Welcome! We Can't Wait to Meet You...
We are Dr. John Trent and Kari Trent Stageberg - a father-daughter team on a mission to help end loneliness and build strong families.
We are committed to walking with you and helping you strengthen your most important relationships and your faith. Because we truly believe that strong families can change the world
Our family isn't perfect, but we have seen firsthand how God can redeem and restore broken relationships, heal past hurts, and give us an incredible future full of connection. We can't wait to hear your story and connect with you.
Build A Deeper Connection with Your Loved Ones
Loving others starts with experiencing the love of Christ. From there, we are able to learn to love ourselves for who we were created to be. That understanding gives us the freedom to go love others.
And that can change the world!
Meet The Team
Dr. John Trent
President & Founder
Without a doubt, I have the BEST job in the world.
I get to wake up in the morning and use my training as a counselor… Read More
Kari Trent Stageberg, MBA
For me, getting to work at StrongFamilies, and alongside my dad, is immensely personal. At 20, I found… Read More
Coordinator + Speaker
Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I have never believed that verse more than I do today … Read More
It All Started...
with a book called "The Blessing". Co-authors, Dr. John Trent and his good friend Gary Smalley, saw the book first published in 1986. The Blessing has been updated many times over the years, with the most recent re-release including Kari's writings and perspective. Truly making this book one that works for all ages and generations.
In 1998, Dr. John Trent founded this ministry Encouraging Words (dba StrongFamilies). It has existed to encourage, strengthen, and help couples and families build great relationships.
For more than 20 years, the mission and vision have remained the same. Help others love the Lord, themselves, and others fully. Creating a culture of AUTHENTIC connection, leading to healing, restoration, and abundant living.
Today, the Blessing is still at the core of everything we do. In fact, every book and resource we have created since is designed to help you live out the elements of The Blessing.
Learn more below, or at TheBlessing.com.