There’s Still Hope for Your Marriage

If you are struggling in your marriage and don’t know where to turn, we want you to know … there’s hope! Maybe you’ve tried weekly marriage counseling and things got better for a while, before going south again. Our 3-day Marriage Intensive program is designed to repair broken relationships for the long term.

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Our Four Program Locations and Dates

  • November 30 - December 2, 2018
  • December 7-9, 2018
  • January 18-20, 2019
  • February 1-3, 2019
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Lancaster, PA
  • November 30 - December 2, 2018 (Full)
  • December 7-9, 2018 (Full)
  • January 18-20, 2019 (1 Spot Open)
  • February 1-3, 2019 (3 Spots Open)
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Lancaster, PA

  • November 30-December 2, 2018
  • January 25-27, 2019
  • February 22-24, 2019
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Sandy Cove, MD
  • November 30-December 2, 2018 (Full)
  • January 25-27, 2019 (2 Spots Open)
  • February 22-24, 2019 (3 Spots Open)
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Sandy Cove, MD

  • January 25-27, 2019
  • February 22-24, 2019
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Southern California
  • January 25-27, 2019 (3 Spots Open)
  • February 22-24, 2019 (3 Spots Open)
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Southern California

  • March 1-3, 2019
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Harvey Cedars, NJ
  • March 1-3, 2019 (3 Spots Open)
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Harvey Cedars, NJ

What Is a “Marriage Intensive” and How Does It Work?

Our small group marriage intensives are more than a couples’ weekend retreat. They are intimate, personalized coaching sessions designed to help you identify the personal and relational issues confronting your marriage.

Our trained marriage coaching couples will spend over 25 hours with you and two other struggling couples to work through marriage building exercises to grow the intimacy in your marriage.

Research says our marriage Intensive format is three times more effective than traditional pastoral or marital counseling. That’s because they’re done in a small group setting … over a concentrated period of time … led by a husband and wife coaching couple … using a Bible-based marriage curriculum that leads you through the process of repairing your marriage.

If you’re feeling apprehensive about a group format, we encourage you to push through your fear … we’ve found that couples can’t stop talking about how helpful being in a small group was for them.

Our Couples Who Attend Report an 85% Success Rate

We designed these three-day intensives to get you away from the distractions of your everyday routines so you can concentrate on you and your marriage … and our intensive experience doesn’t end when you leave. We’ll lead you through a 15-week follow-up process to help you review and apply the information you learned during your intensive.

Start your journey towards rebuilding the intimacy you desire.

My husband and I attended a marriage intensive in March after being separated for 3 months. This seminar helped us in more ways than I can describe. It was the most practical and helpful marriage coaching/counseling we have ever received. We felt encouraged and hopeful after the weekend and then have further benefited from the heavy lifting activities in the weeks following. I would highly recommend these intensives to any married couple but especially those who are struggling or on the brink of divorce. It was an amazing experience and my husband and I are excited for our future together.

- A & M - Spokane, WA

My husband and I really enjoyed this past weekend. It rekindled flames and opened our hearts and minds to a new way of treating each other. Your honest personal accounts of love and struggle prove that we can do this! With God’s help all is possible. Though we have many struggles outside of our immediate influence, we realize that our partnership with God's guidance is insurmountable. Thank you for all you did and we look forward to you being there for us as we continue our journey.

- I & A

This is an incredible program. Something every married couple would benefit from whether they are having major problems or not! It has been transforming for me and my husband! We still have a long way to go, but the fear buttons section alone is worth the intensive!

- M & R

I am so very thankful for HOTR. We are doing well, we have started over. New start, new marriage and we are building our foundation on God's Word, forgiveness, truth, honesty and forever. My husband has stated that he is going to win my heart back.

- A & J

We are doing really, really well. The arguments have really diminished since the retreat. We attend church together on most Sundays. We continue to communicate more effectively and our love & marriage continues to flourish. It is a work in progress but we are happy most of the time! The retreat truly helped us break down communication barriers and come together as a couple whose communication had broken down. We are so very grateful to you and Marriage Intensives for the work that you led that brought our marriage back to life! I thank God that we are both always invested and willing to work on our marriage!!!!

- C & K - NY

Thank you so much for everything. My husband and I have started reading the Bible together and praying together. We are working on how we treat each other and on letting our walls down. We already scheduled a Weekend to Remember getaway for February and are making our marriage a priority. Last night we apologized to our son and daughter for not being a good example to them of what marriage can be and we told them that we are working to change that. Thank you again for allowing God to use your life experiences to reach hurting marriages!!

- T & D - PA

This was a game changer and marital rescue. It resurrected our marriage from the ashes and breathed life into our lives. A month after our intensive, my husband was baptized! We are still taking baby steps forward in the recovery and rebuilding of our marriage through our heavy lifting exercises, but it wouldn’t have been possible without this experience and God’s grace! Thank you to all who make the intensives possible! They were worth the monetary investment as it brought healing to not only us as a married couple but to our children and household as well! 👍❤️

- J & J - PA

Program Details

  • 25 hours of sessions in a group format
  • Intensive notebooks
  • 2 nights of lodging
  • Meals included
  • 15-week follow up program
  • Monthly “live” video chat follow-ups
  • Limit of 3 married couples per intensive
Not sure if our Marriage Intensives are the right fit for you? Download our quiz to find out.

We’ve helped couples of all different ages, stages, numbers of years married, re-married, educational, vocational and faith walk backgrounds.

They come because they’ve “lost that loving feeling” due to the stresses and strains of jobs, kids, finances, pornography or unfaithfulness. Years of disillusionment and unresolved hurt have eroded their ability to communicate and emotionally connect.

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Daily Schedule

  • Arrive for first night … check in time is after 4 pm.
  • Dinner
  • Get acquainted time with your coaches and other two couples
  • Retire for evening
  • Breakfast
  • Morning sessions with break
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon sessions with breaks and projects
  • Dinner
  • Evening session with couple’s project
  • Retire for evening
  • Breakfast
  • Morning session with break
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon sessions with breaks and projects
  • Dinner
  • Travel Home

Our Coaches

Dr. Bruce and Karen McCracken
President and Founder

Bruce and Karen bring over 40 years of marriage experience. Bruce taught the Marriage and Family program and was the academic dean at Lancaster Bible College for 24 years prior to starting this ministry.

Joe and Kathie Carter
Director of Marriage Intensives

Joe and Kathie know the emotional pain of dealing with marital challenges after being separated for over two years. Through God’s grace and hard work, they now serve as a dynamic team helping couples through our marriage intensives.

Randy and Lynette Copp
California Intensive Leaders

Even licensed counselors go through challenges in their marriages … as Randy and Lynette freely share. Their experiences, compassion and skilled leadership as a team make them incredible intensive leaders.

Jeffrey and Janeen Kime
Executive Director

Jeff and Janeen love to encourage married couples through their speaking and teaching … but most importantly Jeff keeps the ministry moving in the right direction by wearing the many hats of organizational leadership.

Pricing & Registration

To begin the registration process, simply call or “text” our toll-free number at 1-833-482-4968 or email

**Payment plans and financial “needs based” scholarships are available

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