Tending the Bride is a marriage retreat sponsored by Marriage For A Lifetime Ministries. It is for senior pastors and their spouses. The retreat is held in different cities and states across the nation. The retreat runs for 2 days and 1 night. It is usually held at a local hotel. Marriage For A Lifetime Ministries pays for the pastor and his/her spouse to attend. This includes their cost for accommodations, food, registration packet, and retreat fee. The emphasis is that ministry couples absolutely, positively must give priority to their own marriage.