The Problem

Our generation has witnessed an explosion of perversion and immorality that has defaced everything it touches. God’s sacred institution of marriage has been the victim of more carnage than almost any other reality. But no sinful culture can ultimately destroy the beauty of the union between one man and one woman that was established by God himself. As Christians wade through the ashes of moral destruction brought on by the secular revolutionaries, God’s glorious institution of marriage still stands and still shines. It is the task of the people of God in this generation to point to the beauty and glory of marriage as God intended.

I want to invite you to Jacksonville, Florida in February 2023, where we will work together to recover what our society has lost and unite to reclaim the beauty of marriage.

-Dr. Heath Lambert

Plenary Speakers

See plenary and special speakers below.

Dave Harvey

Dr. Heath Lambert

Dr. Ernie Baker

Spencer Harmon

Sean Perron

Martha Peace

Special Guest

Marriage is God’s creation and he designed it for his glory and our good

Choose Your Track

Marriage Conference

Sign-up for the two-day conference as a stand-alone option.

Features

  • Key Plenaries

  • Flexible Breakout Sessions

Couples Retreat

Married couples can sign up for the retreat that takes place alongside the conference for concentrated application and time together.

Features

  • Guided couple discussions

  • Concentrated times together

Marriage Training

Mentors, counselors, and pastors can register for the marriage discipleship training that takes place before and during the conference.

Features

  • High-quality, vetted training

  • Premarital, conflict resolution, sexual issues, parenting, finances, and more!

  • Qualifies for ACBC Marriage Specialization Course

FAQs

How do I register?

After deciding which track would best fit your needs, simply select that track and click REGISTER. 

Where is the conference located?

First Baptist Church
125 West Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202


We offer 2 parking garages with fully covered crosswalks that lead to our Auditorium where all of the main sessions, break out sessions and child care will be offered.  

Where do we park?

Parking is available in our West Parking Garage located at 520 North Laura Street.  There is a fully covered crosswalk on the 4th floor of this garage that will take you to conference check in.

Is childcare available?

Limited childcare is available for an additional fee.  You can add this option when registering for the conference. 


Childcare hours
Friday • 6:00PM-8:30PM
Saturday • 9:00AM-5:00PM

Are children allowed in the sessions?

Nursing mothers are allowed to bring their children into the sessions and can use the nursing mother’s rooms throughout the conference. Childcare is available for ages birth through 5th grade. 

Are meals provided?

Light refreshments will be provided.  Meals for the conference will be on your own and off site.  A list of local restaurants will be available in the conference booklet.

What is the cancellation policy?

A full refund will be offered for those that need to cancel through January 1, 2023. 
events@fbcjax.com 

Will walk up registration be available?
Walk up registration is available, but resources may be limited.
What is this conference all about?

This conference is all about reclaiming the beauty of marriage as God intended. Marriage is a wonderful gift from God and is to be enjoyed to the fullest for his glory. We want to declare to the world that Jesus is Lord of everything – including the most personal parts of our lives. His good design is a blessing, and we want to celebrate it.

How do I know which track is for me?

All the plenary sessions will be experienced together regardless of the specific tracks chosen. This is intentional so that church groups or couples traveling to the conference together can enjoy the central part of the entire conference experience.

The general conference is available for anyone and provides the most flexibility.

The retreat track is for married couples who want to spend time away from the chaos of life and enjoy a nice get-a-way trip that focuses on their relationship. The retreat portion is for any married couple regardless of the stage or state of marriage. It is for those who have vibrant mature marriages, for difficult marriages that need help, or any status in between.

The advanced training is for anyone who is interesting in discipling or mentoring others. This includes those who are interested in counseling couples or those who are simply desiring to encourage friends who are married. The advanced training will be a deep dive into biblical teaching that is practical and comprehensive.

Do I need to be a certified counselor to attend the marriage training track?

No. The marriage training track is for anyone who is interested in discipling others. There will be people taking this track who are interested in mentoring other couples, investing in a friend’s marriage, or exploring the possibility of being a more formal counselor. It is an advanced discipleship course for those who want to make an investment in others.

Why should I attend this conference over other marriage conferences?

This conference is unique in the various options it offers couples. Regardless of where a couple is in their Christian walk or discipleship maturity, this conference will be beneficial.

This conference is also ideal for friends or church groups to attend because everyone will be attending the plenary sessions regardless of the track they select. The plenary sessions are crafted to be relevant for each track and are incorporated into each attendee’s experience.

People who are taking the advance track will be able to sit together in the plenary sessions with other couples who attend with them even though they might be taking the retreat or conference track.

Who can attend? Is this just for couples with big marriage problems? Can single and engaged couples attend?

Anyone who is interested in glorifying God through marriage should attend. Singles and engaged couples are strongly encouraged to attend to get a better picture of how God designed marriage. One goal of the conference is to help engaged couples be better equipped to enter marriage.

The glory of God and the gospel of Jesus will be on display during the conference. The content is designed for both mature Christians with thriving marriages and those who have troubled and broken marriages.

