The Greek word “charis” means grace and goodwill.
It conveys the mercy and lovingkindness by which God strengthens mankind and turns lives around. Through rigorous research, the Charis Institute is uncovering the power of “charis” to strengthen lives and support marriages and families as cornerstones of every society. That is the heart of the institute.
We seek to provide essential content and program evaluation skills to help the church address these common questions connected to supporting healthier marriages and families: What to do? | How to do it? | Does it work?
Housed within the Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling, the institute is an initiative supported by the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Scholarship of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice.
The Charis Institute is co-led by Professor Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D. and Professor Jim Sells, Ph.D.