Congress 2014

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Winter Retreat 2014 

January 15-17th - Hilton Head, SC

The International Ministers and Decons Wives Guild - COOLJC annual Winter Retreat is a time of rejunivation, education, and transformation for singles and married couples. This year the IABYPU has joined focres with the IMDWG to provide sessions for both the young singles and married couples. 

IABYPU Featured Workshops at Winter Retreat 2014 

Communication: The Silent Killer

Participants will learn how to form positive Christian relationships with open lines of communication.  Often each person knows what they want from a relationship yet their intended desires are not met.  Participants will explore different ways to gauge their understanding of what they really want when looking at relationships, how to communicate and share their life in a vulnerable way that builds trust, and to avoid depending solely on the realm of social media.


Jeans vs Genes

Research suggests that males and females often differ in the characteristics they look for in determining a suitable mate. Women, for example, are more likely to consider characteristics  that would point to greater security, such as financial status, emotional support, and physical strength. Men, on the other hand, are much more likely to look for a female mate who fits his perception of physical attractiveness (Gray, 1992). We are all fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14).This workshop examines the impact of internal characteristics ( i.e. biological makeup – genes) versus external characteristics (i.e. physical appearance – jeans) that impact human behavior and the long-term strength of relationships. Participants will be challenged to prioritize the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social motives of their desire for a suitable mate. What's more important to you: Jeans or Genes?



Gray, J (1982). Men are from Mars, women are from Venus: a practical guide for improving communication and getting what you want in your relationships. HarperCollins.

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Retreat Hotel:





Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort 

23 Ocean Lane 

Hilton Head Island SC US 29928 

Phone: 1-843-842-8000 

Fax: 1-843-341-8040 


Registraton Onsite - $100.00 per person

Registration includes:

  • Two Breakfasts

  • Fun Night Activities 

  • Banquet

  • Workshop Materials


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