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Empowering the church to be a voice of wisdom in relationships, marriages, and families.

May 5-8, 2020

The Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine is a training and resource center that promotes healthy relationship skills for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Focusing on the relational and spiritual development of young adults and married couples, the Boone Center offers specialized education and programming to young adults, professionals, and communities of faith to strengthen their own relationships and impact the lives of those they serve.

Wednesday, 8:30 AM

Michael Cox is a licensed professional counselor, the cofounder of Whole Life Priorities, and a trainer for the National Council for Behavioral Health in Mental Health First Aid. Ordained into the ministry in 2001, he has served as a youth pastor, domestic missionary, and lead pastor. Cox travels nationally to train instructors, and his areas of focus include suicide ideation recognition in adolescents, parent and child relationships, youth development, and working with individuals struggling with their faith and mental health.


Participants in the "I'm Confused" workshop will gain new equipment for their toolbox when working with young people - particularly tools that will assist with discerning the difference between typical adolescent development and the potential of a developing mental health challenge. This stage of life is difficult for all involved, especially the young person. We will explore the role of adults in assisting youth to navigate this time in their lives, discuss warning signs and risk factors, and look at recent research to assist with distinguishing life passages from serious problems.

Wednesday, 9:45 AM

Nancy Ortberg is passionate about helping people connect what they believe with their everyday lives. She is currently the CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ, a nonprofit organization working to catalyze a holistic gospel movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ortberg is the author of Seeing in the Dark: Finding God's Light in the Most Unexpected Places and Looking for God: Slightly Unorthodox, Highly Unconventional, and Entirely Unexpected Thoughts About Faith. She is a founding partner of Teamworx 2, a business and leadership consulting firm that provides fast-paced, practical, and compelling teamwork effectiveness sessions to leaders and their teams at all types of organizations.


Jesus placed much healing power in the church. Over time that same church has become quite ineffective and at times harmful to that very healing. Discipleship has become transactional, and many of us are left languishing in broken relationships and mental health challenges that need the deeper touch of transformation that Jesus promised. We can do better. Restoring our own belief in the power to speak truth, extend grace, and live in the tensions that help us find God are our first steps.

Wednesday, 2:00 PM


The Restoring Relationships session, in partnership with Barna, will launch a brand-new study that will explore the current state of the relationships most central to our lives and equip leaders and pastors with practical ways to foster healing and hope in the communities they serve.

Speakers include David Kinnaman, Nancy Ortberg, and Kay and Rick Warren.

Thursday, 9:45 AM

Cameron Lee is the director of family studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he has taught for more than 30 years. He is the sole or senior author of nine books, including three on the life of clergy and their families. As a certified family life educator, Lee regularly speaks on family and relationship issues in congregational settings, and he is also licensed as a minister in the congregation where he teaches.


Congregational ministry is a demanding vocation, leaving many pastors feeling depleted or on the verge of burnout. This seminar will examine not only the nature and sources of ministry stress, but also ideas and strategies for becoming more resilient.

Thursday, 11:00 AM

Kelly Haer is the director of the Relationship IQ program at The Boone Center for the Family. She has a wealth of experience working with young adults in a variety of contexts, including counseling sessions, undergraduate and graduate classrooms, and the church community. Haer earned her PhD in family therapy from Saint Louis University and her MA in counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary.


Social media has afforded young adults more relational connections than ever before, yet this same group reports high rates of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. As author Sherry Turkle observes, technology often renders people "alone together." Learn how to help young adults engage communication technologies to strengthen healthy relationships. We'll explore the biology, psychology, and theology underlying how social media impacts relationships for the better or worse.

Thursday, 2:00 PM

Terry Hargrave is nationally recognized for his pioneering work with intergenerational families. Hargrave has authored numerous professional articles and fourteen books, including Restoration Therapy: Understanding and Guiding Healing in Marriage and Family Therapy (co-authored with Franz Pfitzer) and Families and Forgiveness: Healing Wounds in the Intergenerational Family (2nd Edition, co-authored with Nicole Zasowski). Hargrave has presented nationally and internationally on the concepts and processes of family and marriage restoration, aging, forgiveness, and intergenerational family issues. He has been selected as a master's series therapist by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.


The Bible teaches many things about forgiveness, but at the core, forgiveness involves recovering from violation in a way that does not harm, the victim or victimizer. Forgiveness is often thought of as letting go of pain, anger, and bitterness. In this workshop, participants learn that forgiveness is not so much about letting go as it is about putting back - restoring as much love and trustworthiness to the relationships as is feasible and desirable in an ethical and sound therapeutic manner. Richly illustrated through case examples, experiential activities, and group discussion, this workshop promises to move participants to a new understanding of helping those who have been hurt by relationships.