Growing in the Faith


All UCG young adults are invited to join us at the 2023 Growing in the Faith from January 13th – 16th to discuss how to prepare for a Godly marriage. While single, it is the perfect time to learn and grow into the person God wants us to be, even if we haven’t met that perfect person yet. Now is the time to be developing the characteristics that will help us have the successful, happy marriages that God wants us to have when that time comes.
In addition to several seminars given by John Elliott, David Schreiber, and Brian Shaw, we will have plenty of time for fellowship, sledding, games, and dancing. This will be a great chance to spend quality time with fellow brothers and sisters in the faith in a positive, uplifting atmosphere.
Please register now! Special pricing of $185 includes all food, lodging, and activities for the weekend. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!
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John and Merrie Elliott

John and Merrie Elliott have ministered to God and His people since their graduation from Ambassador college in 1974. He retired from pastoring in 2021 and they now reside near Tulsa, Oklahoma to be closer to family. He is also currently serves as a member of the Council of Elders.

Dave and Jolinda Schreiber

Dave and Jolinda Schreiber currently serve three UCG congregations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. They are also instrumental in furthering the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in the countries of Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. As a team they have served as both staff and directors at Preteen Camp Ironwood for the last 21 years on the same campus as this Growing in the Faith weekend. Their adult children are active members in UCG, one of whom is employed by the church.

Brian and ReNae Shaw

Brian and ReNae Shaw presently serve four UCG congregations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They have served in the UYC camp program and have been members of the UCG Young Adult Leadership Initiative. Brian is a member of the UCG Council of Elders, and together they are the parents of young adults who serve in their respective UCG congregations.

Event agenda

day 1 agenda

Friday, January 13, 2023


Arrive and check-in

3:00PM - 6:00PM


Dinner in Riverside Room

06:00PM - 07:00PM


Seminar: “Dismantling Misconceptions About Marriage”

07:30PM - 09:00PM

How does Biblical marriage differ from traditional marriage? Why are marriage rates dropping? How are current ideological influences, academic arrogance, media and politics contributing to this decline? How do we contribute to this? How do we endure it?

day 2 agenda

saturday, january 14, 2023


Brunch in dining hall

10:00AM - 11:00AM


Seminar: “How God Sanctified Marriage”

11:30AM - 01:00PM

Why does God call marriage His holy institution which He loves? What is God’s design and purpose for marriage as revealed in the Bible, and how do we prepare ourselves to fulfill His intent? How do we prevent our own ideas and opinions about marriage from blinding us to God’s intent?


Sabbath Services sermon “A Godly Marriage” by John Elliott

02:30PM - 04:30PM


Dinner in the dining hall

5:00PM - 6:00PM


Answering questions young adults have

06:30PM - 07:30PM


Snow Tubing

8:00PM - 10:00PM


Games in the Riverside Room

08:00PM - 12:00AM

day 3 agenda

sunday, january 15, 2023


Breakfast in dining hall

9:00AM - 9:45AM


Seminar: “Why It is So Important to Marry Within the Faith”

10:00AM - 11:30AM

Given that God is the author of marriage, can its purpose be fulfilled by those who don’t know Him or seek His will? How difficult would it be for a husband or wife to make a lasting commitment to the author of marriage if they do not know Him? Is God’s help needed to have a Godly marriage?


Lunch in the dining hall

12:00PM -


Seminar: “Understanding the Marriage Vows and How to Fulfill Them, part 1”

1:30PM - 03:00PM

How does the Bible describe the roles of husband and wife in a godly marriage? To whom do they make their commitment? What do their vows tell us about how they should be preparing? This seminar will be split into two sessions. In the first, the men and women will have separate sessions to explore each of their respective responsibilities and vows. In the second, the group will be combined to discuss the findings from the first session.


Seminar: “Understanding the Marriage Vows and How to Fulfill Them, part 2”

03:30PM - 05:00PM


Dinner in the dining hall

05:30PM - 06:30PM


Set up for the dance

7:00PM - 8:00PM



08:00PM - 10:30PM


Re-set the room for tomorrow’s sessions

10:30PM - 11:00PM

day 4 agenda

monday, january 16, 2023


Breakfast in dining hall

9:00AM - 9:45AM


Seminar: “The Essence of Commitment—Why God Hates Divorce”

10:00AM - 11:30AM

Why does God want us to learn to commit in love?


Lunch in Riverside Room

12:00PM - 1:00PM


Travel Home

1:00PM -

frequently asked questions

Which airport should I fly into?

Minneapolis (MSP) or Rochester (RST)

How much is the registration fee?


Where is the event located?

In Minnesota.

Address: 7291 County 6 Rd SW, Stewartville, MN 55976


Don’t Miss This Amazing Event and Fellowship!


Growing in the Faith 2023

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

7291 County 6 Rd SW, Stewartville, MN 55976

Travel plans to the event:

Travel by car: We cannot arrive on campus before 3:00.

Travel by air to MSP: Please plan to arrive before 3:30 on Friday, January 13th. We cannot guarantee that we will have anyone available to pick you up after that time.

Travel by air to Rochester, MN (RST): Please plan to arrive by 5:00.

Travel plans home:

Travel by car: We’ll wrap up and eat lunch around noon. You can take you lunch to go, or stay and eat with the group.

Travel by air from MSP: Please plan to leave after 5:00.

Travel by air from RST: Please plan to leave after 2:00.

If you cannot arrange a flight within the times listed above, please click here before booking.