Date Night Challenge


If you want to re-energize your marriage, then take the Date Night Challenge—a free resource to help you and your spouse be the best that you can be.

Dating regularly is proven to strengthen marriages. We want to help you go on great dates with FREE date guides. Take the Date Night Challenge and energize your marriage.

Energize Your Marriage

About the Date Night Challenge™

Now is the time to get the word out! Not only are the marketing materials available in your Church Kit but we've taken the extra step to ensure you are successful in promoting your event by providing them online. Here are all kinds of free materials to promote the event to your congregation and community. We have even provided you with a Child Care Kit to help keep the little ones busy.

Free Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

    Why host a Date Night Challenge™ event?

    Let's face it, everyone loves a good time. The Date Night Challenge™ is a fun way to strengthen marriages and families in your congregation and an inexpensive opportunity to reach out to your community.
    Use the event to jump start your marriage strengthening activities for 2014, and then drive couples to other enrichment activities in your church!

    • It's a great evangelism opportunity and way to reach out to your community — invite them to have an evening on you!
    • It's customizable based on the needs of your church: choose the date, provide daycare, make it a dinner, or just host an evening of fun entertainment after couples go out on the town.
    • It's a proven way to strengthen relationships!
    • It's a simple way to get couples starting to invest in their marriage.

    Who can host a Date Night Challenge event?

    Get involved by hosting the Date Night Challenge™ event at your church. If you are a pastor or lay leader that is organizing this event, register your church. If you aren't a pastor or leader, send this page to your pastor(s), and encourage them to participate. If you're willing, tell them that you will even help champion the event!

    Who is the event for? Who can attend?

    This event is for all couples in your church and community. They don't have to be married, just interested in growing and deepening in their relationship!

    Why is the price so low (originally $99, now $79)?

    We want this to be affordable and accessible to churches of all sizes. By keeping the cost low, you are then able to invest additional resources in your couples by providing childcare and possibly dinner, dessert or other fun things for the event. We want to empower and equip you as much as we can for this event and program to be a success.

    What is included in the Church Kit?

    You will laugh with a premier comedian, get to hear fun marriage tips and teaching from Pastor Ted Cunningham and Dr. Greg Smalley, and listen to premier Christian artists tell their own marriage stories. This is pre-recorded, so you will be able to show this when and how you want. You will also receive Take the Date Night Challenge book and a separate CD of marketing materials that you can download to promote the event. And, as an added bonus, childcare materials are available- all can be downloaded on our "Marketing" tab above.

    How do we make this a successful event?

    The three most important things you can do to make this successful are:

    • Provide childcare for your couples.
    • Provide a venue to show the DVD.
    • Promote your event early utilizing the marketing materials.

    It really is that simple. We're taking care of the entertainment, and you just take care of your couples. If you want, you can provide dinner, or take care of their kids so the couples can do dinner before or after they come to the event. You know your couples and community, and we want you to be able to have the flexibility and freedom to make this a success. With the marketing materials, you will also have different ways of promoting the event, both in your church and throughout your community.

    What is National Marriage Week?

    Focus on the Family invites your church be part of a nationwide Date Night movement to encourage couples — young and old, singles and married couples, parents and grandparents, Christian or not — to put their relationship on the top of their priority list again. The worldwide goal is 5 million dates during the month of February. Instead of celebrating for one evening (Valentine's Day), we want to encourage couples to use the entire month of February to rejuvenate their marriage.

Meet Our 2014 Entertainment

Greg and Erin Smalley

Dr. Greg & Erin Smalley - Teaching

Dr. Greg & Erin Smalley recently celebrated 21 years of marriage! They are the proud parents of four children. Together, they make their home in Colorado as Greg is the vice president of Family Ministry at Focus on the Family. In this role, Greg helps prepare individuals for marriage and parenting, while strengthening and nurturing existing marriages and provides support for couples and families in crisis. Greg is the author of twelve books including The DNA of Relationships;The Wholehearted Marriage and Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage. He earned his doctorate at the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University and a counseling degree from Denver Seminary, and Erin earned her master’s in clinical psychology from Evangel University.

Ted Cunningham

Ted Cunningham – Teaching and Inspiration

Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Mo. He is the author of Young and In Love: Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage and coauthor of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of Sex; From Anger to Intimacy; Great Parents, Lousy Lovers and As Long as We Both Shall Live. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Ted and his wife, Amy, have been married for 15 years and live in Branson, Mo., with their two children, Corynn and Carson.

> For more information on Ted Cunningham's ministry and speaking schedule, please visit

Susie Larson

Susie Larson - Host

Susie Larson is a radio host, author, national media voice for Moody Radio and national speaker. She hosts her own daily live talk, "Live the Promise with Susie Larson." Susie connects weekly with thousands of women through her radio program, devotional blog, and her daily faith questions on Facebook. She comes with a passion to see women everywhere strengthened in their faith and mobilized to live out their high calling in Jesus Christ. Susie is madly in love with her husband of 27 plus years, her three grown sons, her beautiful daughters-in-law and her pitbull, Memphis.

> For more information on Susie Larson’s passion, ministry and speaking schedule, please visit

Dennis Swanberg

Dr. Dennis Swanberg – Comedy

If laughter is truly the best medicine, then Dennis Swanberg, America's "Minister of Encouragement" is just what the doctor ordered. With his down-home charm and heaping helping of hospitality, this Austin, Texas born pastor-turned-comedian has won the hearts of audiences across the country. As a motivational speaker, teacher, preacher, author, counselor, TV personality, and humorist, Dennis Swanberg knows just what it takes to make life a more pleasant road to journey down - with a laugh or two along the way. Dennis is husband and parent today to his wife Lauree and two young adult sons, Dusty and Chad. Add to all that talent, a man with a heart of gold whose biggest joy is seeing others happy and you'll discover the magic that is Dennis Swanberg.

> For more information on Dr. Dennis Swanberg’s speaking schedule, please visit

Music from Premiere Christian Artists

Christian Music Artists

Including Matthew West, Laura Story, and Plumb!

  • Take the Date Night Challenge Book

    Take the Date Night Challenge

    With concepts based off of the Focus on the Family event, "The Date Night Challenge," find out how everyday activities can become dates, and how to proactively and intentionally build your marriage relationship. Read the first two chapters now!

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  • Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage

    Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage

    Download a free chapter from Dr. Smalley's book and discover how conflict in marriage can actually take you to deeper levels of intimacy—when done right.

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