Boone Center for the Family Releases Free Resources for Church Leaders Responding to COVID-19 Stressors
In an effort to help equip church leaders responding to their communities’ emotional, psychological, and interpersonal needs during the coronavirus pandemic, the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University now offers a free collection of resources that includes digital reference guides, videos, and the “Coming to a Place of Peace” webinar series originally broadcast every Thursday throughout May 2020. The materials, which cover topics ranging from anxiety to loneliness to shaken identity, were created after numerous church leaders contacted the Boone Center asking for assistance on how best to address increased isolation and stress resulting from the impacts of widespread lockdowns due to COVID-19.
“These are difficult conversations to begin with, [and] adding in the many additional stressors of COVID-19 makes it just that much harder for church leaders to address these issues in their communities. Living in a place of peace is the singular, but not so simple, focus of what we hope to achieve,” said Sharon Hargrave, executive director of the Boone Center for the Family. “The many experts, psychologists, and theologians who have helped build out our program over the years jumped at the chance to provide these resources to church leaders for free. Fostering healthy relationships is a key role of the church, and we need to support church leaders in that effort now more than ever.”
The webinar series includes live chats and Q and A sessions with industry experts, including Hargrave, Kelly Haer, director of the Boone Center’s Relationship IQ program, Benjamin Houltberg, director of research at the University of Southern California’s Performance Science Institute, and Terry Hargrave, founder of Restoration Therapy and professor of marriage and family therapy
at Fuller Theological Seminary.