Lodging Accommodations

-DOWNTOWN-

Hampton Inn Downtown
1.3 miles from Church
(904)396-7770
Rate: $153
*Free breakfast
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/jaxdthx-hampton-jacksonville-downtown-i-95/

Marriott Downtown Jacksonville
.5 miles from church
(904)335-6664
Rate:$149
Daily Parking:$25
*Free breakfast
https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/jaxmd-marriott-jacksonville-downtown/overview/

Hilton Garden Inn
1.3 miles from Church
(904) 396-6111
Rate :$183
Daily Parking:$15
https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/server-error/gen404/index.html

DoubleTree by Hilton
.9 miles from Church
(904)398-8800
Rate:$159
Daily parking:$12
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/jaxjrdt-doubletree-jacksonville-riverfront

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
.5 miles from Church
(904)588-1234
Rate:$185
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/florida/hyatt-regency-jacksonville-riverfront/jaxrj

Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk
1 mile from Church
Rate: $159
Daily Parking:$12
https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/jaxdo-southbank-hotel-jacksonville-riverwalk/rooms/#

-I-95 AND BUTLER BLVD-

Best Western Hotel
8.1 miles from Church
(904) 281-9700
Rate:$115
https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-jacksonville/best-western-premier-jacksonville-hotel/propertyCode.10410.html

Courtyard by Marriott
6.7 miles from Church
(904) 247-6782
Rate:$149
Free parking
https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/jaxne-courtyard-jacksonville-i-295-east-beltway/overview/

Fairfield Inn and Suites
6.7 miles from church
(904) 854-6200
Rate:$144
Free breakfast and parking
https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/jaxbb-fairfield-inn-and-suites-jacksonville-butler-boulevard/overview/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2&y_source=1_MjQ1ODI5My03MTUtbG9jYXRpb24ud2Vic2l0ZQ%3D%3D

Hampton Inn I-95 South
(904) 281-2600
6.7 miles from church
Free breakfast and Parking
Rate:$150
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/jaxjshx-hampton-jacksonville-south-i-95-at-jtb/

Jacksonville Marriott
7.1 miles from church
(904) 296-2222
Free parking
Rate:$179
https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/jaxfl-marriott-

Quality Inn and Suites
(904) 516-9245
Free breakfast
Rate:$83
choicehotels.com

I-95 and BAYMEADOWS RD

Embassy Suites Hotel
(904) 731-3555
Free breakfast and parking
Rate:$175
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/jaxjaes-embassy-suites-jacksonville-baymeadows/

Local Restaurants

Tid Bits – 1076 Hendrix Ave.; 904-396-0528; Friday only: 11 – 2:30 pm  (not open Saturday)

Al’s Pizza – 1620 Margaret St., 904-388-8384, Fri & Sat: 11am-10pm

Firehouse Subs – 1949 San Marco Blvd, 904-396-0001, Fri – Sat 10:30 am – 10 pm

La Nopalera – 1434 Hendricks Ave, 904-399-1768, Fri – Sat 11 am – 11 pm

Hightide Burrito – 1538 Hendricks Ave, 904-683-7396, Fri – Sat – 11 am – 9 pm

BurgerFi – 108 Riverside Ave,904-355-3066,  Fri – Sat – 11 am – 10 pm

Chipotle – 50 Riverside Ave, Unit 705, 904-660-2526, Fri-Sat – 10:45 am – 10 pm

Hawkers – 1001 Park St, 904-508-0342, Fri-Sat – 11 am – 11 pm

Sushi Café – 2025 Riverside Ave, Unit 201, 904-384-2888, Fri-Sat – 11 am – 11 pm

Burrito Gallery – 21 E Adams St, 904-598-2922, Fri – Sat – 11 am – 10 pm

Jumpin’ Jax – 20 W Adams St, 904-441-1180, Mon-Fri – 8-3; Sat. 9-2

Bread & Board – 100 W Bay St, 904-862-6992, Fri – Sat 10:30 am – 10 pm

Estrella Cocina – 100 W Bay St, Unit 701, 904-862-6994  , Fri – Sat – 11:00-12 am

Indochine – 21 E. Adams St., 904-598-5303, Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 5pm-10 pm

Zoe’s Kitchen – 90 Riverside Ave, 904-355-9637, Fri-Sat – 11 am – 9 pm

First Watch – 192 Riverside Ave, 904-862-2551, Daily 7 am – 2:30 pm

Southern Grounds – 1671 Atlantic Blvd, 904-619-1503, Fri & Sat: 6:30 am – 9 pm

The Loop –2014 San Marco Blvd. , 904-399-5667, Fri & Sat: 11 am – 9 pm

Panera – 1440 Hendricks Ave, 904-396-4833, Daily 6 am – 9 pm

Jimmy John’s – 201 N. Laura St., 904-400-7171, Fri – 10 am – 7 pm , Sat – 10 am – 3 pm

River & Post – 1000 Riverside Ave., 904-575-2366, Fri – 11 am – 10 pm

Mossfire Grill – 1537 Margaret St., 904-355-4434,  Fri-Sat – 11am-10pm

Blacksheep – 1534 Oak Street, 904-380-3091, Fri – 5 pm – 12 am ,Sat – 11-3 (3-5 bar menu only) 5pm – 12 am

European Street – 2753 Park Street, 904-384-9999, 10 am – 9 pm

Lola’s Burrito and Burger Joint – 1522 King St, 904-738-7181, 11 am – 10 pm

Carolina Jax – 2548 Oak St., 904-240-1980, open until 7 pm

Tijuana Flats in Riverside-2025 Riverside Ave. #4, 904-389-5630, 11 am – 9:30 pm              

Travel Information

  • 125 West AshleyStreet
    Jacksonville, FL 32202

  • Events@fbcjax.com

Other Registration Options

Sponsorships and Exhibiting opportunities will release soon. Stay tuned!