Join 100+ church and lay leaders for Shift 20.20 hosted by College Church in Northampton (MA) this Saturday, May 14. This full day seminar equips church leaders and whole congregations to love and extend Christ to LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) persons.
As the appeal of culture war fades, church leaders often address homosexuality in one of three ways: some double up on doctrine; others become silent; while others drift into pro-gay theology. All of these approaches are costly: the lack of “language” creates confusion about our theological beliefs when we begin to care for gay people.
Example: Over the past two years, Lead Them Home has focused heavily on justice responses to bullying and gay teen suicide. In a church lacking “language” to care for vulnerable gay teens, founder Bill Henson often hears complaints such as “don’t focus too much on that” or “where are you going?” The idea that Jesus would not minister to gay teens and young adults is utterly tragic.
U2’s lead singer Bono in the song Bullet The Blue Sky (Rattle and Hum) shouts “the God I believe in isn’t short of cash, mister!” My friends, Jesus is not short of compassion either. We must learn to engage and nourish spiritual identity in LGBT+ people – right where they are. Just as Christ originally met each of us – right where we were.
Lead Them Home founder Bill Henson created Shift 20.20 to provide the church with “language” for communicating the Gospel in a social justice generation on the issue of homosexuality. Can evangelicals radically love, care for and extend Christ to LGBT+ people without compromising on theological truth?
Come and see.
Join us this Saturday at College Church in Northampton (MA). To learn more, contact us.