Jim Collins recommends that leaders live out “consecutive performance” of core missional goals in order to survive and succeed. His vision of a “20-mile march” is compelling. His conviction that this happens by intentional actions – rather than by chance – is critical. So what does this look like?
Below is a portrait of Lead Them Home’s 20-Mile March. We make every effort to achieve each of these missional goals every moment of every day. We never imagine that failure is an option, because Christ gives us the strength, wisdom, patience and mercy needed to consistently live out His calling for our ministry.
(1) We resist tendencies by some to mischaracterize Lead Them Home as a program for LGBT+ people. Our core focus has always been and remains consulting church leaders on expanding effective pastoral care and outreach within the organic church. We reach some. The local church reaches many.
(2) We nurture faith identity in LGBT+ people where they are – no matter what. Our beliefs remain orthodox in regard to sexuality morality, but love is compromised when doctrine aligns God against those he seeks to reach. This is unbiblical: the very error Jesus confronted in the Pharisees.
(3) We foster a safe inclusion for LGBT+ people where we are – in evangelical communities. We work tirelessly to lead them home, because there is no “us” and “them.” We all fall short of God’s glory. We, as branches of the True Vine with our own sin scars, can never cut off other branches due to their sin.
(4) We avoid unproductive debate that minimizes pastoral care needs in favor of theological arguments to be won. We see LGBT+ people as brothers and sisters – as whole persons – with diverse gifts and talents – that are purposeful and valuable to God’s purposes in the expansion of the Kingdom of God.
(5) We never accept a Christianity that holds Josh back from a military career given his (verifiable) high ethic and work performance history – just because he is gay. Likewise, we work daily to eliminate anti-gay bullying and prevent gay teen suicide. We strive to save vulnerable young lives.
We know where we will go (and where we will not go) and what we will do (and what we will not do) in order to maximize every opportunity for others to encounter Jesus Christ living within us.
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