More than 40 years of serving all shapes and sizes of families around the world.

One person. one goal:
save marriages.

Our Timeline

  • 1976

    1976

    The Marriage Preparation and Family Emphasis begins holding premarriage conferences for the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ.

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  • 1977

    1977

    Keystone Kaper launches in Colorado, beginning 15 years of communicating biblical truths on relationships for singles.

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  • 1978

    1978

    Original premarriage conferences open to married couples and then to the public.

    First international Family Life Conferences are held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Nairobi, Kenya.

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  • 1979

    1979

    Name of organization changes to Family Ministry.

    Gordon and Pat Wegner begin voluntarily printing conference manuals free in their basement, saving the ministry more than $50,000 over four years.

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  • 1982

    1982

    Family Life Conferences expand to new cities as volunteers fuel attendance and invite other couples.

    Contributions allow 532 pastors and wives to attend conferences for free.

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  • 1986

    1986

    A Family Life Conference in Dallas, Texas, sets an attendance record at 2,950.

    Over $36,000 raised in 36 hours to create the video version of the conference.

    Dennis and Barbara Rainey publish their first book, Building Your Mate’s Self-Esteem.

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  • 1987

    1987

    First study in The HomeBuilders Couples Series® is published. Building Your Marriage allows group leaders to pass on the content from the Family Life Conference in small groups.

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  • 1988

    1988

    Dennis Rainey is a special guest of the Focus on the Family broadcast, with host, James Dobson, gaining worldwide exposure for Family Ministry.

    First Urban Family conference held in Harlem, New York.

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  • 1989

    1989

    The Raineys publish a book on marriage, Lonely Husbands, Lonely Wives (later renamed Staying Close) which wins the Gold Medallion award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

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  • 1990

    1990

    “Family to Family” launched in Spain with Campus Crusade for Christ Spanish ministry directors, Victor and Cesca Miron. Our partnership with Campus Crusade for Christ eventually spreads to dozens of countries overseas.

    Building Your Mate’s Self-Esteem video curriculum used by more than 2,000 churches.

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  • 1992

    1992

    Our new daily radio program, FamilyLife Today®, goes live on November 9th on 22 stations. Over the next year it spreads to 50 stations with more than 200,000 listeners.

    Debut of FamilyLife Parenting Conference.

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  • 1993

    1993

    Official name of organization becomes FamilyLife.

    The Family Manifesto is published with clear statements on what the Bible says about marriage and family.

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  • 1995

    1995

    Launch of Resurrection Eggs®, a resource for parents to teach the true meaning of Easter.

    Raineys publish Moments Together for Couples, which becomes a non-fiction Christian bestseller.

    FamilyLife Today awarded “Radio Program Producer of the Year” from National Religious Broadcasters.

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  • 1996

    1996

    FamilyLife website goes live, eventually growing into a vital platform for people to connect with FamilyLife content, resources, and events.

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  • 1998

    1998

    New curriculum for engaged couples launches: Preparing for Marriage. This resource sells over a half million copies over next 20 years.

    FamilyLife Today listeners fund “Jesus Loves Me” project providing about 50,000 sets of Resurrection Eggs to urban ministries.

    Passport2Purity® is published to help parents teach biblical principles on sexual purity to their pre-teen children.

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  • 1999

    1999

    Launch of I Still Do™ marriage celebration arena events. Over the next few years over 330,000 attend.

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  • 2000

    2000

    The HomeBuilders Couples Series passes one million in units sold.

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  • 2002

    2002

    The FamilyLife Conference, now called the Weekend to Remember®, surpasses one million conference guests over its 25 years.

    The Family Room, a monthly e-magazine offering practical and biblical articles to subscribers, launches.

     

     

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  • 2003

    2003

    Hope for Orphans® merges with FamilyLife to promote adoption and orphan care.

    FamilyLife moves into a new headquarters facility debt free.

     

     

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  • 2005

    2005

    Largest Weekend to Remember ever, with 3,330 attendees in Dallas.

    What God Wants for Christmas® kit launches.

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  • 2008

    2008

    Vida en Familia Hoy®, the Spanish version of FamilyLife Today, begins broadcasting from Ecuador to 17 countries.21

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  • 2010

    2010

    Weekend to Remember is translated into Mandarin and approved for sale by the Chinese government.

    First public Weekend to Remember getaway in China is held.

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  • 2011

    2011

    First Love Like You Mean It® cruise sets sail, offering a marriage getaway for couples combined with biblical teaching and entertainment.

    The Art of Marriage® video event launches nationwide in thousands of churches.

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  • 2012

    2012

    Stepping Up® 1-day video event for men launches.

    Ever Thine Home®, FamilyLife’s collection of holiday and home resources that help you proclaim your faith beautifully, launches.

    Ministry to blended families begins as Ron Deal joins FamilyLife. This initiative eventually becomes FamilyLife Blended®.

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  • 2014

    2014

    The Art of Marriage® is translated into Spanish, Mandarin, Albanian, Romanian, and Hungarian.

    New radio series, FamilyLife Blended® with Ron Deal, launches. In two years it grows to more than 500 radio stations.

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  • 2016

    2016

    FamilyLife celebrates its 40th anniversary.

    Letters to my Daughters, by Barbara Rainey, has 40,000 copies in print in less than six months.

    Over eight million readers produce more than 12 million pageviews in one year for articles on FamilyLife.com.

    Passport2Identity™, a resource to help parents prepare their teens for adulthood, launches.

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  • 2017

    2017

    First livestream Blended and Blessed conference for stepfamilies, with more than 13,500 watching.

    FamilyLife Today® NRB “Radio Program of the Year” award.

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  • 2018

    2018

    FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ launched on May 1 in conjunction with FamilyLife’s first feature film, Like Arrows.

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In 1975, a tearful Ney Bailey shared her heart with the team. Young couples on staff were fracturing. She longed to help. Sure, Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) was helping thousands of people. But individual marriages mattered too, right?

So a tiny group of Cru staff set out to safeguard staff marriages. Their idea? Create a marriage and family ministry training couples to structure solid homes using God’s blueprint.

Create a marriage and family ministry training couples to structure solid homes using God’s blueprint

More than 40 years later, we’re still hard at work with that …. And a few other things (see timeline). That single plea from one woman blossomed into today’s FamilyLife, serving all shapes and sizes of families around the world.

Millions each year enjoy

We thank God for Ney Bailey and His mind-blowing plan to work out a few of His goals—and a bit of His heart—through FamilyLife … And we’re geared up for the next 40 years.