Several months ago, Lead Them Home was covered in an Associated Press article (here) widely published around the United States, Europe and Asia. This led to several gay advocacy groups reviewing our ministry. We have heard from dozens of LGBT+ individuals who applaud our efforts. Some advocacy groups, however, have expressed deep concern about my ministry.
I understand many of these concerns. The bridge between those who celebrate and those who surrender same-sex attraction is a particularly difficult one to cross. A long prior history between the LGBT+ and evangelical communities has left a gap in conversation that fuels presumption and accusation. For those interested, read my Backfire blog series to learn more about this effect.
Some reading the Associated Press article have made assumptions that we are an “ex-gay advocacy” group. They make this assumption because the only tangible, visible response of the evangelical church over the past forty years has been advocacy against LGBT+ people. Hence, anything we do must be advocacy against them. Thus, the presumptions are quite understandable.
Almost five years ago, I left a long career in business to devote full-time to Lead Them Home. We have worked very hard – along with many others! – to nurture a more fruitful conversation been LGBT+ and evangelical communities. Lead Them Home has never been about advocacy; we exist to help the evangelical church extend Jesus to LGBT+ friends and loved ones. Period.
What does this look like? Join me in my next post and I will share exactly what it looks like.