There is no denying it: There has been a sea of change in our cultural landscape--one that has left the church in a challenging position. But what if we chose to lead from hope rather than despair?
Join us as we listen to Scripture, as we pray, and as we imagine together what God's Spirit may yet have in store for our churches.
$20 per person. Spouses are welcome.
Breakfast and lunch provided.
10577 Coloma Rd.
Rancho Cordova, CA
For questions, call the Office of Church Relations at (310) 506-4270 or email email@example.com.
Mike Cope serves as the director of ministry outreach in Pepperdine's Office of Church Relations, coordinating the Pepperdine Bible Lectures and consulting regularly with church leaders across the country. He was a minister for 27 years, preaching at Pine Valley Church of Christ in Wilmington, North Carolina (1982-84), College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas (84-91), and Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas (1991-2009).
Mike is the author of five books, including 2011's Megan's Secrets, and edited Wineskins magazine for 12 years. He also edited 21st Century Christian for 5 years, working with Helen and Norvel Young when they were the senior editors.
In 1994, the Copes lost their daughter, Megan, who was ten. Their journey of loss and joy-amid-grief has sharpened their interest in those things that ultimately matter in life.
Rick Gibson serves as Pepperdine's Vice President of Church Relations and Public Affairs. He works directly with President Benton to shape the University's vision, interprets it for various audiences, and provides message leadership through integrated marketing strategies.
Prior to joining the University in 1997, Rick served for eleven years as a minister at the Mission Viejo Church of Christ in south Orange County, CA. Rick received his BA from Long Beach State University in 1987 and his MBA from Pepperdine University in 2009. He and his wife Agnes worship at the University Church of Christ.
Rick Marrs is Pepperdine University's provost and chief academic officer, providing academic leadership to the University and its five schools and colleges, as well as the University libraries. He has served as a faculty member, chair of the Religion Division, associate dean, and dean of Seaver College.
Rick has taught at Pepperdine since 1987 in the areas of Old Testament studies and ancient languages. His primary research and publishing areas are the Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature of ancient Israel. Before joining the Pepperdine community, he taught at Stevenson University, the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary (1979-84), and the Austin Graduate School of Theology (1984-87).
Rick has a BA with summa cum laude honors in New Testament Greek (1973), and Master of Divinity (1976) from Abilene Christian University. He completed his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University (1982). Rick has served as an elder at Conejo Valley Church of Christ since 1991.
Jeff Walling has been speaking for over 20 years in inspirational and motivational workshops and seminars across the globe. Having preached for some of the largest churches in the country, he is regularly called on to keynote for youth conferences.
Jeff received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine in speech/communication, a master's degree in religion at Pepperdine, and an honorary doctorate from Hope University in Fullerton, California. Prior to joining Pepperdine, he was the preaching minister of the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1997. He also served churches in Orange County, California, for over 20 years.
Jeff serves as Pepperdine's Director of the Youth Leadership Initiative, working to raise up the next generation of young Christian leaders. He and his wife Kathryn worship at the University Church of Christ.
9:00 AM - Check-In and Breakfast
9:30 AM - Worship
10:00 AM - Session with Mike Cope
10:45 AM - Session with Rick Marrs
11:30 AM - Break
11:45 AM - Elder session with Mike Cope / Minister session with Rick Marrs
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Discussion session with Rick Gibson
2:30 PM - Exhortation by Jeff Walling
3:15 PM - Prayer of Blessing for Elders & Ministers
3:30 PM - Conclusion
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