as highly trained in the neuroscience of couples therapy.

You no longer must choose.

Do you value a Christian perspective?

At Couples Therapy Inc. we don't believe you should have to choose between secular, science-based counseling and Christian Marriage Counseling that is biblically based...

Some counselors can have strong religious beliefs. Others have excellent therapeutic training. Our marriage counselor has both training which enables them to weave these two threads together. We offer exceptional couples therapy to all couples, regardless of religion, faith, or creed.

However, we can help couples with a strong Christian faith integrate their religious tradition within their marital lives. This clinician is well-equipped to do just that. A highly trained couples therapist who can integrate the biblical teachings of Jesus Christ.

Were you looking for Christian Marriage Retreats held by expert professionals?

Doug Burford holds his retreats in Overland Park, Kansas near Kansas City, Missouri. 

Looking for Marriage conferences or Christian couples seminars?

If you are looking for Christian marriage seminars near you, there are many Christian marriage conferences such as a Weekend to Remember, Marriage Encounters or those held by Focus on the Family. Most offer speakers and counselors that inspire couples in a group format to have a great marriage or help in preparing for marriage. Others are secular like Marriage Boot Camp. 

Our Christian couples retreat is a private weekend marriage counseling in an intensive format.

Dr. Burford and his wife Claudia.


 Gottman Method Couples Therapy through a Biblical Lens.


1.  Everett Worthington Jr. and Jennifer Ripley, “Christian Marriage and Marital Counseling,” Ch. 20 in Timothy Clinton and George Ohlschlager, eds., Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One: Foundations and Practice of Compassionate Soul Care. WaterBrook Press, 2002. P. 459.

2. Joshua Hook, The Effectiveness of Religiously Tailored Couple Counseling. 2009. Retrieved from on April 26, 2012. P. 51.